First Look: C Products Defense DURAMAG AR-15 Magazine

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posted on February 11, 2019
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Designed specifically to address the needs of military units across the world, the C Products Defense DURAMAG was developed from the ground up to handle some of the toughest combat conditions imaginable, all while providing enhanced feeding and function compared to older STANAG magazine designs. Now, the features that made the DURAMAG a success on the battlefield are available to the U.S. consumer market, giving today's AR-15 owners a dependable, proven design for range, competition or defensive use.

One of the weak points in today's semi-automatic rifle and pistol designs is often the magazine, and it's the first thing that shooters check when encountering a malfunction. To address this reality, C Products Defense incorporated several features into its new DURAMAG design in order to ensure an increased level of reliability and durability. First, C Products Defense stuck with a traditional, all-metal body, with options available in both 6061-T6 aluminum and stainless steel. Company engineers and designers stuck with this material because of its strength in all temperature and humidity conditions. Polymer-bodied magazines are not hydroscopic, and the strength of polymer-based designs can be impacted by fluctuations in the environment.

To increase the durability and service life of its all-metal DURAMAG, C Products Defense coats the interior and exterior of the magazine body with its trademarked T-360 coating. This is a proprietary compound designed to enhance lubricity, improve durability and ease loading and maintenance. Consumers will also find the company's "Post & Hole" body design, with precision-welded seams that aid in strengthening the design. Other features include an anti-fatigue spring designed to withstand the stresses of constant loading and unloading, variables which often shorten the life of magazine springs. DURAMAG springs are topped with a specially designed follower purpose-built to stay level throughout travel to prevent binding and jamming. At the top of the magazine body, consumers will also see a proprietary feed-lip design that positions rounds in an ideal place for trouble-free feeding.

Magazines are available in 20- or 30-round capacities, with caliber-specific designs for 5.56 NATO/300 BLK, 7.62 NATO/6.5 Creedmoor, 7.62x39 mm, 5.45x39 mm, 6.8 SPC/22 Nosler, 224 Valkyrie, 6.5 Grendel, 458 SOCOM/50 Beowulf and Colt-pattern 9 mms. Nine different finish options are available, with black, gray, pink and red magazine-body colors, as well as black, orange, green and gray magazine followers. Pricing varies, depending on caliber and capacity, but 5.56 NATO magazines have been seen for about $12 each at online retailers.

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