Just plug this 50-round drum magazine into your Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 rifle and you’re good to go. Made of a clear polycarbonate, glass-filled nylon, this drum magazine is durable, reliable and offers maximum firepower for your rimfire. The drum works best with Federal, CCI/Blazer and American Eagle round-nose bullets; it will not function reliably with hollow-point bullets. The MSRP is $80.
The Beta C-Mag is a dual-drum magazine approved for use by NATO, and now the company offers a version specifically for 7.62mm FN SCAR 17 rifles. The drums are positioned on either side of the rifle so an operator can fire in the prone position. The 100-round magazine will adjust to the weapon’s rate of fire, up to 1,500 rounds per minute. Constructed of thermoplastic material and non-corrosive metal alloys, the magazine weighs 5 pounds. The MSRP is $470.
MWG’s 50-round 10/22 magazine is made of clear polymer so a user can instantly see their remaining ammo. It also uses steel feed lips for strength and reliability. The teardrop shape allows you to carry more ammunition in a small, compact footprint. The magazine is only 7 inches long and only weighs 12 ounces fully loaded. The MSRP is $89.
Magpul’s new PMAG D-60 offers 60 rounds of firepower in a lightweight, polymer drum magazine. Since the PMAG D-60 is compatible with 5.56mm NATO AR-15/M4 weapons, it will work in any weapon that uses AR-15/M4 magazines. The size of the magazine also allows a user to shoot in the prone position. A rear window gives the user an instant read on how much ammo they have left on tap. The MSRP is $130.
With ProMag Industries’ 15-round COL-A5 magazine, you can more than double the capacity of your full-sized, .45 ACP, 1911-style pistol. The magazine body is made from heat-treated steel and given a blued finish, then ProMag equips the body with a follower, lock plate and baseplate molded from Technapolymer for smooth functioning. The American-made mags come with a lifetime warranty. The MSRP is $30.
American Tactical (AT) is offering German Sport Guns (GSG) rotary drum magazines that give the ever-popular GSG-522 and 10/22 rifles 110 rounds of rimfire firepower. The exterior of the drums are ribbed for greater durability on the range. Also, these drums are best used with non-waxed, lubricated .22 LR rounds like the Remington Viper, Federal Champion or American Eagle, and Winchester Super Speed. The MSRP is $80.
The Surefire MAG5-100 offers 100 rounds of firepower. Designed for 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington cartridges and compatible with AR-15/M4 weapons, the MAG5-100 is constructed from aluminum with a non-binding coil spring and a polymer follower. The spring is cadmium coated for low friction and corrosion resistance. The weight of a loaded magazine is about 3.3 pounds. The MSRP is $179.
Want to upgrade a Mossberg 590 or 500 or a Maverick 88 pump-action shotgun to be a 10-shooter? Then look no further than Adaptive Tactical, which offers several Sidewinder Venom drum kits that will enhance your onboard 12-gauge firepower. These kits are easy to install—no gunsmithing is required. The kits include a 10-round rotary magazine, a Wraptor forend with a top Picatinny rail and a vertical foregrip. The MSRP is $270.
Feed your 7.62mm NATO/.308 Winchester AR with a 50-round X-25 drum magazine from X Products. The X-25 magazine is constructed primarily from steel and aluminum with some polymer parts. The Cerakote finish means it can take abuse, and the profile of the X-25 is shorter than a typical 30-round magazine so you can use it in a prone position. The MSRP is $295.
Atlantic Firearms imports an easy-to-load and reliable drum magazine that will work for most 5.45x39mm AK-74 rifles. This 95-round drum meets military specifications and can more than triple the firepower of an AK-74. A speed-loader is included, allowing users to easily load the magazine, as well as a tube of graphite lube to keep the drum rotating and smoothly feeding your AK-74. The MSRP is $99.
Butler Creek’s Hot Lips and Steel Lips banana magazines hold 25 rounds of .22 LR ammo for Ruger 10/22 rifles. These magazines are made of clear plastic, making it easy to determine your round count in an instant, plus two magazines can be clipped together for a serious amount of firepower. Expect efficient feeding and reliability with these magazines.
The beauty of a detachable magazine firearm is that you have an infinitely adaptable feeding system for the weapon.
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With proper design and materials, magazines and drums can be developed to hold a wide variety of capacities. Recognizing this, numerous manufacturers have developed products for handguns, rifles and even shotguns.
If you have a need to feed your beast, then check out these drums and extended stick magazines. And remember to buy plenty of ammo, too!
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For more information on the magazines and drums listed in the gallery above, please visit the following websites:
- Black Dog Machine M&P15-22 Drum: blackdogmachinellc.net or call 208-465-1940
- Beta SCAR 17 C-Mag: betaco.com or call 800-669-2382
- MWG 10/22 50-Rounder: mwgco.com or call 866 307-1466
- Magpul PMAG D-60: magpul.com or call 877-462-4785
- ProMag 15-Round COL-A5: promagindustries.com or call 800-438-2547
- American Tactical Drums: americantactical.us or call 800-290-0065
- SureFire MAG5-100: surefire.com or call 800-828-8809
- Adaptive Tactical Sidewinder Venom Drum Kit: adaptivetactical.com or call 208-442-8000
- X Products X-25: xproducts.com or call 844 770-7865
- Atlantic Firearms AK-74 95-Round Drum: atlanticfirearms.com or call 410-352-5183
- Butler Creek Banana Magazines: butlercreek.com or call 800-423-3537
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