Watch the video below to see Dave Bahde testing out X Products’ new Skeletonized X-25 drum magazine with a Primary Weapons Systems MK212 upper/registered SBR lower!

I was recently sent the new Skeletonized X-25 for testing and loaded it into my Primary Weapons Systems MK212 upper/registered SBR lower for testing at the range. I also attached a SureFire SOCOM762-MINI suppressor, and several hundred rounds through the rifle. Take a quick look at my video to see me run the X-25 and PWS MK212 through their paces,

Several companies make specialty AR magazines that can help spell success for a variety of mission profiles. In the upcoming July 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, author Robert A. Sadowski catalogs some of the best AR magazines out there and what makes each of them different.

Sadowski writes, “The magazine requirements for an AR weapon can change depending on the scenario to be encountered. Prone, long-range situations call for short magazines that allow an operator to hug the ground. A close-quarter combat scenario may require lots of ammo. Here’s a look at specialty AR magazines to feed your machine.

“The 100-round Beta C-Mag dual-drum magazine has a reputation of reliability with the U.S. military. The magazine can unload 1,500 rounds per minute, and it adjusts to the weapon’s rate of fire. Constructed of thermoplastic material and non-corrosive metal alloys, the magazine weighs 2.2 pound in 5.56mm NATO and 9mm versions or 5 pounds for 7.62mm NATO models. The compact, twin-drum housing loads like a standard magazine, or you can use the Beta Personal Loader included with each magazine. The C-Mag meets or exceeds all applicable U.S. and NATO military specifications.

“Brownells’ five- and 10-round AR magazines use a metal body and feed lips but have an extended polymer base that allows for more ergonomic shooting and magazine seating. They replicate the length of a full-capacity magazine yet limit the round capacity. Brownells, an official vendor for the U.S. military, also offers 20- and 30-round mags that accept the .204 Ruger, .223, 5.56mm and 300 BLK.

Dependable stainless steel magazines are the backbone of C Products Defense. The company’s .223/5.56mm 30-round magazines are extremely durable and dependable, and they generally outperform mil-spec aluminum magazines. Utilizing 0.020-gauge 400 series stainless steel that is heat-treated, plus a bright orange “snap-on” anti-tilt follower, these magazines have increased interior dimensions to promote the proper stacking of cartridges and reduce the chance of a failure due to a jam. The magazines are Type III hardcoat anodized and come in colors or a matte black finish.”

To learn more, check out the July 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, available on newsstands and digitally May 20, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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