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So my RDB is being delivered this week sometime and one of the things I have noticed in my research is a lot of complaints about steel magazines either just falling out or having a lot of FTF's when fully loaded.

I don't/won't have any steel magazines so I won't be able to check this but it occurs to me that just MAYBE the steel magazines have been slightly damaged either in shipping, storage, packaging, or handling. They are steel and if the detent on the side has been impacted then maybe it has been pushed in some.

Has anybody bothered to actually measure a problematic steel mag with a caliper to see if the catch on the side is actually in the correct position?

David.
 

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We used to be issued steel HK mags for our M4's, they werw hands down the most problematic mags we ever used. They tend to get feed lip damage and theres no saving them at that point. We are issued govt aluminum mags and p-mags now and dumped all the steel mags.
 

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I have several steel magazines as well as aluminum magazines. Steel magazines are nice for allowing longer OAL, but they do have some general reliability issues. Feedlip tools are a must, and in most cases, the feedlips need to be sanded and polished as well.

That said, I have never found a mag catch slot on a steel magazine to be out of spec.
 
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