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Amend2 AR-15 Magazine

   Amend2 is a new company that has entered into the AR-15 magazine market. Having another option in the AR magazine market is always a good thing. Amend2 offers mainly standard capacity magazines of 30 rounds in 5.56/.223, but also lists a 20 round option. I was sent the 30 round black ones for review. 

  I was pretty excited to try these mags out. And since I was going to a big shoot, the timing was perfect. When the mags first arrived, I immediately checked them to see if they would drop free. All of the ones they sent me, hit the floor when the mag release was pressed. This was even in a rifle that will hang up on some other magazines. Of course,  the Amend2 mags also locked back the slide, as expected. One thing I noticed is that the magazines seemed heavier than both my mil-spec and P-mags, but they actually weigh really close to the P-mags. Don't get discouraged by this, because they are made from a tough polymer. I did toss one across the road and it had only very minor scratches. Then I drove over it, both loaded with empty cases and unloaded completely. I really just wanted to see if it would crack, but it didn't. The baseplate on the mag is slightly larger than some and has a checkerboard texture on the bottom. This is a good thing if you drop your mags a lot on hard surfaces. It also helps when retrieving them from a pouch. As with essentially all good magazines, they have anti-tilt followers and stainless steel springs. 

  You probably really want to know how they function? Okay. Two of the magazines were run in full auto AR's, all day. I don't have an actual round count, but it was over 1000 rounds per magazine, probably more like 2000 each. One magazine ran flawless with no problems at all. The other one had 1 failure to feed. I would say these magazines are good to go for anything that you would want to use them in. I have also been using these magazines when I need to use an AR mag, with no problems. I have also ran them suppressed, in an SBR. 

 Currently,  Amend2 offers the magazines with some options. They come in black, OD green, and tan. The anti-tilt follower and base pad insert are red. According to their website, other magazine colors are also available: Zombie green, Ghost white, Dark earth, and Desert tan. But it is a little confusing, I don't know if they mean magazine body color, or magazine follower color. While surfing Amend2's Instagram, I noticed that they can also do custom nameplates for dealers, or maybe anyone if you purchase enough of them. It appears that "Amend2" on the mag body is replaced with "your company logo/name". 

  I have been quite impressed with these magazines. Amend2 has done a good job with the durability and function. The price is on par with other 30 round magazines. So, if you are looking for some more magazines, and aren't we all, give the Amend2 mags a try. 

   

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

AR-15 30 round polymer magazine

Target Market:

AR-15 owners who can own 30 round magazines 

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product): 

  • Polymer construction  
  • Anti-tilt follower
  • Stainless Steel spring
  • Textured body and floorplate
  • 30 round capacity

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

OD Green, Tan, and maybe more

What others are saying?:

Jay @ Brownells: 4/5 stars

GOOD MAGS, GREAT PRICE

I bought a 10 pack of these as the price is awesome. I was about to buy 10 aluminum mags from another site, and just so happened to check brownells for comparison. I stumbled across these and decided to give them a try after watching some youtube reviews. At first, these did not fit in my AR, but my rifle has a very large broached mag well. After debating whether to send them back for a refund and lose out on some money, I decided to trim some of the material on one mag that was contacting my AR and then they slid right in and out like they should have. It took about 5 seconds a side with a dremel and a sanding wheel per side and it solved the issue. These do not fit 100% of the AR's out there, so keep that in mind. That is the only reason i docked a star. Another issue arose that they would not stay seated in my AR, compared to PMAG's and Mission First Tactical mags. Frustrating to say the least, so what did I do? I bought another complete lower (HAHA!) to compare. As it turns out, the mag release/catch spring was completely shot, so after replacing that spring, they remained in the rifle. I test fitted in the new AR lower and they were tight fitting unlike in the other AR where there was some wiggle room and slid right out. Great construction, the grip and texture of these mags is unique and aids in handling.

Tim L. @ Brownells: 4/5 stars

DECENT NO FRILLS POLYMER AR-15 MAGAZINE

For the price, it's a good magazine. Feels solid right out of the package, however, I tried in both of my AR's and the magazines would not drop free from the gun. Other than that, they claim to feature no-tool disassembly, however, depressing the "2" on the bottom far enough to disassemble the magazine surely requires pressing down with something other than fingers (aka a tool). But a 5.56 bullet tip will do the trick. I'll keep them in the range bag for plinking, but I will stick with the tried and true PMags and HexMags for training, competition, and personal defense.

Link to other reviews:

Ghostginthree on YouTube

Price point:

MSRP = $14.95

Retail = $14.99 @ Pershingarmory.com

I need it now! Availability:

Pershing Armory, Amend2, and Brownells 

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Stainless Steel spring
  • Anti-tilt follower
  • Made in U.S.A. 
  • Custom Name Plates

Cons:

  • Rough looking

Score: 8.0 Great

 

Chad's Favorite link: Axelson Tactical

 

 

 

 

Microtech Small Arms Research STG-556 and E4 Rifles Review

MSAR STG-556  

I am very torn in this situation, due to so many factors.  My personal experience was both pleasant and unpleasant. I bought the rifle new and unfired from an individual on GunBroker. Once I received it and got the drool wiped off, I  took it out for a test drive.  I loved it! The rifle fired well with anything I  gave it, but the very next day a problem arose.  My greatest fear was confirmed on this dream gun that I  had scored such a deal on and saved on months end for.

I found a crack in the rear trunion of the cast receiver. I immediately called MSAR and was promptly placed in contact with a nice older gentleman named Paul.  He was VERY professional and kind and asked me to ship it to him and he would take a look. By this point in time, MSAR had already been fighting bankruptcy and restructuring, attempting to develop the E-4 rifle.  MSAR had several instances where there were issues with a few of their rifles and I won't go into all that, a quick google search and you will have your fill of all the haters online. Long story short, MSAR made it right for me.  They hunted down a brand new receiver and placed my serial number on that new piece, then gave it a complete factory overhaul with all the updated parts. I asked them to shoot it until they felt confident it was fixed, so they did.  When I got the rifle back it was perfect, updated and has never missed a beat since!

Now the reason I say it was also unpleasant, as a member of a class 3 firearms business myself, I have attempted to become a dealer for them ( multiple times) because I  was SO blown away with the service Paul gave me in the shop.  Unfortunately Paul doesn't run MSAR, he is actually in retirement, the company struggles with customer service in returning calls and email department.  So with all that said, I am extremely happy with my stg-556 but will most likely not be buying anymore MSAR rifles due to such unstable management.  If i'm going to drop $2000 on a new rifle, I want to be reassured that company will be around if and when it breaks so I can get replacement parts and service. With that being said, I hate to be a Judas, but I'm going to have to say I  would go with a STEYR if purchasing another.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Quality construction and capabilities.

Target Market: Military, LE Officers and gun lovers alike.

FNB's (features and benefits of this product):

  • Bull Pup semi auto rifle
  • Gas operated rotating bolt, short piston drive
  • Comes in 5.56 and 300 AAC
  • 16.5’ or 18.5’ barrel
  • STG-556 accepts proprietary aug mags only( 10,20,30,and 42) , but the e-4 accepts regular ar-15 magazines
  • Last round bolt  hold open
  • AR style bolt catch lever on left side of stock
  • well machined fluted barrel ⅛ twist chambered for 556 NATO
  • cross bolt safety
  • 1913 picatinny top rail
  • optional 1913 rail for right side
  • QD sling swivels on top front  and rear side
  • built in forward vertical grip

What other aesthetic options are available ?:  Available in black, OD and tan.

What others are saying:

Price Point:

Our Rating:

+ High quality polymer construction + Very impressive fluted quick detach barrel + High 42 round magazine capacity + Ambidextrous design + Easy disassembly and assembly for cleaning + Very well balanced center of gravity when fully loaded + Adjustable gas settings for different ammunitions or when firing suppressed

- Hard and sloppy trigger - Short sight radius if using BUIS - Little room to spare on top rail for optic and BUIS - Knuckle buster charging handle if using an EOTECH or QD optic mount - Ejects expended brass right into your teeth when shooting transitions such as a right handed shooter firing left handed ( E-4 comes standard with brass deflector)

Score: 7.575