C-Products Defense (CPD), a leader in rifle and pistol magazine manufacturing, released the new DURAMAG™ AR-15 magazine at SHOT Show 2019. The new DURAMAG magazine is an all steel AR-15 magazine with several upgrades specifically implemented to compete with the proliferation of polymer magazines. Quite frankly, I’m surprised it has taken so long for a magazine manufacturer to delve deeper into improving metal magazine construction, and this lack of innovation has led many to switch to polymer magazines. Despite the popularity of polymer magazines, like the extremely successful Magpul magazines, this news should pique interest from die-hard metal magazine users.
The original AR-15 (and military M-16) magazines were pressed aluminum magazines, designed to withstand rigorous military standards and conditions. The originals were made from aluminum since aluminum oxide is immediately formed upon contact with air creating a solid anti-corrosion surface prolonging magazine life. That original AR-15 magazine design was proven to be durable, but issues with the original cartridge followers without anti-tilt designs caused numerous misfeeds. Despite a niche of steel magazines for decades, their heavier weight and potential to rust has always been a strong reservation. The new CPD DURAMAG may completely invigorate the metal magazine narrative.