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Old February 20th, 2017, 06:29 AM   #1
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You're about to see someone eat crow.

OK, now I've heard the scuttlebutt about ProMags... how the quality is low. I've even repeated it because I saw it on the various forums.

Granted my experience is one of a small sampling. I recently bought a sub 2000 and it came with a M&P ProMag. I figured "OK, a junk mag'.", when I saw it. But I also tried it before totally counting it out or trashing it. I haven't had a malfunction with it at all and I've put hundreds of rounds through it. So based on that I bought 2 33 round sticks. To my surprise both work flawlessly.

So far I can't prove that ProMags, at least the ones I have, are junk. I've also only used them in the sub 2000 and not in the M&P.

When I experience junk I'm, not shy about telling folks about it. But when I'm wrong and experience something good it behooves me to also report that. I'm not certain that I like the taste of crow, but I had to come clean on this. That's not to say that those folks who have had bad ProMags didn't have the experience that they had.

One negative... I wish they accepted my TF +10 extensions. I'd like to get over 36 rounds in a stick for competition. Rumor has it that what I have will accept 38 rounds, but I haven't tried that yet.
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Old February 21st, 2017, 07:33 AM   #2
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Thanks Brian, it's good to read a honest review, especially when it is almost 180 degrees different than 99.99% of the others!

I too have read all the negative reviews on the ProMag's but personally have never used any. I've never needed/wanted a super high capacity mag for my M&P's and have always found the factory mags I've needed so haven't had to look elsewhere.

Unfortunately there are lots of "internet experts" who can't refrain from commenting on some product even when they've never tried it...and quite often perpetuating a bad rumor!

Thanks for the review!
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Old February 21st, 2017, 08:40 AM   #3
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As far as this message board, when ProMag brought out their mags for the M&P, several members of this board bought them.

Generally speaking, their experience was pretty bad overall, there may have been one or two who had good luck, but the vast majority of them had significant problems. As you look around the net, the consensus about them is pretty negative overall.
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I wonder if ProMag had teething problems? Right now I certainly can't fault mine. Yes, I read those reviews also.

Heck, when the M16 first came out look at it's record. Compare that to now. Things change. I'd like to hear from some other folks who have tried ProMag recently. I can't be alone in needing to buy from them. If S&W made a big stick I never would have. But I can only get 27 rounds with a OEM mag and a +10 extension. Better than 17 rounds for competition, but still not a "no mag change" amount for a high round count stage.

I have 4 more 33 round mags coming in and I absolutely will be testing them. BTW, all 3 mags tested in the OP came from different sources.

FWIW, I can get 34 rounds in the mag I tried for max' capacity last night. I did NOT test for function with 34 rounds in it. 34 or 33, neither number is all that I want.
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If S&W would get some competition on magazines they MIGHT lower their prices!

My personal wish along that line is that Mec Gar would start selling M&P mags under their own brand name.

As part of the deal between S&W and Mec Gar to make the mags for the M&P, Mec Gar had to agree not to sell mags under their own brand name, I don't know if there was any time limit on that or not, I'm guessing it lasts as long as S&W continues to get their mags from Mec Gar.

If you aren't already aware, Mec Gar is the sole manufacturer of the M&P magazines from the start.

As an example, I can buy Mec Gar mags for my Beretta model 92, a 9mm high capacity mag, almost identical to an M&P mag for about $18 to $20 each. Mec Gar also makes mags for Beretta, but apparently have no such agreement with Beretta similar to the one with S&W.

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That would be nice! But through Botach I can get M&P mags for near $20 each when I buy 6 or more. It's not everyday, but when they have them on special pricing. I've mags back ordered at least twice over a period of time (multiple buys), but they always come through.

:-) Yeah I know, Botach has a horrible reputation too. But not with me. I've never had a problem with them. Maybe I live a charmed life.

If Mec-Gar was to make the big sticks the +10 extensions would fit. It's the way the base of the mag is formed that is the problem with the ProMags.
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