Thermold, makers of a wide variety of economically priced nylon magazines, is moving production from Wilson, North Carolina to Fort Smith, Arkansas. This move is just the beginning of a new push from Thermold, a company intent on raising their status with American shooters.
Before we get started, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room. Thermold has been dogged by a litany pf pervasive misconceptions. Back a year or so ago, when Brownell’s had some issues with the shipping of their PMAG back orders, the viral sensation below swept the internet firearms community. The funniest part of the much abused meme is when Hitler refers to Thermolds as “melted Pringles lids.” Even though it was meant to mock Brownell’s, it did so at Thermold’s expense.
The Canadian Thermelt rumor seems to have originated from Canadian troops firing high volumes of blanks, heating up their rifles past the melting point of cheap Canadian plastics. Thermold had leased their patent to Canada, but the Canadians chose to make them out of crap plastic, not Zytle. As a result, the mags got a bit melty. When they weren’t melting, they were brittle. The reputation the catastrophic Canadian magazines deserved has been haunting Thermold ever since.
The American made Thermolds still play second fiddle to industry leader Magpul and a handful of other polymer magazine manufacturers. But Thermold is intent on challenging the misconceptions and taking a bigger share of the market. They’ve been making Zytel magazines longer than anyone else in the industry. They patented their AR mag back in 1977, 30 years before PMags. And Thermold still backs every one of their mags with a lifetime warranty.
The pictures below will tell their current story. Their Fort Smith move is going well, and the new location allows for much more timely shipping than their previous location in Wilson, NC. They’ve got manufacturing up and running and they’re taking their mags to the streets, starting with the LEOs in Arkansas and surrounding states.
And that’s where I come in, on site, and I’ll tell you this. After taking a tour of their new manufacturing facility, I didn’t find a single Pringles lid. I’ve used Thermolds for several years now. They’ve never been my go-to mags, but I have several 30 round AR mags, and a handful of AK mags. When the last rumors of potential bans got everybody stirred up, I started testing any mags I could find, including Thermolds. I’ve yet to see one melt, or come apart. I’ve got samples of their most recent mags coming, and will put them through hell–I guarantee you that. And I’ll let you know what I find.
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