New Reduced Capacity Full-Sized AR Magazines — Say What?


15-round limited Hexmag magazine-cutaway for illustration only. Completed magazines appear as regular 30-round magazines. (Photo: Hexmag)

Hexmag is now offering reduced capacity full-sized AR magazines.

Why would anyone want a 30-round magazine that only holds 10 or 15 rounds?

Well, you wouldn’t if you live in a free state, but for those living in California, New York, New Jersey, among others anti-gun cesspools that ban standard capacity magazines capable of holding 30 rounds, there is a real appeal to Hexmag’s offering.

As Hexmag president George Brown stated, “In certain states/areas the possession of 20- and 30-round magazines for the AR-15 is now illegal. Hexmag has come out with magazines in full exterior size (best for practice and training) that comply with reduced capacity laws/regulations to protect the user should they be questioned by their state’s officials.”

In other words, if you’re a competitive shooter living in New York who competes around the country and you want to practice reloading your AR at home, it would help to have a magazine that mirrors the 30-round magazine you’ll be using in competition in other parts of the U.S.  If you actually tried to bring a 30-round magazine into New York, well, you’d run afoul of the draconian SAFE Act and find yourself at the mercy of anti-gun Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Not good.

Another advantage is storage.  These magazines have a little compartment that can hold items like batteries, 550 cord, small survival equipment, gun maintenance items.   Pretty neat.

The magazines are fitted with reduced-capacity risers and shortened stainless steel feed springs they are limited to 10- or 15-round capacity and will reliably feed .223/5.56 x45, .300AAC Blackout, .458 SOCOM and .50 Beowulf rounds.

(Photo: Hexmag)

You can see the little storage compartment at the base of the HX15-AR and HX10-AR (Photo: Hexmag)

More information from Hexmag, “Made from PolyHex2, a proprietary fiber-reinforced polymer and are available in four colors: Black, olive drab, grey and flat dark earth (FDE). They feature Hexmag’s Anti-Tilt colored follower and optional multi-colored HexID followers and latch plate. The colored magazine latch plate identifiers make it easy for a gun owner to quickly identify 10-, 15- and 30-round magazines and/or the ammunition contained. Couple this with their textured exterior and unique optional super grip tape and you get the most advanced, reliable and practical reduced capacity AR magazine around.”

The MSRP on these mags is $14.99.  They are made here in the USA and carry a lifetime warranty.

Visit Hexmag for more information.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Jonny5 January 27, 2018, 5:24 am

    Smaller mags just mean more mag changes. Remember the shitty metal Colt M16 20 rnd mags?

  • Fuzzy Bunny November 21, 2016, 8:58 pm

    Well, if they’re anything like my 10 rd AK mags, the spring and baseplate were the usual parts and that gap-filler piece was just held in place by a rivet…..

  • Scotty Gunn November 20, 2016, 2:19 pm

    They did this simply to avoid new mold costs, which can be very high. The rest of the blather is just spin to sell it.
    I do a lot of shows close to NJ, and am constantly asked for 15 round mags, both ak and ar. They want shorter mags, not 30’s “plugged”. Their reasoning is (1) if it isn’t going to hold 30, why look like it does, and (2) a shorter mag keeps people from assuming that they have 30 round mags at the range,etc.

  • TheSaint November 18, 2016, 9:05 pm

    People have been using these type of magazines in CA, that look like they hold 30 rounds but only hold 10 for a long time in CA. Thirty round magazines have been banned for more than 15 years in CA. In the past if you owned them before the ban you could keep them but now the CA Gestapo is going to confiscate them. Most people just want the look of the 30 round magazines while still being compliant of the law. An AR-15 with a tiny ten round magazine looks like it has been neutered.

  • Mark N. November 18, 2016, 2:37 am

    Why would someone want a mag that looks like it holds 30 rounds but doesn’t? I think I’ll stick with my (state mandated) 10 rounders. No reason to go LOOKING for trouble, after the State banned +10 mags of any age starting the first of the year, and having mags that LOOK illegal is just asking for an unwelcome intervention.

    • Blasted Cap November 18, 2016, 6:57 am

      That was my thought. You’re going to probably be arrested and them have the pleasure of legal fees and get to explain it to a judge. No thanks.

      • Cyrus November 18, 2016, 12:25 pm

        Agreed – pure 100% nonsense! I’ll stick with my 10 round mags as well.

  • American November 18, 2016, 12:33 am

    I think I understand the training concept I think , however if you train with what you use ,say a 30 round magazine and shoot 30 rounds. What then would be the sense in using a magazine that is the same size but held less rounds. Get the law changed in your state.

  • Will Drider November 17, 2016, 10:00 am

    NY for example, has very strict gun laws as most know. They also differentiate on legality based on final destination. Taking a properly secured 1911 with standard mags is okay if you drive thru without unnecessary delay. If NYC is your final destination or a scheduled stay: you can be charged with possession of a unregistered firearm. So having a State acceptable mag in and of itself, will not keep you out of trouble. A sailboat Captain was arrested and convicted for having a 1911 locked in the boats safe, no ammo on board.
    Max mag capacity is 10 rounds, but they may not be loaded with more then seven. The point here is these mags don’t solve all problems and you better be 100% compliant and that doesn’t mean your going to avoid trouble. I just stay the hell away from NY, CT, NJ and CA.

    Does anybody actually go to those States for Matches?

    • Monroe November 18, 2016, 9:32 am

      Don’t forget Md and D.C.

    • Cyrus November 18, 2016, 12:30 pm

      Actually, I live in CT. And for a State that has hard gun laws it is relatively easy to get a CCP if you have a clean record. That said, the majority of the LEO’s here are very understanding about our shitty gun laws and they will make on the spot decisions depending on how you conduct yourself and what the circumstances are. For one thing, you will never have to worry about traveling through CT with unloaded and secured weapons as long as they are registered. We are also allowed to have high capacity magazines for home defense and shooting ranges.

      • Steve November 19, 2016, 8:15 am

        I’ll second the comment on Connecticut LEOs, especially CSP.

        • GC November 22, 2016, 12:42 am

          Good God I am glad I do not live in the Soviet Union that use to be the land of the Free because of the Brave.
          There are better states that treat men like adults and not like children, but we know who the trouble makers are in these states and its not the Constitutionalists. It seems like the USSR these days.

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