At Hinterland Outfitters, we carry a full range of gun magazines for sale for all types of firearms, including magazines for handguns, rifles and shotguns. We also carry drum magazines, high and low capacity mags, single/double stack magazines, and much more. Whether you need a rifle magazine for your AR-15, or a replacement pistol magazine, you’ll find it at here.
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Gun magazines hold the ammunition that feed into the firearm. While fixed magazines that require the shooter to load the ammunition manually into the gun itself do exist, most people are more familiar with detachable magazines. These detachable magazines require shooters to remove the detachable magazine box from the firearm, load the magazine, and replace it back into the gun.
Just as guns themselves come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so do gun magazines. Here’s a look at the different types of gun magazines you’re likely to come across when shopping for spare magazines.
Gun magazines are simplistic in nature, only consisting of a few major parts: the magazine lips, follower, spring, base plate and base pad.
Magazine Lips: The magazine lips are located at the top of the magazine. The lips are slightly smaller in diameter of the round, holding the round in place until it’s stripped off and loaded into the chamber. Feed lips can vary in design based on the type and make of the firearm. Reciprocating bolt firearms use magazine lips designed to stop the vertical motion of the cartridges out of the magazine, and will allow one cartridge at a time to be stripped (pushed) by the bolt into the chamber.
Single stack and double stack magazines have slightly different types of lips. Single stack magazines are designed so that the top cartridge touches both sides of the lips at the same time, while a double stack magazine consists of a wider set of lips so the second cartridge in line pushes on the first cartridge and forces it against one lip of the magazine.
Follower and Spring: Cartridges in a magazine sit on top of the follower, which is pushed up by the spring. The spring and follower is what feeds the cartridges vertically into the lips of the magazine. Some firearm owners worry about magazine spring fatigue if they keep their firearm magazine loaded at all times, but this is a false assumption.
Engineers and firearm experts will agree that magazine springs have no memory and suffer no additional fatigue when they remain in a compressed state. Keep in mind that spring fatigue can occur when the spring is compressed past its design limits or after repeat cycles of compression. So, magazines do need replacement if they’ve undergone hundreds of thousands of rounds of compressions, but not from being kept fully loaded. A defective or old magazine can have a direct effect on the performance and reliability of a firearm.
Base Plate and Base Pad: The base plate on a gun magazine secures the spring to the bottom of the magazine, while the pad gives more area when pushing the magazine into the magazine well and protects the magazine when it hits the floor during a speed reload. Many magazine base plates can be removed and replaced by aftermarket ones such as an extended base plate. Extended base plates are larger when extended downward, allowing the user to get another finger on the grip. These are very popular with compact pistols that have smaller grips.
The majority of semiautomatic firearms (excluding semi-auto shotguns) have rounds fed from a detachable magazine. Magazine types and styles can vary, but all can be categorized as single stack or double stack.
Single Stack Magazines: These are magazines that store rounds one on top of the other in a single straight line. Bolt action rifles and some pistols, such as the popular 1911 and small concealment pistols, use single stack magazines. Pistol grips will be noticeably smaller with single stack magazines, which many shooters feel is easier to grip and control the firearm. The main downfall with a single stack magazine is that it holds less capacity than the double stack.
Double Stack Magazines: Double stack magazines often hold twice as much as a single stack magazine, as they store rounds in two staggered rows. Since these rounds are staggered in the magazine box, the magazine is wider, and thus has a wider grip with handguns. Most handguns, AR-15s and AK-47s will feature double stack magazines. Many states have laws restricting the capacity of these magazines, forcing manufacturers and shooters to install magazine blocks into the mag, limiting the number of rounds that can be inserted.
The most commonly found magazine in firearms is what is known as the box magazine. These magazines are the most popular types used in handguns and rifles today and every experienced shooter has likely worked with detachable box magazines.
This type of gun magazine was first developed and used on a rifle in 1888 by Lee Metford. His magazine design would go on to be modernized and be able to be removable when Arthur Savage developed the magazine to be used with the Savage Model 99 in 1908.
As the name suggests, these magazines are often box shaped and allow the shooter to load ammunition on top of one another or in a zigzag pattern. Magazines that feature a staggered zigzag loading are referred to as double column or double stack box magazines. Box magazines can also be single stacked, with the ammunition being loaded one on top of the other.
There are two types of box magazines: Internal (fixed) and Detachable.
Internal Box Magazines: These are magazines that are fixed and built into the receiver of the firearm. Cartridges are inserted through a hinged floor plate which is located under the receiver of the firearm. Most bolt action hunting rifles feature this type of magazine design and have a limited capacity of usually 2 to 4 rounds.
Detachable Box Magazines: These are external box magazines that are completely separate from the firearm. Many shooters favor removable box magazines as it allows them to carry multiple magazines on their person for quick and efficient reloading. Most box magazines are inserted through the grip (handguns) or under the action (rifles). Detachable box magazines will often hold more rounds than internal ones. Ammo capacities in these mags can range from 3 rounds up to 40 rounds. Box magazines are usually made of polymer (plastic) or metal.
One of the most common high capacity magazine variants is the rounded drum magazine. These cylinder-shaped magazines store ammunition in a spiral shape around the center of the magazine. Commonly found on light machine guns, drum magazines can also be found on some rifles and allow for higher ammunition capacity.
Drum magazines are also popular with AR-15 and AK-47 firearm platforms. Made of polymer or metal, drum magazine capacities range from 10 rounds (shotguns) up to 100 rounds. Most are mil-spec in design, and are capable of fitting many different types of firearms. We carry all the top brands of drum magazines, including Magpul, Adaptive Tactical, ProMag, Thompson Center, Century Arms and many more.
Tubular magazines are used with shotguns and rifles. Some of the first repeating rifles, like the lever-action, used tubular magazines, holding cartridges end-to-end, which greatly increased the rifle’s effectiveness and firepower. The first magazine-fed firearm to gain widespread success that used a tubular magazine was the Spencer repeating rifle, which dates back to the American Civil War.
Tubular magazines are spring-loaded and run parallel (usually under) to the barrel. Pump action and semi-auto shotguns also use tubular magazines, as well as .22 LR rimfire rifles. Some tubular magazines on shotguns can be extended, giving the shooter greater capacity. These types of tubular magazines are popular with 3-gun competition shooters and tactical shotguns.
Handgun (but not revolver) magazines are classified as a detachable box magazine and includes lips, follower, spring, base plate and base pad. They’re typically made from steel and come in a blue or stainless steel finish. The two types of handgun magazines are single stack and double stack, with the majority being double stack with a capacity between 8 to 17 rounds.
They also make aftermarket magazine extensions, allowing capacities of up to 30 rounds. Most handgun magazines are proprietary, meaning that they’re manufacturer and model specific; however, some are mil-spec, such as 1911 magazines. Some handgun magazines can also be used with different model variations across the same manufacturer.
Rifle magazines come in a couple of different types depending on the model and type of rifle. The most popular magazine types used are internal box magazines, detachable box magazines and tubular magazines.
Most hunting rifles will use an internal box magazine which alleviates unnecessary weight and has a limited capacity require by law for hunting. Long range/precision rifles, tactical rifles, AR-15s and AK-47s use detachable box magazines. Long range/precision rifles typically are single stack and usually have a capacity between 4 to 10 rounds. The AR-15/AK-47 rifles use double stack magazines and have capacities between 5 to 30 rounds.
Rifle magazines are made out of polymer or steel and come in a variety of colors. Lever action and pump action rifles use a tubular magazine that sits below the barrel; that being said, the most common type of tubular magazine used on a rifle is on lever action rifles.
Shotgun magazines are usually tubular magazines. Pump action and semi-auto shotguns both feature a tubular magazine that run parallel to the barrel. They have a capacity between 3 and 10 rounds. Tactical shotgun magazines will often be extended, allowing for maximum firepower.
Hunting shotgun magazine tubes are typically much shorter with a limited capacity of 3 to 4 rounds. They’re also typically hidden inside the shotgun’s handguard, which saves weight and abides by hunting laws that require limited magazine capacity.
AR-15 magazines are made by many different manufacturers, and are either mil-spec or proprietary. The majority of AR-15 magazines will be mil-spec, meaning that you can use them with many different makes and models that are in the AR family of firearms.AR-15 magazines are detachable box magazines that come in polymer or steel, and have capacities ranging from 5 to 42 rounds (30 rounds being the standard).
The polymer Magpul Pmag is by far the most popular AR-15 magazine on the market. We carry a large selection of AR-15 magazines for sale from Magpul, HK, ProMag, Daniel Defense, FN Herstal and many more.
There are many aspects about firearms that often become convoluted or misused. One of these misused aspects is the way the terms, “clip” and “magazine” are used interchangeably. While it’s true that both of these terms refer to accessories that load ammunition, they are not the same thing.
The easiest way to differentiate the two is that a clip has no moving parts and a magazine does, often in the form of springs. A clip simply holds rounds of ammunition together to make them easier to feed into a magazine or sometimes directly into a firearm. On the other hand, a magazine holds ammunition under spring pressure before being fed into the firearm’s chamber.
The unfortunate truth is that gun magazines are an often-overlooked component when it comes to firearm maintenance. Many gun owners spend a lot of time ensuring that each corner of their gun is clean, but may ignore their magazines completely. While this kind of negligence can result in malfunctioning firearms, the good news is that magazine maintenance is simple when addressed accordingly.
By taking some time to regularly clean your magazine with a dedicated magazine cleaning brush, you can rest assured knowing your magazines are reliable. Simple routine cleaning is great, but every now and then, be sure to give your magazines a good, deep cleaning. If your magazines include a removable floorplate, disassembling the magazine and scrubbing down the insides can help to extend the life of your magazines incredibly.
Cleaning out the magazines does mean a little extra work, but it will pay off in the long run.
Generally speaking, the higher the capacity of a magazine, the better. With that being said, there are trade-offs of having a high vs. low capacity magazine, and also laws/restrictions to consider. This usually comes into question when shopping for a new firearm and trying to make a decision on what caliber will fit your needs and application.
The larger the caliber, the less magazine capacity, and the smaller the caliber, the bigger the magazine capacity. For example, most semi-auto handguns can carry up to 10 rounds of 45 ACP, while the 9mm can carry up to 17 rounds.
This is also a consideration that shooters think about when purchasing a concealment handgun. The smaller the pistol, the more concealable, but this translates into a lower capacity magazine. Firearm size and caliber will both determine the gun’s magazine capacity potential.
Another factor to consider when purchasing a magazine or firearm is understanding and knowing your local and state laws and possible magazine capacity restrictions. Many states like NY, NJ, CO, CT, MD, CA, D.C., and HI have restrictions on how many rounds your magazines can hold.
Most restricted states consider a “high capacity” magazine or firearm as being capable of holding more than 10 rounds. It’s important to understand and know your local laws before purchasing a firearm and magazines. Please check out our restrictions page if you’re not sure if you can purchase a high capacity product where you reside.
There are also restrictions on magazine capacity when you are hunting, so it’s important to educate yourself with the local and state laws in the location where your hunt is taking place. Most states limit magazine capacity for hunting to 2-4 rounds depending on the state, firearm type and type of game that you’re hunting.
There’s no “best” magazine that works for every gun in every situation. The reality of the situation is that it depends on a variety of factors such as the type of gun you’re using, the type of shooting you’re doing, and what you find comfortable as the shooter. Obviously factors such as material and color matter as well, but the most important thing to look for is that you’re comfortable carrying and handling the magazines when loading your firearm.
If you require further assistance in choosing the perfect gun magazines for your needs, please do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated service team. We’re always glad to help and can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 877-446-8370.