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This is probably not the first time we’ve mentioned this article but, it’s a good read for those considering a new AR and debating the traditional direct impingement (DI) verses short and long-stroke piston designs available today. It’s written by Mike Pannone. Pannone’s opinions carry a good deal of weight with me. He opens thusly:
I fired 2400 rounds of M193 through a 14.5” M4-type upper receiver from Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM) with no lubrication, and without any rifle-caused malfunctions. So; why can I get my direct impingement rifles to repeatedly do things that conventional wisdom says they can’t do?
via The Big M4 Myth: “Fouling caused by the direct impingement gas system makes the M4/M4A1 Carbine unreliable.” | Defense Review.
The article was originally published in 2010 but, it applies today as much as it did then. I for one have not been bitten by the piston bug mainly because the would be engineer in me looks at piston driven ARs as a “retrofit” of an existing system that in my own experience runs just fine if built by a reputable builder/manufacturer and properly maintained by me. Pannone’s article is not a DI v. piston debate piece. In fact, it focuses on the M4 in its original DI format and straight-forward, simple solutioned Pannone has found allow the classic M4 to run well over 2000 with zero issues, even with little or no lubrication. You can read the article in its entirety here.
I guess the Army is actually listening to the troops for once. No Mags are perfect, but P-Mags are far better that most of the mags out there.
“The Pentagon has clarified the Army’s stance on a recent safety message that effectively banned a certain high-performance, commercial M4 magazine, which means soldiers can keep using their PMAGs.
The confusion began when Army officials from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command issued a message in April, declaring that the only government-issued aluminum magazines were authorized for use in the M4 and M16 rifles.”
US Army Adopts New M4 Magazine, Bans All Other Magazines (Even PMAGs) – Gun News at Guns.com.
Yet another episode of Army brass sticking it to the grunts on the ground. I’ve put my fair share of rounds through the standard issue magazines as well as PMAGs and others. PMAGs are clearly superior to the standard issue mags and I think Slowik makes a solid point that the Army may be thumbing their noses at PMAGs now, solely because MagPul wasn’t willing to give up the patent.