Last-Minute Christmas Gift? Try a Gun Magazine Gift Box

Christmas shopping for friends and loved ones is supposed to be enjoyable. But have you ever sat around wondering what on earth you should get someone? Some people are so hard to shop for that it turns something fun into a big headache. If you’re having this problem with anyone who owns guns, we have your solution. Buy them a box of magazines for their AR-15, handgun, or favorite hunting rifle. It’s very simple to do and anyone who owns guns will be excited to get more magazines.

A lady at work once asked me for advice on what to get her husband for Christmas. He loves hunting, shooting, and other outdoor activities. I suggested some extra mags for his guns. Her response was “Oh I don’t think so, he already has that.” So, just in case you are not familiar with guys (or gals) who are into firearms, here’s the thing. You can never have “too many” magazines! Saying you have enough magazines is like saying you have enough ammo, and that’s not a thing.

ATI doubles the capacity of traditional mags
The ATI-Schmeisser 60-round casket magazine is a high-quality polymer mag that allows twice the ammo capacity of a standard 30-round AR15 mag. [Photo: Jason Mosher]
In the magazine world, there are good ones, cheap ones, low-capacity, high-capacity, drums, and more. In other words, there are a lot of choices to fill a gift box with. Cheaper magazines are great for those who train at the range a lot. You can drop them or throw them around and not worry about breaking them or getting them dirty. I can’t list every magazine for every gun, so I’ll just cover some AR-15 and Glock mags. If you need mags for a different gun, there’s a good chance GunMag Warehouse sells them because, well, that’s what we do.

Glock magazines

Glock is a household name in the gun industry. Just about any gun that even remotely resembles a Glock is viewed as a Glock clone. One of the most valuable things about owning a Glock handgun is just how affordable and versatile the magazines are. Glock mags are now one of the most used and universal handgun magazines in the world. Here are some of my favorite Glock mags:

Gen 5 factory Glock Magazines

Many companies make Glock magazines, but you won’t find any better than Glock factory mags. When buying a Glock mag, just look up the model of the gun like, G19, G22, G43, etc. One good thing about having lots of Glock mags is their compatibility with other guns. For example, a Glock 17 magazine will fit in a Glock 19 handgun. It will also work in just about any other brand of 9mm weapon that accepts Glock mags.

Glock D50 Drum for PCC rifles

Remember when I said Glock mags were widely used in other guns? Well, this Magpul drum magazine is a Glock-pattern drum that won’t fit in a Glock pistol. It’s made specifically for PCC (pistol caliber carbine) weapons that use Glock mags. So, if your special someone has a rifle or sub-gun that uses Glock mags, they will love this. The Magpul D50 drum holds 50 rounds of 9mm ammo, and I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t get a kick out of sending 50 rounds of ammo down range in rapid succession.

Magpul D50 drum for PCC weapons
Magpul D50 drum for PCC weapons. [Photo: Jason Mosher]

Magpul PMAG GL9 27-round for Glock pistols

This is my favorite extended magazine for Glock pistols. Glock makes their own extended magazines, but I like the length of the 27-round PMAG. You wouldn’t think a few rounds would make a difference, but it does. This one is a little shorter than the 30+ round magazines made by Glock and several other manufacturers. Known most for their durable AR-15 mags, the PMAG is legendary for its durability. This is the perfect extended Glock mag for PCC weapons and handguns alike.

AR-15 magazines

The AR-15 rifle is the most popular platform in America. It’s fun to shoot, easy to modify and upgrade, and it’s great for multiple things, including home defense, hunting, competition shooting, and more. Just like Glock pistols, one of the best things about the AR-15 rifle is the universal AR-15 mag. Aside from a few exceptions, just about any AR-15 magazine will work in any brand of AR-15 rifle. And there are a lot of options when it comes to AR-15 brands and types. Here are my favorites:

Lancer L5 AR-15 Mags

I have lots of black polymer and grey metal mags for my AR-15. But sometimes it’s nice to throw in some other colors. There is a point to multiple colors, which is identifying ammo type. But I like having different colors to match some of my rifles. My favorite color is red, so I have multiple red Lancer magazines.

One thing I like about Lancer is they use metal for the feed lips at the top of the magazine. This adds durability to the area with pressure from the magazine spring. Get them in just about any color you want and add some spice to your AR-15.

Lancer AR-15 mags
Lancer AR-15 mags come in multiple colors to choose from. [Photo: Jason Mosher]

Duramag AR-15/.223 Magazine

Metal AR-15 mags are what the AR-15 first used. And the military still uses them today. Aluminum AR mags are lightweight and strong making them one of the best deals for the price. Duramag’s retail close to $20 but they are also on sale for $10.99, making them a bargain buy. You can even select from 14 different colors and still have the durability of metal.

Schmeisser 60-round AR-15 mags

These are just cool and wish your AR-15 was fully automatic. I’ve used these on the range for several years now, and I’ve never had one malfunction. They hold double the capacity of a standard AR mag, and they are easy to load. Having 60 rounds of ammo in one magazine makes it tempting to keep pulling the trigger. With ammo prices going up, this isn’t always a good thing, but at least you have the option to keep shooting. Right now, these bad boys are on sale for less than $25 which is unbelievable. So, grab one while they are still in stock.

Magpul PMAG

PMAGs have become the standard for AR-15 magazines. The military still uses metal magazines but has recently approved the use of PMAGs as well. They are known for their durability and are trusted by members of law enforcement and the military. This makes them a safe purchase for anyone with an AR-15 rifle. These are the “stock-up” brand of magazines, so don’t hold back and fill that box up.

Jason Mosher shooting HM Defense Raider MC5 AR-15 pistol
PMAGs are among the most used AR mags in America. [Photo: Jason Mosher]

Ready to fill a box full of mags?

While I only talked about some Glock and AR-15 mags, you can find extra mags for just about any gun. 1911 handguns, the Sig P320, Beretta M9, Smith and Wesson’s M&P, and a ton of other guns are all popular weapons. Just look up the model and caliber of each weapon you want to buy mags for. Be sure to use our handy Magfinder tool on our website to locate mags for specific firearms.

Sheriff Jason Mosher is a law enforcement generalist instructor as well as a firearms and tactical weapons trainer. Jason graduated from the FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) and serves as a Sheriff for his day job. When he’s not working, he’s on the range, eating steak, or watching Yellowstone.

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