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Old 11-26-2009, 03:19 AM
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Are soldiers allowed to purchase their own magazines and use them in combat?

I'm asking because it says on the Jericho page that the US military has never used thermold magazines, but this picture seems to prove otherwise.

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Yes, soldiers are even allowed to bring in their own ammo. I've heard from my Marines that they even smuggle in hollow points for their M16s.
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I'm not a US soldier so I can't comment on mags, but no way in hell would bringing in their own ammo be allowed. That would NEVER fly in any army. That will get you sent to jail.

As an aside, I don't know why anyone would be willingly using thermold mags. We originally used them with the C7 and they were so terrible we got rid of them in the 90s and bought steel ones. This was a time when the budget was so small there was talk of getting rid of the artillery entirely.
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Id et pmas, they have a reallly good rep. USI mas, not so much. Most soldiers I know say the springs are so worn they can't fully load their mags and have them work properly.....one navy guy i know used to have to carry a 1911 with 5 rounds in the ma due to same reason....

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I'm not a US soldier so I can't comment on mags, but no way in hell would bringing in their own ammo be allowed. That would NEVER fly in any army. That will get you sent to jail.

As an aside, I don't know why anyone would be willingly using thermold mags. We originally used them with the C7 and they were so terrible we got rid of them in the 90s and bought steel ones. This was a time when the budget was so small there was talk of getting rid of the artillery entirely.
Because it ISN'T allowed. It's against the Geneva Convention to have anything other than FMJs. But out in the field, in Iraq, who would know or care?
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Id et pmas, they have a reallly good rep. USI mas, not so much. Most soldiers I know say the springs are so worn they can't fully load their mags and have them work properly.....one navy guy i know used to have to carry a 1911 with 5 rounds in the ma due to same reason....
What? K9870, you still didn't buy a new keyboard?

On topic, I doubt people could smuggle in Hollow Points. Those Marines were probably lying. Why would anyone risk going to jail for some extra fire power?

I'm also completely sure that it was the Hague convention in 1899 that outlawed Hollow Points for use in warfare not the Geneva convention. Not only that, the outlawing of Dum-Dum bullets were a continuance of the Saint Petesburg convention of 1868.

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Are soldiers allowed to purchase their own magazines and use them in combat?

I'm asking because it says on the Jericho page that the US military has never used thermold magazines, but this picture seems to prove otherwise.

The U.S. military has never officially adopted or authorized the Thermold magazines. As Nyles has pointed out, CF ditched those long ago, and if it wasn't good for them, you can damn well bet the DoD would have the same view.

I'm guessing this particular soldier might have had a buddy (maybe a private contractor or someone) who did him a favor and got him some. Though it still begs the question why he'd want such bad mags. Everyone I know who's ever bought Thermold mags for their AR hates them and regrets wasting the money.
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My G key is acting up now. And its the hague convention which bans hollowpoints, not geneva, and we never signed either, its just military policy to use fmjs.
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And, of course, what I really meant by the title was MANGA magazines ....

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