Antipodean digital shootin’ buddy Jigsaw’s Kafkaesque hassles trying to get a single additional spare magazine for her 1911 reminded me of a few evil high capacity ammunition feeding devices that I keep around for mostly sentimental reasons.
Eight years have passed since I bought these in the heady days immediately following the sunset of Bill Clinton’s 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. We’ve had an entire wave of new shooters who have no idea how bad the Bad Days were. 10 round pistol magazines, “Kilnton Kilps”, shoddily bodged at the factory were fragile and finicky compared to full capacity units. Desperate shooters were faced with choosing between those, normal capacity magazines selling for $100 or more (often of dubious origin and legality), or the temptation of cheap but unreliable and poorly built Triple-K or Pro-Mag knockoffs. Do you remember AR shooters tweaking abused and rapidly thinning aluminum feed lips with pliers and jigs trying to eke a few more trouble free range sessions before the lips cracked or fell off? How about the hilarity of parting the hair of bystanders with the blast from the horrid pinned and welded AK-74 style muzzle brakes that Shrubmaster was shipping their AR uppers with? Ever seen a permanently pinned telestock and wondered why someone would do such a thing?
I bought 6 Glock 19 magazines, and 10 Okay Industries GI aluminum 30 round mags as soon as it was legal to do so, and the little inscriptions on each one reminds me that we are all one single foolish law away from the Bad Days again. The political climate has changed, but as long as there are humans that seek to exert control over others, we are in danger. Glock runs a great program where you can send in any factory magazine, no matter how old, and they will send you a fresh new updated model in exchange, and I’ve mostly transitioned to using Magpul Pmags, but I keep these around anyway. It’s not like I’ve got to feed them, and the lesson they represent shouldn’t be forgotten.