Magazines

USGI Aluminum Magazine

Probably the most commonly seen magazines through the history of Israeli M16 use have been battered aluminum USGI magazines. A well-used surplus USGI magazine will always look correct.

USGI Aluminum Magazine

USGI Aluminum Magazine

E-Lander Steel Magazine

The IDF has been fielding the E-Lander steel magazines as they have several advantages over the aging aluminum mags. The E-Lander magazines have reinforced floorplates, anti-tilt self-lubricating followers, and are more closed against dust. The coating is extremely durable – if you want to make one look worn, it will take a LOT of work! White followers can  be seen even in low light when doing a chamber check.

E-Lander Steel Magazine - a current IDF issue magazine.

E-Lander Steel Magazine – a current IDF issue magazine. Click here for more info.

Oralite Magazines

There is a lot of talk about Oralite mags, but they were very unpopular and you will be hard-pressed to find a photo of one in use by an IDF soldier. If you do find a photo, it is unlikely to be a front-line soldier. I recommend skipping these for an IDF build.

Oralite magazines were not popular and see very little use.

Oralite magazines were not popular and see very little use.

For an IDF clone, I would stick with surplus USGI mags or E-Lander Steel mags. A combination of the two looks good. The E-Landers look good with the Israeli markings, but the coating is so durable it is really tough to make them look worn. Skip the Oralites. Don’t use Pmags, Lancers, Troy, or any other mags like that – they are great mags, but look out of place for our purposes.

One of the things that makes IDF carbines stand out is the magazine accessories. Check out the Magazine Accessories Page for info on these necessary accessories.

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