I was able to speak with a contact at Brownells yesterday regarding their magazine situation. I was specifically interested in hearing about their AR-15 magazines since many of you have been blowing up my inbox asking where to find mags.
First, let me say this. I know it is tempting to run out and buy a lifetime worth of AR-15 magazines, but I believe that you would probably be better off spending some time and energy contacting your Representatives to tell them how displeased you would be with new gun control legislation than spending time and energy tracking down magazines.
You have probably heard by now that Brownells sold a supply of magazines that would normally last them 3 years in just 3 days. Just about every magazine that they carry is out of stock. If you still want to buy, Brownells is allowing back orders at the same pre-panic prices and they have not placed any limits on how many magazines you can buy. They have handled this better than most large retailers and have even hired temp workers to help ship all of the extra orders!
They tell me that they have no idea when they will receive more Magpul PMAGs but they are holding their prices steady. Their PMAGs, like these PMAG 10 Packs are available to be back-ordered and will be fulfilled ASAP. If I am going to back order something, I like to do it from a place I trust like Brownells.
If you don’t want to roll the dice on when PMAGs will arrive, you can check out Brownells’ own USGI style mag. I have a handful of these and they are great mags. Brownells is assembling them as fast as possible and are purchasing more raw materials to continue cranking them out. There are no guarantees but these back orders may be filled relatively quickly. Check out the Brownells AR-15 Magazines.
I am very pleased with how Brownells has handled this entire ordeal. I will remember this when The Great Panic Buy of 2012 is all over and I suggest that you do, too.