MidwestPX Neutered PMAGs – For California

10/30 223/5.56.

For the rest of the free world, this will not apply to you.  For Californians who did not possess magazines with a capacity higher than 10 cartridges before January 2000, this might be for you if you’re running an AR15.

Magazines that appear to hold more than 10 rounds is a recent phenomenon, primarily for the appearance I’m assuming.  Others have stated faux capacity magazines provide a training component.  Regardless, it’s a demand that warrants retailers to cater to this market, one of which MidwestPX took head on.  Located in Missouri, MidwestPX asked me to take a look at their modified magazines.

I received a stubby, curved stubby, 10/20 and 10/30 for .223/5.56.  Two additional magazines for the LR-10, the 10/20 and stubby, were also received.

The stubby magazines were cut down in size and the floor plate were secured at four points with roll pins.  PMAGs that were not cut down only required one or two roll pins.  I was curious how the roll pins would hold up, so I threw the .223/5.56 magazines against concrete a few times.  So far it has not shattered into bits and pieces, as expected with PMAGs.  However, if you’re running high-speed-good-ta-go-primaries rolling with a tool to detach your magazine, I doubt these 10 round magazines are subject to significant abuse.

Inside the magazine is an acrylic block, limiting the magazines capacity.  If you decided to purchase any faux capacity magazine, be sure that it does not hold more than 10.

All magazines have their base plates pinned from the side into the spring floor plate, making it more difficult to disassemble.  The roll pins are placed such that they can’t be pushed out.  They can be drilled out, but not before damaging the magazine body.  Though it is not defined, the roll pins alone may address the issue of permanence.  YMMV.

CA Penal Code 12020
(a) Any person in this state who does any of the following is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison:
(2) Commencing January 1, 2000, manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, or lends, any large-capacity magazine.
(c)(25) As used in this section, “large-capacity magazine” means any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, but shall not be construed to include any of the following:
(A) A feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than 10 rounds.
(B) A .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device.
(C) A tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm.

It’s definitely a  solid set up  from a reputable retailer for those want to import a PMAG into California and maintain the capacity limited to 10 rounds.  Not entirely gung-ho for the faux magazine like me?  Check out MidwestPX anyway.  They’re good folks who support California gun owners and Calguns.net; therefore, are worthy of your business and mine.  Good-da-go?

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8 Comments on “MidwestPX Neutered PMAGs – For California”

  1. Wally
    November 9, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    And it will just continue until someone from California stands up and takes it to SCOTUS.
    I guess its really true what they say about California…Its the land of fruits an Nuts .And its not true…As California goes ,so goes the Nation…Most states do have 30 round mags.

  2. November 9, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    Just like Jersey, but we’re limited to 15 rounds, and they have to come from the factory as 15 rounders, no pinning, no welding, or any other kind of alteration to limit it to 15 rounds.

  3. Zermoid
    November 9, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Of course you ‘could’ just drive to PA and buy whatever you want in the way of mags to have for an emergency, just don’t advertise it to anyone.

    That is also one of the many reasons I Left NJ!

    New Jersey, the Gestapo State.

  4. John
    November 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    Midwest PX is good to go! Has some of the best customer service I have seen.

  5. November 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Great review, Derek; Thanks!

    As for NJ, you can have 15rd PMAGs! They just need to be permanently blocked and altered. Please check out http://njgunforums.com/forum/ for more information!


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