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I was just wondering how many mag collectors we have here. I started out hoarding a bunch of 30s for my AR in preparation for the new year 2017 (if you know what I mean). Wasn't long before I fell in love with the old 20s from the Vietnam era. I think I have them all now exept for the Armalite mags. I do have some duplicates if someone wants to trade. So,,, if anyone else is addicted to these things it's now your chance to bare your soul and admit to our problem.

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I have a "weakness" too. Don't have an original Waffle nor a 25 rd yet but think I have everything else. I really like the emerald green followers on the 30 cals. PS I just picked up 4 of those early rubberized pouches in un issued condition.

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223/556 not sure which they are marked. They are Colt's marked though. Numbered bodies. Are those your waffles and are they all original?

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Id love just two for one of my pouches. Im very happy to have two of Nodak Spuds repops, they are spot one. I had a guy near me make up two Armalite floor plates and found two alloy followers. They look damn good.

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I buy them when I can, and currently I have 7 Original 20rd mags with aluminum followers. I have bought them for $10-$25 each as they showed up at swap meets. I guess I collect vietnam mags?

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I had six marked 223 instead of 5.56 but sold a couple. They are getting hard to find. I'll tell you what though,when I stick one of those aluminum Colt 20 rounders in my AR15 I know it's going to work!

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By the looks of it,the only way to get a 223 Waffle is pay what they want when they want it. A fello had a box/bag/package of four on gunbroker a they were just creased Armalite mags he thought. He wanted nearly 500 start bid. I tried to talk him into selling one but no dice. I think he would do better selling one at a time. They didn't sell I don't think in the four pak.

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Another thing was he couldn't guarantee what was in the wrapper but said the others he opened were armalite floor plates but for one which was a Colt 223 pak. They were marked 1964 on the brown paper wrapper.

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Here's the progression of twenty round mags. Armalite waffle mag, the same floor plate but standard body, then colt marked .223 followed by 5.56mm floor plates.

 

 

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Also, here's a pic of the first issue 30 round mag. Probably 1969? Notice the numbers in white on an Emerald Green follower. Some of these look black at shows. ALWAYS shine a flashlight on them when digging through a pile of mags. There are gems in the mix!

No pun intended.

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