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I think I have two magazines from the expendable mag project. The M16 magazine I am positive, the M14 mag still needs to be confirmed.

The 20 round M16 mag was produced by Aircraft Armaments Industries in Cockeysville, Maryland. The idea was the magazine came preloaded with ammunition and was thrown away after use. This magazine is well made.


The 30 round M14 I cannot confirm as being part of the project yet; it came from a former employee at Rock Island Arsenal who had no knowledge of the project. Rock Island played with lots of stuff during the 1970's so until I can confirm otherwise my assumption is this 30 round mag was part of the project. This magazine is not well made and looks like a one time use item.


The price of plastic during the oil crisis evidentually killed the idea.

 

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That's cool Bill....always like to see the different prototypes. That's sure something I didn't know about. Thanks again
 

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Thats actually pretty cool. Why aren't plastic mags produced today? Was this basically the only trial and after that no one revived it?
 

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I know the price of oil (plastic) rose very high during the early 1970's killing the project. With the high impact plastics they have today and the costs, I doubt they would manufacture them as expendable.

As far as using plastic in all climates and temperatures, you would have to ask somebody who is knowledgeable in that area, probably somebody in the pastics industry.
 
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