I carried the M1A more than the M16 variants during my service career.
Had em in our armory yet the Hk’s an M1A’s seem to be on the road more than the mouse guns.
I am savin my duckets for a civy version of the Hk 416 for 3 gun matches.
Who is making this new improved mag mentioned here ?
You know, I don't know if the brand was mentioned in the article. My guess is that the "new" magazine is just a new follower, and the reset stays the same GI lowest-bidder M16 mags. Maybe they are also getting away from the stainless steel springs, which don't rust, but do take a set when stored under tension too long. I've replaced all my GI springs with Wolff chrome-silicon extra-power ones.
You can't beat the H&K all-steel magazine in 5.56mm. It started out as part of their project to save the SA80, and is the Rolls Royce of bunch. In plastic, the Magpul pmag/emag seem good, along with the plastic Lancer. After that, there's the standard American-style 30 rd mag that should do well with the right spring and follower. Some are in steel, some in aluminum.
Interestingly enough, a Korean company is making respectable copies of MP5 and H&K SA80 magazines. They're also a US military supplier of M14 mags, along with the one remaining American company that makes them.
The really interesting is that there are now about three producers of the FNH 50-round mag for the P90, including this Korean company. The quality ranges from vey good to crap, but they've brought the price of the genuine FN mags from near $100 to about $40.