Okay Industries has been around for along time. Most people familiar with them know them from the surplus magazines sold at gun shows or stores. They are a major supplier of M16/M4 magazines for the military. In my opinion, they make the best milspec USGI aluminum standard mag. I have used them over many many years and have never had one have even the smallest issue. My friend and myself spent many hours driving mile and miles to find USGI mags after the ’94AWB became law and the Colt and Okay magazines were much sought after by us
One thing many people don’t know is that they likely already have an Okay ind, mag. Okay was and probably still is the company that manufactures the Colt factory magazines in 30 and 20 round versions. Years ago, colt rifle manuals fine print about reliability and warranty lawyer speak always had the statement that Colt only garauntees their rifles to work completely reliable when using Colt and Okay Industry brand AR-15/M16/M4 magazines. Why OKay? Because they made both. Anyone in the military that carried a rifle/carbine as their primary job has probably seen plenty of the Okay brand mags. Other than being issued some, buying Colt magazines or surplus Okay mags on the civilian market, until recently it has not really been easy to buy brand new Okay brand mags. Then recently, Okay has started finally selling their excellent USGI mags on the civilian market for everyone not in a communist state to purchase. Rejoice! The “Surefeed” Okay magazines were born.
The mags come in the typical ziploc type plastic bag with nice backing with information and instruction about the magazines.
The backs give the pertinent info buyers may want to know abotu the specs of the magazines.
Not very often do you see a company care enough to include info like that in plastic baggies for magazines.
The side of the mag bodies are marked with the logo and you can see the milspec finish.
The mags being milspec, are up to the current specs and have the up to date tan follower to aid reliability and to better feed the M855A1 service round. The follower is the now standard anti-tilt type . The spring is stainless steel and made to the current milspec as well as he hard coat anodized finish.
The floorplates are marked with the new logo and markings. A little different than the older Okay Industries markings but no change in quality. I don’t know if this is the new logo for all mags or just the ones to be sold on the civilian market, I wouldn’t doubt if it is just as change for marketing for non military buyers with the old markings and name still used for gov. contract magazines. Either way the important thing is that if you want to buy new, never used Okay mags you can. I paid $11 yankee green backs for these, A great deal as we have been living the salad days since obama left the throne. My advice is to buy them in bulk and buy them often while the price is still down.
I tried these mags in several ARs and they worked as expected. All of my ARs are Colt which of course has the magwells made to proper mil spec so its no shock the mags that are made to work within that spec do. I fired the mags, loaded them with stripper clips, loaded the mags with the lula loader and they are living up to opinion I have of the older USGI surplus Okay mags I have.
I would not bother with a review of a plain old USGI magazine normally but the Okay brand mags are a bit of an exception for me. I have always held a very high opinion of them and always carefully horded the surplus examples I accumulated over the years. Seeing them finally brought to the wider civilian market was something I was very happen to see.,
The following branded USGI mags are the ones I stick with to ensure reliability. I will save arguments over if they are all actually made by the same company for another time. I offer the list only as a way to reference the USGI I personally trust for 30 rounders.
- C Products
- Adventure line
I do often use and trust the surefire 60 round magazines as well.
For completeness non aluminum mags I use and trust are below.
- Lancer AWM ( the finest magazine on the market in my opinion)
- DD 32 round magazines.
I also like the Pmag 40 round magazines. That is pretty much my short list of mags I use and trust in the 30 rounds plus. As for 20 rounders I have found most surplus military 20 round mags in good shape are reliable as well as the Pmag 20s and Pmag 10 rounders.