New AR Mag from SureFeed with Textured Grip is Okay!
Mike the Mook
Yesterday we got word that Okay Industries, the world’s most experienced AR magazine manufacturer, has introduced the SureFeed E2 AR magazine. This evolution of the SureFeed 30 round product line is the result of over 45 years’ experience manufacturing M16/M4 magazines for the U.S. military.
That’s no lie.
We first used Okay magazines 30+ years ago as a wet behind the balls 17 year-old Marine Private. Through the years we held onto our original stash of USMC issued magazines and still have most of them running to feed our ever growing collection of AR rifles.
However, over the past several years we have been shooting with versions still made by Okay Industries with a few performance enhancers. These include an improved feed lip design, better followers, more robust springs and a choice of three colors (grey, black and tan).
Just when we thought they were the best magazine on the market, they went ahead and made them better.
Okay’s new SureFeed E2 magazine looks to be taking it to the next level for handling and performance – though it’ll take some time to see just how much.
Here’s how they describe the SureFire E2 mag’s build:
SureFeed E2 magazines are 100% made in the U.S.A. with components that meet or exceed demanding Mil-Spec requirements. The magazine bodies and floor plates are made from lightweight 6061 aluminum and heat treated to U.S. military specifications for strength and durability. All magazines are hard coat anodized and available with either a Mil-Spec DFL (dry film lube) grey finish, Tactical Black PTFE finish or Desert Tan PTFE finish. Their anti-tilt, self-lubricating, non-hygroscopic polymer followers and high-performance Mil-Spec stainless-steel springs keep rounds properly aligned and tensioned for flawless performance.
SureFeed E2’s patented feed lips are said to dramatically increase reliability by decreasing the force necessary to strip the cartridge from the magazine. This low friction feed lip design is intended to help the rifle continue to function when dirty or fouled with carbon.
We have previously experienced poor performance with some polymer magazines, (particularly the ones you can see through) while running suppressed. The excess gas and carbon blowing back into the action often caused the magazine to stop feeding at around the halfway point. This can be a minor inconvenience at the range, an embarrassment in a carbine class, and life threatening in a gun fight.
Every SureFeed magazine goes through an exhaustive battery of Mil-Spec inspections and tests before being shipped. Some of the areas tested include weld integrity verification, feed lip tolerance and component quality verification. This all leads up to final assembly where proprietary qualification of each magazine is 100% tested for fit and function. This proprietary inspection and testing process results in the superior quality of SureFeed magazines and is the reason Okay Industries has been an authorized supplier to the U.S. Military since co-developing the original USGI 30rd magazine in 1973.
In what is probably an industry first for metal magazines, Okay Industries has added texturing to the side panels of the SureFeed E2.
When we first heard this, we thought, “Great, there will be a legion of morons grabbing them like they would a vertical fore grip and committing all kinds of atrocities with their groups on the range.”
Then we realized a company such as Okay would be damned unlikely to pull a stunt like that. The texturing was added to improve handling even with wet or cold hands or while wearing gloves.
Living in the Sierras and having run into that problem a time or two, we can relate and think it’s probably a much needed change that some of us will appreciate.
Okay’s textured pattern is aggressive enough to provide a positive, secure grip without interfering with insertion or removal from magazine pouches.
Another change to the magazines is an embossed “5.56MM” marking on each side for quick an easy caliber identification.
We have always been a fan of color coded magazines for other calibers. Think black for 5.56 and tan for 300 Blackout, or go a step further — put subsonic 300 BO loaded in 20-rounders and supersonic loads in 30-rounders. This may be another way to segregate magazines by caliber to ensure safety…nless you hose it up and put 458 SOCOM in one of these that are marked 5.56.
We hope to get a better look and do a hands on review in the near future.
Stay tuned, we’ll advise.
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About the Author: Mike “the Mook” Searson is a veteran writer who began his career in firearms at the Camp Pendleton School for Destructive Boys at age 17. He has worked in the firearms industry his entire life, writing about guns and knives for numerous publications and consulting with the film industry on weapons while at the same time working as gunsmith and ballistician. Though seemingly a surly curmudgeon shy a few chromosomes at first meeting, Searson is actually far less of a dick and at least a little smarter than most of the Mad Duo’s minions. He is rightfully considered to be not just good company, but actually fit for polite company as well (though he has never forgotten his roots as a rifleman trained to kill people and break things, and if you look closely you’ll see his knuckles are still quite scabbed over from dragging the ground). You can learn more about him on his website or follow him on Twitter, @MikeSearson.