Here is my little review of sorts of the ProMag 32Rd magazine. I did enough research on these things, that I thought it'd be best to write up a little review and submit it so I can give back to the community that I've already learned so much from in my short time being a member. I'm no way affiliated with ProMag in anyway. (Just figured I'd throw that out there.)
I'll start off with why I even wanted one in the first place.
I've always been a fan of the 'tacticool' look (Who hasn't at some point). Glock is the only company that I know off hand that offers a factory magazine to hold this capacity. I've shot plenty of Glocks, but when it came down to picking a gun that I wanted to carry everyday, and god forbid, have to use in a self-defense situation.. I went with my XD9SC.
I did my research on extended magazines and the little kits that various websites offer to extend your factory 16Rd magazine even further just didn't interest me. That's when I stumbled upon ProMag's product. I read various reviews, terrible reviews, mediocre reviews, and positive reviews.. and to be honest, there were a lot more negative ones then positives. So I let the idea go of throwing $40 away on a ProMag.
Then one day, browsing around on the internet I found them for $16.13, I figured might as well, So I ordered two, and a few other items (Black Hawk Serpa ($30), 100Rds of Hornady Steel Match (9mm/125Gr.), a CRKT K.I.S.S. and my total ended up at about $130 Shipped UPS Ground.. I ordered Friday at about 4:30PM (They were already closed), Received my invoice on Saturday, and on Thursday my package showed up to my work.
This is where my review starts.
I immediately ripped open the package like an antsy 6 year old on Christmas.
There they were. Two ProMag magazines in all of their glory. (LOL.)
If you are reading this review, and have ordered one previously, and had a bad experience, ProMag offers a lifetime warranty. My advice is, if you had a "Bad" one, let them try and work with you and fix the situation.
I'm going to go off of points that I previously read in other's posts.
1.) It "Actually" holds 35.
I loaded up 32 rounds of Hornady Steel Match, and could of easily I'm sure put two or three more in, but did not. They are advertised at 32, so I stuck with that.
2.) Magazine doesn't "lock" in.
I had the same issue with an unloaded magazine, it takes a little bit of finesse, but it's doable. It's not too bad is what I'm pretty much getting at. Now, with them loaded, I had no problem with them. Clicked right in.
3.) Too much side to side play.
I wouldn't say it's "too much" but it defiantly does have a little wiggle/play in it. Not a lot, but it's there, and noticeable. Nothing too crazy and nothing to worry about.
I had zero problems. 200Rds of Tulammo (Cheap walmart steel casing ammo.) 100Rds of Hornady Steel Match, and 100Rds of the infamous Winchester white box from Wal-Mart. It ate all 400 rounds without any issues. Went bang every single time, next round was always there. Completely reliable.
I read a few people noticed cracks on the back of the magazine and they were disappointed with the quality. I have a small hairline, hell, even saying hairline is making it out more then it actually is, I'd say about " " tall, and a hair thin, maybe less. Does not affect the performance whatsoever, and didn't get any bigger/wider after 400 rounds. For $16, I'm not losing any sleep over it.
I personally wouldn't rely on these for home defense, they are more or less another fun and exciting thing at the range. I carry daily with my 13Rd. I rarely ever use my 16Rd magazines besides at the range. With that said, they are RELIABLE, and Fun.
I think I've pretty much covered everything I've read before. I'd personally feel comfortable purchasing another ProMag product. I've read recently they plan on releasing an extended magazine for the S&W Bodyguard 380, and if they do, I'd order one.
They also make a 15Rd magazine for the Ruger LCP. Looks pretty cool. I may have to order that for the girlfriend.
And, of course.. Every thread is useless without pictures.
Like I said above, It's just a simple review based upon my experience. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to do what I can to answer them.