SureFire is starting to expand into the realm of M4 magazines now by introducing their new HCMs (high capacity magazine). They’ll be available in a 60 and 100 round flavors sometime after Shot Show next year. The SureFire HCM utilizes a quad stack configuration which I would assume would be quite similar to Magpul’s quad stack magazine they’ll be coming out with soon.
SureFire has a development philosophy that they don’t build to a price point but rather a point for the best quality and performance they can–and everything I’ve ever seen come out of SureFire has displayed this philosophy. The SureFire HCMs will cost $129 for the 60 round model (MAG5-60 HCM), and $179 for the 100 round model (MAG5-100 HCM). Although the price may be a little bit more expensive than what the average monthly shooter might want to dish out for a magazine, I could still see many shooters purchasing a few. I”m sure the more avid shooters out there can’t wait to get their hands on them including 3-gun competitors. And assuming SureFire has practiced its rigorous quality control measures, I’m sure the price is in line with its quality and performance.
SureFire MAG6-60 HCM
Below you can check out some info DefenseReview.com received from SureFire regarding their new HCMs. You can also check out DefenseReview’s full article on the HCM here.
“In the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a soldier’s ability to respond to an attack with overwhelming force is critical. Ambushes are commonplace and the outcome of the ambush is often determined in the first 30 seconds. Firepower and the ability to stay in the fight are key.
SureFire’s High Capacity Magazines are designed to provide the war fighter with 60 or 100 rounds of ammunition in a single magazine, thereby decreasing the number of reloads a soldier must perform and increasing the number of rounds available to a soldier to engage threat targets.
In battle, it takes the average soldier 4 seconds to reload their weapon and reacquire a target; time that could be spent engaging threat targets. At best, 30-round magazines allow an individual soldier to fire no more than 150 rounds in 30 seconds.*
SureFire’s 60-Round Magazine increases that figure to 240 rounds. And its 100-Round Magazine: 293 rounds. This magazine is also meant to increase the effectiveness of group that intends to give full-auto firepower to their operators. Estimated MSRP is $129 for the 60-round and $179 for the 100-round.
Do I have to download my magazine to seat it in the weapon with the bolt closed?
A. No. SureFire HCMs will fit into the host weapon with the bolt closed when loaded with the maximum round count. The design of the magazine takes into account the allowable tolerances of cartridges manufactured to NATO and SAAMI specifications.
Q. Will my 60 round magazine fit into my nylon gear for 30 round magazines?
A. The SureFire MAG5-60 will fit into most nylon pouches with Velcro cover flaps intended for two 30 round magazines. Double magazine pouches with stitched partitions may require alteration.
Q. Will SureFire be offering nylon pouches for these magazines?
A. Yes. Product specifics and pricing is still to be determined.
Q. Can SureFire HCM’s be disassembled for cleaning?
A. Yes, the SureFire HCMs can be disassembled for periodic cleaning or as required. A punch, the tip of a cartridge or common tool can be used to remove the floor plate from the magazine body.
Q. What dealers will have access to HCM’s?
A. Authorized SureFire dealers in states with no high capacity regulations. Rules and processes are being developed for dealers located in states with regulations (CA, HI, IL, MD, MA, NY, OH, DC).”