LANCER L7 AWM
WEIGHT: 6.9 ounces (20-round)
CAPACITY: 20-, 25-, 10-, 5-round
COLORS: Clear, Smoke, translucent FDE, black, FDE
MSRP: $50 (20-round); $55 (25-round); $45 (10-round), $55 (5-round)
Lancer Systems had been making composite components for the defense and aerospace industries long before it started making magazines. Much of that expertise had been carried over in the making of its Advanced Warfighter Magazine (AWM) for the AR-15 and AR-10. The Lancer magazine has the advantages of both polymer and metal designs by incorporating an impact-resistant, lightweight polymer magazine body with durable metal feed lips. Lancer’s newer and bigger L7 AWM for the AR-10 is not just a simple scale-up of the L5 AWM model for AR-15; instead, it’s completely reengineered with several additional features.
The L7 AWM not only has metal feed-lips, the magazine catch hole is now also supported by metal. The top portion of the Lancer magazine is essentially all stainless steel construction, with both the inside and outside pieces laser-welded together. The internal stainless steel piece extends halfway down at the front to prevent pitting from recoil by the bullet tip, and it gives more clearance for longer projectile length. Its reinforced floor plate is thicker, and it has a switchable drainhole feature with a built-in removable plug.
There were no issues using the Lancer L7 AWM with any of my three ARs—even the finicky DPMS GII. It’s a bit over-engineered, with its sophisticated, hybrid metal-and-polymer construction, but the Lancer L7 AWM is the best polymer magazine currently available. It has a lot of capacity and many color options.
The Lancer L7 AWM has a sophisticated design that combines both metal and polymer construction. Note the laser welds that hold the internal and external stainless steel pieces together.
Featuring a straight profile and a thick floor plate, the Lancer L7 AWM is taller than other large-receiver AR magazines.