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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.

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