I'm revising the Pictorial M14 Magazine Identification Guide. The current version, 0.6, is at http://www.imageseek.com/m1a
I've updated my book excerpts in this latest version, 0.7, and retitled the chapters as follows:
Chapter 1: USGI Magazines - Atwood Vacuum Machine
Chapter 2: USGI Magazines - BRW S-1
Chapter 3: USGI Magazines - BRW B2
Chapter 4: USGI Magazines - HR-R
Chapter 5: USGI Magazines - KMT Part 1
Chapter 6: USGI Magazines - KMT Part 2
Chapter 7: USGI Magazines - OM
Chapter 8: USGI Magazines - UHC
Chapter 9: USGI Magazines - W & CMI
Chapter 10: U. S. Commercial Magazines
Chapter 11: Foreign Manufacture Magazines
Chapter 12: Miscellaneous Part 1(USGI and fake packaging, fake "GI" magazines)
Chapter 13: Miscellaneous Part 2 (fake "GI" magazines)
Chapter 13 has new information that you need to know about. IOW, READ AND HEED:
"Beginning in January 2006, fake Atwood Vacuum Machine Company marked twenty round magazines began appearing in gun shows. These magazines have body wall thicknesses of 0.032 “ with soft followers and floor plates. The fake “GI” magazines continue to have springs angled off to one side under the follower and crudely formed corners. These magazines, like some of the 2004 and 2005 fake “GI” magazines, will hold twenty rounds.
Between January and March 2006, an improved fake “GI” magazine appeared in the commercial market. The difference between this improved fake unit and previous counterfeits was the presence of thirteen spot welds on the front side, twelve up the centerline and one to the right of the magazine catch slot and a “W” marking on the rear side at 2 3/8 “ from the bottom edge. These magazines were wrapped in USGI wrapping paper marked (top to bottom): first line – 1005-628-9048-B053 second line – Magazine Assy For Rifle third line – 7.62 MM M14 9/70 fourth line DAAG-111-42- OMINC-A7. These magazines could be identified as fake by the same crudely formed magazine springs and follower assemblies with two welds. They were not covered with an inner wrapper like previous fake “GI” magazines.
In 2006, fake “GI” magazines were being sold on Internet auction web sites and at gun shows. These fake “GI” magazines had the following falsified markings: the “slash M” aka Atwood Vacuum Machine (see below), BRW S-1, OM and W."
The Pictorial M14 Magazine Identification Guide remains free and available for unlimited distribution. I hope to get Revision 0.7 posted at [url]www.imageseek.com/m1a]www.imageseek.com/m1a[/url] in the next week or two.