How long have you been away from HK land? Please correct me if I'm wrong but I think the USPf 9mm and .40 mags have always been plastic.The .45 mags are steel. The "cheesy" plastic HK mags are higher quality then most metal mags from other manufactures.I want to buy a USP40F so I went to look at one at my local candy store & the pistol came with the cheesiest plastic magazines. WTF!! I've been out of HK land for a while - are these new style mags???
TOTALLY turned me off...
I don't think you'll have an issue with the HK mags. My friend has a .40 with a KD date code.Original mags, and a few thousand rounds down range. Keeps at least one mag loaded all the time.No bulging issues at all. If I remember he changed out the mag springs a couple years ago just as a precautionary measure.Not cause he had to. It comes down to personal preference but I wouldn't pass on a USP cause of the mags.I sure do like the 40F, but the Toys R Us mags turned me off.
Using my best Johnny Carson impression... "I did not know that..." I don't own a full size 9 or 40 (I do have a USPc 40 and a P2000SK in 40) and just thought everything was metal, except for the jet funnel mags.The full size 9mm and .40s, all variants, have plastic mags and have always had them.
Plastic mags do crack as a few people have cracked the plastic mags when dropped onto hard floors. The plastic can deform and bulge in hot weather when fully loaded. I've seen one fatten up from being left in a truck on a hot summer day.Keep in mind that polymer doesn't bend or dent though, Somthing metal mags do. So there are advantages to having plastic mags.
I've dropped my mags on hard cement floors quite often and all my mags run 100%. I have seen some people, instead of doing the right thing and manually clean their mags, and just throw them in the dishwasher, and I could see problems arising from that with polymer mags.Plastic mags do crack as a few people have cracked the plastic mags when dropped onto hard floors. The plastic can deform and bulge in hot weather when fully loaded. I've seen one fatten up from being left in a truck on a hot summer day.
Steel does have it's advantages in that if it does bend or get dented, you can straighten them out.
I had issues with the mags for the USP FS 9MM. He's right, they are cheap, re-inforcing plastic ribs on the inside of mag body had burrs and they didn't function well. Those FS mags are crap, for the price you pay for the gun.I don't think you'll have an issue with the HK mags.
That would be ok if I were only going to use this weapon as a range piece but as it is, due to some life changes, I am having to consolidate and 'thin' my collection - so I'm looking for a single weapon that can fill the multiple roles of HD, SD and range/fun gun. I don't want to have a mag fail on a SD piece & then have to get new mags from HK - that's a deal breaker for me.If they fail, HK will replace them at no additional cost, just send them to Trussville.