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Dark Storm DS-15 MOE Fixed Magazine Rifle (Model #DSI-DS15-MOE-FX5-BLK) – 50 State Legal 10-round fixed mag. Chambered in 5.56 NATO (can accept 5.56x45mm NATO or .223 rounds).
I suggest the Dark Storm Industries Fixed-Mag Model that can be ordered directly from the manufacturer (Found Here). They are based out of Oakdale New York and they specialize in fixed-mag and featureless AR15s. Even though they are a bit pricier than your typical entry level AR their quality is top-notch and you get what you pay for.
While some local shops may have fixed-mag models in stock, there aren’t many mass produced fixed-mag models direct from the factories on the market as the demand isn’t as high when compared with featureless models and due to the fact that most states do not actually define what they consider to be an acceptable fixed mag solution for compliance (NY being one of them) leaving the manufacturers open to legal scrutiny.
Most of the fixed-mag configured models I have found at local shops in NY tend to be marked up $300-$700 MORE than they would cost to buy and fix the mag yourself (if it were legal for you to do so). This premium is charged due to the fact that they have to buy in non-compliant models and do some armorers work themselves to make the models ‘compliant’ and because you may not be educated on the process as I’m explaining it to you in this article.
If you are willing to pay such a high premium then by all means do so and support your local shops; however, I find this to be far too much to pay for something I can accomplish myself for around $30 and 20 minutes of my time.
If the DSI Fixed-Mag rifle is above your budget then I highly recommend the DIY method of buying a complete upper, a complete lower, and a mag-lock device to install into the lower yourself.
Installing the MEAN Arms MA Lock is much easier than it sounds and it will get you better acquainted with how the mechanics of the AR platform work. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel as we will be uploading an instructional video on how to install an MA Lock for NY compliance.
I recommend buying an Anderson Manufacturing complete lower from Sportsman’s Guide (click here for exact model), installing a MEAN Arms MA-Lock for compliance (can be bought here), and pairing it with a complete upper from CBC Precision Firearms (click here for our exact recommended upper) combined with CBC’s bolt & charging handle (purchased separately here). CBC has great quality uppers in nearly every caliber imaginable and at various lengths (just be sure the barrel is a minimum of 16” for Federal compliance).
Bear Creek Arsenal is another option for complete uppers and they are about 50% cheaper than CBC; however, their quality is definitely inferior when compared to CBC. Click Here for our recommended BCA complete upper.
This will produce a quality entry-level mag-locked AR15 that is 100% American Made. Anderson is manufactured in Kentucky, MEAN Arms is out of Georgia, and CBC is located in South Carolina. Bear Creek Arsenal is located in North Carolina.
With product costs, FFL fees, taxes and shipping the DIY method should cost you around $586 (BCA Upper) to $850 (CBC Upper).