Gear Review: Magpul Polymer Magazine [PMAG]Sep 8th, 2009 | By Ric. | Category: Gear Review
I was provided five Magpul™ PMAGs magazines to test and evaluate. These magazines are designed for the AR-15 family of firearms. They are made of modern polymer/plastic and as a result they weigh in at 5 oz, bit heavier than standard mil-spec magazines. They are noticeably longer and slightly thicker than traditional magazines so you will have to loosen your ammo pouches; this creates a little bit of a problem if you are running mixed types of magazines. They are available in black, tan and olive in either 20 or 30 round configurations.
Various Manufactures – mil-spec aluminum M16 magazines, 3.9 oz, $17 to $25 online
How and where we use Magpull Magazines
- On the range
What we think
I have used these magazines on the range and in training classes extensively and have found them to be sturdy and reliable. Additionally, the base plates are much wider that the magazine body; this causes some minor difficulty when doing “L” type tactical/retention reloads. They seem to resist heat well, as I have loaded them into very hot weapons and have not had any warping, melting or sticking problems. Since the Magpul magazines are polymer they are corrosion resistant and do not tend to dent. The followers are designed well and do not bind or tilt. Additionally, the magazines can actually be loaded with thirty rounds and still be seated into the magazine well with the bolt closed. The magazines come with pretty cool dust covers that snap into place over the lips and provide protection from the elements as well as assist in maintaining the integrity of the magazine body when storing loaded magazines.
I have been very impressed with the quality of the product and have purchased several of them for my own use. They sell for about $15 most places that you find them and they are certainly worth the money.
Feel free to leave your comments with your experiences with Magpul PMAGs magazines.