MDM: Magpul’s Latest PMAG

Magpul Dynamics officials showed off their newest version of the popular PMAG polymer magazine at Modern Day Marine 2012. They say the PMAG 30 Gen M3 is the most durable, reliable PMAG yet.

The M3 features geometry similar to the EMAG but features a refined follower, a stronger magazine well catch and a special over-travel stud on the rear of the magazine to prevent damage from forceful magazine seating, said Duane Liptak Jr., director of Product Management and Marketing at Magpul.

“Even with USGI magazines, you can slam it in there too hard and damage the magazine catch,” Liptak said. “Now you can slam it in as hard as you want.”

The new design also has a slimmer floor plate to make it easier to fit into magazine pouches. The M3 should be available by November but in black only, Liptak said. “Anytime you add color to the polymer, it can decrease the strength.” A window version of the M3 is also scheduled for release this fall.

The new PMAGs should cost the same as current PMAGs and fit M4 style carbines including the Heckler & Koch 416, which the Marine Corps recently adopted as its new Infantry Automatic Rifle.

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Matthew Cox
Matthew Cox has been a defense reporter since 1998 and is an associate editor for He traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times from 2002 to 2008, covering infantry units in combat. Matthew was an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.

8 Comments on "MDM: Magpul’s Latest PMAG"

  1. Pete Sheppard | September 26, 2012 at 3:50 am |

    Since my 5.56 stick is a Kel-Tec SU16C with underfolding stock, the 'slimmer floorplate' is of great interest, since current PMAGs won't allow folding unless the stock is whittled out.
    Do they plan to make 20-rd mags?

  2. Can't wait for these new PMAGs to come out. I have been using the Gen 1 PMags w/windows ever since they came out. No issues. They are my "go to" mags. Also, have been using Brownell's mags w/anti tilt as well. I say Magpul is still the best for Polymer Mags. Other companies like Tapco (Crapco) have tried to copy Magpul but failed in my opinion.

  3. Stupid iPhone sorry for multiple posts

  4. gunslinger6 — Apple CS said to file down the enter key on your iPhone.

  5. glad to see magpul finally come out with a REAL solution to the pmag issues with non AR systems. Glad I never spent any coin on PMAGS. (my emags work great however)

  6. gunslinger6: I used to have an UTG rail but quickly switched to the Midwest Industries. One these accessories, you get what you paid for. I didn't get the ISSC SCAR .22. I read in some of the people's reviews are that it's a pain to field strip. The price is around $500 to $600 at Dunham's. It's there is a Thanksgiving or Xmas special, they may knock it down to $399…..(just maybe). Since I already have the GSG5, I am not going to focus to get another .22. Next on my list is a .308 AR or M1A. (That I was to save alot for since it will be around $1,500). Although the SIG 716 (.308) looks good too (MRSP is $2,100) and it's piston driven system. It's accepts the Magpul 20rd .308 mags. Also on my list is a G21 (.45) but now Gen 4 is here. Have not heard of any issues with Gen 4 G21 yet…

  7. Quit talking about Tapco on a Magpul post… Jesus…

  8. I wonder if that tab to keep from over inserting a magazine(is that even possible on the M16 platform?) will make it difficult to remove from pouches?

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