On the Range with Magpul’s New Glock PMAG

 

On the Range with Magul’s new Glock PMAG

After checking out the newest platform to receive the “Magpul touch” at SHOT show 2015, we were stoked to get our hands on their new Glock PMAGs. After one small hiccup (there was an issue with the first production run that caused issues in smaller framed Glocks), Magpul Glock PMAGS have been shipping in quantity across the nation. We spotted some of the new PMAG 17 GL9 (Glock 17 mags) at a local shop, and picked up four at $15.00 each. Two were from the first run of faulty magazines, and had been opened by the shop. Magpul squashed the reliability issue these mags suffered by sending out replacement bodies to all that received the first run. The shop had replaced the bodies, and put them back on the shelf. With all the keyboard commandos flipping out about this, we figured why not see how the “mixed” mags would do, aside from the second series of corrected bodies. All of the new bodies are stamped with a date code of 5/15 and later, so if you happen to have one of the early mags and it’s giving you issues check the date. We understand how incredibly hard it is to develop new products, even for companies as serious and professional as Magpul. We weren’t about to zero them out just because of this small oversight.

The Magpul PMAG 17 GL9 is a 17-round polymer magazine designed for the 9mm Glock 17 but is compatible with the G19 and G26, arguably the three most popular Glock models out there. Magpul has plans to release a model for the Glock 19 in the fall. Glock factory magazines usually run anywhere from $25.00 to $35.00 depending where you buy from. The idea of building up a nice stack of mags, if only for training use, is pretty universally appealing. Being able to do so for almost the half the price of OEM mags is even more attractive.

The new magazines are 100% polymer, save for the spring inside. A common complaint with the factory mags which come with the gun is how tough it is to remove the floor plate. Magpul has taken the proven dovetail design from their rifle mags, and downsized it for the pistol. Using nothing more than a loose 9mm round, pen tip or other small “tool” to depress the floor plate insert, one can quickly and easily remove the floor plate. The bottom of the magazine as well as the floor plate is flared slightly and easy to pull from a mag pouch. It’s not too large of a flare to impede use with add-on magazine well funnels, so the competition guys will be happy about that.

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The mag’s body is designed to work with all current and earlier models of Glock, so that will make Gen 4 left hand shooters happy as well. It lacks the steel “skeleton’ of the factory magazine, which doesn’t really bother us at all. The feed lips are beefy and reinforced, so it’s going to be harder to crack them than rifle PMAGS. Also subtracted are the witness holes for counting your rounds. Many people don’t like the awkward rear placement of these holes on Glock mags, and really only use them to see if they have fully topped a mag off to its max. The Magpul magazine only has one small witness hole, on the left and right had sides of the mag respectfully. This hole will show you your 17th round, and are a little easier to look at compared to the factory ones. Lastly, the PMAG has a bright, orange follower which contrasts with the magazine’s black body. The color is easy to see, and would prove to be a welcomed addition on the range. The PMAG also has a stainless steel spring that is every bit as stiff as a new factory glock mag. We experienced zero issues with any of these design points through out the testing. 

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We started out using the new mags with a filthy Glock 19, and a selection of other Glock 19’s owned by other shooters. Over the course of a month the four magazines were used for two pistol classes, with over 2,000 rounds loaded into them. We experienced zero malfunctions or issues with these new mags, which to be completely honest surprised the hell out of us! We did not clean the mags at all during the test, and aside from some carbon on the followers, they show little sign of wear. The pistol’s slide carved a very faint line onto each feed lip, so faint it’s hard to notice. They never failed to fully eject or lock in properly, regardless if the mags were full, partially full or completely empty.  The 2K challenge proved firsthand the reliability and durability of these new mags, and has gained our seal of approval. 

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In conclusion, these magazines are definitely worth the money. For the price of one factory mag, you can have two of the Magpul PMAGS! Many of our minions are comfortable enough to carry this as primary magazine(s) and would stake our lives on them, the same as we have with the Glock factory units. The orange follower grabs your attention when achieving slide lock back, which is a feature we really liked. It would be really cool if Magpul came out with a blaze orange body or floor plate, for use as “training” only mags. This would make finding your dropped magazines easier to find on the range, particularly in high grass. We also think a “half way” round window would be welcomed, but maybe not desired by all. Regardless, you are going to be pleased with the price and the quality.

Some of you may be thinking about mag extensions, since you can’t use traditional Glock ones–we’re told that more than one company has them enroute for these. If we had to guess about future developments, Speed Plates and sand color would be on the short list.

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