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10 years of the PMAG.

A MILESTONE has been reached for the acceptance of polymer materials used in making firearm magazines. Magpul Industries was still largely unknown to the industry when it introduced its polymer, 30-round magazine in 2007, a product that most of us simply refer to as the "PMAG." It succeeded where others failed by formulating a polymer that could endure uniformed duty conditions and often outperformed conventional 5.56 NATO/STANAG magazines, which were accepted for service in October 1980. The culmination of Magpul's engineering efforts is represented in the latest, 3rd Generation PMAG that appears in a new color: Medium Coyote Tan (NSN 1005-01-659-7086). It was adopted on Dec. 19, 2016, for use by the U.S. Marine Corps as its standard-issue magazine for its M4/M16 Series and M27 rifles. Guns & Ammo offers this salute to Magpul for their work in supporting those who serve with a timeline that highlights the company's journey.



Magpul's Drake Clark created a viral "truck video" that offered a glimpse of the PMAG's durability. He drove over one with his half-ton truck. There was no loss of function.

This is an early 3D-printed prototype of a PMAG 20.

The first 10,000 PMAGs were molded.

The 30-round PMAG went into production.

This is the first molded prototype of the PMAG.

This PMAG deployed with U.S. Special Operation Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom.



The PMAG 30 eventually appeared in several different colors.

1,000,000 PMAGs sold

The first military inquiry into HK416 compatibility occured, and the unique magwell of the British-issued SA80 blank-firing magazine prohibited full insertion of the original PMAG. A small quantity of PMAGs were modified by Magpul designers as a proof-of-concept.

This is an early 3D-printed prototype of the revised 30-round PMAG.

This is an early 3D-printed PMAG 40 prototype featuring a 40-round capacity.

Twenty-round PMAGs went into production.



This is the "Quad Mag" prototype, which featured a 60-round capacity.

The EMAG was released and immediately acquired for use by U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Development Group (DEVGRU), also known as "SEAL Team Six."

The second-gen PMAG was introduced. The M REV PMAGs featured improved strength and manufacturabiiity.

The U.S. Marine Corps adopted the M27 IAR to increase the combat effectiveness of the rifle squad. The HK416 magazine well design shaped future PMAG development again.

The PMAG 20 LR was publicly offered. It was the first caliber and platform expansion of the PMAG.

This prototype was the original concept for an affordable and obtainable magazine for the Accuracy International Chassis System (AICS).

The PMAG 30 M REV OEM magazine went into production for industry partners.



The PMAG 30 EVO was molded clear to explore the durability of translucent polymers.

A PMAG 30 EVO prototype was molded to evaluate new magazine technologies.

The U.K. MOD selected the EMAG for all military forces. Increased reliability during trials and reduced weight led to the first service-wide adoption of a PMAG. Magpul fulfilled the initial contract of 1.1 million magazines ahead of schedule, which are still in service today.

Magpul's research and design team began work on the Gen M3 magazine that eventually affected the entire PMAG line.

U.K. Military of Defence (MOD) soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Many were issued EMAGs for the SA80A2.



This is an early 3D-printed prototype of the PMAG 30 SPC developed with LWRCI and ATK. It was optimized for use in AR-type rifles chambered for 6.8 SPC.

The PMAG 30G was developed in response to widespread international adoption of the HK G 36 rifle.

This EMAG was used by an NSWDG member of Operation Geronimo resulting in the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011.

All of the HK416 rifles used by NSWDG during the Bin Laden raid were fed with Magpul EMAGs.

The PMAG 30 GEN M3 initial endurance test of 36,000 rounds was fired using six magazines in the HK416, M4 and M16 service rifles with no magazine-related stoppages. Basic pre-release PMAG 30 Gen M3 testing exceeded 100,000 rounds.

These are early printed and molded prototypes of the PMAG Gen M3.



The M REV magazine was transitioned to Gen M3 material and was given the PMAG MOE label.

This is an early production PMAG 20 Gen M3.

The PMAG 40 Gen M3 initial endurance test reached 24,000 rounds fired through three magazines in the HK416, M4 and M16 service rifles with no magazine-related stoppages.

The PMAG 30 Gen M3 was released. It represented five years of technology, performance and manufacturing development. Its features included the EMAG feed geometry, polymer material advancement and an improved user interface.

Testing continued of more than 40 materials featuring various geometries. As of this writing, Magpul has yet to find a translucent material that meets its performance requirements.



The PMAG 40 Gen M3 for AR-pattern rifles was launched.

This unreleased 3D-printed prototype of the PMAG Gen M3 extension was developed as a prop to demonstrate the futility of gun-control laws to the Colorado state senate during the fight against H.B. 1224.

The PMAG 10 Gen M3 for AR-pattern rifles was made available.

The PMAG 30 SPC was offered by LWRCI for rifles chambered in 6.8 SPC.

Magpul released the "Boulder Airlift," a special-edition magazine prioritized for sale to Colorado residents during a period of unprecedented demand prior to the effective date of H.B. 1224.

Testing and research with multiple new firearms platforms began. Efforts toward developing larger-capacity AR-platform magazines resulted in the launch of the drum magazine program.

The PMAG 25 W, 20 and 10 LR/SR were made public, and Gen M3 updates were carried forward to the LR magazine, as well as additional capacity offerings.



The PMAG 10, 20 and 30 AK MOE magazines were released, which marked a notable expansion to new platforms including AK rifles.

Magpul announced Texas and Wyoming special-edition magazines to celebrate the company's move to Texas and Wyoming.

These are the prototypes for Magpul's first 50-round drum; the PMAG 17 GL9 for Glock pistols in 9mm; the PMAG 30 AK MOE; and the PMAG 5 7.62 AC.

An early 60-round drum magazine concept made it to the drawing board.



The PMAG 5 and 10 AC were released, which brought Magpul's value and performance reputation to cost-prohibitive platforms.

PMAG 17 GL9 for Glock pistols were produced.

U.S. government testing concluded with Gen M3 magazines firing 20,400 rounds of M855A1. There were no magazine-related stoppages.

The PMAG D-60 was subjected to its initial endurance test of 14,400 rounds fired through two magazines with no mag-related stoppages. It exceeded 200,000 rounds in testing.

The PMAG D-60 was released, ending Magpul's long-term evaluation and development process that started with the 2009 Quad Mag concept.

The PMAG 30 AK M3 was released featuring reinforced front and rear locking lugs. The PMAG 30 AK GEN M3 offered a military-grade solution to commercial AK shooters.

The PMAG 30 GEN M3 AR15/ M4 magazine was announced in Sand color. Intended to be dyed by the user, the Sand material proved to be an evolutionary step in the development of nonblack polymers.



The PMAG 12, 15 and 21 magazines for Glock 9mm pistols were offered.

The PMAG 30 AUS was released in response to foreign military requirements for Steyr AUG rifles.

Government test data illustrated the reliability of the GEN M3 PMAG. Official military adoption efforts began.

After passing U.S. government tests, the PMAG Gen M3 window in black and MCT colors were adopted as the official magazine of the U.S. Marines.

The PMAG 30 Gen M3 adopted by U.S. Marines in December 2016 represented the culmination of Magpul's technology, performance and manufacturing development. Additionally, the MCT magazine met the U.S. Army small arms neutral-color spectrum requirement.

The PMAG 5 AC L Magnum and Standard magazines are introduced.

Magpul announced the PMAG 30 AK47 MOE.

Long-action rifleshooters using .300 Win. Mag.- and .30-'06-based catridges are offered affordable detachable box magazines.
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Date:Aug 1, 2017
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