Hands On with Magpul’s New Magazines, Sights and Grips

 Magpul AK Magazine

As the doors to the NRA Annual Meeting opened this morning, I made a bee line for the Magpul booth to check out their new gear. And for the first time in a couple years, there is actually some exciting new stuff to talk about in the world of plastic fantastic gun parts. First up, their new AK magazine.

Magpul AK Magazine with an Idiot

As I said when it was first announced, this is the first magazine they have produced that isn’t an AR-15 STANAG derivative, and it feels almost exactly like a new Gen 3 PMAG. The grippyness and the ridges feel the same, and really help when rocking the magazine into place in the gun. This magazine is a straight plastic job, but Magpul says that they’re working on a version with embedded metal strengthening gubbins like the newer Russian magazines.

Magpul iron sights

Also new this year are the metal sights, and they actually look and feel pretty good. They aren’t spring loaded like the polymer sights, which means they lie flatter on the rail. In fact, they seem to be extremely low profile. Great if you want to mount an optic over the iron sights and that eye piece was getting in the way before.

Magpul 1911 grips

The last thing on Magpul’s list of new tricks are 1911 grips. There’s a relief cut in the left hand grip that doesn’t quite match up with my thumb, then again not many things fit me.

In terms of the move, the word is that Magpul is about to finalize their decision on where to move Magpul HQ. They’re being understandably cagey about where their new manufacturing facilities are located, but according to the reps PMAG production has already moved out of Colorado.

comments

  1. avatar Stu says:

    You should dig up the truth; we’re all curious where our pmag money is headed now

  2. avatar Hal J. says:

    Will the AK mags be available before July 1st for those of us behind enemy lines in Colorado?

    1. avatar Tim U says:

      Given the Magpul website says late summer, I doubt it.

      I’d plan on either not getting them, or moving, or getting them out of state and declaring you bought them pre-7/1 and they have no way to prove otherwise.

      1. avatar JM says:

        “declaring you bought them pre-7/1 and they have no way to prove otherwise.”

        Unless of course they don’t make them before 7/1! That would be just a little obvious bud.

        1. avatar Tim U says:

          “They’re prototypes! I got them at the NRA convention last spring….”

          Is it smart? Maybe not. Can they prove otherwise? Not really. Not unless there’s a date of birth stamped on the magazine.

      2. avatar Hal J. says:

        Moving’s not an option; I’ll have to live without. It’s not as if if I don’t have plenty of mags already.

  3. avatar LongBeach says:

    I am an unabashed Magpul fanboy, and as such will be picking up some of those sights to replace my current MBUS setup ASAP. If they make those 1911 grips for lefties too then those are also on my list. Haven’t been able to find anything near Magpul quality for the money. Daniel Defense and Noveske stuff is waaaay outta my pay grade, and as long as Magpul’s quality doesn’t take a sh*t, I’m totally fine with it.

  4. avatar mike says:

    Be very careful buying magpul mags after july first for colorado. Magpul does put dates on their mags. Look for the clock looking casting, in the center will be the year and the hand will point towards the month. Am not sure if it is the actual month of production but if that date is after july first you are in trouble, and you cant scratch it off, if you tamper with it you are automatically guilty, and you can bet the state knows that magpul puts dates on their mags.

    1. avatar Whatever says:

      Tooling mark. Not a manufacture mark.

      1. avatar AK says:

        Yes. Tool mark not a date code.

      2. avatar Nigil says:

        If they look like the castings in hard hats, they’re dates of manufacture.

        1. avatar Whatever says:

          No they are not, they are simply the marks on the tools used to make them. They can only tell you about the tool.

    2. avatar Tim U says:

      Interesting… now I need to check my pmags for the time stamp. I never knew that.

      1. avatar Matt says:

        Every single magazine I have from Magpul has the born on date on them…..unless Drake lied about what that dial code indicates.

        It has nothing to do with the machine number, its the year in the center and the arrow points to the month it was produced.

  5. avatar David says:

    Can we get a weight comparison between magpul AK mags, the steel reinforced ones, and the all steel ones?

  6. avatar Mmmtacos says:

    When are they going to hurry up and announce their move to Texas? I wait with baited breath…

    More on topic… I need to buy an AK now… except I want a 74, not an 47/AKM, so hurry up with the 5.45 mags now, Magpul! I know they’re on your drawing board. Oh, and 1911 grips? Sign me up, I’ll be getting those bad boys the second they hit for my *gasp* 1991.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Iowa. Down the road from Brownells.

  7. avatar Colby says:

    Now if only Magpul would dip into Vepr/Saiga shotgun magazines, then we’d be cooking with grease.

    1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

      Or the other Saiga rifles. I have a .308, the factory mag seems to cause feeding problems. I will definitely be buying some new AK mags when I move to KS.

  8. avatar William Burke says:

    “Gubbins”. Wow. Even an old guy can learn new words. Is it anything like a kibble?

    1. avatar Max says:

      More like a bit…

      1. avatar viking says:

        I think it’s more like a kaboodle, you know the ones that come with kits.

  9. avatar Tim says:

    The thumb groove on the 1911 grips are so you can reach the mag release with your right thumb.

  10. avatar conceal7 says:

    hope they don’t make a cheesy hand guard like from their AR line.

    BAD lever for Kalashnikov? i think not

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