Magpul released their latest creation just last week: a 60 round drum magazine. Much like the Romanian 75-round drums we’ve seen for the AK-47 platform, the D60 uses a snaking interior design to hold the maximum number of rounds while being as compact as possible. In fact, the dimensions on the magazine make it smaller overall than the 30 round PMAGs, and allows it to fit both the HK416 rifles and the USMC’s IAR rifle. Most of the design details are similar to the Russian versions, but there are a few nifty upgrades.
The magazine is top loading, which means no mucking around with winding springs and dropping rounds in from the back like the Romanian magazine. There’s also a handy window in the back that shows you about how much ammo you have left, and when you can stop loading the mag.
Another great feature is a loading lever. This little protrusion relieves the tension on the magazine spring, and allows you to stuff more rounds in the mag without having fingers of steel. Definitely appreciated for those times when you need to top off the magazine after only a few rounds. And as if they had only focused on loading the magazine . . .
There’s a latch on the side that allos you to quickly dump all of the ammo remaining in the magazine out the front. Very quickly, that is. Like, think firehose level of volume. Great for emptying your mags after a day at the range or the end of a competition.
Price is going to be about $129 sometime in the middle of the year.