SHOT Show: Magpul Drum Mag for the AR-10

I love my Magpul drum mag for my AR-15 more than Jeremy loves 6.5 Creedmoor which, by the way, won’t feed in the new Magpul AR-10 drum mags. Sorry, Jeremy.

Is it reliable? We don’t know yet, but it’s a Magpul product, so I have high expectations.

From Magpul’s press release:

At approximately 1.5 lbs. empty, and 4.5 lbs. loaded, the Magpul D-50 is one of the lightest 50-round 7.62×51/.308 drums available and is priced well below current competition. Designed specifically for 7.62×51 NATO/.308 Winchester ammunition and use with other calibers such as .260 Remington or 6.5 Creedmoor is not recommended.

So it’s a bit heavy, wide and costs $149.95. Some will say you might as well just carry three 20-round mags and save the money. But there’s something about a good drum mag. I’m sure I will buy one and do 50 rounds dumps ASAP.

It’s only available in black, which looks more like very dark grey to me.

The Magpul website lists them as out of stock, but coming soon.


  1. avatar Vhyrus says:

    The only good thing to come out of shot show this year besides the ks7.

    1. avatar CZJay says:

      An update to the Steyr pistol?

  2. avatar dwb says:

    Um, how about 2, 25 rnd mags and save the money?

    Honestly having used these, i think that they are cool but impractical and pricey. I dont really trust them not to jam either.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      You can get Taran baseplates and turn your Pmag25s into 30-rounders. Might need to change to a longer, swiveling bipod if you plan on shooting prone.

    2. avatar rosignol says:

      Kinda think the market for these is competitive shooters who are trying to minimize time spent on reloading, not the ‘operators operating operationally’ types.

    3. avatar arc says:

      Yep, I use 25 round mags. They fit my old M16 pouches and leg rig… although only one mag per pouch :(.

    4. avatar arc says:

      I still want the drum, its just out of my price range. I like having a big fat mag loaded into my rifle, keep the normal mags for later.

    5. avatar Gadsden says:

      Depends, AK drum mags work just fine, zero issues. But they make so much damn noise while you carry them it sounds ridiculous.

  3. avatar David Walters says:

    Yep, 2 X 30 round mags are better.

    1. avatar little horn says:

      agree. drums are too bulky. but then again i dont think they ever expected any kind of actual operator to buy those. if drums were so advantageous the militaries around the world would not have passed on them for the last 100 years.

      1. avatar Andrew Lias says:

        I really think they could have their place but it has to be understood they’re for niches. 2 Magpul 25s with 168gr ammo in em is right around 3.5lbs based on weighing my mag loaded with 243 and adding 25*68 grains to make up for the bullet weight. As cool as I think something like this would be, man if I need 50 rds no reload I’m hoping I’m not armed with just an AR-10.

        That said it would be not bad from a fixed emplacement or something.

        1. avatar Joe Bob Willy says:

          Yep, odds are 50 rounds into it your over run and dead and your killers now have an AR10 with a 50 round drum. Probably with some unfired rounds left in it.

      2. avatar SouthernPhantom says:

        The D60 has seen a decent amount of use with “actual operators” in Afghanistan. I own one; while it is heavy, its vertical profile is quite small and it is very reliable. Carrying one in your weapon while on a patrol makes a certain amount of sense, especially in a react-to-contact context. It won’t replace my conventional box magazines, but it has a role.

        1. avatar Anymouse says:

          Different beast. The D60 is used in FA guns, where a 60 round burst is qualitatively different from 2 30 rounds and lands it somewhere between an M4 and SAW. There are few FA AR-10, and those probably aren’t very controllable in sustained FA. 50 rounds of semiauto 7.62 takes a while, so 2 seconds to swap mags isn’ significant.

  4. avatar possum says:

    Gettm while the getten’s good. And use cash!

  5. avatar harry323 says:

    I’m getting too old to run with the young fighters of today. Therefore I’m stuck at home base most of the time. Since weight isn’t a factor, having 50 rounds without reload may be an advantage for home base protection.

    1. avatar arc says:

      Guardian angel, suppressing targets, its got uses. Someone on overwatch could use this and everyone would benefit since its one or two less reloads.

  6. avatar Robert C Hanlin says:

    Practical schmatical…. Cmon guys, BE HONEST..! Everyone wants one of these and you know it! Otherwise it wouldn’t be on back-order already! Besides, when has ‘practical’ ever been a factor for us ‘gun nuts’…hmm..?

  7. avatar Libertarian says:

    Armatac 150 is bulky.

    ore the bed fed white 200 round”s

    But this is okay for real size men s 🙂

  8. avatar Steve says:

    I associate drum mags with jams, and they’re a ridiculous amount of weight when fully loaded. I could see it if you’re setting up a nest on top of your house or store for a riot, but pretty impractical to carry around. But they’re cool and they trigger liberals, so, I say buy it.

  9. avatar Roger Pemberton says:

    The 6.5 Creedmoor or 6.5 anything right is overwhelmingly popular and Magpul makes a product that should work with those cartridges and it doesn’t. How is that a wise business move again? I would think bringing a new product to market you would want to do it in such a way as to sell as much of that product as possible. For instance when Magpul brought their cheaper reliable AICS pattern magazines to market. Just made good business sence. They missed the kaboos on this one I’m afraid.

  10. avatar N Pewosi says:

    The existence of such a glorious contraption raises cancer risk for every 2nd Amendment hating liberal by 30%, so I ordered 100 of them.

  11. avatar Sora says:

    Biggest issue with drums is carrying them, either in pouches on body or inside rifle cases.

  12. avatar Sora says:

    MagPul probably didn’t go for 6.5 Creedmoor due to fact that few do mag dump with those long range rounds.
    There might be a conversion later on, who knows. I think some of them will fit based on how long the overall cartridge is.

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