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11-05-2012, 17:35

Well I'm still testing these mags (so far, so good) so no full review yet but here's a quick overview:

Things that are different:
-New polymer material for increased strength & durability. I can't feel a difference but Magpul says it's different
-Modified external/internal geometry so they can be used in multiple platforms to include the HK416, MR556A1, SA-80, SCAR 16/16s, M27 IAR, and possibly others
-The bolt catch cutout has been re-designed for use in the weapons above
-The slide has an overtravel stop to ensure it can't go to far into the magwell which can cause issues with the bolts on non-AR rifles
-Floorplate is slimmer to allow a better fit in dual mag pouches

Things that are the same:
-The proven stainless spring is the same
-The anti-tilt follower and curvature of the mag is the same. The follower is marked differently (see video) but is shaped the same
-Disassembly is the same; no tools required
-Still includes the dust/impact cover and it works on both the 'old' and new Gen M3
-Still made in the USA

Here's a video with some close ups, a bunch of additional photos at the end, and demonstrations of what I was talking about above:

11-05-2012, 18:33
Figures, I just bought some a while back.

Oh well, the older ones work just fine.

11-06-2012, 08:46
Oh well, the older ones work just fine.

Yes they do. And remember, new is not always better.

11-06-2012, 08:55
Yep. I heard these were basically born to fit the other platforms so magpul could have more market share.

11-06-2012, 09:13
I have a hard time getting older Pmags into my MOLLE GI mag pouches; these are even longer?

11-06-2012, 18:19
I have a hard time getting older Pmags into my MOLLE GI mag pouches; these are even longer?

It does look like that in the pictures but it's not in reality; they're the same length.

11-06-2012, 18:27
The new ones look like they have a bigger "waffle" to them, too.

11-06-2012, 18:43
What was wrong with the Gen2 pmags? :dunno:

11-06-2012, 23:16
What was wrong with the Gen2 pmags? :dunno:

If you have a SCAR, FS2000, MR 556, or other European gun taking AR-15 magazines, there are a lot of things wrong with Gen2 pmags. If you're just running them in an AR-15, nothing is wrong with them.

11-07-2012, 00:21
What was wrong with the Gen2 pmags? :dunno:

My thoughts exactly.

Oh well I'll get which ever I can find for cheaper, I've never had any issues with the G2s.

Happy Hunting
11-07-2012, 08:23
With a little modification the older PMAGS work fine in my scar without banging anything expensive around. They do not drop free when empty, however. I will have to try out a couple of these to see if that is fixed.

11-07-2012, 09:09
P-Mags are the bomb-diggity for AR owners, GEN2 or 3, whatever.....

Nice review OP, thanks for taking the time.

Now send me your samples!!!:rofl::rofl: