Take a look at the photo below. Which one is the real PMAG?
If you spotted an “OA-MAG” at a distance of a few yards, would you give it a second glance? Or would you walk past thinking it was a PMAG?
The magazine on the left in the top photo, and both magazines in the photo directly above are OA-MAG 30′s manufactured by German firm Oberland Arms. They look almost identical to a PMAG 30 Maglevel. Oberland clearly went to great lengths to make it imitate the Magpul original.
It really frustrates me to see a company so blatantly trying to make money by confusing customers with what is probably an inferior product (if it were a good product they would have spent time branding it and making it look unique).
When Glock sued the Austrian firm GSG over their Glock-style .22 pistol, I sided with GSG. I would never have mistaken a GSG pistol with a Glock. They looked different and also functioned different. If GSG had cloned a Glock frame, cloned its action,called it a GSG-LOCK and then added similar markings to the slide, I would have been just as angry with them as I am with Oberland Arms.
I asked Magpul if they plan on taking legal action. They responded by saying that they have no licensing agreement with BA, but that they said they don’t plan on taking legal action against them. My guess is that the court costs of fighting a legal battle overseas would be expensive. I have no doubt that if Oberland Arms ever establishes a legal presence in the USA, Magpul would be all over them in an instant!