MagPod v2 Prototype Review

[ Written by Nathan B ]

When I first saw the announcement of the MagPod, the thought that ran through my head was, “Oh great, another gimmick product for the AR that won’t really provide much benefit.” Recently, I got the chance to put that thought under fire, so to speak, as I was sent a prototype model of the MagPod to test.

The MagPod is a small, lightweight (about 1 oz) floorplate for the Magpul Pmag 30, with a small, overmolded foot on the bottom to be used as a stable platform for supporting the rifle in prone, or on cover in other shooting positions. It has a stippled texture on the sides of the foot, and the foot itself is hollow, so it can be utilized as a loop for pulling the magazine out of stubborn pouches.

Installation is caveman simple, no more complicated than disassembling and reassembling the magazine for cleaning or maintenance. Simply press in on the retainer plate, slide the existing floorplate off of the magazine (while taking care so that the spring does not go flying), and slide the MagPod on the bottom of the magazine until the retainer plate clicks into place.

The unit came to me after beta-testing by the folks at MagPod, and it was in pretty rough shape. The rubber sole of the foot was scuffed, but intact, and the rear of the unit, where it mates with the mag body was cracked, partially on one side, and completely broken off on the other.  Despite this damage, it performed without failing in the time it was here for testing.

Shooting with the MagPod

The magpod, especially in conjunction with my lightweight, uncompensated AR, eliminated virtually all vertical bounce of the barrel after the initial recoil impulse, making it much easier to get back on target and fire a follow up shot faster than using a magazine without a magpod on it.

On my shooting mate’s BattleComped Sig 556, weighed down by a set of Troy rails and the fact that it’s a Sig 556, the difference was much less pronounced, as there was nearly no muzzle rise to begin with, but the effect of the MagPod was still there, although only barely noticeable.

There were no issues with feeding (other than a round of Tula stuck in the chamber, unrelated to magazine function) when using the MagPod. Some people have voiced concerns about this aspect of using the magazine as a support, even before the MagPod was announced. Personally, I slam and dig my mags into the surface when I’m shooting prone or from a table, and have only had feed errors with old worn out mags. Those get marked with a big ‘T’ and tossed into a range bag, only used when I really need them, or if I want to practice malfunction clearing. My batch of regular use mags get rested on all the time and feed flawlessly, and the Pmag I used to test this product performed no differently than it ever has.

An interesting side-effect of the MagPod was that it allowed my rifle, which is balanced right at the magwell, to stand free on the magazine floorplate, with no external support, which was a plus when I was snapping photos.

My concerns about the product mostly came from the cracks at the rear of it. This prototype had been used and abused before I got my hands on it and the folks over at MagPod tell me that a different polymer is being chosen to make it stronger and less prone to cracking. Another change for the next prototype being considered is overmolding the entire foot area, much like an MOE+ grip.

I’ve also heard concerns that this product will not be useful outside of a flat range, shooting at targets level to you. The MagPod is designed with a slight forward bias, so that it can be loaded like a traditional bipod, and allows the shooter to elevate and depress the barrel more than what might be expected.

MSRP is estimated to be $21 for a 3-pack, the folks over at MagPod are working hard on the next version of the prototype, and launch of the product is expected in October 2012 at the earliest. At only $2 per unit more than Magpul’s Ranger Plate, I expect the final version of this product to be an good addition to the Pmag, especially for lightweight rifles, or rifles which muzzle rise is more pronounced than normal, and where the added weight and bulk of a traditional bipod is unwanted or impossible to mount.

Nathan B

Nathan B is a software engineer living in Maryland. He graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a BS in Information Sciences and Technology. He has been shooting for most of his life, is a sucker for a good .22 rifle, and shoots competitively in IDPA and local 3-gun matches.


  • Esh325

    I really do like the idea. You get some of the stableness of a bipod, without the bulkiness of one. It seems like one those “Why didn’t I think of that?” Things.

  • higgs

    Ill take a grip pod any day over this.

    • Esh325

      Yeah, a gripod is going to be more stable, but not every user has the need for a gripod, and some might find a gripod to be a burden as it adds weight to the rifle, and some what alters the profile. This seems like a good compromise.

    • 032125

      Grip pods always seem to be exactly wrong for any surface that I’m shooting on except a bench (a positional luxury indeed) and are just not stable, even on relatively flat ground, when compared to a dedicated bipod. A loaded ruck serves admirably compared to a grip pod.

      • Nathan B

        Not to mention they are ugly as sin, and absurdly expensive, in my opinion.

      • higgs

        Ya, but after 30 rounds your weapon will still function with one.

      • Tuulos

        I have found out that T-pod actually works pretty well as an emergency bipod. Grip pod not so much.

  • Norm

    Despite the advances made in magazines for the AR, it’s still a less-than-good idea to monopod on the magazine. Either get your elbows closer together on the ground or use a real bipod. If you’re using a long magazine, consider crouching. This is a solution to a non-existent problem. If you’re using the mag for a bipod, you’re not controlling your weapon.

    • Esh325

      It’s really hard to say. I’ve never seen any concrete evidence to support that magazines will malfunction more if they are used as a rest. My understanding is that combat does not always give people the luxury of their favorite shooting positions, so crouching is not always an option for some.

      • Norm

        I don’t have direct experience with magazine reliability while monopoding, because I don’t do it. I have read accounts where the issue aluminum mags would get bolt ride over or double feed due to the angle of the mag to the bolt. The way I was trained was to keep your weapon out of the dirt. I concede your point that you don’t always have the luxury of a good shooting position; when I said crouch I was thinking more of a on-your-side slightly curled up shooting position (I can’t really describe it accurately.) I’ve never been gone to the two way range (so for all you combat vets I admit my naivete) , but unless your support arm is injured, I’ve just never _not_ been able to support the front end of the weapon in such a way to keep the mag from acting as a support. If you were running Surefire 60 or 100 round mag, you wouldn’t have much choice anyway, but I wouldn’t have one of those either, mostly for that reason.

    • Al T.

      “I’ve never been gone to the two way range” – not an issue. Get thee to a decent rifle/carbine class and you’ll see why folks like Pat Effing Rogers, Clint Smith and others promote using the magazine as a monopod.

  • Pepin the Short

    As a man who sees no attraction in tactical attachments of limited utility, I must say that this seems one of Magpul’s stranger inventions.

    But, then, I’m no soldier. Perhaps there is a lifestyle in which this item finds use, but it is not mine.

    • Nick

      Not made by Magpul. Do you read? Magpul would never make this garbage. Probably why they haven’t bought it already.

  • D

    It’s a gimmick, but at least it’s a *cheap* gimmick.

    I can’t imagine this being actually used very much in any sort of practical situation.

  • RedRalph!

    I could see a 7.62 model being slightly more useful (considering a good amount of 7.62 AR’s are set up for precision shooting). I also wonder how well they are stored.

    • Nathan B

      7.62 floorplates are planned for development soon, according to MagPod LLC

  • Jason

    All the gear queers are drooling over getting to spend more money on shit. All I hear is someone choking on a dick…

    • Vhyrus

      I’m sorry Jason… I can’t hear you over the repressed homosexual urges screaming at me from your comment.

      • Nathan B

        I think he wants to cuddle 😉

  • FourString

    So does it serve, in essence, as a monopod?

    • Nathan B


  • Nathaniel

    Magazines have enough trouble without you using them as a support.

    A beefy, well-designed mag might take the abuse, but why cultivate the habit? Bipods and monopods on lightweight rifles (the only kind you’d ever use this with) inhibit good shooting more than they encourage it, and even with beefy magazines, monopoding can deform the magazine latch area, tear up the feed lips, and generally wear out your mags much faster than you otherwise would.

    Get a GI sling. Stop abusing your mags.

    • Nathan B

      In all my time owning an AR, I have never had an issue with proning out on a magazine. My mags are no worse for the wear, and even so, I consider them a disposable entity, an easily replaceable part in the system. I am also curious as to why you wouldn’t use a well designed magazine.

      • Nathaniel

        I don’t recall suggesting that you should use poorly-designed mags.

        What I did say is that monopoding is a bad habit that should be weeded out, and certainly should not have $20 products designed to encourage it.

        Mags are good enough that you can absolutely get away with it every now and then, but why would you? It’s far more stable to use a GI sling. You can go to sleep slung up in the prone position with a GI sling.

        This is without mentioning the fact that when you fire a weapon with the magazine used as a monopod, you are jamming the magazine upwards, putting force against the magazine latch. PMags, bless their hearts, have an overtravel stop on the front spline of the magazine, but that only supports the front of the magazine, not the rear, where the latch is. You can absolutely tear up the magazine latch, causing the magazine to bind in the well, partially overinsert, and potentially moving the feed lips high enough that the bolt is wearing on them. Do these add up to issues that will break your mag if you do it ever? No, but using your magazine as a monopod is a dumb idea, anyway, so why do it?

        Stupid wanker crap for stupid wankers.

      • Nathan B

        When you are referring to the magazine latch, are you referring to the actual part in the lower that holds the magazine in place, or are you referring to the cut-out in the magazine itself?

        Pmags have a beefed up area right below the cut-out that functions as an overtravel stop for the rear of the magazine. I’m not particularly worried about that being worn away, or the polymer of the magazine wearing on the hardened steel catch. The only area where I would have concern is where the catch may rub against the lower, causing wear, but a good quality finish on the lower should prevent most of that.

        The moral of the story is, I have confidence in my rifle and magazines that they won’t malfunction when I use them the way I do, and I find it much faster and simpler to prone on a magazine for support, although I don’t debate once a shooter is set in a sling that they can stay steady that very easily.

        e: Sorry for not commenting directly to your reply, it seems that WP doesn’t allow comments nested further than 3 deep.

      • Nathaniel

        My beef with that is that if anything, monopoding on your magazine is less stable than unslung prone. The magazine has a great deal of play with the receiver. I’ve used magazines as monopods before, they just don’t work well.

      • Nathan B

        The MagPod has a forward bias that allows it to be loaded like a traditional bipod, as such it could be loaded to an extreme end of its travel in the receiver, creating a solid platform.

    • mike

      The Army is now teaching the use of the magazine on the ground for support, every legit instructor with operational experience also teaches it…so for all you don’t put you mag on the deck retards…get out from your hole in the ground and look around…tactics and techniques change. The time you spent on this board bashing mags on the ground you could have been either trying it and finding you didn’t get jams or taking a legit class which will tell you the same.

  • Jay N

    Go to any well respected carbine school and you’ll hear it over and over again. It’s ok to rest on your mags when zeroing your rifle or to take the long shot or whatever shot while prone. Bipods can get heavy and not every rifle needs one. Do all of your mags need a MagPod? No, but it’s a quick, light, and easy option if you want to take that steady shot while prone or resting on a cover. It’ll aid you in mores ways you can imagine. It’s not going to win any beauty competitions but it’s far from a gimmick. It’s works and it doesn’t break the bank either. I monopod off of my mags whenever possible and I will more than happy when these are released. I’ll buy the HaterPod all day long.

    • Nathan B

      I personally plan on buying a pack when they are released to outfit my Pmags. I can see these being a great little advantage for those long/precision shots in 3 gun competitions.

  • probe

    I’m fairly certain that in the Magpul Dynamics Art of the Tactical Carbine DVD, Costa & Haley state never to rest on you mags as it can promote misfeeds….. now they have left, Magpul are developing a product that goes against one of their Best selling training DVDs?

    I’m at work, so can’t check the DVD, but i’m pretty sure its early on the first disc, when the course attendees are zeroing…..If i am wrong, please correct me.

    • Nathan B

      Also at work, but I’m pretty sure Haley says that resting on the mags is fine, if you’ve tested your magazines under that stress to see if they misfeed. He says that he does, and any that don’t work properly he simply throws away, and gets new ones.

    • Tierlieb

      I think you’re misread ing the company’s name. This is MagPod, not MagPul.
      So it would be okay to act against what is said in MagPul’s DVDs.
      But then again, they have a Chris Costa quote on their site:

      “Carrying a bipod on a run and gun style weapon can really limit its practical use, not to mention adding weight and bulk. Having something compact that provides a stable interface in a hasty situation is invaluable – the MagPod does just that.”

      -Chris Costa, Costa Ludus

    • Jay N

      That DVD is 5 years old. They both now wrap their thumb over bore, not along it, and they both rest mag on the decks. Things change.

  • Stanley

    I imagine the use of the magpods will immediately void any magpul warranty.

  • noob

    i’m surprised that with all the magpod/magpul confusion in this thread, nobody has suggested that magpul will probably get magpod llc to change their name.

  • Ryo

    Magpul Dynamics does support the use of use of the magazine as a monopod. I’ve taken their classes and haven’t seen any of the Arts jam due to doing this. In fact I shoot faster prone due to this. Out shot the class using this technique using standard base plates and Magpul ranger plates. I found ranger plates were easier to grip and pull out of a pouch.

  • Numan

    It’s 2 schools against each other again. But I heard from lots of different sources that you shouldn’t rest your gun on the magazine. As I can tell from the video it creates a pivot point in the centre of the rifle causing the change of the recoil absorption by the shooters body.
    And the fact that comments and ratings of the MagPod videos are pre-moderated and disabled makes me think that not all shooters are very enthusiastic about this product…

    • Jay N

      You should renew your sources as any top notch school and even the military now teaches monopoding off mags. It’s quickly becoming a 9 vs 45 debate.

  • SK

    How are the MagPod videos premoderated? Looks like you are free to post comments

  • Gary

    Great, more FOO-FOO crap to waste money on.

  • JMD

    I’m sure this thing works great, but it also places stress on a part of the rifle that was never intended to take any amount of stress at all: the magazine latch.

    That little piece of metal that holds the magazine in, now has to support the entire weight of the rifle. That seems like a bad idea.

    I’ll stick to sling-supported shooting styles, or just resting the rifle’s forearm on something.