Lightning Review: Strike Industries Enhanced Magazine Plate

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I have always been a fan of enhanced magazine plates.  All of my Pmags wear the Magpul Ranger Plates on them.  The main reason is that most of them will, at some point be used in either my plate carrier or my battle belt mag pouches and having the loop makes them much easier to manipulate during a reload.

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So as someone that has trained a lot with the ranger plates, I was at first a little skeptical of the Enhanced Magazine Plate because it lacked a loop or extension to grab a hold of.  I was actually pleasantly surprised that they were just as easy to grab and manipulate with the two side grooves that they utilize.

Installation was very easy, but can require a punch to install the two roll pins that hold the plate onto the magazine. Being that this was for a test/review I decided to use a small allen wrench for one, and a slotted screw driver for the other to see if using standard tools would work for those that might not have a punch handy.  Both actually worked just fine.  The screwdriver being the easiest as it gave me leverage to just push the pin though without a hammer.  With the small allen wrench I just used the screw drivers a hammer and had no problems getting the pin into place.

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It was really just as simple as any other floor plate that I have installed on either a Pmag or even pistol magazine.  The roll pins were an interesting choice of retention device, but after looking at the design it made sense.  Not only is the plate using the protrusion from the base plate insert for retention, it also uses the roll pins to ensure that the base plate is not going to come off when dropping a magazine.

One cool feature is that the new mag plate is a +2 capacity, so your Pmag is now a 32rd magazine.  While not a lot of capacity, over the 6 mags that I carry in my kit, that is a total of 12 extra rounds while carrying the same amount of mags.  

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Lastly, the Enhanced Magazine Plate offers a flat spot on the bottom of the mag.  The flat spot is big enough and the right angle that it allows the mag to be used as a monopod with pretty good success.  The angle allows the user to rest on the magazine and have a stable platform.  I was able to use the monopod on several different surfaces including a shooting bench, log, ground and car hood. All provided a stable hold for accurate shots.

If you are interested in the magazine base plates, check out at Strike Industries.




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  • Stephen

    Never had a problem with reloads in the service be it the old GI mags or pmags. I like the fact you can add 2 more rounds to your loadout = good stuff. Thanks for posting.

    • Zachary marrs

      You aren’t everyone

      • Porty1119

        *lowers shades*
        Mother of God…

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        What the…..! Is this for real, or is it posed?

        • Zachary marrs

          Real.
          Unfortunately

  • steveday72

    I figured they’d be about $10-$12 for 3x, but they’re $10 each!
    You can get the actual Pmag for less than that.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    While this might be a good feature to have, I have some doubts about whether it really makes that much of a practical difference. I am sure it will work very well for some shooters, but I will also say that I never had an issue with fast loading and unloading under duress when in the service without the benefit of devices like these, and neither did anyone else I knew who had sufficient training and experience in the same drill.

    Still, it’s nice to know that there are innovators out there constantly thinking of different ways to improve small but important things.

    • That’s one thing about Strike they are always coming up with new designs. Very productive people.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Quite so, Phil.

  • MattInTheCouv

    do they make the magazine any wider at the bottom? if so, that’s a no-go for most that use a double stack mag carrier. gen2 pmags already have issues with width at the bottom when used with most double stack carriers

    • I actually use double carriers, and they are a but wider like the base of a Pmag. When I use my doubles I just tend to stagger them with the front mag being higher then the rear one.

  • John

    The problem about extended mag plates is that if one mag has them, all of them need to have them. Don’t like mixing and matching.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    I just want one so I can quote Biggie Smalls: “One in the chamber, 32 in the clip!”

    (yeah, I know it’s a magazine)