Magpul PMAG D60

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Magpul just released a video today where they unveiled their new polymer PMAG D60 drum magazine. Yeah, you read that right. As the name suggest it holds 60 rounds and features a special loading lever to make loading it a breeze. It also features a full magazine indication window on the back of the drum. You can insert the D60 on a closed bolt and it has a last round bolt hold open feature. As with their PMAGs their new D60 is compatible with multiple weapon systems (ARs, Tavors etc) and it can be disassembled easily for cleaning. Word is it will retail for $129.95 and may be released around Spring or Summer of this year.

Stay tuned for more details on the Magpul PMAG D60 from SHOT Show 2015.

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  • Esh325

    I wonder will it finally be a drum that works 100% and isn’t just a toy? What really stops militaries from making drum magazine standard?

    • Guest

      probably jams and malfunctions, no one wants those when your life is on the line.

      • Gordon J Davis Jr

        I put 100 rounds downrange from the Korean copy BETA without a single stoppage in ~45 seconds. Drums aren’t as bad today as they used to be – but like the M16/M4 they got a bad rep from when they were introduced and no one bothers to educate themselves and realize they work fine now.

    • andrey kireev

      Drums take way more space than standard mags, means special pouches have to be used to retain them, that means more logistical burden on supply lines… plus reliability issues…

    • sianmink

      because a 60 round drum mag has more weight and bulk than 3 standard 30 rd magazines.

    • dan citizen

      The Russians have and do field many successful drum mags…. PPSH, DP, Bizon

      • Ken

        Not to mention the RPK, though they stopped using drums for the RPK-74. Some RPK-74 drums were made, but they’re not commonly used.

    • janklow

      you know, i’ve never had a problem with any AK drum magazines.

  • Coming soon to Jim Bob’s already overly-tacticooled 25 pound AR.

    • echelon

      Maybe…but sometimes 30 just won’t do…

      • I think the Shrike solved that problem for AR guys, lol.

        • echelon

          Well, THAT definitely won’t stop the people complaining about price, haha!

  • mosinman

    so 30 more rounds over standard mag, but it’s $129
    i wonder what makes them pricier

    • BattleshipGrey

      R&D, marketing and the window. The identification dimples are free of charge. 🙂

      • mosinman

        i hope the price comes down a bit.

        • gunslinger

          yeah, but i wouldn’t count on it.

  • Scott

    Do they work with the SCAR 16s?

  • lucusloc

    If this is actually reliable it will be a great mag for the price. Most of the reliable 50+ mags (x-15 etc) are in the ~200-250 MSRP range.

    As for the people complaining about weight, long term carry is not the MO for these types of mags. These are for nightstand guns, the ones that you grab when you do not have time to kit out in LBE. Weather you are asleep at home or in the mess grabbing a bite to eat in your work cloths, when the call to arms comes and you have time to grab one thing and one thing only, having a drum mag already in the rifle allows you to grab extra ammo at the same time. For people who need that kind of roll filled weight is not an issue, and these mags are a pretty darn good solution (provided they are reliable enough of course). I know that is the role I would use one in.

    If I need to kit out for patrol it is LBE with 30s all the way. Weight adds up quickly, and 30s are still the most efficient in that regard.

    • iksnilol

      For a bedside gun wouldn’t two 40 rounders clamped/coupled together be more efficent? And also more reliable?

      • lucusloc

        Possibly, but really when it comes to that kind of usage it is up to personal preference and what is available at the time you set it up. I currently use two 30s, because that is what I have access too that also fills my requirement for reliability (while also fitting into a not unlimited budget). I have tried 40s, and for me they are just long enough to be awkward from various positions, so I do not like them. A drum neatly solves that by virtue of being short. YMMV.

        • iksnilol

          I know 40 or 45 round mags are popular with the Russians together with short barreled guns. I was thinking the longer mags wouldn’t be a problem from a standing or crouched position since I doubt you are going to be shooting from the prone position in a HD scenario.

          But for general purpose, I also like two 30 rounders taped together, with a couple of casings between them to keep them apart enough so that they are both oriented the same way. Doesn’t get in the way and allows me to keep 60 rounds in a rifle instead of 30.

  • Juice

    I’d love to see actual tests with the M249. I heard STANAGs don’t run so good with those.

  • It costs as much as a SureFire magazine, but looks bulkier.

    • Tim U

      But probably runs more reliably.

  • Sickshooter0

    Where’s the Skittle storage compartment?

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    They do have a purpose. I don’t see why so many people think these are only for the night stand or a complete replacement to stick mags where you would need about two or three drums strapped to your plate carrier. These are your starting mags in the gun, when it is empty, drop it and fall back to your 30 or 40 round stick mags. I don’t see how that is anything, but good. Of course, that’s if it is reliable.

    • lucusloc

      I would think starting with a drum would depends on if you get to rest your weapon or not. If you are mounted I see no problem with this, if you are on foot the extra weight of the mag itself probably is not worth it. When you are carrying a lot of gear ounces matter, and 2 30s is lighter than a single drum.

  • Ratcraft

    I will take 10……for starters.

  • Sean

    $129? I would rather have the 10-15 regular 30 rd mags this could buy.

  • Matt Shermer

    Maybe they can convince DOD and the Marine Corps that that this can go hand in hand with the M27 IAR system, as far as I’ve seen, there isn’t a service standard High Capacity magazine option for supression fire to go with the IAR. If it runs in an HK MR556 there’s no reason it can’t run in an M27, and it’s probably cheaper per unit in bulk…

  • kbroughton77

    Meh. Think I’ll stick to my PMAG 40’s and spend the money I’m saving on ammo

  • echelon

    60>40 🙂

  • colin

    More market choice always better, means cheaper drum mags. Can wait to see one in 308 M118Lr P (D)Mag 50Rnds ?. Dmr/2nd sniper protection role. Pmag 7.62/5.56 are reliable for mil use (British) .I,d be surprised if they released a bad one ,mapul with there reputation on the line! Maybe even glock version if us military picks them for new sidearm like the British etc have.

  • Doug Petri

    I am in for one for the purpose built AR pistol.

  • mig1nc

    I wonder if this weighs more than the SureFire 60rd mag.

    • mig1nc

      Never mind, I see that it does in fact weight more than double the SureFire mag, and as much as four of my preferred 30rd mag.

  • TinMan2

    For the cost I can purchase 10 brand new 30 round mags and enough LC on clips to fill 4 of the new mags. Nope don’t need one…….TinMan