Magpul PMAG17 GL9 Glock Mags

Magpul has been on a roll lately with all the new products they’ve been debuting before SHOT Show 2015. Just yesterday they released teasers for their PMAG D60 drum mag and their new AK47 handguards, magazines and stocks. They just dropped another sneak peak video on their Facebook page showing off their new Glock magazines. With a budget friendly MSRP of just $15.95, their new 9mm polymer magazines hold 17 rounds and have the “same boring reliability you expect from an OEM magazine”.


The PMAG 17 GL9 is a 17 round Glock 9mm handgun magazine featuring a new proprietary all-polymer construction for flawless reliability and durability over thousands of rounds. High visibility anti-tilt follower, SS spring, easily removable floorplate for cleaning, Dot matrix for mag marking, ridged floorplate edges for better grip, 17rd indicator windows. Drops free loaded or unloaded. The same boring reliability you expect from an OEM magazine. MSRP $15.95

Ray I.

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  • thedonn007

    Magpul, how about some 9mm AR15 mags, please?

    • BattleshipGrey

      I wish the AR pistol market would catch on to using Glock mags.

      • Richard Flood

        MGI makes a pistol and carbine that uses Glock magazines.

        • BattleshipGrey

          I like what they’ve done, but it’s a bit more than what I’m looking for, mainly in price. I know the PCC AR is more specialized and therefore costs more, but I don’t think $500+ over a entry level 5.56 AR is reasonable for a less powerful cartridge, even if that’s the desired effect. Just my $0.02.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            The Quarter Circle 10 has all the features i like and you can get either small frame 9mm/.40/.357SIG or Large frame 10MM/.45ACP with great features. The TNW ASR is another option if you want an out of the box Glock-mag PCC.

  • James

    Didn’t Glock originally have all polymer magazines and reinforced them with steel because they didn’t work properly?

    • echelon

      Yes. It will be interesting to see what the wizards at Magpul came up with to rectify the situation.

      And in the first photo it’s hard to tell, but it looks like there could be some reinforcement towards the back of the mag.

      Magpul’s reputation + good price = worth a looksy.

      • andrey kireev

        Lets not forget the fact that they screwed up the AK mags… because they thought no reinforcement ones would work fine despite what people told them… but they haven’t, and therefore their AK mags are on the same level as Tapco…

        • echelon

          I hadn’t used their AK mags yet nor had I heard that.

          • andrey kireev

            I had 3 fail on my buddy, during carbine course… they seem to crack around lip area… locking lugs are also plastic on those…

          • SpazC

            You obviously missed the press release 2 days ago, detailing the metal additions.

            Pro Tip. You can use a hammer to make an AK, but probably shouldn’t use your AK as a hammer. Hard to believe 3 separate failures in one day that can’t be attributed to user misuse.

          • andrey kireev

            I’m talking about the first gen mags, and yes I’ve seen the metal reinforced ones. But yes, 3 failures during same course

          • All the Raindrops

            With the same mag or different mags? Lol

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Agreed. Or gun issues with the bolt carving out the top of the lips.

        • SpazC

          And they redesigned them adding metal locking lugs when they received enough complaints from mall ninja’s doing tacticool ak pushups. Alls well that ends well!

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Few shooters I see at the range could even do push ups. Have no doubt that the number of people who complained about polymer feed lips outweighed the number of people with broken feed lips – by an order of many thousands.

          • All the Raindrops


        • All the Raindrops

          Tapco makes reliable ak mags, and a bunch of other schitty products

        • Magpul

          Nothing was redesigned. Both the unreinforced (MOE) and the metal reinforced (Zhukov- M3) magazines were announced at the same time. Each serves different missions and both will continued to be produced.

          The MOE AK PMag is a highly reliable shooter magazine primary designed for 922r compliance on a budget. The composite used is designed for tensile strength over impact strength and the MOE AK PMag will out last other all polymer AK47 magazines if you actually shoot it over using it as a hammer. This is the battle between tensile and impact strength. The softer material in other all polymer AK magazines make them slightly better in a impact tests but they wear out faster if you shoot them al lot.

          The Zhukov AK PMag is a true military grade (for impact and reliability), USA made, 922r compliance magazine that combines our polymer composition with solid metal reinforcements in the front and rear locking areas of the magazine. Of course this military solution comes at additional cost over the simpler MOE AK PMag.

    • CrankyFool

      Yes, but it’s worth noting that Glock’s magazines were created 30 years ago; it would not at all be surprising in advances in materials science have let Magpul use stiffer polymer than what Glock could create at the time.

      • petter_potet

        If you look at Glock magazines through the “ages” it is quite apparent that the early ones are made of a different type of “plastic” than the later ones. And with Glocks history of improving without informing it is a safe bet that the Glock plastic is not “technological inferior” to the newer Magpul ones. It is worth noting that neither company does development work on the chemical composition of “polymer”.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      They worked fine in normal conditions but didn’t have the same temp range (drop free at high temp etc). So they went to steel inner parts and used the polymer to bind them. The issue with that is over time the polymer and steel expand and contract a different rates causing warping. Glock mags ARE NOT lifetime parts, I have 5-6 older mags that just will not seat in or drop freely in any glock, all factory.

      Magpul is using different polymers than glock. When glock started and really up to just about a few years ago everything was glass filled nylon with black dye. There have been recent(ish) advancements in injection molding, polymers, FEA (computer testing), and collaboration (Internet!). Coupled with Magpul’s expertise in magazines I wouldn’t for one second assume the magpul mags are inferior because they are all polymer or because of the price.

      Talking about their new Sand color, I feel like magpul is even backing off of some dye to improve strength. The natural color of their new stuff is probably right about the finished color (dye makes a big difference in strength and weight).

      I think it would be unlikely to see Glock making their next gen mags in the current fashion of steel and polymer, fwiw.

      • All the Raindrops

        Which color would be the strongest? Tell more about dye & strength, it’s interesting.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          No dye would be the strongest. So guess what Magpul’s “sand” is!

          When you add dye to the mix you need to add enough to color it all the way through. When really ideally you would only dye the outside.

          If you need 10% dye to get your color, that’s a 10% weaker part than you want.

  • TexianPatriot

    I’ve got money with Magpul’s name on it as soon as they release .40 cal mags and hi caps.

  • Nicks87

    $16 Glock Mags = WIN!!!

    • FourString

      Jeez. Now I actually do want a Glock 17 Gen 3….

    • Surly Old Armorer

      Once these have been on the market for a few months, I expect they’ll be $11 or $12?

      And we might just see Glock cut the prices on their OEM magazines too.

  • petter_potet

    I really cant understand the point, the OEM Glock magazines at least in 9mm are probably the most reliable and durable pistol mag known to man. Am I willing to risk my life and everything a care about over 9$?

    • Sam Schifo

      You could use them as range or practice mags. If they come out with a .45 version I’m liable to buy a few so I can beat them up on the range and not care about them.

    • Cymond

      That makes sense … if you’re only buying a few and not going to test them.
      However, these make a lot of sense for someone who’s going to shoot them extensively (thereby testing reliability) and buys a lot of magazines.
      I know a guy who makes it a point to have a dozen magazines for every guns he owns, at a minimum.

      • petter_potet

        That sounds like me, I usually have about 10+ mags for every gun including handguns. I usually finds flaws in magazines quite fast as I use them, a lot. I changed my CZ P01 mags for Mec-Gars as the Cz ones were unreliable at best, and downright dangerous at worst, I dont need a OEM mag fro posh reasons.

        But when it comes to Glock magazines wich are incredible reliable, about as good as it gets without changes to their external dimentions. And they are affordable compared to magazines for M&P’s and the same price as an XD mag.
        So I really cant understand what Magpul brings to the table other than their hyped trademark, their reputation for reliability have sort of hit a rock with release of unreliable AK mag and the notorious Pmag40 . Dont get me Wrong, I love their riflestocks and Pmags. But beliving Magpul=Reliability is a false premise, compared to Glock whose magazines have the best reputation.

        Should you buy just a few for range use, it is higly likely that one or more of them will work their way into your rotation. And should you buy lots of them for reliability testing it sort of defeats the purpose, wich can only be to save money. As you need some “real” mags until the verdict is in, and you probably wont know until you have fired way over 1000 rounds from a couple of mags each. Good luck finding a video on youtube with that kind of data for another year or two.

    • Vitsaus

      100% agree, that being said, in the firearms industry you learn that people will absolutely risk their own life and the life of their families over less than $9 all day long. Kel-Tec, Taurus, NC Star all demonstrate this. You tube is full of videos on how to “prep on a budget” or “Budget SHTF guns” or just insert “budget” into anything related to defense and survival. As I mentioned earlier, a company could come out with a product that only works 50% of the time (Kel Tec) and as long as it’s cheap enough, some one roll the dice. Of course the guy who rolls the dice and gets a 6 will come on here and say “I’ve put ten million rounds through my (fill in the blank POS gun) and never had a jam or malfunction.” In the mean time, the guy who did have a jam when it counted doesn’t get to voice his story because those details are left out of his obituary.

      • All the Raindrops

        Well don’t get your multicam panties in a bunch, Mr operator extraordinaire

  • Jeremy Star

    Now, if you could make some Sig magazines, Magpul, I’d be much obliged.

  • MrApple

    I would love to give one a try.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I see where you’re coming from and I know the Glock mag isn’t the end-all-be-all. However, since ARs and Glocks have such a huge following in the US, why not utilize a great mag in a great PCC platform? Glock mags are abundant and can be had for a decent price, AR parts are widely available and vary in price for many different budgets (obviously the PCC parts will cost a bit more).

  • Cymond

    ok, fine, “extra standard caps”.
    As in those mags that don’t fit flush, like the 33 round 9mm mags.

    • TexianPatriot

      Thats what I meant.

  • Aleksander Nordgarden-Rødner

    G17 mags are compatible with G19s; G19 mages are incompatible with G17s. That’s most likely why.

  • DIR911911 .

    love the elevator music , play that funky music baby 🙂

  • John

    Glock OEM mags are better looking, proven and cheap. No thanks. Why fix what isn’t broken??

  • Scott M.

    This is a great step in the right direction. Just as Magpul “fixed” the problems with the military’s M-16/M-4 magazines, I hope they can fix the M9 magazines too. I think that is one of the weakest points of that platform; the way the military buys those lousy off brand mags anyways.

  • All the Raindrops

    I believe the 17 is still the best selling overall.