Review: GunSkins AR-15 Magazine Wraps

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If you are looking to spice up your AR-15 mags the options are pretty limited. You can paint them, Duracoat them, Cerakote them, or use something like the GunSkins AR-15 Magazine Wraps. GunSkins sent me several of the magazine wraps to give them a try. I will admit, I don’t mind my mags being boring and black, but I am willing to give anything a try.

The GunSkins mag wraps are retail ready.IMG_3321

I pulled a few Pmags out of my pile for the test.IMG_3362

GunSkins sent me three different patterns to try out. I decided to start with their Victory pattern. You can find it on their website here. Pulling it out of the package you see that each pack has enough of the wrap to do three mags. The sides are clearly labeled right and left. IMG_3322

The Mag skins are easy to remove and are nicely cut and didn’t give me any issues when removing die cut panels.

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Attaching the panels to the magazine is as simple as laying it on the correct side and applying it like a sticker. You can see the cuts that allow you to wrap the panel around the spines of the mag. IMG_3326

Even before adding heat the mag looks pretty nice! IMG_3330

Next I applied the Muddy Girl wrap. My wife isn’t a shooter, so this one was for you guys. I do have to admit, I was a bit let down by the pattern though, I think that the one on their website is more in line with what the target audience would want, pink. IMG_3334

the last design that they sent me was their Skull Tan, again you can see this on their website. You can see I skipped right to the heat gun with this one. IMG_3346

I am sure you can use a hair dryer, but I didn’t have one. I did have a heat gun in the garage. IMG_3341

I started applying pressure to the wrap to get the wrap to conform better to the magazine’s surface. The wrap started to look really good. The only downside was the magazine got really warm to the point of being rather uncomfortable to keep working the wrap into place. I had to come up with a solution. IMG_3342

The best solution I could come up with was using a microfiber towel instead of my fingers. It sure did help keep the heat at bay.

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Using the heat gun and towel method I was able to get pretty good results. The GunSkin magazine wraps cling to the sides of the magazine nicely, but the spine proved to be a bit of a tough area. I wasn’t able to get that to conform to the body of the magazine. IMG_3347

All three looked pretty good after spending some time with the heat gun and towel. IMG_3348

I wanted to see how well the mag wraps held up to water, so I dumped one into a bucket for a couple days. IMG_3353

It showed no sign of being underwater for 48 hours when I pulled it out. The waterproof claim is confirmed!IMG_3365

I also wanted to see how the magazine wrap held up to abrasion. What better way than the standard “I’ll just run it over” test? I can’t think of one. IMG_3357

It handled the weight of my Tacoma quite nicely. Only a few dents and scrapes, doesn’t look too bad to be honest. I’ll have to run it over harder.IMG_3359

How about spinning the wheels? That should provide enough abrasion right? My wife was not thrilled with this particular part of the test and my neighbor Todd thought the sight of me driving over a magazine a few times as a sure sign that I had lost my damn mind. He might be right.

Success! It took me basically doing a burnout on top of the mag to get any real wear.  I have to admit, the GunSkins magazine wraps are pretty tough.IMG_3361

After taking a closer look at the GunSkins magazine wraps, I am a bit more receptive to the idea if they offered a pattern that I found attractive. The packaging had a multicam picture on it … I want that one.

As I said earlier, if you feel that your mags or gun needs to be spiced up a bit, take a look at what GunSkins has to offer. While I didn’t see anything that really struck my fancy, they might have something that is right up you alley. Each package of the magazine skins (enough to cover three mags) carries an MSRP of $24.99 and you can find more information about the wraps on their website here.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Dan

    Do they have just plain black?

    • Patrick R.

      My mags are black again, I have never been a fan of decorating things with stickers.

  • Bill

    Now take a mag wrapped with one and move it in and out of a magazine pouch a hundred times. If it bakes your cookies, great, but 24.95 for 3 is nearing the cost for two new mags.

  • ActionPhysicalMan

    Should be popular with teenage boys.

  • MrEllis

    After Marvel runs out of movie steam, they’re gonna start suing and not stop.

  • nova3930

    Make some with caliber markings and I might be interested. Would be a good way to keep the 5.56 and .300 mags separated…

    • These things are just way too damned expensive for that as they are. $8 per wrap? That’s nearly as much as the friggin’ magazine. Maybe if they got ’em smaller and bulk-packed 12-16 of them for $24.

      Still, I like the idea in theory. My 5.45×39 AR mags are rather similar looking to my 5.56×45 mags, and everyone needs a way to differentiate .300 AAC-loaded mags from the pack.

      • LeverDude inPA

        Same here. Thought that would be a pretty cool way to easily identify 300 AAC Mags… until I saw the price. I’ll just use a marker thanks.

    • Dan

      Wow,I need to go to bed I read that as “keep the 5.56 and .300 Win Mag separated” I was just going to reply with a “If you confuse 5.56 with .300 win mag then you need some help” boy would I have looked foolish. Would be a nice way, maybe a smaller sized wrap that just covers the bottom half inch of the mag for ID purposes.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    No “Git R Dun” ?

  • sam

    Still no banana peel pattern?

    • Patrick R.

      That made me sad too. Had they sent me a package of Chiquita brand wraps they would have become my primary mags.

  • anonymous

    They need to make one with the iconic picture of NBC’s David Gregory holding a 30-round AR-15 magazine.

    And perhaps on other side, text from the District of Columbia’s Office of Attorney General (OAG) declining to prosecute him for a crime he committed in front of — well, I was going to say millions, but since this was an NBC news program — dozens of witnesses on live national television.

    “A prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.”

    If somebody is ever charged with possessing illegal boxes-with-springs, and they had these David Gregory “mag skins” on them, the prosecutor would be reluctant to introduce it as evidence at trial.

    • USMC03Vet

      They need a design with dueling Husseins. Barack Hussein and Saddam Hussein.

  • USMC03Vet

    Way too expensive. Neat idea though.

  • Vitsaus

    40 year old balding overweight accountant during the week…. Punisher on the weekends.

    • Patrick R.

      When did I become an accountant?

  • TangledThorns

    I bought similar wraps with the Confederate flag design 🙂

  • TomOakheart

    When you can upload your own skin(or pictures wtf ever you want) to fit the templates Ill be ordering around 100 of these.

    • Patrick R.

      I agree with you completely, I would love the ability to upload a picture of my dog or a banana.

  • Alan Hodges

    They don’t sell a Confederate flag version. Lame.

  • itsmefool

    When they make suppressor wraps, I’ll be impressed.