Hexmag Dark Gray Debuting Late 2015

Hexmag is introducing a new magazine color to the lineup, the Hexmag Dark Gray. Looks like this is the season of “gray” coloring.  I’m glad we have moved on from the various brown colors–is our time in the desert is coming to an end…?

Hexmag with optional grip tape.

Hexmag with optional grip tape.

Hexmag Dark Gray magazines will be available in 30 round, 15 round and 10 round capacities.

I’ve always preferred Magpul, and have never used the Hexmags.  Can anyone give a comparison from a “real world” perspective? I know we did a review last year (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/05/01/gear-review-hexmag-hx30-ar-ar-15-magazine/) but I am not a fan of driving over mags to evaluate their hardiness.  Do they hold up to daily use and getting banged around in kit?  Do they shed sand and mud and other environmental guck?

So, why do you readers think the industry is now pushing gray variants?  Are we moving into a “clandestine” phase?  Are we moving away from “scary black rifles” and toward “mundane gray rifles”?  Thoughts?

I’m assuming the MSRP will be at the $14.99 price of the others.  For more information go to Hexmag.com.

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • Tassiebush

    The use of orange seems problematic. Especially the dot on the base plate.

    • Major Fret

      Never know what can cause OPFOR will see you during dynamic tactical operations. Leave nothing to chance.

      • Tassiebush

        It seems like effective camouflage and concealment has taken a back seat to styling or function including lots of chunky conspicuous equipment. perhaps it’s due to recent conflicts being urban, mobile or long range engagements between unevenly matched forces where it wasn’t as important to blend into the landscape.

    • andrey kireev

      You can actually change both the button and the follower to different colors (To identify mags from each other) in green, pink, black, yellow and blue.

      • Tassiebush

        Glad to hear that

      • El Duderino

        What do you do with the 7th mag? Cerakote the button? 🙂

        • nadnerbus

          New brail buttons coming soon.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Or just do what I always do when I don’t like the colour of something, use a sharpie on it and call it good enough.

        • Bill

          Sharpies can cure a plethora of problems. Even where gear gets shiny from rubbing against something. For anything a Sharpie can’t fix there’s black duct tape.

        • andrey kireev

          Sharpie is not tacticool !!!!!!! Rustoleum is where it’s at !!

  • Geo real history buff

    Or you could use the different colours to denote differen loads/bullet weights.

    • Kivaari

      Pick one load and stop the confusion. I use M193, not because it is the best, but because it performs well at realistic ranges and costs less than Black Hill super loads. If they were affordable, I’d use them.

  • andrey kireev

    Is there any long term reliability data on those ? I know they been out for about a year and been torture tested with great results…

  • Kyle

    It is kind of amusing how this stuff goes in and out of style like a fashion trend. I’ll probably stick to black and OD green. I always thought OD green was an attractive color and practical in a pretty big chuck of the country. I am slowly replacing all of the furniture on my AR with OD green furniture.

    • Kivaari

      OD green is great almost anywhere worth living in. Even quite barren desert has clumps of green. In an urban setting there is often huge patches of green. We tried the clothing fads that came and went. The urban grey stands out in urban settings. Woodland camo is great most places. The ARPAT is good for NIGHT TIME. Why the army picked it was senseless. Flat Dark Earth is pretty good in the bush, the mountains and mixed terrain. Crylon paint can really do well to adjust to surroundings. I revert to BDU Woodland. Solid green like the army uniforms of the 60-70s is great. Rifles that color are good.

  • Bill

    Grey, or gray, is a highly underutilized color. NATICK and plenty of other place have the technical aspects, but when you think about it it is a colorway that can blend in nearly anywhere, and far better than black. Moonless nights and pitch darkness excepted (which is rare), absolute black is seldom found in nature or urban environments. And nature abhors straight, horizontal lines, so a black rifle can stand out pretty starkly.

    I’m gradually transitioning a lot of my black kit to grey, which breaks up our black uniform shirts and jackets. The stereotypical black SWAT uniform is arguable the worst for concealment or disrupting vision (watch the opening scenes from “Sicario if you don’t believe me) and even at night you appear as a pure black blob against a background of varying shades of grey, though I think black is used for intimidation more than anything.

    I hope it isn’t a trend, it’s an actually useful color, along with Foliage and MASS Grey.

    • Jack Burton

      Only thing black really has going for it over grey and the others as far as polymer goes is UV resistance, though I can’t imagine it’d be an issue in most cases.

      • iksnilol

        Dude, black looks ballin’. That’s a pretty big advantage if you ask me.

        • Dan

          Once you go black you never go……nevermind

        • Bill

          I wear a black uniform shirt, and outside in the noon sun in August in low-bid polyester over body armor, it’s important to look ballin’ cause you feel miserable. Then you lean up against the black patrol car and spot-weld yourself to it.

          Pants are a light grey, which is both a good color combo for concealment, and an excellent motivator not to piss yourself when terrified.

          But it’s better than the ice-cream truck driver white shirts that some agencies wear.

          • Kivaari

            One of my chief’s wore a white shirt in the summer. Until I told him he looked like a fire chief. He never wore it again. I think he was mad at me because he had just bought a couple white shirts. Hell, he did look like a fire chief. The dark Navy blue uniforms did get real hot in the summer. Breaking up a domestic at an asphalted trailer park would get miserable. Especially after you just spent 45 minutes calming things down, and your “partner” shows up with an attitude and stirs the pot again.

          • Bill

            A fire chief? Ouch. “Sleep ’til you’re hungry, then eat ’til your sleepy.”

      • Kivaari

        Black works well if you fight in coal mines.

  • ozzallos .

    But hexmag is horrible. Black. Gray. OD Green. Bad.

    • Kivaari

      Good point. Do they work well? I use GI aluminum and Magpul in black, od green and FDE. All of those work well.

      • Early ones are pretty equivalent to PMags. Later ones have serious problems.

        The guy who designed them is a good friend of mine, and he left the company because of related personal issues.

  • El Duderino

    FINALLY! I have been unable to properly operate in a HSLD tactical manner without the ability to camouflage myself completely while submerged in wet cement.

  • TJbrena

    Gray stands out a lot less then black does in just about every environment. A lot of the vegetation and terrain here in AZ is tan, gray or green, but I don’t see much black. I can’t think of many environments where black is common at all, for that matter. Plus, gray soaks up less heat than black. On the other hand, as protective coloring (I wouldn’t call a solid color camouflage) it’s best limited to areas with a lot more black or grey, like cities, snowy areas, gravel pits, couches, and rooms painted in UCP.

    ODG is great because you’ll find green in most climates, it’s more natural than gray or black, and it looks good. Plus, it doesn’t stand out too much in deserts.

    FDE is pretty flexible though. Dirt, sand, mud, tree bark, bricks, brown-painted buildings, taupe interiors; all found in different climates and all FDE-friendly.

    I don’t see FDE, Coyote Brown, RAL8000 and the like fading away in the near future. Not as long as brown is so damn common.

  • Kivaari

    Grey like “urban camouflage” of 30 years ago. It goes back to the WW1 field grey of the Germans. The Germans felt the British brown was the best uniform color. The French Blue was OK in the night time. But seriously blue? Gray matches the USGI magazines. Whole rifles in Grey stand out like all black in daylight. Greens and brown are better in most settings. Especially so in urban settings.

    • andrey kireev

      Confederacy used gray as well 😉

      • Kivaari

        I never recognized those rebellious states. Traitorous fools.

  • Kivaari

    That plain old green army outfits, just disappear in the forests of Western Washington. If a person wears gloves and a mosquito net it is amazing how they can walk down a logging road, getting so close as to be scary. Add woodland patterns and they just go away.