Magpul PMAG D-60 Now Shipping

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Earlier this year we posted about Magpul’s new D-60 PMAG which was supposed to release this summer.  Well, better late than never…  They are finally shipping just in time for the holidays.

The PMAG D-60 is a durable, lightweight, highly reliable 60-round 5.56×45 NATO/.223 Remington polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible weapons.  With a larger capacity than previous PMAGs, the PMAG D-60 gives the shooter the same round count as two standard capacity 30-round magazines without requiring a critical reload.

PMAG d-60 Specifications

  • Weight, w/Dust Cover: 20.5 oz.
  • Weight, loaded (M855 NATO): 46 oz.
  • Length, max: 7.4 in.
  • Width, max: 4.1 in.

Magpul highlights that the D-60 is designed to lock the bolt back on the last round for most AR15/M4/HK416 platforms. But they do make the disclaimer that the bolt lock back may not work for other weapons with bolt hold open levers that don’t adhere to the Colt-spec.

They did produce a video back in January showcasing the D-60 Magazine:

Personally, I’m not a fan of these kinds of magazines.  Not because I love reloading empties, but I just find them to be awkward (to store and manage), and just not terribly practical.  They would be fun for burning through ammo, but I’ve been going to the range more for skills confirmation than I have for dumping rounds.  Obviously the concept is similar to the drum magazine for the SAW, allowing the AR15/M4 platform a greater amount of ammo.  What do you readers think?  Useful?

The MSRP is $129.95 and Magpul has free shipping on all orders over $75…  You can find out more information at their website: https://www.magpul.com/products/pmag-d60-ar-m4



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.


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  • Badwolf

    Useful? No. Fun? Yes.

    • lucusloc

      Useful to leave in your bedside gun I think. Guaranteed to take 60 with you when you go to check on that bump in the night, and no reload needed to get to the next 30 to boot.

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    Lets see.
    $130 for 60 round capacity or $40 for two 30 round mags with a coupler.
    This is a product for mall ninjas and people with more money than brains

    • MrSatyre

      Stop. Breathe. Think it through.

    • lucusloc

      How much is not having to do a mag swap worth to you? If you have the funds get it. If your funds are limited enough that there is better uses then of course do that instead.

    • iksnilol

      How much would two 40 rounders + a coupler be?

      • Steve Truffer

        $53 + shipping. Oddly the coupler costs more than a mag.
        I remember someone selling a double +5 extender, so you had a 90 round unit.

        • iksnilol

          You can also couple them for free with a couple of empty cases and duct tape.

    • Flounder

      It is also more expensive than the surefire 60 round quadstack mags… except those fit in some double mag pouches…

    • Ethan

      I think one of the un-sung advantages of the drum vs the couplers is the snag factor. I have couplers, but I don’t use them because they are snag city when trying to get the gun out of a trunk quickly.

      The upside-down and duct taped together works ok if you’re not worried about a live round or two ending up in random places, and then the same length dis-advantage as the Pmag 40rnd.

      If cost is your first priority, duct tape a couple GI mags together and call it a day. Some of us are just more willing to pay more for an incremental advantage.

  • Major Tom

    Aww they couldn’t do it Russian style and make a 60 round casket mag?

    • Phillip Cooper

      I’m pretty sure they have those- quad-column, right?

      • me ohmy

        and surefire’s version sucked…

  • ben

    when is a reload not critical?

    • avconsumer2

      When the first load works?

  • kbroughton77

    As fun as this would be at the range, I think I’ll stick with a few PMag-40s and spend the extra money on ammo

    • JumpIf NotZero

      So… You don’t prone huh?

      • me ohmy

        takes two seconds to dig a cat hole

        • ostiariusalpha

          Oh, are you going to call a 2 second time-out so you can dig that little hole? Do you get repeats if you have to change position? I’m not entirely positive about what the rules are, but I’m sure whoever is shooting at you will be reasonable if you call them out on any violations.

          • me ohmy

            podding off a 30 rounder versus a 40 ain’t much taller there slick..
            I’ve measured my PMAG 40’s versus Thirty and got less then two inches….no ranger plate on the 40, the 30 had one and they are close in OAL. so, why don’t you go and troll on someone else.. you seem to like that here on disgus. I’m putting you in “ignore ranting and raving ” catagory. got that armchair? you can rail on for all you are worth now..enjoy

          • ostiariusalpha

            ? Thanks, stubbles! I certainly will! I wasn’t ribbing you about podding on a forty rounder (I’ve done it), but the suggestion that you should take the time to dig a special place for your oversized magazine seem to call out for a little non-serious trollstering. If your individual height means that the mag is really too tall to go easily prone with you can tuck a pack (and, yes, this is assuming you have one on hand) under your chest to raise yourself up to the rifle. Otherwise just skip the 40 for serious use as others have suggested. If you don’t take everything as some kind of personal attack, you can enjoy a “Disqus” comment for what it is. Got that, operator? Ha ha ha!

            In case anyone was actuallyy curious about the height difference between 30 and 40 round PMags:

          • Mikey

            Where did u get the Grip tape from that’s on your Pmags?

          • ostiariusalpha

            Haha! That’s not my rifle nor my mags, I don’t currently own any PMags. To answer your question, that’s actually a whole lot of careful stippling instead of a grip tape. If you get a relatively inexpensive soldering iron, you can pick up the skill in fairly short time as long as you can put up with the slight tedium of poking the magazines about a million times each.

          • me ohmy

            you’re reputation proceeds you..

      • iksnilol

        How long are 40 round AR mags?

        I don’t have much problem with 40 round AK mags. Maybe it is because of the curve? I dunno.

        • ostiariusalpha

          It’s not just the curved magazine, one of the nice aspects of the AK is that your cheekweld is lower comparatively to the top of an inserted magazine than an AR, I know that I’ve learned to appreciate it. Still, consider that the main object of going prone is to make yourself a smaller target, so the problem isn’t that you absolutely can’t shoot with an extra couple inches off the ground; depending on your height though, you might actually have a bit of a problem (I’m, thankfully, tall enough to manage a slightly raised AR without too much trouble). Reloading also becomes slighty more awkward the taller any standard mag gets. It’s nothing that can’t be dealt with in the end.

          • iksnilol

            I just tilt the gun to the side to reload in the prone when longer mags are involved. Works for me, maybe not the most 1337 tecnhique tho.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Nope, but I do the same with long mags. With AK mags you aren’t really dropping them anyways, so turning the gun is helpful when flicking them out with the new mag.

          • iksnilol

            I don’t really do the flick the mag out with a new one. I do the “classy” side by side reload most often. Sure, in a hasty situation I most likely would.

      • Ethan

        A true operator uses his 90° offset sights when going prone – for maximum operational proneness.

        In all seriousness, offset sights are great when using 40rnd Pmags – they’re not really prone-friendly on a 2-way range. I’d say they’re OK for 3-gun.

  • Rock or Something

    Just in time for your semi-auto M249s….

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    I don’t get all the hate on drums and box magazines (the reliable ones anyway, but no one likes unreliable stick mags either). They are supposed to be the starting magazine in the weapon and when reloading, fall back on “traditional” stick mags. The people who created these never intended for operators to go around around carrying 6 drums strapped to their hip, vest, and/or pack.

    • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

      Basicly how the Soviet doctrine for the PPSh-41 in WW2 worked.

      • iksnilol

        IIRC Soviets had multiple drum mags, they were issued two stick mags as a way to signal to friendlies that they were low on ammo (use stick mags when no drums with ammo).

        • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

          Oh, but still, what I said probebly happened as well, maybe a guy only had pouches for stick mags.

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, I don’t really research WW2.

      • PGConley

        Also British Commandos did that with the Tommy Gun. Start off with the 50 round drum mags, then switch to the stick mags when done.

    • lucusloc

      That would be my MO for those types of mags as well. Leave this in your go-to gun, and that way, even if you do not have time to grab reloads when the SHTF, you still have 60 rounds on tap. As long as the mag is reliable I want at least one of these.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      “operators” *

  • me ohmy

    ANnnnnd the P-MAG 40’s are what? 20 bucks each. and the P-MAG 30’s are what??
    aw yeah…about 15 bucks each…windowed, and about 10-12 dollars non windowed.
    nice idea MAGPUL.. but way too much money for something that only stops one mag change. not feeling it until it’s crossing the $79.99 barrier.

    • Ethan

      Give it time. Its the “hot-new product” right now, so you can expect to pay “hot-new product” prices until the next big thing comes out.

      • me ohmy

        True..and that ALLOY bodied one looks bad ass..but foisting almost 300 bucks for a drum mag??? nah man ain’t feelin it..at all

  • HH

    My “non operator” experience with drums on full auto (hks, ars, etc) is that the X products metal ones are best. This is followed by plastic Betas and I imagine this Magpul one which Ive yet to try. Will be interested in followup from new owners

  • J.J

    Might as welong go with the quad stack SureFire mags

    • lucusloc

      I though those had rather severe reliability issues?

    • john huscio

      The magpul is more compact, probably more reliable too.

      • iksnilol

        It is wider. :/

        More awkward in regards to mag pouches.

        • Ethan

          But shorter – its designed to be the same overall length as a 30rnd GI mag.

          Isn’t it great to have both options?

          • iksnilol

            Nah, I meant the drum mag is awkward, it won’t fit mag pouches.

            The quadstack mag is just like two regular mags side by side, ergo double mag pouches should work for them just fine 🙂

  • Vhyrus

    Once these drop below $100 street price (I’m thinking spring/summer) I will pick up a couple.

  • Kristoff

    You think this would work on my fs2000? Are there any drums that would work with it at all?

  • William_C1

    Still want to see that quad stack 60 round magazine they got the patent for.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      You mean the one that Surefire already makes and sells in a 60rd and 100rd version?

      • Cymond

        I think his point I’d that Magpul already designed and patented a quad-stack mag. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’ve heard a lot of bad rumors about the SureFire quad mag reliability.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          They have a patent. That DOES NOT mean they have actually designed a magazine.

          • William_C1

            They have the resources to however and should in my opinion. Sadly the SureFire mags get mixed reviews (work for some, unreliable for others) suggesting some QA problems.

  • john huscio

    More compact than the surefire 60s

  • Tim U

    I like it, but not ready to spend the money yet. The idea would be the first go-to mag, then fall back on normal mags.

    I do have a drum for my AK…but that was also significantly cheaper than these.

    • me ohmy

      and AK drums are built to russian drive a tank over them standards

    • Ethan

      I tend to go the opposite direction. I start out with a 20rnd mag in the gun for mobility (my gun fits in a tennis racket bag). If I need more than 20 rnds to stop a threat, the time for half-measures will be over – its straight to the drums and 40rnd Pmags at that point.

  • Todd

    I don’t need one, but I may get one just to bathe in the liberal tears.

    • USMC03Vet

      That was my reasoning behind getting an AK with a bayonet lug. No sweat off my back, but I have no doubt it rustles certain people.

      • nope

        no, actually, nobody you are hoping to upset would even be capable of noticing. none of your “certain people” are ever even going to see your AK for that matter. what are you, twelve?

        • skusmc

          Found the jealous guy.

    • anonymous

      hey, Todd, knock it off. firearms not politics

  • USMC03Vet

    Way overpriced, but drum mags are super fun and not as impractical as people portray them as. 60 rounds of 5.56 isn’t some unbearable weight burden by a long shot.

  • gunsandrockets

    Still dreaming of a top feed, bottom ejecting, AR upper in 5.45mm, for using RPK 45 round magazines.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    To quote a I believe Fornier article in SGN some years back ‘Drums are Dumb’.

  • David

    Someone in the Tavor Owners Group I belong to has tested one in his IWI-US Tavor (as opposed to the Canadian ones). He said it works well but I don’t remember if it locked the bolt back or not.

  • DanGoodShot

    Honestly, I don’t get it. I’ll stick with my $70 surefire 60s. I’ve put about 1500 through em’ without a hiccup. Now this is just one man’s opinion here, but I personally don’t see why I’d spend considerably more money on a drum that is of equal capacity, equally as reliable(?), but bulky, awkward and don’t lend them selfs well for stowing on ones body.
    Even for a range worrier, why spend the extra coin when there isn’t any extra capacity over the Surefire? Heck, the Surefire is even easier to break down clean and repair.
    Why didn’t magpul just make some 60, 70, 80 or 100 round quad stacks? Now THAT is something I would buy and way more practical.

  • noob

    Regarding the video – The absence of wailing heavy metal guitars is surprisingly welcome. The simple drum music made seeing the features of the magazine so much more enjoyable and didn’t distract from reading the titles. It’s amazing how we get so used to shredding guitars over product videos like this one, but take them away and I feel a kind of relief similar to that feeling you get when a headache goes away.

    10/10 would watch again.