Review: The MagPod

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Aftermarket magazine floor plate is nothing new. If fact, Magpul was originally started as a maker of aftermarket replacement floor plate for the US GI aluminum magazine. Magpul had eventually came out with their own polymer magazine: the very popular PMag. The MagPod is an aftermarket floor plate replacement for the Magpul PMag.

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For the last few months, I have been testing the MagPod. I have to say that the MagPod is an awesome accessory for doing in my gun photography. It makes standing up an AR-15 much an easier task.

 

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TFB did a writeup on the earlier MagPod 2nd generation prototype. What I’m featuring in this article is the 3rd generation and it’s currently in production. MagPod is available now from retailers like Brownells and Rainier Arms for $19.95 in a package of 3.

 

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The bottom of the MagPod is consist of the main support foot piece at the front with 20 small embedded rubber bumps. There are two small solid support feet toward the back.

 

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The “Pod” part in its name is from its actual main design feature, which is able to use the MagPod attached PMag as an improvise monopod support. While it works better than I expected for this role, i wouldn’t say I will replace my bipod with it.

 

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I found that the MagPod doesn’t add too much width to the PMag. There’s no clearance problem with MagPod attached PMag carrying in my standard mag pouches.

 

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My main testing rifle. It’s build to be a replica of the Canadian C8 SFW carbine. The AR-15 upper is the Bravo Company C8 SFW upper group with the optional reproduction of the Deimaco Tri-AD 3-rail attachment and the Simon steel barrel sleeve. The lower receiver is the Aero Precision Ambi Lower with full ambidextrous controls from PDQ (bolt release), CMMG (selector) and Norgon (mag catch). An $45 ALG QMS trigger is added and of course the ELCAN optic for a Canadian clone build.

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The new FDE color MagPod will be available soon. As well as a version that will work with the latest Magpul PMag M3 model, which Magpul had reversed the direction of the floor plated design. After I talked to MagPod’s inventor, he may be considering also design a MagPod version that would fit the US GI aluminum magazine and the .308 PMag.

 

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Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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  • Kyle

    I thought the idea was to never let the magazine rest on anything since it might mess with feeding and cause a jam. Still I do like that it makes for a convenient stand to take photogenic pictures.

    • david

      There is no problem using the mag as a rest.

    • Anon

      How many guns have you seen jam from monopoding the mag? Better yet try it. You’ll apparently be surprised.

    • ozzallos .

      More an issue with teacupping pistols than ar mags. I mono mine all the time without issue.

  • Cal.Bar

    “Magpul had eventually came out with their own polymer magazine:” “Had came”? really. Ok, call me a grammar Nazi, but that one was a clinker. You can have the “had”, and you can have the “came”, but not both. Sorry TFB

    • ozzallos .

      Don’t apologize. Anybody asking to patrone or for money in general needs to step it up, frankly.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Mr. Yan’s articles are an entirely separate segment of TFB, they are not related to Alex C. or his Patreon drive to fund TFB-TV. So, Tim isn’t asking for your money.

    • Zerk

      “Rabble rabble, your grammar offends me, rabble rabble, I need a safe space.”

  • David

    The chance of the angle on the rest being correct for the shot is nearly zero so it offers no benefit over resting the mag itself on the ground or an object

    • Dan

      A little pivoting foot perhaps? In anycase I just cannot see spending money on something that you can already do just by resting the mag on something. I don’t need my gun to sit there upright by itself.

  • Lance

    Nice AR but id prefer ACOG to ELCAN by a long shot.

    • Twilight sparkle

      It’s a semi retro build, look at the barrel then look up c8 sfw. Canadians use elcans so that’s what’s on there, I’m just wondering where he got it.

  • Iwilleatyoursandwich

    One for lancer L5’s, pretty please?

  • MeaCulpa

    That mag pod is obviously just a stop gap measure until rails, m-lok or keymod becomes standard issue on mags, so one can fit adjustable mag grips, mag stands and mag bipods, you can’t be an operating operator resting your mag directly on some unoperating surface.

  • someone should upload the blueprints for something like this so we can just 3d print it ourselves.

  • adverse

    When will one have a roller for toilet paper?

  • derfelcadarn

    What I find significant here is that the AR platforms shown do not have eleven sighting systems, eight illumination systems,a suppressor and a detachable cruise missile launcher in fact they almost look like rifles.

  • Hokum

    Nice advertising :sarcastic:

  • Shmoe

    Really nice photos. Questionable grammar. Odd, niche product. Rather read about it than use it. Did I mention I really liked the photos?