[SHOT 2016] Did Torkmag Fix the Exploding Magazine?

Earlier this year I got in a prototype Torkmag for review that failed in a rather epic manner while loading it to the 50 round capacity.  I stopped by Jarret’s booth to see if he had made any progress on addressing the issues that I experienced and was pleased to find that they have a al new one piece magazine body. The new body will completely eliminate the failure point that I found along the seams of the old clam shell design. When I asked Jarret if he wanted me to break it again he said that the new mags will not be ready till later this year because they are finalizing the mold.

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While I was at Jarret’s booth I saw a strange looking bullpup rifle with a ARAK upper on it. When I asked him he said that it was just a pet project he has been working on and he will fill me in as he gets it closer to completion. I will say, it might have been the most innovative AR I have seen at the show yet. Jarret did state that the complete lower will go for about $800 or so putting a complete rifle at around the price of a Tavor.

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  • BattleshipGrey

    Is he also designing some sort of rail attachment for a smooth cheek weld? Otherwise I imagine it wouldn’t be a very fun ride.

    • Patrick R.

      I am sure that he will address that, Jarret is a very smart guy.

      • Sianmink

        Honestly it’s just a matter of clipping a cheekpad onto the pick rail there, can’t be too hard. 😉

        Need a pretty epic riser for any optics at that point though!

    • TorkMag

      We had a rail-mounted demo cheekpiece to 3D print, but unfortunately it wasn’t done before SHOT. It’d be swappable for left/right hand operation and the lower’s mag release is ambi.

      • Evan

        What’s the point of putting ambi features on that thing given the location of the ejection port?

        • TorkMag

          It was more user-friendly than requiring disassembly of the mag release to set it up for a left-hander. This is the first prototype of course so we may use a different solution in production.

          • Evan

            Not my question. Given that, with the location of the ejection port being where it is, this will certainly eject brass into the face of a left handed shooter, I don’t see the point in ambidextrous cheek pieces. Unless you have some plan to make it left ejecting, why waste time making ambidextrous features for a rifle that inherently cannot be lefty friendly?

          • TorkMag

            The ARAK-21 upper in the pictures has a left side ejection port and reversible ejectors on the bolt.

  • FP

    “I will say, it might have been the most innovative AR I have seen at the show yet.” Lol, I had my Hanuman up and running a good 11 months ago.

    • JamesRPatrick

      lol post a pic.

  • SP mclaughlin

    What’s the point if you can have a shorter casket mag with higher capacity?