Second Chance Review: Torkmag 35 And 50 Round Magazines

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Last year I reviewed the first iteration of the TorkMag 50 round stick mag and found it deeply flawed, if you want to check that review out you can click here. The first generation mag worked OK until I attempted to load the mag up to its 50 round capacity for some photos when it spontaneously dissembled spilling most of the ammo all over my living room floor.

THE BELOW PHOTO IS FROM THE FIRST GEN MAG LAST YEARIMG_3133

When I talked to the owner at SHOT 2016 he indicated that they had completely changed how the magazine body was made and would be shipping the revised mags around summer of 2016. He also offered TFB the chance to give the TorkMag another shot and we graciously agreed.

When the mags showed up I was impressed with how much TorkMag improved the quality. What looked a lot like a prototype before now screams finished product. I wish TorkMag had included some sort of texturing on the magazine bodies, I have a feeling they might get rather slick if your hands are sweaty or wet. The 50 round mag is the same length as the prior version but the smaller 35 round mag is a much more manageable size. IMG_2064

The mag uses the same dual spring arrangement as before, a traditional wire spring with a coiled bit of spring steel helping keep the nose of the loaded ammo in line with the chamber. IMG_2066

The biggest change on the new mag bodies is the use of a one piece mold instead of the two piece design that led to the failure on the first gen mag. I left the loaded 50 round mag in my truck to bake in the Texas sun for a few weeks to see if the mag would fail under heat, thankfully the mag remained functional. IMG_2067

It appears that along with retaining the spring arrangement the second gen TorkMag also uses the same follower and baseplate as the previous version.  IMG_2081

I loaded the 50 round mag to capacity and dumped the mag as fast as my finger would let me shoot. The mag preformed as one might expect and locked the bolt open after I had converted a bunch of ammo into a pile of spent brass.tork 5

At about the 5th mag dump I was pretty comfortable that the mag was going to perform as advertised but would definitely like to do further testing before relying on it for anything other than a match or range use.  tork1

The 35 round mag performed just as well as the 50 rounder but in a much less ridiculous looking package. I am really interested in seeing how these mags perform long term, if they continue to work as well as they have so far they will probably become my go to range mag.  tork3 Tork4

I have to say, nothing has pleased me more to see TorkMag’s approach to the failure that we saw last year. Most people would have packed their bags and given up, Jarrett was convinced that he had a solid idea and pushed forward. I have a ton of respect for the TorkMag team and look forward to see what idea they conquer next.

The TorkMag 50 has an MSRP of $39.95 while the 35 round variant is priced at $21.95. If you want to learn more about the TorkMag 35 and 50 round stick mags you can check out their website: http://www.torkmag.com/



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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  • thedonn007

    That 50 rounder looks hilarious on your SBR. It almost looks as tall as your barrel is long.

    • Bob

      You no go prone.

      • Austin

        Canted sights suddenly seem logical

  • Major Tom

    Long mag is long. Why no mag makers do casket style mags yet? (At least outside Russia…) More capacity but same length as industry standard 30 rounders.

    • Surefire has two quad-stack magazines: 60 and 100rds.

      • Austin

        Though I have heard mixed reviews at best for those

        • spotr

          My SF 60 is extremely difficult to load at 2 places. The first hard spot is when the transition to double sides is reached. The second hard spot is when it gets more than 45 rounds in it.

  • vwVwwVwv

    when it comes to arms i relie on companys with history and support them.
    i dont want to turn in to politics but dont feed the
    arm which wants to stab me.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Every company was new at one point, magpul wouldn’t be around if nobody had tried their first pulling device to get your mags out.

      • vwVwwVwv

        you are right!
        they are working on
        a bulpub M16.

        • Austin

          KH2002?

          • vwVwwVwv

            i have to find it, its in youtube, he has a prototype….

          • Austin

            Well the KH-2002 has been around for 14 years and is possibly seeing current service. I don’t know much about Iran’s military.

        • De Facto

          At least they’ll have to fix the awful charging handle on the AR to make it a bullpup. The awkward charging handle is the single biggest thing that keeps me from adding an AR to my battery. I’ll probably build a side charging AR at some point though. When I have money xD

  • Zachary marrs

    I got a 35 round version.

    Fully loaded, it did not survive a 3 foot drop

    Nearly impossible to load

    They do have good CS though

    • TorkMag

      Just to follow up on this, this mag was from our first Gen. 2 production run. A few of those mags had improper polymer flow in the mold which weakened the feed lips. We’ve corrected that problem in subsequent runs and offered replacements or refunds to anyone affected.

  • MadMonkey

    Those just scream quality.

  • Jeff Smith

    I’m usually a fan of more manufacturers making products (the rising tide raises all boats, etc), but why try to fight all of the other well-known companies making proven products? I guess the 50 round mag is gimmicky (I’m not sure if anyone else is making 50 round stick mag), by why spend $21.95 on a 35 round mag when you can get a Magpul 40 round mag for cheaper?

    • GeorgiaGunner

      I have the Torkmag 35’s and the point is that they are the size of a typical 30 and the Magpul 40 is much longer. The 35 fits in all of my mag pouches, gun cases and tac vests so I get more rounds in less space. Plus I really like the dual spring arrangment for reliability. It’s an innovative product and I can see it getting better and better so I won’t shy away from it even for a few bucks more because I’m helping drive new products to market that interest me. There is nothing else out there like the 35 or especially the 50 round version.

      • Jeff Smith

        Excellent point!

  • Nicholas C

    Good to hear they fixed the bugs.

  • spike1984

    The TorkMag magazines offer higher firepower compared to the regular 30-round-capacity AR-15 magazines.