PMags Come to the AUG: Magpul Releases PMAG30 AUS

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While the primary consumer of PMAGs continues to be the general American shooting public, various companies and countries have paid close attention to the success of the polymer magazine “PMag” offered by MagPul. The magazine’s success has not been by accident. Its durability, reliability, and performance have become the metric by which other STANAG magazines are measured.

Since its debut, various countries have been quick to contract MagPul to create offerings for their weapon systems. While the EMAG “export magazine” is STANAG compatible, it was developed at the request of the British Government for their L85 weapon systems. The deployment of the magazines saved pounds off the standard “kit” of UK soldiers and increased the reliability of the weapons in dusty environments.

Now in on the action is Australia with the release of the AUS 30 magazine, directly compatible with existing AUG and F88/F90 weapon systems. While MagPul does not disclose if the development was at the request (or paid for) by a foreign government, it is highly likely the AUS 30 was conceived through this route. Simply put, there is not enough commercial demand for the magazine in the United States to justify the R&D and tooling expenses.

The PMAG AUS 30 is heavily inspired by the current M3 PMAG. The new magazine features many of the same features including stainless springs, anti-tilt follower, constant-curve internal geometry and tool-less disassembly. The magazine features dual-sided transparent windows of the MagLevel system including the colored spring coil for easy round-counting even with the ammo stack above the window.

The new PMAG AUS GEN M3 Window is shipping now. Retail is set at $19.95. 

 

FEATURES

  • Next-generation impact and crush resistant polymer construction
  • Designed specifically for Mil-issue Steyr AUG, F88 Austeyr, and F90*
  • Modified dimensions provide a slimmer footprint than factory Steyr magazines
  • Constant-curve internal geometry for smooth feeding
  • Anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability
  • Long life USGI-spec stainless steel spring, black-oxide coated (MIL-DTL-13924D)
  • Anti-glare translucent MagLevel windows on both sides of the body along with a painted indicator on the spring allows for easy determination of rounds remaining from 1 to 30
  • Over-travel insertion stop on the spine
  • Ribbed gripping surface and aggressive front and rear texture for positive magazine handling
  • Paint pen dot matrix panels on the bottom of the body to allow for identification marking
  • Flared floorplate aids magazine handling and disassembly yet is slim enough for use with many mag pouches


Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • As a new AUG owner I’m excited to see this, and pray we might see an AUG D60 some day (perhaps for the 24″ HBAR LMG?) Mo mags is mo betta.

    However from a military standpoint I’m curious why they would have contracted for PMAG’s, given the existing polymer AUG mags are considered some of the finest in the world, and are also polymer. They were essentially PMAGS but from the 1970’s, and are fully translucent to boot. Very interested to know what performance gains the PMAG offers.

    • KestrelBike

      Maybe Magpul offered them cheap as hell, to the point of almost no profit or even as a loss, for the purposes of marketing or getting deeper into international/military markets?

    • Zachary marrs

      The original AUG mags have poor chemical resistance.

      • Thank you, do you know which chemicals specifically?

        • Zachary marrs

          Things like deet, sorry i can’t say more, its been awhile

          • No that’s very helpful; DEET seems to kill everything.

    • John

      According to Magpul’s specs they’re slimmer than standard AUG mags, which might help with reload times, and they’re built with overtravel stops and other bits to increase reliability.

      Plus, Magpul can make them in all kinds of colors that perhaps Thales doesn’t want to bother with. So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.

    • William McCann

      its probably because our Special force using M4’s and using PMAG’s and finding them reliable and probably recommending them to be used

  • I guess we now know that giants use AUGs given the picture at the lead of this article.

    • Iggy

      Aussie spec ops guys generally seem to be massive as a rule, I remember seeing the kit of a Victoria Cross winner being displayed at the War Memorial. I’m average height and I’d have looked like the world’s dopiest Star Craft marine wearing it.

      • Richard

        Ben Roberts-Smith really was a giant, most of them are more averagely sized

        • Iggy

          I know, but it just seems all the one’s I’ve met, or observed seem massive. Ben Roberts-Smith happens to be the most accessible and extreme example.

  • LazyReader

    *sigh* Breath easy the crisis is over.

  • LazyReader

    Seriously, take care of your nails

  • Jeff Smith

    Magpul, why aren’t you making Mini 14 magazines?????

  • DNH

    Back in 2014, one of the distributors was unloading AUG magazines, the price kept dropping. They started out at around $18, and by April the AUG magazines (30 and 42 round) were going for $11 at MVO and a couple other sites who all use the same distributor.

    Today prices are back up in the range of $30-$50, making the PMAG a pretty good deal at $20.

    • Mike L

      I bought a bunch of those but I also bought a pile from Numrich’s for pretty cheap. They are green with green floor plates and really dusty. I took several out on my last range trip but before I went out I loaded them and crammed them into my rifle. I had heard some inferior mags we’re known to spit a round out through an open action-not here but when I dropped a mag on the concrete it spit a round out.

  • SPECTRE R&D

    Would be cool if these ran in the Microtech MSAR-556…

    • Mike L

      I have read that if you dremel cutouts on the mag where the vertical bars are I the magwell they will fit.
      I’m not going to do that since I have enough mags for my MSAR that I don’t shoot anymore. I did put an aug mag in it once and consider myself lucky to have been able to get it out!

  • William McCann

    so we can make a new firearm get them mags but still can’t get a better sidearm then the browning hi power

    • Koh

      What is wrong with the Hi-power? Mine is a mil-surp FMAP (Argentina) and it runs just as well as my G17 does. Modern magazines take care of the restricted 13rd originals. As long as the guns themselves aren’t physically worn out it is a great service sidearm.

    • M.S.1

      The only thing wrong with the Browning in Aussie service is that the barrels are old and many need replacement.

  • Koh

    I wish they would make a pmag for the FAL.