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.
- 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