Magpul Teases Sub-Compact 12 Rd. GL9 Glock Magazine

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Magpul…. you tease. Released on their website without much of an ado are details on the upcoming sub-compact magazine for 9mm Glock handguns. Dubbed the PMAG12 GL 9, the magazine is ready-made for the Glock 26 handgun, adding an additional two rounds of capacity.

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The +2 comes with a catch – the magazines are indeed longer than the standard-capacity 10 round Glock 26 offering. However, Magpul does not put the added space to waste, instead molding in a finger-groove and an excellent depressions on the side of the magazine for easy grip and rip if the situation would ever call for it.

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The magazine maintains all the standard Magpul GL 9 series enhancements including the paint dot matrix for magazine identification, tiny windows to indicate full-load (though some, including myself, argue that Glock’s rear-facing primer pockets are a better system), and all-polymer construction. The magazines are Generation 4 compatible for the generation’s┬áreversible magazine┬árelease button. Finally, the magazines use the same standard floor-plates (including compatibility with the GL -“L-Plate”), but the finer groove is not removable.

The only color listed is black. Pricing is set at $15.95 with availability as “Late 2016”.



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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  • JumpIf NotZero

    The only time that not having windows bothers me is when I’m shooting Limited 10 or setting up some drill with a specific round count. It’s really not a big deal, but having a 5 and 10 window would be really nice.

  • THE_manBEar

    They also have 21 round – and 27 round 9mm glock mags listed as ‘coming summer 2016’ on their website.

    • KestrelBike

      Yeah, they need to hurry up with those!

      • Drew Coleman

        I’ll let them take their time so that they are done right.

        • KestrelBike

          Oh, i on the other hand don’t mind if they only work half of the time and a large percentage have serious defects in the polymer.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Those should be perfect backup mags if you’re carrying a 19 or 17. I find the longer magazines conceal better with an properly designed mag carrier for said task. I’ll carry a 33rd or 31 round OEM magazine but it’s literally 2 inches to long.

      • Ben Pottinger

        They will be perfect. I have carried g17 mags with Arredondo +5 extensions on them as a backup for years now after I discovered how flawlessly they work (they come with extra power springs which is a requirement on extensions like that). I also use the taren tactical +2 extensions on my G43 magazines and they are also flawless so I suspect their full size glock extensions are excellent as well. The reality though is these mags are going to kill the aftermarket for those +5 extensions. I think both companies list them at 35$ each for the extension which puts you at 55$ total cost for the mag+extension instead of the 18-20$ the magpul will retail for. I know *I* probably won’t buy any more extensions. I guess your “supposedly” able to get 22 rounds in a mag with the extension but practically I find that last round to be way to tight to be reliable and *far* to tight to easily allow a “tactical” reload (reload with a closed slide) so I run 21 in them anyway.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          New application of tech will make the extensions for Glock short lived. The benefit is that maybe will will see extensions for guns like FNs, HKs, Springfields, CZs, Sigs, and others that don’t have extensions or only one company making them. I run Tango Down extension in my 43 which some with plus power springs.

          • Ben Pottinger

            I agree. The ease of 3D printing will have more small manufacturers making extensions for lower volume guns. The problem is its harder to make a spring to go along with extension. Hopefully the companies that do branch out like understand the importance of the added power springs.

            I wouldn’t mind seeing magpul make mags for some other popular pistols, but my question is, can you make a polymer mag that fits in a pistol designed for the skinnier steel mags?

          • Harry’s Holsters

            There was a thread on M4 carbine dot net where a magpul employee touched on the subject and said it wasn’t possible at this time.

            The springs are the most important part of the equations. The thing that made me go with tango down extensions of my glock 43 over TTI’s was springs. With every extension that doesn’t have a plus power spring I hear mixed results on reliability. I wonder why a some springs aren’t cross compatible. A lot of magazines are based off existing designs and not built from the ground up.

    • Mike

      I want these, Its summer now!
      The 33 round mags are fun, but too big to use. These 21 and 27 rounders look like they should be useful. Similar to having a 20 round High Power or 226 magazine.

  • Dickie

    Cant wait!!!

  • Anonymoose

    Looks more comfortable than the factory mag extension, but is it G19 comfortable?

  • OJS

    Bring it with a lawsuit challenge to the 10-round mag limit and I will stop yawning at this.

    • M1911

      As who also lives behind enemy lines, I share your pain.

  • john huscio

    The clear ETS mags are fantastic. Have yet to try the magpuls.

  • Blake

    So these are to make your compact handgun less compact?

    Fascinating…

    • DonDrapersAcidTrip

      Is something stopping you from using the magazines it came with? Or are you just one of those people who has to complain about literally every aftermarket part they personally can’t imagine a use for themselves.

  • noob

    promo picture should have featured *two* backwards loaded bullets, just to be classy

  • Christopher Hartman

    So how does the grip length compare to a G19? If it’s still a lot more compact that’s cool but if not why loose the 3 extra rounds the sight radius and increased velocity?

    • DAN V.

      I can fit a G26 in my pocket.

      • Christopher Hartman

        Do you mean with the magpul extended mag? cuz that’s what I was talking about. Also a g26 even without the longer mag is way more than I would want to pocket carry but to each his own.

        • DAN V.

          Yeah I carry one with the +2 pierce grip extension. It is no Beretta Nano; but it holds twice the rounds.

  • Blake

    God damnit. Magpul has shown time and time again that they have no sympathy for those of us living in limited states. I would love to have a Pmag for a subcompact, but of course that +2 makes this out of reach. That and they refuse to release pre-limited AR Pmags. So frustrating.