BREAKING: Hexmag CAUGHT Erasing Magazine’s Designer from Official Company History – A TFB EXCLUSIVE

A render of the REV A03 magazine prototype, which became the Hexmag HX30-AR. In 2014, the company fell out with the magazine's designer, Adam Schefter, and now has attempted to erase him from the company's official history. Image credit: Adam Schefter

A render of the REV A03 magazine prototype, which became the Hexmag HX30-AR. In 2014, the company fell out with the magazine's designer, Adam Schefter, and now has attempted to erase him from the company's official history. Image credit: Adam Schefter

In a story that could be ripped right from the annals of Stalin-era Soviet history, polymer AR-15 magazine manufacturer Hexmag has been caught whitewashing its official corporate history to eliminate any mention of the original designer of the magazine, replacing him with the company’s founder.

The kicker? The Hexmag’s designer is the founder’s own brother.

This past Veteran’s Day, Hexmag updated their website with an official company history, reproduced in part below:

In 2013 in Loveland, Colorado, Aaron Schefter looked over the various AR magazines on the market and thought he could do better. He joined forces with George Brown (now President) and began experimenting with various mold configurations and polymer compounds.

Modifying various designs for some time they eventually arrived at a design that delivered form and function with a unique set of features needed for a state of the art magazine. Designing a magazine that feeds reliably is extremely difficult since most stoppages are due to defective magazines regardless of firearm type.

To get a magazine to correctly lock up tightly in the firearm, feed reliably and add additional desired features such as a sturdy and functional slot for reliably charging the magazine from 10-round strippers is a real trick. The Hexmag duo worked through countless hours of design iterations and composite parings to get it to do all of this and operate correctly.

The guys knew there are problems in desert conditions when it comes to cleaning the magazines from dust, dirt and sand. They had to find an easier way to release the base plate for easy cleaning and quick and easy reassembly–they did and it is a quick and easy tool-less design. They also added a bright colored anti-tipping follower so it is easy to see if the magazine is empty or not in low light conditions.

Aaron Schefter is identified in the text as the founder and original designer of the Hexmag rifle magazine, who created the patterned polymer feeding device after he “looked over the various AR magazines on the market and thought he could do better.” The problem is that this is a fabrication. The true designer of the company’s flagship product was in fact Aaron’s younger brother, Adam Schefter. Adam began designing the Hexmag in SolidWorks at his brother’s request, at one point asking a friend’s advice on the design of the magazine’s feed tower. That friend later became a writer for TheFirearmBlog.com, and is one and the same with yours truly.

So, when I saw the company’s history page, I knew I was looking at a completely fabricated narrative. Besides the exclusion of Adam from the narrative entirely, many other details about the company’s origin are wrong in the text. I called Adam to get his side of the story, and to take a look at the design history of the Hexmag. Here’s what he said:

I had started using AutoCAD and SolidWorks to reverse-engineer various firearms and firearm parts, including AK magazines, AR-15 grips, and at one point an AK-74 parts kit. After the Sandy Hook shooting, my brother Aaron got the idea to start a company making AR-15 magazines, and asked me to design one, so I did. I started with a cartridge stack of 5.56mm ammunition, and built a follower and floorplate and magazine body around that. The very first designs had no pattern to them, and looked pretty boring. I was sitting around thinking about how to make them look more interesting, and staring at a small plastic box that had a hexagon pattern built in. I decided that the hexagons looked cool, so I built that into the magazine. At this point, the company was going to be called “Schefter Rifleworks” and the earliest magazines had this on the side, but Aaron decided that people would just call the magazine a “hex mag”, and that’s where the company name came from.

The files were sent off to a rapid prototyping company, and several 3D printed prototypes were made. These weren’t intended to be functional, but Aaron and I decided that we would test them anyway, and got promising results, even though the magazines broke.

Iterative design changes followed, to beef the magazines up for rapid prototyping, which resulted in a very thick 3D printed prototype. At this point, we brought in a mold making company, who suggested changes to the design. I followed his advice and started my first clean-sheet design since the beginning of the project, called REV B01. I brought this back to the mold maker three days later, and when he saw it, he said: “Are you sure you haven’t done this before?” I just followed his advice!

Around the time the molds were being made for REV B01 – this was summer of 2013 – George got involved in the company as a financier. He was going to mortgage his house to pay for the molds, although I think it turned out Aaron got a loan from our parents instead. I’m not sure, because Aaron liked to keep me in the dark regarding the finances of the company. Anyway, REV B01 became the first magazine to actually be molded in polymer. It had some problems, minor fitment issues with the mold and that sort of thing. They would mold the mag, it would come out and the feed lips wouldn’t be right, and then I would correct the problem in the magazine design, that sort of thing. At one point, Aaron and George went over my head (I had final say in the design) and got the mold maker to thicken the underside of the magazine feed lips. The mold maker asked them if they were sure they wanted to change it, because these molds are very expensive and if it didn’t work they’d have to make entirely new parts of the mold, which cost thousands of dollars. They had him do it anyway, and so of course thickening the feed lips like that didn’t give the cartridges room to make it to the chamber. Weapons started having problems that worked fine with the previous design – my design. So the mold maker had to change it.

There were some further issues with things like the molds for the floorplate and follower. Eventually, they had to scrap the follower mold and follower. After these issues were resolved, and some aesthetic changes made at the suggestion of our marketing consultant, this became the first gen magazine. It went into production in early 2014, around March or April of that year.

Once money got involved between me and my brother, we started having problems. He expected me to just give him designs, in return for my share of the company, which was five percent. Well, originally I wanted 20% in the company, since it was my magazine design, but he talked me down to 5%. Still, he acted like that 5% was all the compensation I needed to just hand my designs over to him – not just for the magazine, but for other things, too. Keep in mind, nothing in my agreement said that my work was the property of Hexmag. In fact, the Hexmag itself was originally supposed to be my property too, with my name on the patent as the assignee. However, they pressured me into having it assigned to Hexmag, with me as the inventor. At the time, I was not doing well in my personal life, and they used this to leverage me into making decisions that were not in my best interest.

There was a grip design – I’ll give you the render of it – that I made, which had the same tessellated hexagon pattern. The pattern actually flowed with the mag, at the same angle. However, I didn’t let them have it without buying it from me, so they went to another company and just subcontracted a different hexagon-patterned grip to them.

I learned from the Hexmag mistake, and didn’t give them anything else without compensation. They obviously didn’t like this, so in December of 2014, they voted me out of the company. Apparently, they voted me out of existence, too, hahah. I’m not sure what they’ve done to it since I left.

Here is the patent for the Hexmag HX30-AR, listing Adam Schefter as the inventor, along with his brother:

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Adam has also graciously allowed TFB to share images of some of the magazine design iterations of the Hexmag, along with some of his other projects:

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A render of the original cartridge stack, around which the magazine’s body was designed. Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

FTF 30 Rev A01.1

Prototype A01, this was the first of Adam’s designs to have a tessellated hexagon pattern. It predates the “Hexmag” name, and is marked “FTF 30”. Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

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Revision A03. Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

Glass Mag

Revision A04, marked “SRW-30” and “SCHEFTER RIFLEWORKS”. The material was set as glass for this render. Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

SRW-30 Gen 2 1129

Revision B01, the first magazine to be injection molded. Still marked “SRW-30” and “SCHEFTER RIFLEWORKS” Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

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Adam’s design for a matching hexagon-patterned grip, which Hexmag refused to buy. Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

Even though Adam has moved on from Hexmag to bigger and better things, he hasn’t stopped designing magazines. Here’s a very futuristic-looking design with a different pattern:

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Astute readers will notice the unusual non-patent-infringing hexagons. Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

Some readers might remember the short-barreled AKS-74K featured on TFB in late 2014 – that was Adam’s design, too. He modeled it in SolidWorks, too:

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Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

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Image credit: Adam Schefter

 

Naturally, I am disappointed and angry that the company founded around Adam’s magazine design has decided to write him out of their origin story. It is infuriating to see someone who is extremely talented, but quiet and humble about his work, airbrushed out of a story in which he rightfully deserves a big part.

I have added screenshots of the Hexmag history page, as well as the full text, below:

HexmagOfficialHistory1 HexmagOfficialHistory2

The Hexmag History

Two guys, a lot of work a good idea equals a great product

Hexmag is the maker of the innovative Hexmag line of AR-15/M-16 platform magazines. Although fairly new to the industry, they have created a unique, patented, tough, reliable magazine with some distinctive features and industry-first designs at a low-tech price. So how did a couple of guys build Hexmag into a multi-million-dollar business in such a short time?

In 2013 in Loveland, Colorado, Aaron Schefter looked over the various AR magazines on the market and thought he could do better. He joined forces with George Brown (now President) and began experimenting with various mold configurations and polymer compounds.

Modifying various designs for some time they eventually arrived at a design that delivered form and function with a unique set of features needed for a state of the art magazine. Designing a magazine that feeds reliably is extremely difficult since most stoppages are due to defective magazines regardless of firearm type.

To get a magazine to correctly lock up tightly in the firearm, feed reliably and add additional desired features such as a sturdy and functional slot for reliably charging the magazine from 10-round strippers is a real trick. The Hexmag duo worked through countless hours of design iterations and composite parings to get it to do all of this and operate correctly.

The guys knew there are problems in desert conditions when it comes to cleaning the magazines from dust, dirt and sand. They had to find an easier way to release the base plate for easy cleaning and quick and easy reassembly–they did and it is a quick and easy tool-less design. They also added a bright colored anti-tipping follower so it is easy to see if the magazine is empty or not in low light conditions.

Let’s address anti-tipping – how do tipped rounds in an AR magazine even happen? The condition that creates this problem came about originally with military metal magazines and then progressed to synthetic magazines. When a trooper had a partially loaded magazine and had to hit the dirt hard and if his rifle hit hard with him (they generally do) the rounds in the magazine would compress down for a split second due to inertia momentum, and they would not always come up correctly, generally with the round tipping down at the bullet or primer end and hanging  things up causing a bolt override when the  chambered round in the chamber was fired; not a good thing to happen when people are trying to kill you (bang, click click!). By adding longer anti-tilt “legs” Hexmag magazines have solved this problem for both tactical and sport shooting environments.

They then figured another advantage for their magazine was to make the base plate locking button the same color as the follower. Moreover, why not have a selection of accessory follower and magazine floorplate colors to indicate type of ammunition such as tracer, ball, incendiary, hunting and even bullet weight and caliber. Even better, since their magazines also fit and feed the .300AAC Blackout, .458 SOCOM and .50 Beowulf rounds. Now it’s easy to quickly know what caliber or load you have in the magazine.  Hexmag features several colors in their unique HexID Color Identification System.

Furthermore, make it a 30-second job for the gun owner to change out the colors if they wish; all this, an industry first. Additionally, and this is trick, if you wish to empty a partially filled Hexmag magazine of ammunition, simply slide the no-tool floor plate off  covering the compressed spring area with your hand. Then simply ease the base plate off and remove the spring assembly and the magazine can be emptied and closed back up in a couple of seconds. No more stripping rounds out with the base of a cartridge–like most of us do with other magazines.

The guys wanted to get the magazine in and out of the rifle quickly and easily in any condition, even while wearing gloves or mittens in wet, muddy, snowy or icy conditions. Since it is a Hexmag, they reasoned; why not put hexagonal patterns on the magazines to create a high-traction textured surface? Well, no duh!

Then to make it even better they created an optional rubberized tape (called Grip Tape) to put sticky rubberized hex shaped grip enhancing stickers into the magazine surfaces of the shooter’s choice making the magazine even sticker (not a dust catcher–thought we should add that!).

Looking across the market they saw various plastic and metal magazines that did NOT deliver the durability advantages the guys wanted. After extensive material research and experimenting with many test samples they settled on a proprietary, lightweight, fiber-reinforced polymer. They named it PolyyHex2 Advanced Composite. They were almost ready.

However, they needed to address the magazine springs, a critical and costly component of the magazine. The best spring wire is a high tinsel strength (rust resistant) stainless steel with an expanded metal memory so it will not lose compression pressure if the magazine is kept loaded (charged) for long periods of time—like military and police firearms.

If a spring loses tension after storage while charged with ammunition, the cycle rate of the gun may override the feed rate of the magazine–not a pretty thing in a gun fight–“bang, bang, click, click, click.” Their goal was to produce the best magazine, not just another magazine. It was another search to find a wire made of a composition stainless steel (all stainless is not alike) that is better than anything else–and they did. What they found was a highly corrosion resistant, memory type tough spring that compresses easily for loading and feeds reliably.

In March of 2013 George and Aaron were ready. Presenting their magazines to some important shooters and distributors for a look-see they were met with the news –“We like it, if you make it, we will buy it!”

Great news and in Winter of 2014 with their modifying, fine-tuning and testing all completed (for now) the orders came flying in for a product the AR/M-16 market has needed for decades. In fact, the magazine proved so good they offered an industry first, a lifetime warranty! The amount of orders was overwhelming and they quickly fell behind on production.

They searched manufacturing sources everywhere that could manufacture their advanced fiber enhanced composite magazine. That proved challenging since they wanted the production done perfectly to maintain the tight specifications and quality control levels they were demanding.

Finally, they had most of the production capabilities in place. With sales booming they labored on but being fiddlers and tinkerers and a company staffed with shooters and former military, they continued the magazine tweaking process–it’s just what they do. Adding to the product line, the next array of magazines was made in 10- and 15-round capacities allowing access to states with capacity restrictions. The patented Hexmag True Riser system changes the internals of the standard 30-round magazine to 10- or 15-rounds. This allows shooters to legally practice with a full-size magazine in reduced capacity states.

By mid-2016 their next magazine evolution was completed with the Series 2 magazine. The alteration produced a sleeker, “ergonomic” interior, an improved feed lip, a tighter lock up for firmer magazine seating and enhanced stripper adapter grooves for easy ammunition charging from military 10-round stripper clips.

This is a premium magazine that one could drive a heavy vehicle over (who does that in the real world?). It works incredibly well in many ways such as functioning the likes of .300 AAC Blackout, .458 SOCOM, and .50 Beowulf rounds and yet is easy to disassemble for cleaning and utilizes their patented unique HexID color coding features.

The rest and for them the best of the story is they are selling their popular magazines NOT by the pound but by the ton. They also moved into covers for Picatinny, M-Lok and KeyMod rails and offer two unique AR pistol grips, one having 3 angle adjustments the shooter can quickly change as needed.

A couple of clear thinking guys who saw a way to make a better mouse trap, the guts to try it and the ability to get it done. It is the American way, so American in fact that every single part of their products as well as the assembly is made and done in America. Not bad for a couple of guys with a dream! Well, that is the Hexmag story…for now.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • ostiariusalpha

    Wow. That’s really not very classy, Aaron. I wonder what Adam’s perspective is on the reason his brother is trying to misrepresent who created the mag; did they have a falling out?

  • RSG

    It’s gonna be awkward come Christmas dinner. Anyway, sounds like the older brother allowed a family squabble to enter into the business. That’s never good. And although it isn’t uncommon, it still renders Aaron a douchebag.

    • Scott

      He is more than a douche bag. This is the tip of the iceberg, of a much more sinister and corrupt man.

      • John3:20

        Truth. Aaron was already doing very well for himself, he did not need to screw his own brother out of his stake in HexMag… but he did it anyway.

        One day Aaron will wake up and realize that he is the common denominator in all of the failed relationships around him.

  • Andrew

    Welp, won’t be buying anything from them. Let us know if and when Adam starts his own company, as I would be interested in his products.

    • Tracy G

      ^^Truth^^

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      I second that.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Thirded. Adam has his stuff together now, it sounds like, and is the brainpower behind the original design (seriously, what were the other guys thinking, arbitrarily thickening the feed lips and not expecting problems?)

        This was some major-league douch-canoe drama on the part of the brother. Here’s hoping he reaps what he’s sown. I was going to try Hexmags, but I’ll stick with PMags or whatever Adam comes up with next.

        • g box

          He might might be book smart but not business wise. He has a 5% stake. By coming forth with thus info he has hurt the company.
          I know I won’t buy their stuff, if someone is willing to screw over family, think how bad they will screw over a perfect strange.
          The only way I would have come forth was if i had a backed product that was in direct competition to take market share and increase my bottom line and sales.
          As it stands the company will lose value and sales and therefor he loses value.

          • Matt

            I think he doesn’t have that 5% anymore. If I read it right.

  • Slim934

    Don’t buy Hexmags.

    Got it.

    • Ebby123

      Also,
      Don’t go into business with family members. Got it.
      Don’t make verbal agreements, get it in writing. Got it.

  • TechnoTriticale

    The Hollywood dictum of
    “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”
    is actually not true (ask Bill Cosby).

    This story was the first I ever heard of this brand.

    Now filed under Fireclean.

    • John Daniels

      I’ve met Adam. He’s a decent guy and deserves better than this. This whole situation is awful.

  • Pseudo

    Nothing sours relationships quite like business entanglements. Sorry to hear that people gotta be douches. Ousting someone from the company is one thing, but whitewashing history should never be supported. I don’t own an AR-15, so I’m not in their market, but if they expand I’ll take care to avoid them.

  • HSR47

    Meh. Almost all of the polymer AR15 magazines made by companies other than Magpul are garbage.

    This inlcudes Hexmag.

    • Spencerhut

      Lancer L5 and L7 put Magpul to shame.

      • QuadGMoto

        ETS mags also consistently beat out Magpuls when compared head-to-head in reviews, especially in abuse testing.

        • Derrick Delgado

          Seriously? I had come to the complete opposite conclusion. Especially with their pistol/Glock mags, complete garbage.

          • QuadGMoto

            You comment is the first negative I’ve heard about them. I checked a lot of reviews before deciding to standardize on them. The closes to a negative was Mr. Guns ‘n’ Gear ranking AR15 mags and he didn’t include them in the top rank solely because even though he’s had zero trouble with them they were relatively new to him.

            I have had a minor problem where unloading some by hand didn’t go smoothly. Those were some that I had put a different colored follower in and there was a little extra flashing on it that needed to be trimmed. So far I haven’t any problems when shooting with them.

      • Phillip Cooper

        I’ve been hearing this, but PMags work. For $13-15 each, it’s not worth the effort to try something else.

        • Drew Coleman

          Indeed. Most of us are never ever going to be putting our mags through the level of abuse seen in torture tests. They’ll work perfectly fine 99% of the time.

        • Audie Bakerson

          Pmags work, but they’re REALLY heavy.

        • mk18

          Just make sure you buy the M3’s. Fixed a major problem with the 2nd gen mags (now sold as “MOE” mags)

          • Zachary marrs

            Until you find out m3’s don’t work with half of your lowers

          • mk18

            Then your lower’s magwell is out of spec. Full stop.

          • Zachary marrs

            No.

            The area where the M3 has its overinsertion tab is pretty loosely defined.

            Lots of in spec lowers are incompatible with m3’s without modification.

          • mk18

            So the magwell bevel on your lower isn’t cut deep enough or angled incorrectly. I have about 20 different “brand” lower (from “pre-ban” Colts to recently produced “dime a dozen” lowers like AP, Spikes, etc. to a FN semi lower) and there’s not a single one that doesn’t fit M3 mags. I have seen poorly cut mag well bevels so I know what you’re talking about…but luckily, you can easily mod the tab and that’s not something new. There
            are AK mags that require the same type of mod. So not exactly a show stopper. Let me know which lower(s) do don’t fit M3’s so I can recommend people don’t buy them.

          • Zachary marrs

            Lets see

            Colt, bcm, spikes, larue, anderson, DD, pro fab, lwrc, kac, psa…

            Not only my lowers.

            THey aren’t cut “poorly” if only one type of magazine has issues

          • Phillip Cooper

            What was said major problem? I am standardized on G2 mags…

      • Joshua

        Shame lancer mags have such a horrible feed presentation.

        • Spencerhut

          WTF are you talking about? Horrible? Only time they don’t feed is when I’m d!cking around with adjustable gas blocks and that is certainly not the mags fault.

          • Joshua

            The feed lip geometry mimics USGI mags.

            If it wasn’t for the M4 feed ramps cut in the upper they wouldn’t feed as well as they do.

            There’s a reason Picatinny is mimicking Pmags feed lip geometry for their new magazine. It’s been proven to increase reliability by 300% over the feed lip geometry of standard GI mags.

            Lancers are good mags but far from the most reliable.

      • mk18

        Actually, the Lancer L5’s have problems with the feedlips. If you slap a magazine in while the BCG is locked back, you can cause it to pop rounds out. I had to sideline all my Lancers due to this problem. Don’t get me wrong, the Magpul Gen2 /MOE mags have a problem too. When the BCG is locked back, if you slap the magazine in hard enough, due to the polymer lips, the magazine will over-insert and then you have a hard lock up unless you know to rock the magazine back out. The PMAG M3 fixed that with that stop tab on the back of the magazine. Currently, I use the M3’s and they’ve been pretty flawless.

      • n0truscotsman

        How so?

        Gen 3 PMAGs are pretty hard to beat.

        At the worst, theyre roughly equal.

        • Drew Coleman

          My one complaint with the gen 3 PMAGs is that you can’t clip the dust cover onto the bottom like you can on the gen 2’s.

        • Spencerhut

          Spring Steel feed lips is a the top of my list followed by being a bit more sturdy overall.

          • int19h

            On top of that, Lancers are also lighter than PMAGs. My measurements (all in grams, just because):

            Lancer L5AWM: 129 g
            PMAG 30 M2: 137 g
            PMAG 30 M3: 145 g

      • HSR47

        “…Almost all…”

        Reading is fundamental. Q.E.D.

  • Phillip Cooper

    “In a story that could be ripped right from the annals of Stalin-era Soviet history, ”

    Really? There was a purge of intellectuals? Where are the bodies hidden?

    Seriously, tone down the rhetoric. Or maybe read a book so you know what you’re talking about.

    I grant that it’s a crappy move for them to do this, but it is by no means Stalin-esque.

    • JamesG3

      I think he was going for the Pravda/Tass erasure idea more than the salt mines.

      Maybe a 1984 Ministry of Truth reference is a better fit.

    • iksnilol

      Well, Stalin did have a tendency to remove people from history if he didn’t like them.

      So I do find it comparable.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Yes he did- by putting them in graves. So my statement remains.

        • QuadGMoto

          What iksnilol is talking about, and clear reference in the article, is the changes to history. Photographs and documents were altered to pretend the person never existed. Any place named for the person who had fallen out of favor was renamed. That was more than merely “disappearing” a person like most dictators do.

        • iksnilol

          Yeah, but also by airbrushing them off pictures and deleting them from records. Which was what Nathaniel was referencing.

      • Bill

        This is a small business dispute between private parties, not political murder.

        To be clear, I’m supporting your point, this was directed at the article’s writer.

        • iksnilol

          Well, I do have a crappy relationship with my brothers…So, I’mma just say Aaron is being a total Stalin. I know, slight hyperbole but brotherly hate goes that far. 🙂

          NOTE to Aaron (or Ayrahn as we’d call you here) if he ever reads TFB: I HOPE YOU ATTEMPT TO PET A DOG, BUT THE DOG IS ALL SCARED AND STUFF AND JUMPS AWAY AND MAKES YOU FEEL UNLOVED!

          • .45

            May you always get the shopping cart with a bad wheel!

          • iksnilol

            And stub thy toe when attempting to avoid a piece of lego in vain.

    • Franivelius

      Stalin wanted to erase Lenin…

    • I was specifically thinking of the removal of Nikolai Yezhov and others from photos, after they fell from favor.

  • Black Dots

    Damn, it never ceases to amaze me how members of the same family screw each other over. I try to avoid these situations by simply never speaking to my family. Christmas is lonely, but there is never any fighting.

  • John A. Smith

    “Designing a magazine that feeds reliably is extremely difficult since most stoppages are due to defective magazines regardless of firearm type.”

    There’s a meaningless sentence for you.

    Anyway, am I missing something in terms of magazine design? I’ve never had a problem with the $10 USGI ones from Brownells. What’s the supposed upside of the Hexmag, other than being a bit cheaper?

    • kregano

      The Hexmag design is actually really easy to adapt to smaller round capacities. You just put in a block of plastic on the bottom of the follower and a shorter spring, and you’ve got a 10 round magazine (and vice versa). This is good for all the states that have terrible mag capacity limits, since it lowers the cost for Hexmag to make 10 rounders.

      • John A. Smith

        Oh, cool. I didn’t realize that. Good design.

      • Phillip Cooper

        This trick can be used with any magazine. In fact you don’t even have to change the spring out, as it will feed the same if the space is taken up by an extra 20 rounds of ammo or an equivalent hunk of plastic.

        So, question remains.

        Personally I’ve never had much luck with the GI mags, unless they were a specific follower or newer variant (it’s been a while so I can’t recall the color to look for). Also, never seen a mag cheaper than $10.

        For the $13 I normally spend on a PMag, it’s hard to beat them. I’ll go so far as to say impossible.

        • iksnilol

          Yup, put a small block of plastic in the spring and the follower won’t ride down past it.

          No new spring needed.

    • Ja

      The main advantage of a polymer mag is for the shooter that reloads. Polymer mags do not scratch up your brass like an aluminum or steel mag. They are also easier to take apart and clean.

  • Ben Wong

    well thats gonna make a very awkward family thanksgiving coming up

  • JustAHologram

    Did he not understand that nothing is ever truly removed from the internet?

    • Cal S.

      I’m sure he figured that most first-time AR buyers wouldn’t particularly know or care. It’s not like I buy anything but GI or Magpul anyhow.

  • Aside from being cheaper than pmags by a few dollars, what is the value of a hexmag?

    • MrBrassporkchop

      For a bee themed super villain maybe?

    • roguetechie

      I actually got 10 of them for something ridiculous awesome like $63 including shipping when apex started selling the very first production batches at 2 for the price of one and that price being $10.

      They’re really good mags near as I can tell, but then again all my AR magazine using guns are built right.

      That’s a problem for magazine testing because my oldest, most worn out, and frequently abused test mule guns still play nice with even the cheapest, crappiest, and most hated magazine brands and models…

      LOL

      Maybe one day I should deliberately build a gun specifically set up to be a psychopathic magazine eating, parts destroying, death machine…

      Just for testing purposes of course.

  • mlk18

    And now my 10 or so Hexmags will now be referred to as my AdamsMags.

  • Spencerhut

    1. The only ship that won’t sail is a “partner” ship. Stolen from Dave Ramsey and completely true https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d0969638aa0a1451df9c28776782035731480550b7c2b862cc6760f60b29ae70.jpg .

    2. A man can’t choose his family. Friends are the only true choice we have in life.

    • Stolen from Michael Z. Williamson:
      “Friends help you move, real friends help you move bodies”.
      Freehold, Cr 2004

  • MrBrassporkchop

    You should have your friend design chocolate bars. The first picture would make an awesome chocolate bar. Plus it would fit into mag carriers.

    • Alex Brown

      Underrated comment. No, seriously, I want magazine-shaped chocolate now.

      • Craig

        They have that and chocolate bullets at Sportsmans Guide.

        • pun&gun

          Is the magazine actually a functional “feeding device”?

          • Random Disable Person

            Make those bullet tips made of chocolate covered espresso beans, for that extra power . Thirty quick hits and your good to go…
            Standard mags color options of course would come in “dark” chocolate and “white” chocolate. It is all about personal tastes.

    • Rasq’uire’laskar

      No joke. When I saw the picture, I thought that the article was going to be about an accessories manufacturer selling limited-edition chocolate bars.

      • Michael Wallace

        Mmmmmm, chocolate.

    • Mystick

      I was TOTALLY thinking the same thing!

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I hope all parties involved go on to do great things.

  • MikeS

    I bought 4 of these and if I had known……..

  • iksnilol

    Well, Adam, you found out that family in general are a bag of snakes. Not surprised to be honest.

    Glad you saw the light.

  • Swarf

    Let us know when Heptamags are ready to hit the market.

  • Ted Eng

    “…high tinsel strength…”

    • QuadGMoto

      Perfect for use on Christmas trees.

  • John L.

    A lot of hate and disdain in the comments, and I can’t disagree based on what I read in the article.

    However … There are three sides to every story, at least, and I’d be interested to hear the other brother’s and finance guy’s takes on what happened.

    • iksnilol

      From personal experiences with older brothers: There’s no reason, they’re just douches like that by default.

      • Drew Coleman

        Maybe on little stuff. But I’d never ever do something like this to my little brother. We may fight sometimes but we still love each other.

        • iksnilol

          I’VE BEEN HURT BEFORE, JEREMY! not falling for it again :/

      • Heretical Politik

        I would never screw my little brother over. We might argue occasionally (he’s anti-gun), but I love him.

      • Bigbro

        spoken like a true entitled little brother
        spoilt and never got blamed for anything they did

        • Dan

          Because we never did anything wrong and we are always going to be mom and dads favorites 🙂

      • billyoblivion

        As an “older brother”, the next time I’m in the room with you I’m going to pull your underwear up over your face.

    • I REALLY want to know why this history got posted. Since the article went up, I’ve heard some rumors, but nothing concrete.

      • Holly

        It’s not rumors. He is malicious and screwed his own brother over. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    • Holly

      No, this man truly is corrupt and screwed his own brother. His level of dysfunction far exceeds, this tidbit into his charecter.

      • John L.

        No, what? I didn’t say the older brother didn’t do anything wrong. I said we’ve only read one side of the story here. Few people are evil or corrupt in their own self-image, so I’m very I’m curious what the others involved would have to say about the situation.

        And, frankly, unless you have a separate source of knowledge about these events, you don’t know whether the man is truly corrupt. If you do have such a source, please share it. If not, and you’re working only off this article, then you’re making some significant assumptions based on only one interested party’s second-hand account.

        • Holly

          You are right, few people are corrupt. Fortunately. Yes, therelationships is always more to a story.

          However, let’s look at the facts present. Adam is the brains and inventor of the product. Only 5 percent of profit is to go to him?

          He then gets erased from the company, while the brother takes credit.

          Also, yes I do know more of the story. I know the family personally.

          The CEO is disturbing to a degree that would make you want to vomit in your mouth.

  • Bill

    Just to be clear, the original designer acknowledges “reverse engineering” other products, and also has an ill-defined relationship with the author or blog?

    I don’t own any hexamags and they weren’t on my radar, but this sounds like all sides may be a little sketchy.

    • iksnilol

      Nathaniel can’t be sketchy, unless if he’s in an airport (then you look sketchy as all get, sorry bud).

    • Adam reverse-engineered a lot of different objects to get experience modeling in AutoCAD and SolidWorks. The Hexmag was a clean sheet design, although I’m sure Adam would say something like “it’s just a damn box”.

      As for my relationship with Adam, we are friends. We’ve never been business partners, or anything like that. I’ve been aware of how Hexmag and his brother treated him for a long time, but this sort of behavior is beyond the pale.

    • roguetechie

      Yes, imagine that…

      Reverse engineering other stuff is actually a very viable path to learning to engineer your own stuff…

      It’s utter stupidity to expect every single new designer to design things in completely novel and different ways that completely ignore or eschew the design choices made in EVERY OTHER PRODUCT EVER DESIGNED TO DO THE SAME OR SIMILAR JOBS!

      This is the one truly bad habit the people of the gun have, the rush to oversimplify and dismiss every new product as a ripoff of X with design elements from Y and Z thrown in.

      There’s a reason why pretty much every good designer ever is quoted as saying that they only accomplished what they did by standing on the shoulders of giants.

      • DanGoodShot

        I couldn’t agree more! I remember reading this one dumb review. It was about a pistol that took the best of three or four well known pistol designes. put them all together into one fantastic gun. The gun ran flawlessly but the reviewer knocked the hell out of it because they were all designs taken from these already designed guns. Yeah. Took the best features and made one hell of a gun out of it. To me that’s a good thing. Call me weird

        • roguetechie

          Agreed,

          That sorta thing is what we owe the entire modern world to in one way or another.

          I get yearning for simplicity, but it’s sometimes futile or even counterproductive.

      • Bill

        Then give the giants their due. Or be a great designer, instead of a good designer. Everybody knows who Gaston Glock is; now name the guy who designed the S&W Sigma.

        It’s a magazine. The last time I looked at a magazine and thought it was a cool bit of innovative engineering was on a FN p90.

        • roguetechie

          Then you haven’t looked closely enough at gun magazines?

          This is kinda my point really…

          Good engineering, like the devil, is in the details!

          Just because something is LIKE X or Y doesn’t mean the design is stolen…

          Because, like the devil, good engineering is in the details.

    • bucherm

      I mean, AR-15 mags have been out there since the early 60s. Any new AR-15 is going to resemble other ones a lot. When Gaston Glock made the G17, he bought several different handguns and picked and chose design aspects to incorporate into it, and he had never designed a firearm before so you can bet your butt there was substantial reverse engineering going on.

      • Bill

        Not exactly – Glock wasn’t constrained or influenced by prior design, hence we get a real innovation. Or look at the designs from JM Browning or Dieudonné Saive.

        • Alex Brown

          I dunno, that tilting barrel looks awful familiar to me… To say Gaston didn’t take a look at how others did things and implement the best concepts is silly.

  • Gus Butts

    This really doubles my chin.

  • DanGoodShot

    Hexmag=boycott. Done. I can’t support a company if thats how they treat family. Family is VERY important to me. Yeah, familys squabble. But you work it out. You don’t write the other person out and off. To me that says a lot about a persons character. Not to mention if this is how the treat family, why should I think their customers are going to get better treatment.

    Edit: Personally, I like the Aesthetics of Adam’s designs much better.

    • RocketScientist

      I mean, you do you, but you’ve heard ONE side of this story… second hand. What’s described here certainly sounds pretty sh***y, but seems premature to take is as gospel truth and get outraged as a result. Fact is, I don;t know enough to make any sort of decision, nor do I really care. If I vetted every product I bought based on how the CEO of the company treated his family, I’d probably end up only using stuff I made myself… no wait… I’d have literally no things.

      • DanGoodShot

        I agree, we did only hear 1 side. Yes, there are 3 sides to every story. His, theirs and the truth. Regardless… if this is how that family treats eachother, I, myself choose not to do business with that business. If I hear about others… I would treat it the same. Those are MY principles. To me, I have heard enough. In my eye a man without principles is a Clinton supporter.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    It happens much more frequently than you might imagine. I co-founded a software company with 2 others and after I left the company history page was immediately updated to reflect just the 2 as founders. Didn’t surprise me – they were asshats (yes I’m talking about you Jay).

  • Tour18

    No Hexmags for me. And I just came an inch from buying 13 to go with a specific project. Oh well…

    • Craig

      Your avatar caption “Look at that…they are eating AGAIN!”

  • Garmanarnar

    Enough with the clickbait titles

    • Huaba Sepp

      and don’t use “clip” in the tags

      • I think it is perfectly acceptable to include vernacular in tags, even if it’s technically wrong.

        • Huaba Sepp

          Of course I am in no position to tell you how to do your job. Especially since your posts are always top notch and worth reading.
          However in my opinion this sort of clickbait and slang looks just cheap when its not obviously here to mock (clipazine for instance)
          BTW: The fact that 1 of the 5 articles this tag leads to is one about the importance of terminology is quite telling 😉

          • So then the tag is doing its job perfectly, no?

    • stephen

      No one is forcing you to read the articles right?

      😉

  • Garmanarnar

    Enough with the click bait titles.

    • ConservativeSurge

      How dare you…this is a very important controversy to 3 people, one of whom took the time to write this piece.

      • Garmanarnar

        Hahaha you sycophantic mongoloid. There is a way to word this post’s title that isn’t clickbaity while still doing justice to the subject.

        • Capitalization really got to you, eh?

        • Swarf

          Eye roll inducing insults, the reason for which you are completely and utterly wrong.

          Time to ease up on the Krylon.

          • Garmanarnar

            As if. I huff only the finest rustoleum.

          • Mystick

            “Testor’s Cement For Plastic Models” is my backmonkey 😀

        • roguetechie

          I just upvoted you, but to be clear it has nothing to do with the point you think you’re making…

          Your “point” is crap, especially since you’re leveling this accusation against Nathaniel who writes 90% scholarly, weighty with facts, and excruciatingly free of his own opinions posts the likes of which you normally don’t see out of gun oriented publications unless you pay $50+ for them and or people still build businesses off the information contained within 50-100+ years after publication.

          The other 10% are mostly situations that he cares enough to write about for one reason or another, but usually so other people don’t get hurt by the less than honest in the industry.

          The upvote is because you used sycophantic Mongoloid in a sentence…

          And that’s just plain hilarious / awesome.

          • Garmanarnar

            I agree that his articles are usually very good, however that does not detract from the fact that the article titles on this site veer into clickbaity buzzfeed territory more often than never.

          • roguetechie

            Idk

            Personally I like a little drama with my firearms news.

            There’s a good reason however that I hang out here and not at TTAG.

          • I put a lot of effort into my articles. I want people to read them, so I give them titles that sound exciting and interesting.

          • Garmanarnar

            And after the first article of yours that I remember reading I knew I would read everything else you put out. A clickbaity title detracts from the quality of your writing and information and makes it appear sensationalistic instead.

          • Some people feel that way, and I get that. Ultimately, however, I choose the title I feel works best for the material. If it’s something like this, I want to go for maximum outreach, and that means glitzing up the title a bit.

          • Mystick

            Headlines have always been “sensational”… publications have always tried to “upsell” using them since “type has been set”.

  • Renov8

    Lancer mags are the best…..
    Please don’t put a hex on me…..lol

  • Joe

    Aside from the fact these guys were capitalizing on Magpuls departure from CO, the mags flat out DONT work.

  • marine6680

    I have a couple hex mags… They look cool and work well enough, but I don’t personally feel the design is as good as the magpul mags. The anti tilt is not as effective as magpuls.

    But they are a solid enough entry into the AR mag market, and family squabbles like this are no good. Some people only care about the money, and forget the people.

  • Holly

    This man, is far more corrupt and callous than this blog depicts. He has accomplished far worse, than exing his own brother out of the company, he started.

  • Disarmed in CA

    I don’t think FTF is a good name for a magazine…

    • pun&gun

      I chuckled at that, too. I wonder how much marketing potential there is in naming all your gun products with backronyms related to various failures and SHTF issues.

      • Disarmed in CA

        This is my gun, the FTE-1000FTF. It’s a single-shot with a 15-round magazine you have to manually feed and extract each round..

        • .45

          They call those bolt actions…

  • Swarf

    So the guy that still runs the company is a sociopath.

    That puts him in the same boat as about 90% of the other successful CEOs and top tier wealthy in the world.

    What’s the problem? The system works.

  • Healthy Curiosity

    LGS had these on sale around Father’s Day for $8 a pop. I picked up four of them because, why not? They seem to work just fine for me.
    Sucks about the feud, but I guess it’s not unheard of in family-run businesses. Although, erasing your brother from the pages of history seems a bit harsh.

  • Badwolf

    This has been proven countless times….. Blood is thicker than water, but money is thicker than blood.

  • cieran58

    I’ve always used Magpul for my polymer AR mags, aluminum GI spec for the rest. Magpuls came out first, have done more testing, and even has some military use to their credit. Never saw the need for Hexmags, and now I have one more reason not to give them my business. be interested to see what Adam comes up with next, though.

  • Gary Kirk

    Friends and family will F#¢k you first..

    • BigR

      @disqus_VPlZb46Xw9:disqus
      Not in my family!!!! We don’t play that game with our own!!!

      • Gary Kirk

        You Hatfield, or McCoy???

  • jess

    $$, only seconded by Monopoly as destroyers of family gatherings.

    • Lauren

      That’s no justification to be greedy and take credit for someone else’s work….Own family nonetheless.

  • Oldtrader3

    The Patent Assignee is Hexmag. Aaron does not own the patent! I was an engineer and have several patents but do not “own” any of them as I was an employee.

  • Who Cares?

    This is probably the longest, most boring and least important story posted on this site. Ever.

    • Oh, hello Aaron!

      • BigR

        I thought the same thing! It’s shameful!

  • Aaron

    I knew something was up when I tried to look into Hexmag after receiving a couple as a birthday present. All links to their site were dead. Check TFB for past articles on them and find this.

  • Craig

    First, they are in anti-gun Colorado, second, I hate creeps. I only buy C Products mags (veteran owned) and Magpul products. ESAD, Hexmag.

  • cieran58

    I checked the website/blog– it’s still exactly as TFB quoted it, no mention of Adam, the co inventor of Hexmag, as listed in the patent. The material presented here seems a more accurate story of Adams involvement in design and development than the puff piece about “a couple of guys with a dream…” Who is George Brown anyway? the money man? Certainly not listed on the patent..

  • Doctor Jelly

    Jeez, I feel bad. My older brother is too nice. He helped me out quite a bit when I was down and lost in life during the recession, and in general goes out of his way to help any of his siblings when needed. I’m considered the biggest ass in my family…

    • iksnilol

      Aaah… Don’t feel bad, comrade. You didn’t know nor could have done something about it.

      I guess I am just biased. It’s kinda like cars, you can have a bad experience with one Ford and then dismiss all Fords. I think I am at that stage. + I am kinda jealous when I see other people have others care about them to that extent… that’s like one of my primary motivations to be good to the extent I am.

      • pun&gun

        I try to be a decent older brother to my younger siblings, though I’m sure I screw up often enough.
        The biggest takeaway is not to avoid having it happen to you again, per se, but to use your own influence and good behavior to give someone else a better experience than you had, should the opportunity arise.

        • iksnilol

          Something like that.

          But I will avoid my family like the plague when I become independent. Or more correctly, move about a 2 hours drive away from them and enjoy life.

  • Drew Coleman

    Have you reached out to TFB directly?

    • Aaron Schefter

      We will be doing that today. Thanks for asking.

  • QuadGMoto

    I understand that. But can you name any other regime that tried to rewrite history as they did?

  • DannyBoyJr

    I’m sure there’s two sides to the story, but it’s still a whitewash when the designer’s name is removed from your post. Even if the rest of Adam’s story is untrue, it is not right to just let his contributions to the company disappear.

  • Bruce

    A dozen scenarios where this is “justifiable”…. Let’s take a second to evaluate that, based on the facts. The man that is the brains, and the inventor of the product, gets reduced from an initial discussion of a 20 percent profit, down to 5 percent??? 5 percent??? Are you f-ing kidding me? Then to get erased from the company? I have insider information. The CEO of the company is indeed greedy and corrupt. This is merely one example of many. He is indeed Stalin-esque.

    • raz-0

      Yeah just because you engineer something doesn’t mean you own it. Plenty of people do that job as work for hire. Now imagine brother a owed brother b a ton of cash.

      There’s one. There are more.

    • billyoblivion

      The “reduced from 20 percent to 5 percent” could be reasonable if they went out and got outside funding that demanded a large stake in the business (doesn’t sound like that happened in *this* case, but it does happen).

      The writing him out of history? Douche move.

  • Ephesians5:11

    Its good to see all this finally being exposed to the light. A big thank you to Nathanial and TFB. Adam may not be getting the financial compensation he deserves but at-least he is seeing some recognition for his design finally.

    Aaron Shefter is essentially Eric Cartman from the Fish-Sticks episode of South Park. (look it up) The revisionist whitewashing of his brothers involvement in the company only helps it illustrate this further while at the same time adding insult to injury.

    But don’t take my word for it, just use some basic logic and the truth will speak for itself. Hexmag is a magazine company yes? Its been 2 years, why does the AR15 pattern HexMag remain their only magazine product? That’s simple, Aaron got greedy, screwed over the companies design talent (his own brother Adam) and the company has been floating on the AR15 magazine design ever since.

  • Christina G

    Interesting for you to change the history, after you have been outed. Pathetic.

  • Matthew18:15-17

    Your conduct is finally catching up to you Aaron. At some point you have to realize that the common denominator in all the failed relationships around you… is you.

  • rdsii64

    I won’t by from hexmag. Count me in for what ever Adam comes up with next though. phuck hexmag

  • Kane&Able

    Couldn’t agree with you more. Adam is a stand up guy and great person overall.

  • johngalts_brother

    George Burns once said: There is nothing better than a large warm family…in another town.

  • BigR

    Anybody that would screw his brother, would also screw his mother!! I won’t be buying hexmags in my lifetime. There are a lot of good mag company’s around, who wants to buy from crooked manufacturers? Not me!!!

  • Frank Grimes

    How can you erase someone from obscurity?

    WTF is a Hexmag?

  • cieran58

    Well, they have changed their story(slightly) to mention Adams participation in the design process , and mentions his leaving the company in Dec 2014. Still, I wonder what the difference(reality) is between ” Adam sold his share in the company at the price he named in his contract…” and ” …in December of 2014, they voted me out of the company.”

    One senses there may be a level of coercion involved in Adams departure from Hexmag Inc. Whatever– I still am not inclined to buy them.

  • BidensHairPlug

    Greed ……sucks.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Yessir, that’s where I normally go. Wasn’t aware of the sale.
    Guess I know where some of the paycheck is going Friday. Thanks for the Eagle-eyed tip!

  • Phillip Cooper

    Ironically, Gunmagswarehouse has Hexmags on 6/$50 blowout. I wonder if it’s related.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Matt, can’t seem to find that sale. Can you provide direct link?
    Many thanks!