Magpul – Tactile Lock-Plates now shipping

Magpul are now shipping what they are calling “TACTILE LOCK-PLATES”.

According to Magpul they “have some professional customers that work nights who need a way to identify and differentiate magazines in the dark.”

The Tactile Lock-Plates helps those night owls to quickly identify three separate loadouts by tactile feel.

As some, and I might as well include myself in this statement just because of my fear of doing it wrong, have a problem in distinguishing 5,56 vs 300 BLK even in full daylight I’m surprised there aren’t more products to help with this issue.

I have to say I was VERY surprised that Magpul didn’t make the 300BLK magazines different by look and feel, they certainly had the opportunity. Here’s a reference picture.

On the other hand, the magazine doesn’t mind which ever ammunition you load it with, as long as it fits.

And no marking, color code or tactile plate is ever going to help if you load the wrong magazine into your rifle and press play.

And for professionals sending tracers downrange at the wrong time might be devastating, although they fit just fine caliber wise.

The plates are available in Type 1 and Type 2 in Black and Grey and come in 5-pack for a few Pennies shot of 10 US Dollars.

The two different types are available below. The third one you ask? Well it comes “free” with the PMAG magazine.

Magpul® Tactile Lock-Plate – Type 1, 5 Pack

Magpul Tactile Lock-Plate – Type 2, 5 Pack

The Magpul Tactile Lock-Plate is a magazine enhancement that provides the user with the ability to rapidly and easily identify/ differentiate magazines with mixed loadouts such as ball, tracer, supersonic and subsonic types via raised tactile features. These features are 1/8” raised ridges that protrude through the magazine floor-plate opening and are purposely pronounced at an optimum height to ensure functionality with gloved hands. The Magpul Tactile Lock-Plate comes in two fully distinct configurations of 1/8” raised ridges: Type 1 – single ridge and Type 2 – double ridge. These designs provide the user with the ability to quickly and confidently identify three separate loadouts by tactile feel when utilized in conjunction with standard floor plate/lock plate combinations. Full functionality remains with the magazine inserted in a weapon or in a magazine pouch while retaining the proven PMAG Gen M3 strength and performance characteristics for total end user confidence.


  • Immediate tactile identification of magazine loadout
  • Ridge heights are optimized for gloved hand usage
  • 1/8” feature heights minimize snag hazards and optimize tactile identification
  • Two fully distinct tactile design features provide three separate options for mixed loadouts
  • Retains PMAG® GEN M3™ strength and performance characteristics
  • Fits standard PMAG® 10/20/30 AR/M4 GEN M3™ and PMAG® AR 300 B GEN M3™ floor-plates

This option is NOT compatible with PMAG 40 AR/M4 GEN M3 or PMAG LR/SR GEN M3.

Last but not least, this product is made in the U.S.A.


As usual Magpul did a short video about the new products.


Magpul – Tactile Lock-Plates


What do you say? Is this a product you would find use of, or are you not “professional” enough?

What’s your solution on keeping magazines with different calibers or performance recognizable?

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Haulin’ Oats

    40 round mags = 300 blackout
    30 round mags = party mags
    20 round mags = tactical
    10 round mags = 1337 sn1p3r

    • Haulin’ Oats

      60 round drum = Sporting use

  • SGT Fish

    still waiting on their gen4 glock 19 magwells… though I did end up pre-ordering so I get them whenever they go in stock. I just wish they wouldn’t announce a product and issue a part number, but not ship them for months. Usually magpul is way better than that.

    • Twilight sparkle

      It seems like they’ve been pretty sloppy with a few of their glock product releases

  • Hyasuma

    or you can simply just use spray paint….

    • Hans

      They mention it is for night use where colours don’t cut it. A soldering iron or hot glue gun would suffice though.

      • Kaban

        +1 to glue gun. Dirt-cheap. Although I never personally glued anything to Magpul furniture/mags; who knows if their polymer is some tricky one.

        • Skateboard tape apparently sticks well. And, you CAN feel skateboard tape, even under gloves, as long as they aren’t heavy winter gloves. You’ll feel the drag, if nothing else.

          Loops of *intact* (not gutted like the old “Ranger pulls” we used) 550 cord wrapped around a magzine, and then covered with a wrape of 100mph tape also provides a distinctive ridge you can feel…

          • Kaban

            Non-skid tape is fine; P-Mags does not have enough flat surfaces for fine-sandpaper-on-glue anyway.

      • Hyasuma

        Glow in the dark paint works

        • ARCNA442

          1. How long does glow in the dark paint glow for?
          2. Do you really want glowing equipment at night?

          • Hyasuma

            hey, is not for me. I’m not going to “feel” the plates through my gloves as I grab them. I can care less for it. I’m not a military personnel, I don’t shoot in the dark. Faster indicator are what you can see, not what you can feel in the DARK.

  • hking

    What a total niche product for %0.001 of the audience its being advertised too.
    Fanboi’s will buy em in droves to go with their Chris Costa branded beard wax and Magpul tactical tampon holders.

    • Ratcraft

      Hey there ease up on the Chester Chestrigs out there.

    • Nachocheez

      Don’t forget the orange dummy rounds packaged like cigarettes. They’ve got a wannabe in the office that pushes this crap, name is Drake I think.

  • Ratcraft

    1st thing I though of was 300blk and 5.56. Great idea. I don’t take the two at the same time anywhere and I never have loaded mags of 300 just lying around. I load what shoot so that big bang in my face never happens. I could see where a true operator might need these.

    • BeGe1

      That was my thought as well. Differentiating calibers by feel is not a bad plan.

    • I already reserve my black magazines for .300 BLK, but having a tactile feel to distinguish them is good, too — although I was thinking of just using skateboard tape in the waffle squares, because that’s the part I’m most likely to be handling on the range. I don;t see myself having to differenciate multiple calibers “in the field” under any circumstances, because why would I be carrying two longarms of roughly the same role and magazine size at all, even if I was a sniper with a secondary carbine?!?

      When I *was* running around the woods, making warlike noises on the clock, the only ammo types I had to worry about for my rifle were ball and tracer. Ball went into 30-rounders, straight trace went into 20-rounders. Done. 20 rounds of tracer was plenty for what I needed on live fire exercises — designate targets for my troops.

      If I needed to differenciate 3 ammo types (say, ball, tracer, and AP) for the same gun, I’d have ball in 30’s, tracer in straight aluminum 20’s, and AP in a different shape 20 rounder (say, curved metal, or just about any ploymer 20). Who the Hell needs 30 rounds of “specialty” (meaning, “not the stuff you’re using as your default load”) ammo in a single magazine?

      • Ratcraft

        Agree. I know I don’t need them. I never ever load any 300 until I shoot it. I never have and never plan to take 300 the same trip as a 556. I have no use for tracers other than fun time and I don’t keep any of that around anyhow. I can see how some guys might like it, but some like lutefisk as well.

  • Mr._Exterminatus

    Pretty good idea, I’m sure they’ll sell pretty well, at least initially.

  • some other joe

    ^Is totally not operator enough for this

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    With 3 plates, this is still perfect for the more “sporting” customer.

    1 for .223, another for .300blk supers and yet another for .300blk subs.

  • Zach Robinson

    I always thought Ranger plates worked well enough for this purpose, even on GI aluminum mags. Ranger plates for Mk262 and plain base pads for 62gr GDSP.

  • USMC03Vet

    But how am I gonna know the blood type of the guy using the magazine if it’s not printed on the bottom in Braille? I guess that is next year’s new product line for srs biz sub zero tier ops.

  • Drake

    “I have to say I was VERY surprised that Magpul didn’t make the 300BLK magazines different by look and feel, they certainly had the opportunity.”
    Eric B, spend some time researching the product you’re writing about before you compose an article. Failing to do so cause you to loose credibility. The 556 and 300 BLKout PMAG’s are different by both visually and touch.

  • DangerousClown

    There’s a company that makes these loop things that go on your mags, making them easy to pull. I use different colors to differentiate between mags loaded with range ammo (FDE), and those loaded with “social engagement” ammo (black). I don’t recall the name of the company that makes these “mag pulls”, but they sure are handy.