Review: The MagPod

Timothy G. Yan
by Timothy G. Yan

Aftermarket magazine floor plate is nothing new. If fact, Magpul was originally started as a maker of aftermarket replacement floor plate for the US GI aluminum magazine. Magpul had eventually came out with their own polymer magazine: the very popular PMag. The MagPod is an aftermarket floor plate replacement for the Magpul PMag.

For the last few months, I have been testing the MagPod. I have to say that the MagPod is an awesome accessory for doing in my gun photography. It makes standing up an AR-15 much an easier task.

TFB did a writeup on the earlier MagPod 2nd generation prototype. What I’m featuring in this article is the 3rd generation and it’s currently in production. MagPod is available now from retailers like Brownells and Rainier Arms for $19.95 in a package of 3.

The bottom of the MagPod is consist of the main support foot piece at the front with 20 small embedded rubber bumps. There are two small solid support feet toward the back.

The “Pod” part in its name is from its actual main design feature, which is able to use the MagPod attached PMag as an improvise monopod support. While it works better than I expected for this role, i wouldn’t say I will replace my bipod with it.

I found that the MagPod doesn’t add too much width to the PMag. There’s no clearance problem with MagPod attached PMag carrying in my standard mag pouches.

My main testing rifle. It’s build to be a replica of the Canadian C8 SFW carbine. The AR-15 upper is the Bravo Company C8 SFW upper group with the optional reproduction of the Deimaco Tri-AD 3-rail attachment and the Simon steel barrel sleeve. The lower receiver is the Aero Precision Ambi Lower with full ambidextrous controls from PDQ (bolt release), CMMG (selector) and Norgon (mag catch). An $45 ALG QMS trigger is added and of course the ELCAN optic for a Canadian clone build.

The new FDE color MagPod will be available soon. As well as a version that will work with the latest Magpul PMag M3 model, which Magpul had reversed the direction of the floor plated design. After I talked to MagPod’s inventor, he may be considering also design a MagPod version that would fit the US GI aluminum magazine and the .308 PMag.

Timothy G. Yan
Timothy G. Yan

Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim's direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com

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  • Hokum Hokum on Dec 18, 2015

    Nice advertising :sarcastic:

  • Shmoe Shmoe on Dec 18, 2015

    Really nice photos. Questionable grammar. Odd, niche product. Rather read about it than use it. Did I mention I really liked the photos?

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