Soldier Systems Compares the D60 to Brethren & Competitors

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Announced in January, MagPul’s new D60 drum magazine has the potential to be quite the hit. However, I feel there is some reserve to the magazine, as its just starting to be seen in the wild. Historically, drums have been quite bulky which offsets their utility, especially when constructed of metal.

However, the D60 continues Magpul’s history of innovation with polymers and is quite the compact package. To showcase this, Soldier Systems (which is lucky to have their hands on one already though they are shipping) was able to put the polymer drum next to a few of its competitors its brethren magazines.

Vs a 30 round sand PMAG. Click here to be taken to Soldier Systems.

Turns out the bulk on this one is quite manageable. The D-60 looks to be slightly shorter than common 30 round PMAGs and only about twice as wide as the SureFire coffin magazines. Nice.

But, “bulk” is not just limited to physical size, there is also a weight component. In this case, the D60 is quite the portly offering, coming in at 20 ounces, empty. For comparison, the SureFire is 7.7 ounces. Extrapolating to a loaded magazine, the D-60 is roughly 44 ounces to SureFire’s 32. By comparison, the original X-Products loaded at 50 rounds is 3 lbs or 48 ounces and holds 10 less rounds.

For the complete run-down, including extra pictures, hit the link here to visit Soldier Systems.

Nathan S
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.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Ned Weatherby Ned Weatherby on Dec 29, 2015

    Is it really better when one considers storage options? Seems like two 30's would store a lot more compactly.

    • JCitizen JCitizen on Dec 30, 2015

      @Ned Weatherby The old Soviet drums come with bags, but I wouldn't try using them. I think just finding a good canvas bag with the right dimensions, so you can put two them in a "69" orientation would be good enough - if I thought about it long enough, and perused the military surplus market, I'd probably find one made for something else and special purpose it for storing these mags. A carrying strap would be icing on the cake. The new load bearing equipment standards for the GWOT show many useful potential candidates for this usage; just look at all the camo gear on eBay and you might be able to spot what I'm talking about.

  • BlackLivesSplatter BlackLivesSplatter on Dec 30, 2015

    why si there even a discussion on the merit of thee ....of course you will buy one if can ,,,more fun at the range etc , and of course its gonna work ...magpul is not known for junk after all ...i bet they got it to work just fine ... so stop your whining and get back to shooting ok internet warriors