In what is certainly one of Magpul Industries largest contracts yet, Defense Logistics Agency has awarded the company a $12,792,000 definite quantity for GEN M3 PMAG magazines (mislabeled as magazine cartridges in the announcement wording). The contract specifically states that the order is for the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. However, upon TFB reaching out to Magpul Industries, we have found out there is a very high possibility that this contract is going to be used to outfit every Marine and Sailor in the Fleet and Reserves with PMAGs. If this is the case, then we are talking about almost a million magazines if this were to push out enough PMAGs to every armory in the Marine Corps for a 6 plus 1 combat load. Performance completion for this contract is September 2018, so theoretically every active duty and reserve Marine armory could be receiving GEN M3 PMAGs by the end of next year.
There has been much talk about getting PMAGs issued throughout the Marine Corps, with what appeared to be an official Marine Corps green light last year, in addition to the Air Force approving the magazine for use in August, and even the Army authorizing it for acquisition with unit funds. Of course, the Army is still looking at the Enhanced Performance Magazine (which doesn’t seem to be too reliable). DOD-wide, it appears as if the days of the aluminum STANAG with the new anti-tilt follower look to be numbered.
Duane Liptak had this statement to TFB about the contract-
The lion’s share of this contract is likely to pure fleet field the GEN M3 PMAG to the entire USMC, but technically, they could go to any of the services or to SOCOM elements of the services, as long as the fielding timeline for USMC isn’t interfered with, so I’m assuming that’s why it lists the other services who are ordering in larger numbers. Navy and Coast Guard are on board, too, but might just not be in the allocation plan for this purchase.
In further news, Mr. Liptak mentioned that the company had also won a 260,000 magazine order through a contract that was initially 130,000 magazines and with an option for another 130,000 that was eventually executed. He didn’t mention where this contract originated from, but I’m sure we’ll soon find out through the Defense Logistics Agency announcements so stay tuned.
Overall, it looks like Christmas comes early for Magpul!
Special Thanks to Duane Liptak of Magpul, Nathaniel F., and Hrachya