|New PMAG 30 M3|
The new magazine is called the PMAG 30 M3. The original PMAG had a few issues that users brought to the attention of Magpul. One of the most pressing issues, which ultimately spawned a separate product line known as the EMAG, was the incompatibility of the PMAG with foreign weapons systems like the SCAR, MR556A1 (416), SA80 and others.
If you're a subscriber to my YouTube channel you may remember a video I posted showing how to modify your PMAG to work with a SCAR 16S so that it wouldn't cause severe damage to the bolt of the rifle. That was an extreme example of the incompatibility of the PMAG with some rifles designed to use standard STANAG M16/AR15 magazines. If you're the proud owner of a HK MR556A1 you might have discovered your stash of PMAG's wouldn't seat in the rifles magazine well.
The original PMAG could be over inserted by forcibly slamming the magazine home causing the weapon to malfunction and in some cases making the extraction of the magazine very difficult.
The sides of the original PMAG's floor plates featured a wide ledge that made extraction from a double or triple magazine pouch difficult.
All of these issues have been addressed with the new PMAG 30 M3 magazine. The new magazine is touted as being compatible with most rifles designed to use the M16/AR15 STANAG magazine. The new magazine also features a new over travel stop to prevent it from being over inserted into the magazine well. Finally, the new magazine has the ability to use different floor plates to suit your needs including the popular Ranger Plate or a new plate that is narrow for use in double or triple magazine pouches.
The magazine uses the same basic polymer construction with some design improvements to the geometry to improve durability and feeding reliability. It also features a new paint pen dot matrix on the bottom of the magazine designed to allow the user to mark the magazines for easy identification.
The new magazine isn't on the market yet, it is planned for release in the spring of 2012. No price has been set at this time.
Stay tuned for an evaluation of the new magazine once they release.