Five Magazine Upgrades You Can Do Today

Light? Check. Optic. Check. M-LOK Rail? Check. I could go on and on with the various modifications and upgrades I can make to a rifle. There is certainly a multitude of them. What about your magazines? How you ever considered magazine upgrades? I don’t mean buying new mags, but modifying your current crop of magazines to fulfill your mission needs better. If this has dawned on you, then you are in the right place. Here are my top five magazine upgrades that you can make today. 

1. Magpods 

I always thought these were silly until a friend finally gave me one. It was then that I realized that these were a great little invention. They took up no room, added barely any weight, and still allowed me to have a very stable platform while shooting. 

Magpod: use your rifle magazine as a monopod.
The MagPod is small but effective (like many of the other writers here at The Mag Life).

Does it replace a bipod? No, but it does improve stability with no penalty. Magpods are sold in a three-pack and fit PMAGS. They are relatively affordable and perfect for taking more stables shots in the prone and improvised shooting positions. As far as magazine upgrades go, this has the best bang for your buck potential. 

2. Magazine Extensions 

Well duh! Magazine extensions are the most common magazine upgrades. They allow you to carry more rounds in a shorter package than most extendos. Magazine extensions come out for most popular weapons, and they are especially prevalent for the AR 15 and Glock series pistol. However, if you look hard enough, you can find extensions for guns like the: 


FN Five Seven

M&P Shield

The Standard M&P

S&W Shield 9mm magazine

3. Recover Tactical Magazine Clips 

These magazine upgrades have a silly name, but it’s genius. I’ve reviewed them before. Recover Tactical’s Magazine Clips replace your standard baseplate with a new one outfitted with a small plastic clip. They are available for a few different magazine types, and in my experience, they work very well. 

Recover Tactical Magazine Clip

The clip allows you to pocket carry a spare magazine like a pocket knife. It makes the magazine easily accessible and negates the need for a magazine pouch. Also, they are 50% off right now. 

The Recover Tactical Magazine Clip allows you to carry a spare mag like a pocket knife.

4. Magpul’s Magpuls 

Magpuls is what built the Magpul brand. These simple devices latch onto the magazine and provide you an aggressive rubberized grip texture to make drawing magazines from mag pouches quicker and more intuitive. These magazine upgrades are simple and apply to both 9mm sub gun magazines and standard AR 15 variants. They fit magazines outside of Magpuls and have been in use for decades for a reason. 

The Magpul has an aggressive rubberized grip texture to make drawing magazines from mag pouches quicker and more intuitive.

It’s interesting to see how far Magpul has become. A perfect example of the American dream. It all starts with some clingy rubber Magpuls. 

5. CMMG 9mm PMAG Adapter 

Lastly, if you wanna build an AR-based PCC, then you have a choice. You can buy an expensive proprietary lower made for Glock, Colt SMG, and even MP5 magazines. Or you can use a standard AR-15 lower with these CMMG PMAG Adapters. These adapters allow you to turn a PMAG into a 9mm magazine. It’s simple and will enable you to use a cheaper lowers, standard magazine pouches, and more. 

Magazine upgrades: CMMG 9mm PMAG Adapter

These are a simple means to convert the AR 15’s most popular magazine into a PCC option. I would advise using the Dot Matrix on the PMAGs to mark which is which because it might get a little tricky. 

Magazine Upgrades

You may never have a reason to commit to magazine upgrades, but if so, know you have plenty of options. We upgrade our weapons to a crazy extent, and magazine upgrades allow you to address one of the most valuable pieces of your guns. What are your favorite magazine upgrades? Let us know below. 

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner and a lifelong firearms enthusiast. Now that his days of working a 240B like Charlie Parker on the sax are over he's a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor and is probably most likely the world's Okayest firearm instructor. He is a simplicisist when it comes to talking about himself in the 3rd person and a self-professed tactical hipster. Hit him up on Instagram, @travis.l.pike, with story ideas.

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