I know what you’re thinking. “Travis, ProMag is not the magazine manufacturer for me.”
I get it. ProMag certainly has an up and down reputation within the firearms world. I know I’ve had my share of bad experiences with ProMag products, but I’ve also had good experiences—surprisingly good experiences. I’m not going to tell you to load up your duty belt or plate carrier with ProMags. However, even if they might not meet the standards of a duty magazine, I do have five reasons why you should take a second look at ProMags.
1. No One Else Makes What ProMag Makes
Got a rare, historical firearm you need mags for? ProMag probably makes them.
Let’s say I have a Walther P-38, and I don’t want to spend 50 bucks a pop for original historical magazines I’m going to abuse at the range. Walther is not making more of them, but ProMag is and does so for under 20 bucks.
A friend recently got an M1 Carbine and finding original 30 round magazines was a hassle, but good ole ProMags makes them cheap, and his seemed to work perfectly in the few hundred rounds we put through it.
One of my personal experiences with ProMag was trying to find a 5-round AR 15 magazine. You ask why? Well, I wanted to hunt with my AR, and my state only allows you to hunt with 5-round magazines. It turns out those are rather rare, outside of the ProMag variant, which has yet to let me down.
If you have a weird gun with magazines that are hard to find, ProMag likely makes it. From Uzi mags to 22 LR AR 15 mags for my CMMG kit, they have their hand in all of it. I like rare and weird guns and apparently, so does ProMag cause they keep making mags for them.
2. Drum Designs For All
Drum magazines are mostly used for silly stuff. I can’t think of any practical uses for drums as a normal dude, but I want them, and I have a right to own them. If it’s something I’m just buying to have fun with, I don’t want to spend a ton of money on it.
ProMag makes Glock, Scorpion, AK, AR, and even Ruger 10/22 drums for a very fair price. These silly things are a ton of fun when it comes to turning money into noise. I really want their P365 drum, because why not? Thirty rounds in a pocket pistol is ridiculous, but this is America.
ProMag was the first to produce Saiga drums, and who doesn’t want a crazy 12-gauge drum hanging out of their semi-auto shotgun? The 12 gauge drums were a blast, and so are their Glock drums, and their AK drums, and all the other silly and fun stuff they make. If you have that Franklin Arms 10/22 binary trigger, you gotta get a drum for it to really take advantage of it.
I’m a fan of extended magazines, and why not? I don’t have a practical purpose for a 33 round Glock happy stick, but I have more than one of them.
Extendos are a lot of fun, and if you go beyond Glock, you might have a hard time finding extends for some platforms. If that’s the case, then ProMag likely makes one. I wanted one for my Banshee Mk17 that uses P320 magazines, and the most I could get was 21 from SIG. ProMag made a 32-round model for next to nothing price-wise.
ProMag makes extendos for the weirdest of guns, and this includes something like the Jericho. This weird CZ 75 clone is often left in the shadows, but the ProMag makes a 32-rounder for it. Hell, when I got a Hi-Point C9, I knew I needed to outfit it with an extendo. No way I could avoid that, and now my Yeet Cannon can yeet 15 times without a reload. That’s a lot of meeting, y’all.
4. More Than Mags
Oh, hey, they make more than mags these days.
My first positive experience with ProMag was the drop in Colt SMG block for standard mil-spec ARs. I wanted a PCC in AR form years and years ago, and the options were slim. The Glock magazine AR had not conquered the world, and specialized pistol magazine lowers were both rare and expensive boutique items.
The ProMag Colt SMG block dropped into a standard AR lower, and bam, I had a Colt SMG based PCC. Guess what? I’ve still got it, and it still functions all these years later. At one point, I even goofed off with a bump stock before the orange coat banned them. It held magazines perfectly and ensured reliable operation.
5. They Are Still Cheap
ProMag makes its products affordable. Very affordable.
That low price point makes ProMag hard to beat. It’s true they aren’t duty grade magazines, but their price point is well below that of most duty grade magazines. The affordability makes them a great choice for goofing off or for range training magazines.
The low price makes them affordable range toys for various purposes involving both fun and training. I beat the hell out of mine with dry fire practice to avoid breaking or dirtying up the magazines I use for serious purposes. I’ve seen guys fill them with lead to replicate the weight of a loaded magazine for dry fire training.
Sometimes a low-price point magazine can give an old gun new life too.
ProMags – Inside and Out
ProMag gets a rough rap, but don’t write them off entirely.
Their products are perfect for having fun, training, and outfitting guns with hard to find magazines. Sometimes its surprising how often I’ve had to turn to ProMag to solve a magazine-based problem. From rare old guns to a desire to hard to find extendos, to even harder to find reduced capacity magazines.
ProMag might have a solution for you. Give them a second look when you run into some kind of magazine-based problem that’s not easy to solve, and you’ll likely be surprised. Or just buy a ridiculous drum magazine and get all the Instagram likes. ProMag certainly has options for everyone from the fun to the historical.