SIG MPX Magazines: Compatibility Between Generations
The original MPX from SIG SAUER is an amazing weapon system. The company, recognizing the potential of the platform, designed a second generation MPX that is to be a truly modular system that can run multiple calibers. The first generation MPX was based on the 9mm cartridge while the second generation guns are available in other calibers including the .357 SIG and .40 S&W.
For second generation MPX owners, changing calibers is simply a matter of purchasing one of the company’s conversion kits. However, if you want to shoot a different cartridge from your first generation gun, you have to call SIG SAUER directly and provide them with your gun’s serial number. The company will then sell you a complete upper in the caliber of your choice for the same price as the conversion kit. From that point on, you can use the new upper for any other caliber conversions you do.
Of course, the big question that many people may have relates to magazine compatibility. Will the first generation magazines work in second generation guns? Will the new magazines work in older guns? According to SIG, yes, the magazines are compatible.
However, the company does recommend that for maximum reliability you use first generation magazines with first generation guns and second generation magazines with second generation guns. If you are relying on the MPX for self-defense or competition, I strongly suggest following those recommendations.
To help in identifying the difference between the magazines, look at the followers. First generation magazines will have a black follower. Second generation magazines will have a flat dark earth (FDE) colored follower.
If you do not know which generation gun you have, take a look at the top rail and hand guard. The original MPX has a full length Picattiny rail on top and the company’s “add a rail” system for a hand guard. Second generation guns have a scalloped Picatinny rail on top with a KeyMod hand guard.
GunMagWarehouse has both first and second generation magazines in stock for the MPX. Factory 10-, 20- and 30-round capacity magazines are all available and listed well below the suggested retail price.
I recently ordered one of the MPX rifles in 9mm to evaluate as a potential home defense gun. I happen to like the lightweight, high velocity 9mm rounds in a home defense situation, and the MPX makes a lot of sense for our needs. I carried SIG SAUER weapons for many years as a police officer, and I came to appreciate their reliability.
Of course, for my needs, having spare magazines readily available is extremely important in a home invasion scenario. So, I am planning ahead and will stage items appropriately.
If you are running an MPX, you really should take a look at getting a BladeTech magazine pouch for it. This compact pouch will put a fast reload right on your belt to keep you in action – whether that is home defense or a three gun competition. I’m picking up one of these to use as well. Blade-Tech makes very good holsters and I will want at least one for when I am carrying away from the home.