TangoDown Gets Down to Business With New MK3 Rifle Magazine

Tucson, Arizona’s TangoDown has expanded its rifle magazine product line with the MK3, which is being touted as an extensive step forward in magazine design. It is being offered in two versions – either a conventional Flat Bottom or a monopod-use Round Bottom for competition or range drills/field use when “running and gunning.”

TangoDown MK3
The TangoDown, with its rounded bottom, can be used for competition or range drills/field use when “running and gunning.”

Each features a modular assembly made of dissimilar resins that are unitized and permanently bonded together for superior strength with no removable floorplate. The MK3’s feed lip and follower surfaces have been redesigned for smooth, positive feeding of M855A1 ammunition, while the magazines offer an aggressive texture and ribbing cover on all manipulation surfaces for positive, no-slip handling in any environment.

The magazine upper component also has extreme stiffness for feed lip rigidity and durability, with easy, constant feeding that is guided by an anti-tilt low friction follower, while the exposed MK3 magazine lower component features superior impact resistance. A corrosion-free, heat-treated stainless-steel spring rounds out the assembly.

The MK3 was designed to easily slide into any single or double M4-style magazine pouch and provide fast extraction. Magazine seating on a closed rifle bolt with the full 30-round capacity promises to be just as easy, with no tapping. Ammunition status windows are provided on both sides for ammo checks with just a glance.

After a day at the range or in the field, cleaning is just as fast and easy as the unitized magazine body requires no disassembly. A quick blast of compressed air through the upside-down ported follower can clear any small dust or dirt debris inside the body. Carbon coating due to extended suppressor use is easily cleaned with a hot, soapy dunk and magazine brush, while it can be rinsed and left to dry upside down – and then ready for the next adventure.

TangoDown MK3
The MK3 is intended for 5.56 x 45mm NATO cartridge use and will work in any AR15 or M16/M4 MIL-SPEC pattern magazine well. It is available in black or flat dark earth.

The TangoDown MK3 30-round Rifle Magazine (5.56) is available now for $23.95 MSRP in flat bottom or round bottom in either black or flat dark earth.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based freelance writer who regularly covers firearms related topics and military history. As a reporter, his work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. Among those are The National Interest, Forbes, and many others. He has collected military small arms and military helmets most of his life, and just recently navigated his first NFA transfer to buy his first machine gun. He is co-author of the book A Gallery of Military Headdress, which was published in February 2019. It is his third book on the topic of military hats and helmets.

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