The MagPod: Myths, Magazines, and Reviews

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I should by nature be a big fan of bipods. I served as a Marine Machine Gunner for 5 years and the majority of the weapon systems I employed utilized bipods. A bipod is without a doubt a very handy tool to have on any rifle (or as in my case, machine gun). They enhance stability and therefore accuracy. Bipods are great, but what about a smaller option? That’s where the MagPod comes in: and that’s why some will say the MagPod is on of the #1 AR magazine accessories you can get.

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).

The MagPod is a magazine baseplate unlike any other. It replaces the magazine baseplate of your Magpul PMAG and adds a small foot. This foot allows you to use the magazine as a stabilized platform (i.e. a monopod) to shoot from.

Yes, GunMag Warehouse sells the MagPod. No this isn’t a sales pitch. It would be a great accessory even if GMW didn’t carry them.

Myth Busting Time

A myth I heard throughout my time as a shooter is that resting a magazine on the ground will cause feeding issues. That misunderstanding began many years ago, with older magazines. Problems with older magazines led to the development of newer magazines, which is why that myth is nowadays just that — a myth. There was a time when AR/M16 and similar magazines were trash, but that time has (barring a few substandard brands) long passed.

Rest assured your rifle will feed fine when you use the magazine as a monopod; thus the MagPod is something you should consider.

Why the MagPod?

On modern rifles bipods are great, but they tend to have a few issues. They add weight to the front of the gun and add a bit of bulk. On some guns this is okay, but on the super small ARs that are popular as of late, they are out of place. These ARs are often designed with the idea of CQB and running gunfights, or just to be loud range toys. Rarely are they used for precision shots and in the prone. But rarely doesn’t mean never.

Magpod review

Will pressure on the mag cause problems? Maybe once upon a time. Not now.

The MagPod is perfect for these guns. On top of that, they are just a quick and easy upgrade to your existing magazines. They are perfect for quick-shooting off a variety of different surfaces. In my testing, I went over three different textures. I fired off the ground in a traditional prone, off a wood table, and off an old boulder.

Magpod: use your rifle magazine as a monopod.

The MagPod is an easy concept to understand, once you see it. There will be those who mock the concept or attribute it to Mall Ninja-ness; those folks either can’t grasp it’s value or just don’t want to get it.

The MagPod helps steady the weapon and the textured feet do a good job of digging in and holding steady. The MagPod is essentially a large polymer foot that sticks below your magazine with two small extensions in the rear. The length of the foot makes it so the slight curve of the magazine does not affect the stability or throw it off balance.

Hitting the Range

Admittedly this will not provide the same level of stability a dedicated bipod will. It is, however, quicker to get into action. Drop to the ground and you’re halfway to being set up. The MagPod doesn’t allow for cant or elevation changes, but you aren’t going to play sniper with it either.

Using a rifle mag as a monopod with Magpod

The MagPod on a gen 2 PMAG.

For quick, almost improvised positions it’s fantastic. Not only on the ground but at finding places around you to rest your gun for more accurate fire. Its small footprint means it can be used nearly anywhere. It provides quick stability and in that regard works well. Especially if you are running drills and your breathing is a little more ragged. It lets you keep the reticle still enough to make that game-changing shot.

The MagPod from an improvised bench.

The MagPod from an improvised bench.

Of course, what happens when you run dry? Well, you gotta swap mags and this means running multiple MagPods. The good news is they are affordable and available in three packs.

Currently, MagPods are available for the Magpul PMAG Gen 2 models only (as of this update), so keep that in mind. It’s a very cool little accessory and it does add some real value to your magazines. Plus, it makes it really easy to stand your AR up for those cute pictures.

Still don’t believe me? Lots of other professionals — many far more experienced than me — will confirm what I’ve said.

If you don’t see the applications for this, well…it won’t fit in your dropleg holster anyway.

Note: The MagPod Gen 3 is in development.

Magpod equipped PMAG vs. standard PMAG

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Originally posted 3-21-19.

Updated 3-12-20.

  • Ivan Boatwright

    I am old school but open to new ideas, however as I served over 50 years ago, my age says the bi pod is best for me

  • Tim Allen

    I don’t recommend shooting from old boulders. Any expert will tell you to only use new boulders.

    • BraveNewWhirled

      Old boulders are better ‘cuz they’re broke in and they have that nice lichen patina.

  • The P man

    I dunno, my issued Mk12 seemed quite perfect with a bipod. Just depends how a rifle is configured. The move to shorter barrels in military use was primarly to give a suppressed OAL to make it easier to maneuver since a suppressed M4A1 is as long as an M16A2 up front. The loss of velocity between a 14.5″ barrel and a 10.5″ barrel is not too horrible, roughly a 300-500 fps loss depending on specific loading.

    I have the pull loop floor plates on many of my mags.

    Problem is mag carrier compatibility issues, limits you to the one in weapon for some, or go with more open top pouch design.

  • Gryff

    Another thing to catch on your gear, or fall off unexpectedly. If you can’t monopod off a PMAG by itself, you have worse problems than just needing one of these things.

  • Jon

    A 12″ gong at 200 or more yards kneeling off hand without any other gadgets has been the best training gadget I have found. No dependence on any other attachments, and I seldom miss. I can do sub moa off a rest, but 12″ is a good realistic off hand target size and I’m over 73.

  • mlevans

    Marine gunner and “resting a magazine on the ground will cause feeding issues” is a myth to you? When did you serve? The old aluminum mags sure as hell would over insert from being pushed in ground from them using it as a monopod. That’s why new mags are built the way they are now.

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  • Wm

    More junk that is not needed. The new mags from most top quality providers like magpul,lancer,tango down etc will allow you to use them as a monopod with no problems that being said, since I am old school (semper fi, Nam 71) ,I now prefer the 20 rd mags, like the originals were, either magpul or lancer. I prefer getting down in the dirt as close to it as possible, and these mags make it easy to do. Since I am not battling imaginary hordes of zombies, tangos or irate tyrannical govt forces, I really have no need for 30brd mags,but I have them because Gen 2 Magpul are cheap..period,and cheap works in the real world if not in the imagination of most arm chair commandos. Remeber when we used Para cord duct taped to the bottom of the mag as a loop to pull out quicker?? Geeez,I am getting old!!!

  • Joel Langeland

    I have Magpods on many of my magazines and use them on my rifle at work. They are great even when hitting the ground hard on “speed prone” drills. They also stabilize well shooting non magnified at 100 yards.
    I”ve never had a feeding issue while using them.