Magpul picks up $12 million military magazine contract

The contract specifies $12.7 million worth of magazines to be delivered by September 2018. (Photo: Magpul)

The contract specifies $12.7 million worth of magazines to be delivered by September 2018. (Photo: Magpul)

The Pentagon announced this week that the Texas and Wyoming-based magazine company has landed a large contract to supply the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps with PMAGs.

Through an award notice posted by the Defense Logistics Agency on Tuesday, Magpul beat out two other respondents for a $12.8 million firm-fixed-price, definite-quantity contract for magazines in a one-time buy, paid for with fiscal year 2018 Defense Department working capital funds.

The original solicitation back in September was for 1.3 million “MAG556-MCT” magazines, which is Magpul’s PMAG M3 windowed 30-round magazine for AR/M4 platforms in Medium Coyote Tan. The Army at the same time authorized units to buy the MCT PMAG while keeping intact the official line that the new metal-body Enhanced Performance Magazine was the service’s go-to detachable 5.56mm mag despite reported teething problems.

Last December, Magpul announced the Marines had, after a four-year testing evolution, adopted their MCT PMAG for use in all of their 5.56mm platforms. In government-administered tests, the PMAG reportedly cycled 20,400 rounds of M855A1 ammo without any magazine-related stoppages. This, in turn, drew questions from lawmakers to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley over why the country’s primary small arms user aren’t fielding polymer mags.