In the War on Terror, the mandatory for every soldier is to be well-equipped and to have enough ammunition for the firefight. Magpul Industries Corp. has introduced a bright new 7.62mm version of its high-capacity polymer drum magazine capable to hold 50 rounds of 7.62x51mm NATO/308. Winchester caliber.
The Magpul PMAG D-50 is designed to hold 50 rounds for SR25/M110 AR-style rifles. It follows the popular PMAG D-60 drum magazine for 5.56mm rifles. The D-50 features “proven GEN M3 technology, which includes next-generation impact and crush-resistant polymer construction and the ability to seat fully loaded on a closed bolt,” according to Magpul’s website.
The robust stainless-steel internal components are designed to withstand corrosion and long-term storage while loaded with no loss of function, spring fatigue, or reliability concerns. The introduction of the D-50 comes a week before popular SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, Jan. 22-25.
The D-50 magazine weighs about 1.7 pounds empty and 4.5 pounds loaded, making it “one of the lightest 50-round 7.62mm drums available the website states.
And the D-50’s “unique drum configuration gives it roughly the same overall height profile as a standard 25-round 7.62mm PMAG, making storage easy and shooting from various positions — including prone — no different than with smaller capacity magazines,” the website states.
A special, ratcheting loading lever removes spring tension so the D-50 can be easily loaded by hand, the website states. The D-50 features an anti-glare translucent window on the rear of the drum for quick positive visual indication of remaining ammunition.
It can be disassembled quickly with a simple flat blade screwdriver or similar tool, and it comes with a dot-matrix pattern that allows for easy marking and identification, the website states.
The D-50 magazine retails for about $150 and is “coming soon,” according to Magpul’s website. It comes with a slip-on, semi-rigid dust cover to prevent grit and debris intrusion during storage and transport. It will be interesting to test it once it comes out to the market.