16 Aug

Magpul is here!

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While we don’t carry everything (and we’re working on that), one particular brand that I have been forced to purchase from competitors is now available right here at Tactical Store. Magpul has arrived.

Someone out there may have just come out of a coma, is asking if Reagan is still President (sadly, no) and doesn’t know about Magpul. Magpul Industries Corporation was founded in 1999 by Richard M. Fitzpatrick. As A Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Richard had first hand experience with what worked and what could use improving.

Magpul’s first product, introduced in 1999 was designed to assist with – well, pulling your magazine, hence the name “Magpul”. For years, soldiers have rigged tape and paracord at the base of their magazines to facilitate easy removal from a pouch or vest. Building on the success of that product, over the years Magpul has designed and released several products – followers, magazines, stocks, fore ends… even complete firearms – the Masada and Massoud, concepts such as the PDR and FMG-9 and acted as consultants for the TDI Kriss.

Magpul has some incredibly talented designers and engineers on their staff, and evidence of this is seen in their Theory Based products. My favorite example is the AFG (Angled Fore Grip).

AFG (Angled Fore Grip)

Instead of forcing your hand into a position perpendicular to, and far below the bore axis, the AFG takes into account the way your hand, wrist and arm are engineered. Your hand is in a much more comfortable position, and being closer to the centerline of the bore, the AFG helps to mitigate recoil, and helps to control the weapon for quicker follow-up shots. The AFG also helps shooters to employ the increasingly popular “thumb break” grip with the non-trigger hand.

One of the most popular items I’ve seen lately is the Magpul MBUS (Magpul Back Up Sight).

Magpul MBUS Gen 2

I bought my rear MBUS to allow my Vortex VMX3 magnifier to clear my rear sight. My GG&G was just a wee bit too tall when folded. The MBUS is spring loaded, simple and fast to deploy. If you’re looking for reasonably priced sights for your flat top, you would be hard pressed to find a better product for the money. Anyone that is running a railed gas block, please note that the front MBUS is not intended for that application.

After moving my accessories all around my AR, and experimenting with quad fore ends, I decided to give my delicate paws a break and upgrade my rifle with comfort in mind. The MOE (Magpul Original Equipment) line of polymer furniture is once again well designed, well executed and very reasonably priced.

Magpul MOE (Magpul Original Equipment)

Let’s face it; there are some pretty homely rifle accessories out there. Who hasn’t been looking through the forum posts and was reminded of “if you can’t say something nice…”? This stuff feels good, and looks good. No sharp edges, no movement, solid, and a bargain. Like most of the Magpul line, the MOE products are available in Black, OD green, Flat Dark Earth and Foliage Green.

My AR grip collection is catching up to my holster collection. I thought my search for a grip had ended with the MOE Grip. How do you improve on a grip? You make it grippier! Magpul took the MOE Grip and added wraparound rubber overmolding, resulting in the superb MOE Plus Grip.

Magpul MOE Plus Grip.  A grippier grip.

It has a door in the bottom that can be replaced with different inserts. There’s a CR123A Battery Storage Core, an AA/AAA battery Storage Core, and a Bolt and Firing Pin Storage Core. Samson even makes a multitool shaped to fit the MOE grip. Of course, you can just open the door and stuff things in, as well. You know how in those spy movies, the spies always have some kind of poison capsule secreted away to take if they’re captured? Let’s say I’m wandering around in the woods and break my leg. Since you can never find a Saint Bernard when you need one*, I have found that Pocket Shots fit nicely in my Moe Plus Grip. No, I don’t intend to kill myself, but I do intend to be comfortable until I’m found. And before anyone gets upset – shooting and drinking don’t mix, so do one or the other, but not both at the same time.

Since it attracts attention to walk down the street here in Chicagoland with an AR, how does one stay close to his Magpul goodies when not at the range? If you have an iPhone 3, 4 or 4S, you can have the equivalent of a secret handshake when another Magpul fan sees your Magpul iPhone Case.

Magpul iPhone 4/4S Executive Field Case

It has design cues that remind you of the P-Mags, and it’s made from the same synthetic rubber material as the original Magpul loop. Have you seen some of the prices for iPhone cases? It’s a case, not a phone, already! This case costs $11.95 – $12.95, depending on the version, and you’re not going to see three other ones at a four-way stop. Gun guys (and gun girls) use this. Show your support for the shooting sports (tastefully and discretely) with this great case. Available in the season’s hot fashion colors – Black, OD green, Flat Dark Earth and Foliage Green… plus Orange (in case you get shot down over the ocean) and pink, in case – well, in case you want a pink iPhone case.

Pink.  Thought I was kidding, didn’t you?

The holidays are coming… seriously, what is your wife/girlfriend going to do with more jewelry? Nothing says “love” like a Magpul iPhone case. It helps if she has an iPhone, so you might want to check on that while you’re at it.

Speaking of gifts, if there’s that special someone on your list that just can’t get the hang of shooting from a helicopter, consider the Magpul Aerial Platform Operations DVD.  Professionally produced, with instructors Travis Haley and Chris Costa, the topics cover everything from budgeting, planning, and recon to search and rescue, maritime operations, and actually taking shots from the airborne platform.  Entertaining and informative, even if you don’t have access to a Bell 206 Jet Ranger.  And especially if you do have access.

For those of us who are earthbound, Magpul also has a line of DVD’s directed at anyone who wants to improve their problem solving skills, use a weapon system under stress and improve both speed and accuracy with Magpul Art Of Dynamic Handgun 4-disc set, Magpul Art Of Tactical Carbine Volume I 4-disc set, Magpul Art Of Tactical Carbine Volume II 4-disc set, or the Magpul Art of Dynamic Shotgun 3-disc set.  I own the handgun set and both the Tactical Carbine sets.  Short of dropping hundredss of dollars on the actual courses, this is the best instruction you’re likely to get, from guys who know what they’re talking about.  Learn something, and be entertained simultaneously.  You can’t beat it.

With the addition of Magpul to our site, my holiday shopping is done early this year.  I mean, I still need to buy stuff for other people, but my shopping is done.

Mark H.

* I’ve been lied to by cartoons:  According to wikipedia, the monks of the St. Bernard Hospice deny that any St. Bernard has ever carried casks or small barrels around their necks; they believe that the origin of the image is an 1820 painting by Edwin Landseer, perhaps Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveler (which became a popular engraving in 1931 by Charles Landseer). The monks did keep casks around for photographs by tourists.


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