Magpul Maglink

Magpul has become synonymous with high quality accessories and furniture for the AR-15 market. Stopping by their booth I was surrounded by familiar items, and a brand new one as well. The new Magpul Maglink, an AR-15 magazine coupler.

Magpul Maglink

The Maglink has the following features:

  • Made from the same polymer material as other Magpul accessories.
  • Incredibly lightweight – even with two P-Mags inside.
  • First version will be for 5.56mm/.223 magazines only.
  • Easy attachment/detachment using two standard screws on the back side.
  • Notched to easily fit P-Mags with the raised straps on the magazine base.
  • Will work with aluminum or steel magazines.
  • Available this summer from Magpul and approved distributors.
  • MSRP – $16.99.

Loosen the screws to allow the magazines to slide into the coupler. When you have them in the desired position simply tighten the screws. For most who use a coupler, one magazine is secured slightly higher than the other. This helps in making magazine transitions easier.

One thing I noticed about the Maglink as opposed to other couplers, is that this coupler has an incredibly tight feel to it. I’ve used metal couplers before, even ones with a retention lever, but there always seemed to be a little play in them. Especially at the top of the magazines where there is less support. Not so with the Maglink. It felt as if the two magazines and the Maglink were made as one item.

Magpul Maglink

WHY USE A MAGAZINE COUPLER?

A magazine coupler has many advantages, but realistically may be more suited to military and law enforcement use. Perhaps a civilian in a shooting contest might find some use in the coupler, but for the most part civilian shooters will probably be fine with a single magazine.

The magazine coupler allows the shooter to secure two magazines together. With that configuration a shooter has opened a wide range of options in shooting situations.

  • The shooter has doubled their readily available ammunition. Does not require fumbling for a replacement magazine stashed in a pouch. This is great for prolonged shooting situations, or when the zombies attack.
  • In many tactical situations a shooter may be partially through shooting one magazine’s load, but the gunfight is still hot and heavy. With the magazine coupler, the shooter can switch from the partial magazine over to the full magazine in literally a second. The partial magazine is still right there and available if you run the full magazine dry.
  • In a much less needed feature, you could load each magazine with a different load and rapidly transition between the two. For instance, a target behind some kind of hardened barrier could be engaged with solid core bullets from one magazine. To inflict maximum terminal effect on open targets, the other magazine could be loaded with ballistic tipped bullets or some other soft-tipped bullet.
Magpul Maglink

There are many items on the market that can be advertised as “Tacti-cool”. And that’s about all that can be said for them.

Magpul is definitely “Tacti-cool”, but they also produce products that are based in solid shooting principles. Having Special Forces operators in key positions in the company, you know they are more concerned about producing practical items, rather than fancy stuff. And they are constantly applying feedback from the users in the field for improving or creating new products. From their tremendously popular P-Mag, to their MBUS folding sights, to their variety of rifle stocks, Magpul has excelled in producing winners.

Magpul Maglink

I must admit that I’m a huge fan of Magpul products, and have several items myself. I use Magpul P-Mags at work and at home, and my S&W M&P15 came tricked out in Magpul Flat Dark Earth furniture. The Maglink is another great product. I’ll be owning one as soon as they hit the stores this summer.

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About Aaron

Aaron is a sergeant with a midwestern police department, where he serves as a trainer, supervisor and SWAT sniper. In addition to his broad tactical knowledge, Aaron is an experienced hunter using bow and both modern and blackpowder firearms.

Comments

  1. IMHO, it may actually be of more use to a civilian than to LEO/military (who are usually better set up for reloads).

    If I were using my carbine for home defense I would keep it staged with a magazine coupler. That way if I do have to grab it, there is atleast one reload there waiting, and I dont have to worry about grabbing an extra mag or two along with the rifle. It would also be a great asset for a truck/trunk gun.

    Better safe than sorry.

  2. Gunmart Blog,

    You make some sound arguments, and I appreciate your comments very much. The home defense coupled magazine concept is sound thinking. Having a reload with you from the get go is spot on, especially if you are jumping out of bed and don’t have pockets for an extra magazine.

    I know the LE and military guys that run coupled magazines love them – especially the less than 1 second reload! Even though they probably have a carrier of some kind with multiple reload magazines, it’s always better to have a magazine sitting right next to the rifle when the time comes. So why not on a civilian rig?! RIght on, I like the way you think!

    Aaron

  3. Hey readers, I have now purchased one of the Maglinks and have installed it on a pair of magazines. The fit is very strong, as the design has grooves for the magazine ridges to fit securely in. Installment was fast and easy, less than 5 minutes. Though heavier, I’m looking forward to having super fast mag changes.

    One note of importance that was not mentioned in the literature at the NRA Show – the Maglink DOES NOT fit the Gen I models of Pmags! The Maglink is designed for the Gen 2 or Gen 3 model Pmags, that have a slightly different box ridge pattern on the sides of the magazines.

    • Dream Plastics makes a coupler that supposedly fits the Magpul Gen 1 magazines. Cost seems to be somewhere in the $20′s, which is what you have to pay for a Maglink nowadays.

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