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.
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.
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.
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.
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.