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Magpul Industries

Magpul Industries Corporation is an American designer and manufacturer of high-tech polymer and composite firearms accessories. The corporate headquarters is in Austin, Texas in the United States. Magpul Industries takes its name from its first product, the MagPul (which stands for "magazine puller"), an accessory for the STANAG magazines used by US and NATO armed forces, which aided users in pulling the magazine out of its pouch.

Magpul Industries Corporation
Private
IndustryFirearms
Founded1999 (1999)
FounderRichard M. Fitzpatrick
Headquarters
Headquarters in Austin, Texas
Key people
Richard Fitzpatrick, Mike Mayberry, Doug Smith
ProductsAccessories
ServicesConsulting, training
OwnerRichard M. Fitzpatrick
DivisionsMagpul Industries Corp., Magpul Core,
Websitewww.magpul.com

Originally based in Colorado, Magpul announced its intention to leave the state in 2013 when new gun control laws caused many of its products to become illegal in the state; it has relocated its factories to Wyoming and its offices to Texas.

BackgroundEdit

Magpul Industries Corp was founded in 1999 by Richard M. Fitzpatrick, a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance.[1] The company currently has two divisions: Magpul Industries, which manufactures firearms accessories etc.; and Magpul Core (formerly Magpul Dynamics), founded in 2008, which delivers firearms training, including instructional videos.[2]

Magpul primarily designs, manufactures and distributes polymer magazines, accessories and gun parts for the AR-15/M16/M4 family of rifles, AK-47 rifles, Remington 870 and Mossberg 500/590 12-gauge shotguns, and it has also expanded into the area of rifle chassis for the Remington 700, Ruger 10/22 and Ruger American Rifle, as well as standard- and large-capacity magazines for the Glock 17/19/26 pistols.

ChronologyEdit

 
Modified AR-15 with Magpul accessories

1999: Richard Fitzpatrick develops the original Magpul 5.56 and introduces it at NDIA.

2000: The Magpul 7.62 and Magpul 9mm are introduced.

2001: First Magpul patent, U.S. Patent 6,212,815, is awarded.

2002: First official military order (100 M93 stocks for the USMC.)

2003: Magpul moves out of Fitzpatrick's home to official offices. First employee, (now Chief operating officer) Doug Smith, is hired.

2004: The Magpul Ranger Plate, Self Leveling Follower, and MIAD (MIssion ADaptable Grip) are introduced.

2005: Additional magazine accessories are introduced, as well as the company's second stock; the PRS.

2006: Magpul receives its first official NATO Stock Number, and their products are featured in the movie Mission: Impossible III.

2007: The PMAG 30 (a synthetic magazine for the AR-15/M16s), UBR stock, and Masada Adaptive Combat Rifle are introduced at SHOT Show.

2008: The MOE (Magpul Original Equipment) line, Magpul PDR Concept, FMG9, and Magpul Massoud are introduced. Magpul Dynamics is formed.

2009: The EMAG ("Export Magazine"), designed to fit other STANAG 4179-compliant weapons such as the HK416 and SA80 aside from just the AR-15/M16, is introduced, as well as several other products such as the MBUS (Magpul Back-Up Sights).

2010: Magpul wins a bid with the UK Ministry of Defence for 1,000,000 EMAGs to be delivered over a four-year period.[3] Several new products are introduced; including the iPhone Field Case.

2011: The MBUS2 is introduced, and is also featured in promos for the game Battlefield 3.[4] First 100,000 EMAGs of the UK MOD contract are delivered to troops in Afghanistan.[5] Magpul sponsors a truck called "Bam-Bam" in the Breslau Adventure Rallye.[6]

2012: The PMAG 30 Gen 3 is released in fall as a synthetic magazine compatible for all STANAG 4179-type rifles, from AR-15 rifles to weapons that previously would need EMAGs.[7]

2015: The Hunter 700 ("Adjustable rifle stock"), designed to fit the Remington 700, short action, rifle, is introduced at SHOT Show in January 2015.

2016: Magpul was awarded an exclusive contract to manufacture magazines for the U.S. Marine Corps.[8]

Firearms accessoriesEdit

 
Magpul magazine pulls.
 
Magpul PMAG M16 STANAG magazine
 
Magpul CTR stock, PMAG and rail protectors in use on a M4 carbine in Iraq

Magazines and accessoriesEdit

 
Magpul D-60 drum. (Front and back.)

GripsEdit

  • Pistol grips
    • MOE®: "Magpul Original Equipment" grips for the AR-15/M4/M16/SR25/M110/AR-10 rifle systems
    • MOE-K®/K2®: "compact" version with an extremely low profile and a steeper, more vertical grip angle optimized for use on personal defense weapons
    • MOE® SL: "Slim Line" version with a thinner profile
    • MIAD®: "MIssion ADaptable" version with interchangeable front and rear straps for personalized hand fit to improve ergonomics
    • MOE AK®: for the AK-47/AK-74 rifle systems
  • Foregrips
    • MVG®/RVG®: Vertical foregrips
    • AFG®/AFG2®: An angled foregrip, designed by Chris Costa and Travis Haley of Magpul Dynamics as a "Theory Based Product,"[9] for RAS and RIS rail systems which allows an ergonomic and more natural hold for AR designs to increase accuracy and alleviate fatigue in the shooter's arm and wrist. Because it does not allow a "pistol-style grip" as defined in most jurisdictions, it is legal in many places where vertical foregrips may be classified as restricted features, such as California.

HandguardsEdit

  • AR-15/M4/M16/AR-10
    • MOE®
    • MOE SL®
  • AK-47/AK-74
    • MOE® AK/AKM
    • ZHUKOV/ZHUKOV-U
  • Shotguns

Rifle stocksEdit

  • AR-15/M16 buttstocks
    • M93 Stock — No longer manufactured under Magpul name, continued (with modifications) by former development partner ERGO as "F93 Pro"
    • UBR (Utility / Battle Rifle) Stock — Replaces the M93 stock, shares the proprietary buffer tube design with the F93 and M93 stocks.
    • MOE (Magpul Original Equipment) Rifle Stock[10] — A fixed stock for the AR-15 / M16.
      • MOE Carbine Stock — An adjustable stock for the M4 carbine.
    • ACS (Adaptable Carbine / Storage) Stock — An adjustable stock with 2 battery storage tubes and a storage compartment in the butt.
      • ACS-L (Adaptable Carbine / Storage - Light) Stock — A lighter and more slimline version of the ACS that lacks the battery storage tubes.
    • CTR (Compact / Type Restricted) Stock
    • STR (Storage / Type Restricted) Stock
    • PRS (Precision Rifle / Sniper) Stock — Highly adjustable, available for the AR-15/M16 and AR-10 systems.
  • AK-47/AKM buttstocks
    • MOE AK Stock — A fixed stock for stamped receiver AK type rifles.
    • Zhukov-S Stock — An adjustable, side-folding stock, with variants for standard and Yugoslav AK rifles with stamped receivers.
  • Buttstocks for other weapons
  • "Hunter" series stocks — traditional-style bolt-action rifle stocks.
    • Hunter 700 Stock — An adjustable stock compatible with all Remington 700 short-action rifles, made with a cast aluminium bedding block surrounded by reinforced polymer.
      • Hunter 700L Stock — An adjustable stock compatible with all Remington 700 long-action rifles.
    • Hunter X-22 Stock — An adjustable stock compatible with the Ruger 10/22 rifles.
      • Hunter X-22 Takedown Stock — An adjustable stock compatible with the Ruger 10/22 takedown rifle.
      • Hunter X-22 Backpacker Stock — An adjustable, compact stock compatible with the Ruger 10/22 takedown rifle.
    • Hunter American Stock — An adjustable stock compatible with the Ruger American Rifle models.
  • "Pro" series chassis
    • Pro 700 Rifle Chassis — A fully ambidextrous tactical-style chassis with folding buttstock, adjustable pistol grip, butt pad and cheek rest, compatible with all Remington 700 barreled actions and AICS-pattern magazines.

SightsEdit

  • MBUS: Stands for "Magpul Back-Up Sight", low cost, polymer folding back up iron sights. Can be attached to any MIL-STD 1913 rail.
  • MBUS Pro: "Magpul Back-Up Sight Pro", folding, Melonite-finished all-steel back up sight. Dual aperture, windage adjustable rear and tool-less, elevation adjustable front.
    • MBUS® Pro Offset Sight
    • MBUS® Pro LR Adjustable Sight
    • MBUS® Pro Enhanced Front Sight Post

Sling and accessoriesEdit

  • Slings
    • MS1®/MS1® QDM
    • MS3®
    • MS4®
    • RLS: "Rifleman Loop Sling"
  • Mounts
    • RSA®
    • MSA®: "MOE Sling Attachment"
    • SGA®
    • ASAP®: "Ambidextrous Sling Attachment Point"
    • PRS® QD Footman's Loop
    • Sling Mount Kit
    • Forward Sling Mount

Rail accessoriesEdit

Other accessoriesEdit

  • AR-15/M4/M16
    • Magpul® Suppressor Cover
    • MOE® Trigger Guard
    • Magpul® Enhanced AR Magazine Release
    • B.A.D. Lever®: "Battery Assist Device", a metal lever device that attaches to the standard AR-15 bolt catch and circles under the rifle's lower receiver and into the trigger guard, allowing the right-handed operation of the bolt catch with the trigger finger.
  • Magpul® Bipod: available for the 1913 Picatinny, M-LOK, A.R.M.S.® 17S and sling swivel stud interfaces
  • Magpul® GL Enhanced Magazine Well for Glock 17/Glock 19
  • SSG™ Selector Set for FN SCAR MK16/16s
  • Magpul® Armorer's Wrench for AR-15/M4
  • BEV™ Block: "Barrel Extension Vise", an all-in-one, compact vise block tool for AR-15/M4 assembly operations of barrel nuts, flash hiders, etc.
  • Speedthreader™ Web Gear for MOLLE/PALS webbings
  • Magpul Core™ Precision Rifle Data Book and Magpul Core™ Quick Reference Rifle Cards

Complete firearmsEdit

Magpul MasadaEdit

First introduced to the public at the 2007 SHOT Show, the Magpul Masada began as an evolutionary upgrade to the AR-15/M16 rifle, but the only parts that retain commonality with the standard AR-15 and M16 rifle are the barrel, fire control group (trigger pack), and front sight post.[11][12]

In January 2008, the design of the Magpul Masada was licensed to Bushmaster Firearms International and the civilian version of the Masada is known as the Bushmaster ACR.[13]

Magpul MassoudEdit

A cancelled prototype, the Magpul Massoud was a 7.62mm caliber semi-automatic rifle with the possibility of other calibers (.300WM, .338 Calibers). A prototype was test fired, and strongly resembles the Magpul Masada.[14] It may use of some of the same parts as the ACR, including stocks and possibly forearms. Details of the operating system are closely guarded, however it is believed to be a short stroke gas piston operation, and use 7.62×51mm NATO 20-round variants of the Magpul PMag. It uses a Mil-std 1913 rail system with monolithic receiver. The name was chosen in honor of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the famous resistance leader of the Afghani Northern Alliance who was killed two days prior to the 9/11 attacks.[15] A new prototype rifle based on the Massoud, the FOX-42 from Kinetic Research Group is in development.[16]

Magpul PDREdit

The Magpul PDR is a conceptual 5.56mm caliber personal defense weapon which utilizes a bullpup design principle. The weapon uses STANAG magazines and fire the same type of ammunition as the M16. The purpose of the Magpul PDR is to better arm support personnel who would normally carry M9 pistols without adding any strain to current armed forces logistics with proprietary ammunition.

Magpul FMG-9Edit

Magpul designed a folding 9mm submachine gun similar to the ARES FMG which was first publicly unveiled at the 2008 SHOT Show. The prototype unveiled by Magpul utilized a Glock pistol as the core of the weapon.[17]

Political advocacyEdit

Boulder AirliftEdit

In response to Colorado House Bill 1224, Magpul started giving Colorado residents priority in ordering 20- and 30-round PMAGs. They stated: “In the battle for Colorado Freedoms, support for second amendment rights is being delivered by Magpul Industries Corporation. Fielded in the millions by US and its allies since 2007, the PMAG is the magazine of choice for those defending freedom and democracy around the world…Now, with the ability of Coloradans to purchase new standard capacity magazines in jeopardy, Magpul Industries is working to supply as many as possible to the good people of Colorado. Similar to the Berlin Airlift, the Boulder Airlift will bring much-needed gun supplies to freedom-loving residents trapped inside occupied territory.”

Farewell to Arms Freedom FestivalEdit

In response to Colorado's magazine ban, the group Free Colorado organized the "Farewell to Arms Freedom Festival" to raise funds for recall efforts against several Colorado politicians involved with its passage.[18] Magpul donated 20,000 magazines to Free Colorado for the event.[19] Of those, 1,500 were given away for free to the first 1,500 individuals over the age of 18 to arrive at the event.[20] The event drew thousands of supporters.[21]

RelocationEdit

On January 2, 2014, Magpul announced that it was moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyoming and its corporate headquarters to Austin, Texas.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Urie, Heath. "Erie company takes aim at weapons market", "Daily Camera", January 1, 2010, accessed August 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Magpul Industries Corp. "Magpul Brand Family", accessed August 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Level Peaks Associates. "Level Peaks Associates Deliver Lightweight EMAG 30-Round 5.56 NATO Polymer Magazines For Use By The British Army In Current SA80 Weapons" Archived September 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, October 27, 2010, accessed August 21, 2010.
  4. ^ Magpul Industries Corp. "MBUS Pops up on Battlefield 3 Promos" Archived September 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, accessed August 21, 2011.
  5. ^ Ministry of Defence. "Troops in Afghanistan get new lightweight rifle magazines", "Defence news", January 19, 2011, accessed August 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Magpul Industries Corp. "Magpul sponsors truck in Breslau Rallye June 26th - July 2, 2011 Wroclaw, Poland to Dresden, Germany" Archived September 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, accessed August 21, 2011.
  7. ^ a b New Magpul PMAG 30 GEN M3 - Thefirearmblog.com, September 26, 2012
  8. ^ "Magpul, which left Colorado in protest, to supply Marines with ammunition magazines". Denver Post. December 23, 2016.
  9. ^ ar15com. YouTube - "AR15.Com 2010 SHOT Show - Magpul Dynamics Theory Based Products", January 20, 2010, accessed August 21, 2011.
  10. ^ Graves, Eric. "Magpul Products Sneak Peek", "Soldier Systems Daily", August 6, 2012, accessed October 10, 2012.
  11. ^ Johnston, Gary Paul. "Magpul Masada ACWS 5.56mm", "Special Weapons for Military & Police", April 2008, accessed August 21, 2011.
  12. ^ Crane, David. "MagPul Masada Adaptive Combat Weapon System (ACWS) Makes Its Debut", "Defense Review", January 24, 2007, accessed August 21, 2011.
  13. ^ Crane, David. "MagPul Masada Rifle/Carbine Becomes the Bushmaster Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR)", "Defense Review", February 22, 2008, accessed August 21, 2011.
  14. ^ Magpul. YouTube - "Magpul Massoud Test Fire", February 13, 2008, accessed August 21, 2011.
  15. ^ Magpul. YouTube - Magpul commenting their video as to the origin of the Massoud name, accessed June 11, 2012.
  16. ^ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2015/01/20/krg-fox-42-precision-rifle-magpul-massoud-revenant/
  17. ^ Crane, David. "MagPul FMG9: Prototype 9mm Folding Submachine Gun", "Defense Review", February 22, 2008, accessed August 21, 2011.
  18. ^ Free Colorado. Accessed July 5, 2013.
  19. ^ Patane, Matthew. "Free Magpul Magazines Draw Thousands Ahead of Colorado Ban." June 29, 2013. Accessed July 5, 2013
  20. ^ Patane, Matthew. "Free Magpul Magazines Draw Thousands Ahead of Colorado Ban." June 29, 2013. Accessed July 5, 2013
  21. ^ Urbanski, Dave. "'Farewell to Arms Freedom:' 1,500 High-Capacity Gun Magazines Given Away at Colo. Fest Before Ban Takes Effect." The Blaze. June 30, 2013. Accessed July 5, 2013.
  22. ^ "US gun magazine producer to leave Colo. over gun laws". Fox News. January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.

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