I’m a late convert to these.
I started using RS Pmags not long after I bought my first PTW in 2010. I’ve recently been lucky enough to have my original Tackleberry Pmags upgraded to the Super Float variant.
To retrieve a pouched Pmag, I’ve always relied on grabbing the flared floor plate at its base. That being said, I miss using Magpuls; the company’s original rubber loops which I used on OEM Systema steel mags. They gave additional purchase in a number of ways.
So, I thought Ranger Plates would be a safe bet.
The Ranger Plates came from Brownells UK in a poly bag, with a cardboard header.
Don’t get me started on ITAR. An example of bureaucracy gone mad in Magpul’s packaging:
There are two Ranger Plate versions available: Gen M2 (MOE) and Gen M3. I own M2 Pmags, which have been modded for the HK416 mag well.
Here’s the spiel:
Fitting Ranger Plates is really easy.
The original floor plate of a Tackleberried Pmag is held in place through downwards pressure from the mag’s follower/spring group, via a retaining tongue and groove. Just like Pmags in the wild.
Simply depress the tongue with a pen or other narrow implement and slide the floor plate off the mag. As the floor plate slides off, remember to keep the follower and spring captive.
Next, slide the Ranger Plate onto the mag, keeping the follower/spring group depressed until the plate has slid far enough to take the strain from the spring. At the end of its travel it will click into place, via the retaining tongue and groove. Solid.
Given that Ranger Plates effectively make mags longer, if you’re using flapped pouches there will be consequences.
Here are some examples of Pmags with Ranger Plates, in pouches with flaps of different lengths.
Left to right; First Spear, Blue Force Gear, 2CR:
Looking forward to using these.