Bipods are a contentious thing for ARs. Some people slap them on guns that make no sense, and some know how to properly utilize them. They bring stability to the gun, but generally add a lot of weight, and break the balance of the gun. There is a happy medium here though, in the form of the MagPod.
What Are MagPods?
The MagPod is a fairly simple concept: make it easier to monopod off the magazine that's already in the gun. They attached to Gen 2 PMAGs, replacing the factory baseplate with the monopod device. Simple as that, and now you are ready to monopod the gun easier. MagPods are sold in packs of three, and much like the Model T, are only available in black until recently when tan was added.
The MagPods feature a rubberized foot, that grips into whatever surface you are monopodding on. I've heard some refer to it as the "tactical high-heel", as it adds some flash to the magazine.
These are a simple addition to the rifle, as they really only do a single thing, without seemingly having any drawbacks. Do they really work though, and are they durable?
Is The MagPod Worth Buying?
Over the testing period, I had my MagPods mounted on my three range magazines. I've got piles of Gen 2 PMAGs, so unless I am testing out other mags, I am using these. I don't baby my magazines while out shooting; they get forced into guns, ripped out of them, and always hit the deck when I'm shooting or running a drill. I'm happy to report no issues whatsoever with the MagPods. No breakages, no shearing, just great usage.
The rubberized textured foot worked great, providing traction on gravel, sand, grass, and carpet during the testing period. No malfunctions occurred during the testing period either, despite heavy monopodding on the guns.
The MagPods add a little extra length to the mags, but nothing crazy. They actually helped when pulling the mags from pouches, due to the extra area to grab onto.
A side effect of having MagPods is they allow you to stand the gun upright. This is useless for anything but taking photos, but I'll be damned if I don't mention it here.
Would I Recommend The MagPod?
The MagPods have no appreciable downsides, and only help to further the ease of use of the AR. I highly recommend these, especially if you are sitting on a pile of Gen 2 PMAGs, (like most of us are). These are a little pricey at over $7.00 per MagPod, but I think that they bring enough to the table to be a worthwhile purchase.
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