It is tougher than you might think to design a firearm magazine from scratch. The Hexmag actually began as a 3D printing exercise. 3D printers lay down layers of polymer material as controlled by a computer program to easily .manufacture complex shapes. So long as the proper materials are employed, the resulting components can be robust and remarkably intricate. Current Hexmag magazine bodies are built from a robust fiber-reinforced polymer material that will outlive you.
A uniform hexagonal pattern covers the magazine body to enhance your purchase when rushed or wet. The Hexmag sports anti-tilt followers that prevent the types of geometry-induced failures so common with early iterations of M16 magazines. Heat-treated 17-7PH stainless steel springs allow for fully loaded mags to be stored for long periods of time.
One nifty attribute of polymer as a construction material is the capacity to add colorants during the production process. Hexmag bodies are available in four different hues. The company’s HexID system offers eight different high-visibility colored floorplate disassembly buttons with corresponding followers. Unlike most other M16 magazines, Hexmags can be easily disassembled without tools. As a result, colored disassembly buttons and followers can be exchanged easily in the field. By color-coding your Hexmags with particular ammo types, you can instantly differentiate different loads in a range bag or magazine pouch.
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Hexmag also offers reduced- capacity 10- and 15-round magazines that share a common external geometry with the full-sized sorts as well as Hexmag Grip Tape, which consists of roughened hexagonal adhesive patches that can be applied to the corresponding spots in the mag body for extra gripping power.
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Modern operators might typically sport body armor, street clothes or protective masks, all of which can demand different buttstock geometries. With your collapsible buttstock set at different lengths, this geometry mechanically defines the angle with which your strong hand interfaces with your weapon. Too far in one direction and the gun feels unnatural. Too far in the other and your accuracy is compromised. Well, Hexmag understood this problem and engineered a novel solution.
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The Hexmag Advanced Tactical Grip (ATG) includes a base that mounts to your AR in the conventional fashion. Attached to this component is an indestructible fiber- reinforced pistol grip that can be set to different angles simply by loosening the mounting screw and ratcheting the grip. Thus, the ATG can be optimized for your particular kit.
The 17-degree position is best suited for AR pistols and close-range operations. The 25-degree setting is standard for ARs and will seem familiar to any experienced American gunman. The 33-degree position provides a more relaxed angle better suited for long-range rigs. The grip incorporates standard Hexmag hexagonal indentions that accept Hexmag Grip Tape. The ATG is user-installed and comes in black and Flat Dark Earth.
For more information, visit hexmag.com.
This article was originally published in “Tactical Weapons” May/June 2017. To order a copy, visit outdoorgroupstore.com.