The MagPod is an aftermarket PMAG floor plate replacement that allows you to turn your magazine effectively into a monopod.
Get it? MAGazine + monoPOD = MagPod.
The installation of the MagPod is extremely simple to install on any Generation 2 or older Magpul PMAG or EMAG, but not possible on the newer Magpul M3 PMAG, which was initially frustrating to install upon (non-existent) as I didn’t get the memo of the latter.
The front edge of the MagPod allows a forward lean of the rifle and provides enough real estate against the ground to prevent an uneven feeling or sideways wobble. The bottom dimple-looking pad, which is made out of an unknown rubberesque material provides a good less-slip surface. I say less-slip and not non-slip because with enough forward force, nearly any surface will slip, so I do not want to be misleading.
I appreciate the feature of the front “leg” of the base pad and how it is hollowed out on the sides. Intentional in engineering or not, the hollowed out sides not only reduce the weight of the MagPod, but afford the user some leverage to get their meat hooks onto while drawing the magazine from a pouch.
Though there is no technical data or a completed webpage to reference right now on the specifics of the MagPod, their Facebook page has been providing some insight into the process that has been in the works for a few years.
Below is an image of an earlier prototype of the MagPod that I took back at the 2013 SHOT Show. Notice the change in the forward “leg” padding?
Though there has been some heartburn over MagPod’s release date being pushed back, I think that the difference in the forward pad should be worth the wait. Manufacturers can update, modify, and change a product 1,000 times after it is released and customers have complained on why they didn’t like a product or why they will never buy from that company again. That same manufacturer only gets one chance to release its product to the world and to ensure it is right before it goes out is admirable. We would have a hell of a lot less recalls and warranty problems if more companies took this stance.
So for those of you who have been patiently awaiting the MagPod to hit the stores, your long wait may be coming to a close. As of a Facebook post from a few days ago, their latest release date is looking to be around the beginning of September 2014. I hope that date holds true as it would be nice to be able to pick up a few more.