It takes a good angle to stick out in the world of Ar15 magazines these days. The tug-of-war between Magpul and USGI aluminum mags hasn’t left a lot of room for newer or smaller competitors to make their way in the market. Hexmag’s 30-round mag’s visually distinctive grip pattern and use of the hexagonal-cut grip tape let these bullet boxes shine unique. The first of these went up for sale in early 2014. Since then, the brand has gained some national attention and is a known name to many people.
Just the facts Ma’am. The body of the magazine is made from fiber reinforced polymer with a hexagonal grip pattern on the outside. The spring is heat treated 17-7 ph stainless steel, pushing an anti-tilt follower. The “Hex-ID” system consists of colored followers and baseplates, allowing for easy visual identification of different ammo types or weights. The company sells pre-cut grip tapes that fit right inside the hexagonal grip shapes on the body of the magazine. This is designed to be a tool-less disassembly for cleaning, repair or replacement of different colored Hex-ID parts.
When it came time to test, the Hexmag didn’t disappoint. I don’t ask much of mags, just that they keep feeding rounds one at a time when they’re supposed to. I want them to do this, regardless of what I do. I’m not into driving over my mags with an Abrahms tank to test their durability. I shoot them, kick them on the rocks, in the dirt, mud and muck, then shoot them again. In the video below, I’m kicking the Hexmag around on a gravel road. I kicked it about 6 times before getting it on video, wanting to get it to roll just right. The magazine was scratched and scraped as I expected, but no rounds were lost while it was tumbling down the road and the magazine still functioned flawlessly. In the entire day spent shooting with the Hexmag (shoot, load, kick, shoot etc..), I didn’t lose a single round nor have a single malfunction. The polymer used in construction feels a little slick to me, though this is mitigated by the hexagonal grip pattern.
I found Hexmag’s 30 rounder to be reliable and durable. Whether shooting 300 BLK or 223/5.56, this mag didn’t miss a beat. A quick google search shows these selling for $7.99. At a price competitive with the big name bullet box makers on the market, I’d say its worth giving Hexmags a shot, pun very much intended.
is an Alaskan Expatriate living in Oregon with his beloved family. Growing up on commercial fishing vessels, he found his next adventure with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. After 5 tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he roamed about the west coast becoming a commercial diver, rated helicopter pilot instructor (CFII) and personal trainer before becoming a staff writer with Loadoutroom.com
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