Being the host of the AR-15 Podcast, I was asked by the Powers That Be over at the Firearms Insider to take a look at a new MSR magazine offering manufactured by Hexmag. I examined the magazines that arrived and was struck by the feel of these new magazines. They feel substantial and more durable than some of the lesser quality magazines on the market today. I think we all know who the 800 pound gorilla in the room is when it comes to polymer magazines, and these seemed quite comparable. Sure, they don’t have the years of experience working with polymer that the top dog has, but for a first offering, these magazines are real nice. One of the chief features that seems to distinguish these magazines from the pack is the inclusion of a purpose designed interchangeable follower/latchplate system called the HexID Color Identification System. The intent of HexID seems geared to give end users the ability to color code their magazines for quick visual differentiation when they are loaded with different ammunition types or even different calibers. I like to see manufacturers who are willing to push the envelope and defy convention.
My time at the range with the Hexmags proved to my satisfaction that their design and manufacture was on par with my expectations for any magazine. They were reliable and I had no difficulties that were in any way attributable to the magazines. I don’t want you to think that I torture tested these magazines, because I didn't. I looked through some of the promotional material and a few YouTube sources. There doesn't appear to be anything earth shattering to indicate poor design or poor materials performance, so I didn't think I could add anything productive by undertaking my own torture tests.
One last thing that I think is important to note is that Hexmag offers a lifetime warranty on these magazines. I think you must applaud any company that is willing to stand by the products they manufacture.
The only criticism I have about the magazines is one that has absolutely nothing to do with their quality or capabilities. While I applaud Hexmag’s innovation and creativity, I don’t know why I need the HexID system. It seems like a solution that was searching for a problem. In the past I've never felt such a compelling need to differentiate my magazines that I had to seek out a DIY solution for my magazines. Now don’t get me wrong, I would spend my hard earned money on these magazines. I just wouldn't spend money on the different colors of follower/latchplate sets.
I still like where Hexmag was going with the design and implementation of the HexID system and to me that says a great deal about Hexmag’s potential and capabilities. With novel innovations and a willingness to stretch envelopes, I have no doubt Hexmag has the potential to innovate in ways that will attract even more fans. So in conclusion, I don’t think you can go wrong buying Hexmag HX30-AR magazines.
Firearms Insider Reviews ‑ 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Interchangeable follower/latchplate system: HexID Color Identification System
Target Market: Owners of AR-15 rifles that can use STANAG magazines.
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- Impact Resistant Fiber-reinforced Nylon Polymer Construction
- Raised Hexagon Pattern for Improved Manipulation
- Tool-free Latchplate Design for Quick Disassembly
- HexID Color Identification System
- Lifetime Warranty
- Made in the USA!
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Color coded magazines using HexID
What others are saying?: "In sum, my impression of the HX30-AR magazine was a very positive one. While I wouldn’t suggest PMag owners selling off their stock and buying a pile of new HX30-ARs, I think I might choose the HX30-AR over the Gen M2 Pmag if I were looking to buy new magazines." ‑ Nathaniel F, The Firearms Blog
I need it now! Availability: The HexMag Magazine is available right now at Apex Gun Parts
+-Reliable +-Reasonably Priced +-Sturdy Construction +-Good Materials +-Lifetime Warranty
- HexID just doesn’t seem like a compelling feature