Hexmag, maker of the innovative Hexmag line of AR-15/M-16 platform magazines, has created a unique, patented, tough, reliable magazine with some distinctive features and industry-first designs at a low-tech price. It all started in 2013 in Loveland, Colorado, when Aaron Schefter looked over the various AR magazines on the market and thought he could do better. Joining forces with George Brown (now President), Schefter began experimenting with various mold configurations and polymer compounds.
He modified various designs for some time and eventually arrived at a design that delivered form and function with a unique set of features needed for a state-of-the-art magazine.
To get a magazine to correctly lock up tightly in the firearm, feed reliably and add additional desired features such as a sturdy and functional slot for reliably charging the magazine from 10-round strippers was a real trick. The Hexmag duo worked through countless hours of design iterations and composite parings to get it to do all of this and operate correctly.
The Hexmag addresses several common issues.
Tipping, the condition that creates this problem came about originally with military metal magazines and then progressed to synthetic magazines, was solved by adding longer anti-tilt “legs.” The duo also decided to make the base plate locking button the same color as the follow, creating a selection of accessory follower and magazine floorplate colors to indicate type of ammunition such as tracer, ball, incendiary, hunting and even bullet weight and caliber. Even better, since the magazines also fit and feed the .300AAC Blackout, .458 SOCOM and .50 Beowulf rounds, it’s now easy to quickly know what caliber or load you have in the magazine.
Schefter and Brown saw numerous plastic and metal magazines across the board, none of which were durable. They decided on a proprietary, lightweight, fiber-reinforced polymer for theirs, naming it PolyyHex2 Advanced Composite. They also decided on high-tinsel strength stainless steel springs with an expainded metal memory, which is what’s used by law enforcement and military.
By Winter 2014, the modifying, tuning and testing were all completed and orders came quickly in the AR/M16 market. Less than two years later, a Series 2 magazine was releases, including numerous alterations.
Series 2 is a premium magazine that one could drive a heavy vehicle over (who does that in the real world?). It works incredibly well in many ways such as functioning the likes of .300 AAC Blackout, .458 SOCOM, and .50 Beowulf rounds and yet is easy to disassemble for cleaning and utilizes their patented unique HexID color coding features.
For more information on the Hexmag, call (970) 460-2000 or visit hexmag.com.