Troops in Afghanistan get new lightweight rifle magazines
19 Jan 11
More than 100,000 new state-of-the-art lightweight SA80 rifle magazines have arrived in Afghanistan to be used by troops fighting on the front line.
30-round Magpul EMAG magazine
The 30-round Magpul EMAG magazine is around half the weight of a standard metal magazine and helps reduce the weight that soldiers have to carry in their kit.
Made from a polymer, the EMAG weighs 130g compared to its metal equivalent of 249g. Troops carry up to 12 magazines, so this change means each carries around one kilogramme less weight in total than before.
When I had my boots on in the 70s we were asking for kit like this for the old SLR and SMG which was notorious for misfires and jamming in dusty conditions. Procurement is a joke.