Actually, the Ranger floorplates only reduce your capacity by one and will not even reduce it by one if you use them in conjunction with a Magpul follower.
However, if you use heavy-duty mag springs from SAW or Wolff +10%, that combined with the Ranger plate will reduce your capacity by two (or by one with the Magpul follower).
The idea behind the Ranger plate was to provide a Magpul product that could work in standard mag pouches that were too tight for the slip over mag product. I have a few of the Ranger plates and so far, I haven't found them all that useful for speeding mag changes. The regular Magpuls are a a little easier to get hold of; but they haven't really sped up my times either.
They are useful for color-coding your mags to identify different ammo types and using the "magazine as monopod" technique though.
September 16, 2004, 10:55 AM
Many Mag Pouches are very tight, or very packed in, the USGI 3-mag pouch is never fun to get a mag out of with all 3 in, so the Magpul is a commercial variation of the duct-tape-and-paracord-loop design that does the same thing, and also cushions the mag when you drop it in a reload so the mag baseplate doesn't take a hard whack and come off, causing spontaneous mag disassembly (bad if you plan on reusing them).
September 16, 2004, 11:08 AM
The new hot accessory is "ranger plates" that replace your floorplate but reduce your magazince capacity by two.
Reduce your magazine capacity by two? That's only 28 BGs per mag, 29 if I Barney up. I'm not sure I can afford it.
September 16, 2004, 11:39 AM
Another thing they do is speed up and simplify doing the dreaded "Tactical Reload".
Obviously with a handgun, you grab a magazine out of your pouch, move your hand up under the mag well and dump the old magazine. The general idea is to hit your palm is such a way that you can pivot the partial magazine between two fingers where it is held and you insert the full magazine. Obviously a rifle magazine is considerably bigger than a handgun magazine and doing a true tactical reload is difficult without dropping anything. With a Mag-Pul, you stick your little finger through the loop and punch out the old mag.
PLEASE let's not turn this into a discussion about the pros and cons of doing a tactical reload, just know that if you intend to do one, a mag pul will make it easier. If you don't, it doesn't matter.
September 16, 2004, 01:33 PM
Instead of using 100mpg tape, just stick the pieces of para cord under the base plate. If you're having trouble getting the plates back on, pull the white string out from the middle of the cord, as you don't really need the extra strength given by it and that will make the cord compress down more.
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