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The Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate is magazine puller, which replaces the floorplate on the real 5.56x45 PMAG/EMAG for AR/M4 carbines. That's right, it's made for real guns. When equipped on the magazine, "the PMAG Ranger Plate provides unsurpassed speed and control during high stress, tactical magazine changes." These are direct substitute for the 550 paracord loop fastened to the bottom of magazines by the military forces. From the looks of their design, it's easy to see that they provide more stable control of magazine changes than the original para-cord concept.
Although the Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate is made for real gun magazines, they work perfectly well on the airsoft PMAG/EMAG replica. This article provide a run down of the Ranger Plate on various airsoft magazines.
The Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate comes in a package of three (see photo above). The manual for their installation is actually inside the cardboard backing. Based on U.S. law, the instruction for military firearms cannot be shown to foreigners. In the case of the Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate, installation instruction is not really necessary, because you are just pulling the existing floorplate off the magazine and sliding the Ranger Plate onto the magazine base. It's even easier to perform on the airsoft magazine, because it doesn't have the locking tab that exists on the real magazine. The photo below shows the molding of the Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate from all sides.
The photo below shows the Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate on an airsoft Magpul EMAG 30 round magazine. The magazine is made out of polymer, while the Ranger Plate is made of extremely tough rubber. The Ranger Plate can break the fall of the magazine onto concrete floor in a speed change situation.
The photo below shows what the Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate and the Magpul EMAG 30 on the APS ASR106 airsoft gun looks like.
Overall, the Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate is an excellent accessory, because it lets you perform fast standard reload. The process is: 1) pull a new magazine out of your vest with two fingers; 2) pull the old magazine out of your rifle with two other fingers; 3) load the new magazine into the gun; 4) tuck away the old magazine into your vest. You can do all that with the gun sight on the enemy.
We took the Emag 30 and the PMAG ranger plate to an indoor CQB airsoft field locally, twice. The combination works great. We were able to reload using the exact technique earlier. However, by the second time we went to this facility, the Ranger Plate had loosen enough to where they were sliding out half way during magazine changes. They haven't completely slid off yet, but it's inevitable at some point.
The solution is to glue these plates unto the magazines to prevent them from coming off. There usefulness certainly justify being permanently attached. The only concern is that maybe the magazines will wear out one day, while the the plates can be reused. Maybe some white glue is the best compromise.
It's possible to slide the Magpul PMAG Ranger Plate onto a standard metal M16 magazine, such as the airsoft version shown in the photo below. The plate is extremely tight on the magazine, so there is no slipping. It's also rather easy to slide off with some force, when you want it off. The only problem is that the round end of the Ranger Plate won't match the rectangle shape of the magazine, so it sticks out.
Magpul makes Ranger Plates for USGI magazines, so it's better to get those Ranger Plates. It does require a bit of a modification to the airsoft USGI magazine. But it's not too hard and once you get it attached, the magazine looks great. We have a review article and modification steps for the Magpul USGI Ranger Plate on this web site. Please refer to that article.