After getting some of the new Pmags as seen in my last review of them, I shot them and decided to hurt them a little before I made a final decision. Behind my house is a 50 foot rock cliff. I went to the top of the drop and tossed the Mags over the side and had some one throw them back up to me. Often this resulted in the mag not making it but 3/4 of the way up, then bouncing off the rock face and falling down. I did this about 20-25 times before my helpers arm got too tired.
I then took the mag and laid it on the drive way and dropped a huge piece of fire wood on the mag around 10 times. I let it fall free not putting extra effort into throwing it down.
After this, I ran over empty twice with my Jeep. I made sure the front with the engine and the most weight. went over the mag. I then kicked it around for 5 minutes and dropping it feed lips down onto the drive way from shoulder high close to 30 times.
The mag then fired 90 rounds fine. It locked back when it was supposed to and it fell free from the mag well just like you want. The feed lips did become marred and fuzzy looking ( only way to say it) but it did not effect performance. I did note the mag seemed a little harder to load but not so much to really worry. It is likely grit or something. Or, it is likely just all in my mind. Who knows? I am no scientist so if it keeps working after taking more abuse then reality would deliver, thats good enough for me.
I will not tel you the new gen 3 mag is some huge improvement over the older gen Pmags we all have. Other then the gripping surface. It is not all the different. It is however. just as tough and reliable as the other excellent mags they make. I love Pmags, but I have to tell you again, if you are going to pay a little more for a mag then what the cost of the older Pmag is, go with the Lancer AWM. But, if you love and trust magpul. you will be more then happy with the Gen 3. The grip surface is worth an extra buck or two to me. I do look forward t getting a new ranger plate that will work on the new mags though.