The results of the Israel Police long-term solicitation for M4/M16 magazines have shown that US magazine manufacturer MAGPUL, the world's largest polymer magazine manufacturer, won the tender via its representatives in Israel, North East Technologies Ltd. The tender for the new magazines was issued at the beginning of this year and included several categories (polymer and steel and/or aluminum magazines).
The polymer magazines MAGPUL will supply to the Israel Police are made from a very robust polymer compound and meet or exceed all US Mil-Spec criteria. Recently, the magazines manufactured by MAGPUL have been assigned an NSN number, a US Army part number that allows various US military branches to order this product directly through their own systems. This means that the polymer magazines will be supplied to a wider range of US military services and government agencies. Eventually, these magazines are expected to replace metal magazines in most branches of the US military.
The estimated value of the transaction with the Israel Police is approximately US$100,000 per year, for an unspecified number of years. The polymer magazines are considered more expensive than the standard aluminum or steel magazines, but due to their lower wear and higher reliability, the results of the long-term testing and evaluation process clearly proved that the costs of purchasing and replacing magazines decreased significantly.
The primary advantage of the polymer magazine compared to the standard metal magazine is the fact the user can visually identify any problem that might occur very promptly, thereby preventing any malfunction during operation, such as deformed magazine lips, which causes stoppages when a standard magazine is used.
"We are both proud and pleased that the Israel Police chose MAGPUL to be their supplier of polymer magazines for operational use in the coming years," said Ron Levinger, Marketing & Business Development Manager at North East Technologies LTD. "The use of polymer magazines alongside the metal magazines is a quantum leap for the Israel Police. The introduction of polymer magazines is one of several upgrades that were recently introduced to the operational units. The Israel Police and its various units are currently devoting considerable resources to updating and improving their tactical equipment. This trend includes the acquisition of new small arms and handguns, ammunition, optical sights, rocket launchers and night vision devices. We are certain that at the end of this process, the troopers of the Israel Police will be able to perform on a different level in everything related to their operational equipment, which of course will directly affect the security and sense of safety of the citizens of Israel."