Magpul Unveils Civilian Legal Version of FMG-9 – The FDP-9

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Magpul is finally releasing the FDP-9 – a product they first teased at SHOT Show 2008. IMG Magpul

U.S.A. -( In 2008, Magpul introduced a folding concept gun based on the Glock operating system. It deployed single-handedly from a compact, simple form factor into a short-barreled carbine that was easier to handle and easier to employ accurately than many typical handguns. It also provided its own safe storage method by folding into itself to form a case. At the time, this concept firearm was intended to be just that…a concept.

In 2019, ZEV Technologies released their OZ9 modular pistol, which is compatible with Glock-style operating systems, using a unique receiver block that’s independent of the pistol’s grip and allows users to change grip frames to suit their needs.

Shortly thereafter, Magpul and ZEV began working together to bring the folding gun concept to life using a proprietary variant of the ZEV OZ9 operating system and a Magpul chassis. Since then, we’ve been refining designs and obtaining the required legal approvals. The result: The ZEV Technologies Folding Defensive Pistol-9 (FDP-9) and Folding Defensive Carbine-9 (FDC-9), both offered in 9x19mm.

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Part of what makes the FDP-9 unique, is its ability to fold into a compact, portable package. IMG Magpul

The intent, with preliminary ATF approvals in place, is for ZEV Technologies to offer the FDP-9 firearm as a complete, large-format pistol. From there, the purchaser can enjoy the firearm as a self-enclosing large-format pistol. They may also choose to file the appropriate ATF Form 1 and, after approval, purchase a conversion kit to legally assemble it into the FDC-9. It will then be classified as a short-barreled rifle (SBR) and subject to all NFA laws. Although not certain at this time, the FDC-9 might also be offered straight from ZEV and would transfer to the purchaser as an SBR on an ATF Form 4 through their local dealer. The FDP-9 and FDC-9 will not be available from Magpul; they will be available from ZEV Technologies and through distributors and dealers that carry ZEV Firearms.

The ZEV FDP-9 and FDC-9 firearms won’t be ready until next year, but we wanted to share them with the world a little early. We’ve already crossed the most significant hurdles to bringing this concept to life, and we’ll be sharing a lot more about it throughout the upcoming year.

The ZEV Technologies FDP-9 and FDC-9. Brought to you by ZEV and Magpul. Coming in 2022.

About Magpul

Magpul was founded in 1999 with the intent of developing a simple device to aid in the manipulation of rifle magazines while reloading under stress. The company’s name comes from this original product called the Magpul. Over the last decade, Magpul has continued to grow and develop using much the same mission and process with a focus on innovation, simplicity, and efficiency.

To understand Magpul, one must first understand the root ideas that form the foundation of our company culture and design philosophy. These core principles have allowed us to maintain a course true to our original mission, and help explain how and why we do the things we do. Visit:

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That ambiguous term “Civilian Legal Version” has always confused and pissed me off. Anything the rouge and despotic government has, we should be able to have, too!

Miserable Wretch

Hobb’s gun from Robocop 2? You have my attention.

Big George

Will Magpul offer the FDC-9 in a CA legal version?!…OK!…OK!…go ahead and slap me!…I HAD to ask!!


How exactly are they going to make that “civilian legal”? I thought that any gun with a stock had to have a 16” barrel or longer. What are they going to do, have 12” of barrel sticking out of it or, will you have to register it with the fascist, unelected, alphabet agency as an SBR?


I would think they would just make the “stock” portion of the mechanism with a rear end that would qualify as an “arm brace” like the ones available for numerous other handguns. The various “Micro-Roni” style “chassis” available for the Glock pistols make a similar configuration, but lack the folding feature. Honestly, the major hurdle they might have to overcome is the AOW NFA classification for “disguised” guns. In the past ATF has said the gun has to be able to be fired in the “disguised” condition, thus carrying an UZI in a briefcase for example is perfectly legal. Having… Read more »