Several months ago, TacShield shipped me one of their belts and a set of MOLLE-compatible magazine pouches. I found their belt to be sturdy enough for EDC use and very fashionable…as long as it remains covered by a nice collared shirt. It was also relatively affordable given what it offered. Their magazine pouches – both pistol and rifle – seem to be in the same league. Affordable, durable, and functional . . .
Rifle Magazine Pouches
TacShield produces three sized variations on two different styles of magazine pouches. The first style is a called the Universal Rifle Pouch and features a velcro flap retention system and can be adjusted to fit M16, FAL/M14, AK 47, SMG, and Surefire 60 rounders. I did not elect to go with this. Instead, I chose the second style, termed Speed Load. While not nearly as modular, these feature an open top mouth and retention is facilitated by a loop of shock cord. As you can see, I also elected to go with the three pouch version because America. This system only works with the 30 round M16 magazines, so if you run 20 or 10 rounders, this may not be the thing for you.
Getting these mounted to a MOLLE compatible carrier is easy enough, no harder than any other MOLLE accessory at least. The attachment system matched up perfectly with a non TacShield harness system, and once snapped in place, no tugging, pulling, yanking, or cursing could convince the pouch system to give up its grip. Out in the field, running and gunning, the shock cord did a fine job of keeping the magazines in place. The shock cord also includes a big Cordura tab that helps facilitate quick removal of the cord from the magazine. With a decent amount of practice, reloads are very quick. Magazine reinsertion is easy enough, but occasionally requires two hands as the pouch mouth can collapse a bit and you need to pull the shock cord out of the way.
These pouches like their Universal brethren are available in single, double, and triple versions. The outside also features MOLLE webbing allowing Kangaroo style layering of accessories. Cost for these ranges from $20.99 for the single mag version to $41.99 for the triple mag version tested here.
Pistol Magazine Pouches
The Pistol Magazine Pouch is styled after the Universal Rifle Pouch mentioned earlier. Like those, it features a Velco closure system that is adjustable in length to accommodate different length single and double stack magazines. The tallest magazine I own is a M&P 9 magazine with a base extension that allows it to take 20 rounds. I was easily able to adjust the length of the tabs to deal with this magazine. These closure tabs are also removable for those that want to run an open top mag pouch configuration for easier/faster reloads.
Like the rifle mag system, these attach via MOLLE compatible straps secured with a snap button closure. Again, try as I might, I couldn’t dislodge these pouches with vigorous tugging, pulling, and tearing. Speaking of abuse, worry not about the strength of the Velcro. I ran this pouch system upside down on the backside of my harness for Run n Gun. A little over four miles later, I returned to the base camp with exactly the same number of magazines I left with. Reloads in this configuration are very easy as the slick interior of the pouch makes for easy magazine extraction.
The TacShield Pistol Magazine Pouches come in three flavors corresponding to how many magazines you’d like to carry. These range in price from $22.99 for the single magazine version to $39.99 for the triple magazine version tested here.
Rating (out of five stars):
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How much can you say about a mag pouch really? Looking back, more than I thought, actually. These are very well thought-out items, evidenced by the fact that I had to do very little thinking to use them. I strapped them on my harness, and they carried by magazines around very securely. And when it came time to bring them to bear, there they were, easy to get at quickly, and efficiently. Looking at the rest of the market, these are on the higher end of the price spectrum, but for that money you get well thought out, sturdy pouches that work really well.