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Been tinkering with this again today.
I decided to jerry rig some kangaroo style ammo pouches for the rig and have it on the left and right of the main map pocket.
Something similar to the LBT 2645 Insert (seen here http://www.optactical.com/lbt263m4inbu.html
My initial plan was to get some ITW Fastmag's and stick some sticky velcro on the fastmag and call it a day.
The pocket was too tight to accomadate the Fastmag so that idea was out of the window.
Then a small lightbulb lit up in my head when I saw my roll of camping mat.
Since this was still very much a spur of the moment thing, I figured it couldnt hurt to make a quick mock up using the camping mat. And as camping mat is a lot more flexible and absorbent than Kydex, I shouldnt have problems fitting it into the limited space of the internal pocket.
The plan was to cut a simple rectangular strip (the same width as the magazine), fold it in half, attach some sticky back velcro and then use that as the insert.
I was going to wrap the mat with 100mph tape so that it would make the whole thing stiffer and give it some protection from the corners of the mags ripping it etc.
Having done this, I realised that there was enough room around the sides for the mag to fall out of the "insert", therefore a new revision of the insert with side walls was needed..
So I made a "T" shaped insert and gave it the same tape treatment as before with the tape and that seems to have done the trick.
There was obviously no magazine retention at all with a ghetto mod like this so I had to think of a solution for this as well.
At the top of each of the internal pockets, there are webbing tabs sewn on to aid the user in separating the 2 halves of the pocket. I decided to rig up a shock cord & webbing combo similar to those seen on a TT Shingle and that is currently working very well.
The "mod" was just done for shits and giggles to be honest, but it's not without its advantages.
- I can reload from the prone position without having to move my torso at all
- Because of the shock cord retention, the reloads are much quieter due to the lack of velcro.
Pics for anyone interested!
Here is a picture of the "inserts", the first version is on the right. The one on the left was a really quick mock up to see if it would work
The top of the side mags sit about 1" under my armpits now, which I'm not sure if I like or not. They don't seem particularly cumbersome or restrictive but it's definitely different