Does it seem as though we have done a good number of Rifle Mag pouches made from Kydex? Well there is a reason for this: we want to make you, the consumer, aware of your options. Trojan Tactical’s Rifle Mag Pouch is the fourth and final Kydex mag pouch that we currently have lined up.
Trojan Tactical’s Kydex Rifle Mag Pouch is molded to a standard GI mag, and is limited in application to either MALICE clips or a set of belt loops (adapters come secured to the back of the pouch). As seen in the image, there are two types of pouches which are built completely different. On the left is Tro Tac’s original design, which has the ability to be stackable, if the consumer notifies Tro Tac at the time of purchase. This is a two-piece mold, which is done around a single magazine and secured by rivets. The belt loop adapters are also made of Kydex, and are secured by machine screws. The second and newer (not available on Tro Tac’s online store yet) style of pouch is a single piece of Kydex folded and molded around a standard GI mag. The pouch is secured by two machine screws which can be adjusted for depth of magazine.
Let’s start with Tro Tac’s original Rifle Mag Carrier. As I stated before, the pouch is two standalone pieces of Kydex, pressed and molded around a standard GI mag. To start, I know of a good number of methods for creating a clean pressed seam on a Kydex carrier. By no means am I anything more than a trigger puller when it comes to the production of Kydex gear, but I do know that each method should produce a clean, almost seamless edge, with no gap between each piece of Kydex. This is not the case with Tro Tac’s Gen 1 carrier. The bottom edge of the carrier was not sealed fully. That being said, the carrier also lacks a weep hole, which in past reviews we have mentioned are necessary for dispersing any water or small debris that may wind up in the carrier. So the idea behind this unfinished seam may be a way to do just that. As I always do with the Kydex products I T&E, I ran four different styles of magazines in the product to see if each is accepted and seats fully. In this case the carrier accepted and seated each mag fully, but had some trouble with with a polymer mag when I tried to run it facing forward. All other magazines seated fully facing both forward and back. Having such a tight and precise mold on the magazines, indexing proved to be a small issue if I wasn’t looking directly at the product. This is a problem I have run into with other carriers that have the same qualities, so it came as no surprise. Finally, the product was sent to me by request to be belt ready (belt loop adapters). The shape of the ‘flaps’ of the product posed a question while looping the product to my riggers belt. The left ‘fin’ takes a strange jog inward and if compensated for with the formed Kydex adapter (as seen in the image). I cant figure out if Tro Tac meant to create this feature to apply some pressure to the belt or if it was a production error.
Diving into the newer of the two pouches (and in my opinion in a tactical standpoint, the better of the two): I am a strong advocate of innovation which I have said multiple times. I like it when companies think outside the box to improve a piece of equipment that is good but could be better. The newer of the two holsters takes up less real estate being that it is folded (a method I have seen other companies use) which ultimately allows you to carry more magazines on your body. An innovative aspect of this carrier that I have not seen done on others is Tro Tac’s tightening system. The two machine screws located on the right side of the system can be tightened and conversely loosened to provide a better fit to your magazine choice. The machine screws are held taught by two small rubber tubes which compress when the screws are tightened. The down side to this system is that the bottom of the pouch is nonexistent. The pouch is molded to a GI magazine and the bottom of the mold is slightly tapered, while running a few drills and using a polymer magazine, I re-seated the empty mag and often times pushed the magazine too far into the pouch and ultimately through the ‘bottom’, making it fairly difficult to pull out to reload. You can counter the potential problem by tightening the machine screws but this makes indexing the carrier a bit more difficult. Being that the product lacks a true bottom a weep hole is not necessary, which means your magazines are therefore protected from corrosion while stored. I requested MALICE clips be attached to my pouch and attached they were. Both MALICE clips come with three large flathead screws which secure each clip to the pouch, so the only way this carrier is coming off your rig is if the MALICE clips themselves fail (unlikely).
Although I found a few malfunctions with the product, I still feel the innovation of most of the aspects of both pouches were good. Let me just say that at this point I have had my hands on and used many different Kydex mag pouches, from thick folded pouches to thin molded carriers. So by this time I know what style I like, and if you have read any of my other reviews you will begin to see a pattern, as well. Having said that, it is important to remember that each Kydex pouch producer makes theirs a little different, and all have a unique feature that sets them apart. What is important to realize is the fact that although I may sway to one style or another, my weapon manipulation and reload process may be different than yours, and the type of carrier my style calls for may not match yours. Overall I was fairly pleased with how the products operated for how I carry my mags on my rig(s). The main problem I had once again was the real estate the Gen 1 took up didn’t allow a sufficient amount of magazines on my belt, unless you specify that you would like the pouches to be stacked when you order. The second problem I had was with the Gen 2 and its lack of a floor. I am all about having a weep hole but because this pouch allows you to customize for depth of magazine a bottom can not be used. This cause my magazines to be seated improperly when a good mount of force was applied, which in some cases resulted in the mags getting stuck.