I hate magazine pouches. I mean, I need them because sticking magazines in your various pants pockets sort of sucks, but magazine pouches suck too. Here’s the problem: generally your magazine sticks out the top. That means you are twisting your arm over to grab a mag so that you can swing it forward, twisting your hand back to normal in order to shove that magazine into your Firearm. I did find a horizontal magazine pouch once while searching around, but it was still awkward because I had no easy place to mount it. So, on my war belts and plate carrier I use normal rifle magazine pouches. Snap topped, bungeed topped, velcro flap topped, open topped… I have them all. And they all suck in various ways, and most make magazine changes slow. Except now I also run RAMPs by Gear4grunts.com – they have changed how I want to carry my magazines for quick reloads. RAMP stands for Rapid Access Magazine Pod, and that does sum up what they are. These little guys allow you to keep your magazines in an open bottom holder, magazine inverted and hanging from below, allowing you to have your hand in a natural position holding the magazine with your whole hand, instead of just two fingers like with a normal magazine pouch, to pull the magazine out and shove it into your rifle with ease. Oh hell yeah – No more chicken winging to pull a mag! You don’t even have to take your eyes off your target while you drop your mag, pull the new magazine out, and slam it into your rifle. It’s a great idea: make the movements involved be smooth and quick, and completely natural. I’ve been running 2 of them on my carrier’s
cummerbund for evaluating. These work awesome on the front of your gear if you have some version of a chest rig, but also works real well if you have a good war belt too. Since these attach to PALS webbing, using 4 tabs, they can be attached anywhere. I was worried about the tabs holding the RAMP on instead of malice clips or similar attachments, but I haven’t been able to get it to dislodge yet. The reason I’m mixed about mounting them on my cummerbund is because the cummerbund is elastic on my carrier so there is movement when drawing out my magazine from it stretching some. Not enough to make me move them. but some of you might prefer mounting the RAMP someplace more stable like your carrier front. I wear my war belt high with my carrier, so having the magazine hang down isn’t as big a deal for me as it would be for those of you with hips (I gotta cut back on the damn cheese burgers) – if you wear your belt low then the magazine could get in the way when you sit, unless you flip over the RAMP so the magazine is on top.
The only problem we found is if you’re Left handed, or want to have a magazine for a quick reload for your weak hand – the magazine would be backward. While Ryan has an issue with this, it doesn’t bother me – it’s not the catch all solution for all situations. Ryan likes to setup one third of his gear to be accessed when shooting weak-side, which can’t easily be done with this. I set everything up for strong-side shooting and make due when I shoot weak-side. But that said, Gear4Grunts is working on a solution, though they are tightlipped about details right now. We’ll do a follow up review once their solution is available.
The RAMPS have damn good retention, for those worried. I haven’t been able to make a magazine fall out yet. Jumping, diving, rolling, jogging – the magazine stays nice and secure. I sat in front of the TV inserting and removing a magazine, over and over, for 2 hours with no loss in retention – this was done using both PMags and metal mags. I even stood on one of them empty, and it held the weight of my cheese burger eating self plus my carrier. Not bad for something that weighs almost nothing! The guy that created these even had them tested to 10,000 reinsertions without failure – more than anyone will see during Real World use. Will these replace my magazine pouches? No. But they will replace the pouches I previously used for my “ready” mags – 2-3 mags for rapid reloads on my belt or on my cummerbund, while I will still keep 3-4 mags in a pouch on my plate carrier. They are available in a variety of colors (I tested the a-tacs fg and it’s patterned pretty nicely!) and for a variety of magazine types (export, pmags, metal and pmag, airsoft) and they said they have .308 versions on the way – can’t wait to play with those!