It’s safe to say I’m firmly in love with C2R kit. After sampling their wares with a cheeky single mag pouch purchase, ordered from AM-Tactical, I decided to go with C2R’s triple as well.
Just to recap as I think this is important. C2R is a British tactical nylon manufacturer, based in the same region of the UK as a certain Regiment. What’s more, C2R kit is entirely made in the UK. If the MOD had a Berry Amendment, this stuff would be at the very top of the right list.
Because C2R supports skilled British nylon artisans and because the materials used are genuine, branded and top notch; because their use of materials is cutting edge and their designs are robust and fit for purpose, their items are priced firmly at the higher end of the market. This is not high volume, outsourced, economy kit.
AM-Tactical’s order processing was as fast, friendly and efficient as usual. A PM, a PayPal payment and all done. Again, I think it’s important to mention that the company is run by two well-known, avid UK airsofters with a passion for Gucci kit. C2R’s product line was hand picked by Mike and Ash (Perr_Mike and Frosty) to offer something different to the market; something that is also backed by hard, In The Wild use. Though C2R enjoys supply links with the MOD, it’s Mike and Ash who have been motivated by its quality and pedigree in offering it for retail; they’ve stepped up, and that deserves to be commended.
On to the triple. I’m still buzzing after opening the package about five hours ago. The unit has three pouches, each of which holds one M4 mag. The pics and narrative below tell the story. Suffice to say it’s 500D and very, very nice.
Tactile bar-shaped object embedded in flap-end as a reference point. May also add a small amount of weight, to help the flap close on its own after a mag has been drawn.
Pmags in pouches, flaps closed. The flaps are removable to allow the pouches to be used as shingles. It also means the flaps are adjustable and, unlike Crye’s triple (which is made of the rather more fragile 330D), C2R’s flaps will easily accommodate mags with Magpuls.
Pmags in pouches with flaps open. Notice the Velcro field protrudes upwards, a good way beyond the lip of the pouch. You can grab this to open the pouch mouth when inserting mags, if required.
Left pouch shown in shingle mode. Flap has been removed and front Velcro field tucked into pouch. In this mode I’d probably want to add Kydex inserts, just to be sure. The elastic retention isn’t insanely tight – which is how I like it. I don’t want to fight the elastic to get my mags in. However, Kydex would optimise shingle mode retention.
Interior of pouch, shown with front Velcro field tucked inside. Note strip of Multicam tape through which removable flap is fed for attachment to pouch. Also note additional Velcro field, beyond the tape, upon which the removable flap can be secured.
At the back, the attachment system is made of webbing which is a good deal lighter than the standard. It’s a lot like the Paraclete system. Having tried BFG Helium Whisper and FirstSpear 6/12 very recently, I prefer C2R’s version.
Strong, neat and straight stitching. C2R is unafraid to spend time and twine reinforcing the appropriate areas.
View from above. Lopro.
The rubberized C2R logo is a nice detail.
Always nice to see the genuine Multicam logo.
Needless to say, I’ve ordered more C2R pouches…