The Reptile House Blog has no political affiliation. But, recent events have caused me to think about what I’d hope would be every UK geardo’s worst case scenario:

What if Brexit means I can’t get my hands on gucci kit?!

Joking aside, I rarely import stuff nowadays because it’s a massive ballache; particularly if affected by the half-arsed customs processing of Royal Mail/Parcel Force. Short term (hopefully) it just got a bit more expensive, too – with a weaker post-Brexit pound.

So with the the distinct possibility of customs charges and delays spreading to EU products in the foreseeable future, maybe it’s time for the UK’s domestic tactical gear market to step up to the challenge?

So, who do we have in the UK making high end tactical kit? C2R is the only well known brand I can think of right now. But there are a good number of domestic artisanal kit producers who could seize this opportunity to grow.

One such producer is GM Tactical, which specialises in Kydex. I like Kydex.

I spotted GM Tactical products on Tactical Kit’s website a few weeks back. Recently, I got to look at one of their AR15 5.56 Mag Wedge System (MWS) Kydex inserts.


The MWS is a traditional Kydex insert similar to the ESSTAC KYWI. However, it’s a good deal shorter than the Kydex inserts I’m used to.

This didn’t affect functionality during testing, because I simply moved the unit down to the base of the pouch I was using. You have to be pretty robust with mag insertion and retrieval – but that’s good.


The MWS is composed of 2mm shaped Kydex, with swatches of hook Velcro on its external faces. For best results, these should be affixed to corresponding Velcro loop within the pouches used. There’s a hole in the base of the insert, for drainage (if you have a pouch with a corresponding drainage grommet).

GM Tactical describes its insert as straightforward and it really is. Crucially, it’s a little cheaper than ESSTAC’s equivalent; it’s also available in OD and tan, as well as black.