Words and pics: Rich Norman
HSGI’s Taco system has to be the most referenced design in modern mag pouch history. So far, HSGI’s competitors have all delivered variations on the multi-calibre bungee ‘corset’ theme – sticking closely to the original.
First Spear has developed something innovative. Leveraging the Boa retention system, they’ve created their own multi-calibre magazine pouch which is easy to adjust, features micro-fine calibration and includes a quick release feature. Not only that, but the ‘bungee’ system is tucked out of harm’s way; and it’s made of stainless steel wire, not shock cord.
First Spear’s implementation looks like this:
It’s a bit like a lace-up shoe from Bladerunner, which is as cool to use as it sounds.
On top of this innovative architecture we find a lightweight MOLLE compatible pouch, which can also be slipped onto a belt thanks to the channel between the Boa lattice and the PALS backer.
The face of the pouch is also MOLLE compatible, featuring 6/12 PALS slots.
The base is partially open to allow water and crud an escape route.
The PALS backer features One-Wrap style loop, for further integration options.
Aside from the compressive force applied by the Boa system, the inside face of the pouch is lined with a hypalon-type substance for a bit of grip; and it grips fine.
Alternatively, a bungee retainer can be looped over the mag using the sewn tabs front and back. There’s also a T-shaped bar tack above the two uppermost PALS slots on the face – meaning that those slots can also be used as a bungee anchor-point.
A 5.56 Pmag is plenty proud of the pouch, for a good grip.
One of the ways I’ve been using this pouch is upside-down, with HSP MP2 inserts. It means you can easily and finely adjust the tension on the MP2. The MP2 also makes reinsertion fast and easy.
That said, used in a more conventional orientation, the pouch fits its niche perfectly; delivering solid retention on a wide range of objects – including a range of mag calibres.
The pouch is now available in the UK at Huey’s.