Available in early 2023 (with pre-orders beginning ahead of SHOT Show), Tactical Tailor plans to release its new line of Rogue Gen 2 nylon products—to include its new line of Rogue rifle magazine and pistol pouches, in both a standard design and (for pistol) the “Magna” design.
Made from the same 500D Cordura material as the new Rogue Gen 2 Plate Carrier, the Rogue Gen 2 rifle and pistol magazine pouches are designed to hold between one, (two for pistol) or three full-sized magazines. They provide a secure and weight efficient pouch, with minimal cross section when empty. It also uses TEX 70 bonded nylon thread throughout to ensure all stress points maintain their durability.
On the front exterior, each rifle magazine pouch has three bands of MOLLE nylon for attaching other accessories or pouches to it. The rifle pouches have a reinforced opening to prevent collapse and ease in insertion, while reinforced cuffs on the sides ensure compression against the magazines. Additionally, the new Rogue Gen 2 rifle pouches include a removable shock cord with nylon tab for added retention if desired.
The “Magna” pistol pouches themselves have a flush, minimalist exterior to prevent any accidental snagging or catching. Each pouch uses an anchored, elastic shock cord with nylon pull tab to ensure positive retention of the magazine. In addition, the “Magna” pouches include a small rare-earth magnet insert at the top of each pouch for positive retention, and when empty forces the pouch to collapse flat and minimize its overall profile. Additionally, the pistol pouches come in two variants; tall or compact, that allow for varied magazine coverage and direct grip access when drawing.
The rear of each Rogue Gen 2 magazine pouch uses MALICE clips to secure them to any compatible field.
The Rogue Gen 2 magazine and pistol pouches are available in is available in Multicam (featured), Black, Coyote Brown, and M81 Woodland.
Product Evaluation Scores:
- Cost – Good (4/5): With a variable MSRP, the actual cost per each Rogue Gen 2 magazine pouch is determined when the end-user selects either a single magazine pouch, or multiple pouches joined together. For TT’s Gen 2 rifle pouches, a single pouch ($35.00) configuration is available—while pistol pouches are available in a double ($46.25), or triple ($68.85). In contrast, examples of market alternatives using similar materials would be the Triple Mag Panel – Laminate ($49) from Grey Ghost Gear or the Triple M4 Magazine Pouch ($69.05) from Blue Force Gear, or the Single ($29.95) and Double ($39.99) Gunnar Pistol Mag Pouches from Sentry. As such, these variations show that amid the market the Gen 2 rifle magazine and pistol pouches are of a good cost given the materials and design.
- Comfort – Average (3/5): From a comfort aspect, the new Rogue Gen 2 magazine pouches were something that was appropriately (or of average) light in weight for its nylon material, and not unbalancing for the number of pouches per shingle. With a flush, minimalist profile, the Gen 2 magazine pouches did not have excess bulk on the exterior that otherwise obstructed the range of motion, nor impeded weapon/gear/magazine manipulations during stressor drills. The pull tabs, made of the same nylon material with removable shock cord, provided positive retention when needed. However, the material made it somewhat difficult at times to reholster magazines as it would obstruct the opening (particularly with the pistol pouches and their diminished openings). The shock cords are removable to alleviate this issue should the end-user desire.
- Durability – Excellent (5/5): The durability of Cordura nylon has been well-established, and has been available in varying levels of denier—with 500D being among the most common for tactical products. As such, the Gen 2 magazine pouches handled the friction of repeated draw/re-holstering of magazines without any indication of fraying or compromised threading. The interior of the pouch’s opening was also reinforced to further defray against wear from hard-corner contact to magazines over time and continual use. Extensive bartack and double-line stitching was noted along key stress points to add reinforcement to the overall pouch, and all stitch lines were straight and even.
- Functionality – Good (4/5): Functionally, the Gen 2 magazine pouches did a good job of being what they were intended for—a magazine pouch. They had a low profile, and retained the magazines (loaded and unloaded) well. The pouches themselves are mostly unstructured and the “Magna” pouches would consistently collapse when the magazine was drawn out of the pouch, thus making re-holstering pistol magazines sometimes difficult to get into the opening with one hand. The MALICE attachment straps provided a solid hold on the MOLLE webbing, though removing them was always somewhat problematic as it necessitates a flat-blade item or screwdriver to unlock.
- Weight – Good (4/5): With a variety of weight, the overall volume of fabric in each pouch was directly related to the number of magazine slots per shingle. For the Gen 2 pistol pouches; a double (2.7 ounces), or triple mag pouch (3.8 ounces) configuration is available—while single rifle pouches (2.3 ounces) are available. When compared to the market alternatives; the Triple Mag Panel – Laminate (10.6 ounces) from Grey Ghost Gear, or the Triple M4 Magazine Pouch (4.6 ounces) from Blue Force Gear, or the Single (2.82 ounces) and Double (6.72 ounces) Gunnar Pistol Mag Pouches from Sentry all illustrate that for its overall material and design the Rogue Gen 2 Magazine Pouches are at a verg good light weight amid the market and for its competitors.
Overall Rating – Good (20/25)
Product Link: https://tacticaltailor.com
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