Better ammo-pouch fastener?

#1
Being somewhat ham-fisted, I'm tired of fiddling with the 'Spanish Fly' fasteners on the issue ammo pouches.

After examining the alternatives, I'm looking for opinions on the relative merits of "press-stud 'n' Velcro" versus "fastex" clips.

For the sake of a few quid, the modification seems to make perfect sense. However, rather than do my own Pepsi challenge, I thought I'd call on the assembled wisdom of the ArRSe kit-tarts!

Cheers,
 
#2
I'd be happy with fastex.
If press studs were anything like the ones that attach the pouch to the belt they will be easy to close but nigh on impossible to undo without resorting to a leatherman.
As for velcro...the sound would annoy the sh1t out of me or am I just being too sensitive.
 
#3
Aussie issue webbing pouches use velcro & fastex buckles. The velcro usually ends up taped over/burnt off due to the noise, but the buckles are brilliant.
 
#4
Bond said:
Aussie issue webbing pouches use velcro & fastex buckles. The velcro usually ends up taped over/burnt off due to the noise, but the buckles are brilliant.
Noise? By the time you need to be changing mags I imagine the whole place would be a bit loud anyway. If you are just at the loading bay, what does it matter?
 
#6
I've started using ITW surface mount side release clips. They are pretty good, and easy to fit.
 

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#7
REStitcher:

Where may one purchase those shiny things from?

When you say 'easy to fit', does that take into account mongs such as I who can stitch their smock and trousers together when affixing TRF's?
 
#8
EX-Stab:

I remember it well from being in green first-time around!
I even had 37-pattern when I was a Cadet, FFS!

'Modern' PLCE is (as you hint) the mutt's nuts in terms of anything I've used before but there are still improvements that can be made.

Anyone else recall making little cuts at the back of the '58 ammo pouches to give them a bit of extra 'give' so you could actually put mags in and out without the help of a team of oxen?
 
#9
freedomman said:
REStitcher:

Where may one purchase those shiny things from?

When you say 'easy to fit', does that take into account mongs such as I who can stitch their smock and trousers together when affixing TRF's?
:lol: "heads up and look in"

State 1:

Using the clip make a template

Stage 2:

Mark where you want the clip fitted

Stage 3:

Cut out the holes scapel blade or hole punch

Stage 4:

Push backing plate through the fabric

Stage 5:

Clip on front female part

stage 6:

Thread webbing strap through and sew onto lid
 

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#16
25mm for mongy hands?
 
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#17
I personally use velcro and press stud. They are alot easier to close when changing mags of the move. And, as others had pointed out if you're close enough that the nsaty men hear you open your pouch then somthing has probably gone badly wrong
 
#18
freedomman said:
25mm for mongy hands?
Maybe slightly too big for front pouches, there are 20mm ones too.

If your going to buy these i'd suggest buying from a US company

http://www.diytacticalstore.com/catalog/

Even with the postage it still works out about the same price as over here!
And they do other colours like green and beige and it's all military spec. so it'll be almost bombproof.
Plus they take paypal

Hope this helps :)
 
#19
crow_bag said:
I personally use velcro and press stud. They are alot easier to close when changing mags of the move. And, as others had pointed out if you're close enough that the nsaty men hear you open your pouch then somthing has probably gone badly wrong
If you're close enough to kill the enemy with a S(h**e)A(and from the)80('s)
then something really has gone wrong!

seriously though, the ideal solution is something that is very quick and easy to fasten/unfasten, is as secure as possible and is rugged as hell. Having it being able to do the job as quietly as possible is a nice bonus IMO.
 
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Zarathustra

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#20
Alot of our guys used the velcro and fast stud solution in Afghanistan and it works.

But as for the noise, you'd have a fresh mag on when on patrol/op/exercise so once you've empted a mag and need to put a fresh one on the bad guys would ahve noticed that someone was shooting at them
 

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