Are we moving away from enclosed ammo pouches part of which the job was to keep ammo clean?
I know what happened in the late 80's with ammo carriage, experience in NI and the introduction of the A1 meant chest rigs etc were accepted and even provided at some units, are we now making that leap into another soon to be accepted means of carriage?
I never worried about dirt or losing the top round on slr mags top down in 58 webbing puches, the only time I was worried was when we had some L4 mags nose down in sets of 3 individual pouches with drain holes each side. I put them the other way up then!
I'd say they are better for the new p mags, makes it all lighter weight. I find the oPen top mag pouches alot Easyer to deal with, made mags changes a hell of alot quicker more so with gloves on! I'm not going to worry about dirt or sand getting in them, no matter what you do "over there" that stuff gets into every crack! Even my arrse!!!