L.B.B.

 (Load Bearing Brackets)
10% discount for new service members -- see cart for details

 * Due to requests, we are offering the LBB in a set of 2x instead of the standard 4x.  However, if your combat load is greater than 50lbs, we highly recommend that you buy all 4x brackets to distribute the load evenly around your hips. 


  • -- Armor with 4x LBBs
  • What Comes in the Box
  • LBB Nomenclature
  • Front
  • Side
  • Back
                                              *Patent Pending

Why we invented it:

If you've ever worn a full combat load for a patrol, on post, or during a field exercise you'll understand how sore the muscles in your neck and shoulders get as well as the back pains your gear causes.  Do it for long enough and you'll have the same back problems most of us have.  We invented the LBB to protect your back and spine from injury and to counter the fatigue in your neck and shoulders that degrades alertness and combat effectiveness. 

Problems it was designed to solve:

Problem #1

Back pain is the #1 complaint "in garrison" by military personnel according to a medical study done by John Hopkins and Walter Reed (Nov 2011). This is due to a combination of factors: the weight of our combat loads/packs and the shock our spines take during field exercises and combat operations.  Of course, as veterans, we didn't need a study to tell us that.

Our Solution

The LBB transfers the weight of your combat load onto your hips and legs, protecting your back and spine. 

*If you already suffer from back pain or injuries due to your gear see our injury rehabilitation forum to understand the injury and rehabilitation tips from our expert.

Problem #2

The weight of our combat load starts to tire out the muscles in our neck, shoulders, and back. This fatigue becomes a distraction that hinders alertness and degrades combat effectiveness while on post or patrol.  

Our Solution

Because our legs are anatomically designed by nature to take more weight and shock, the LBB shifts the weight to your legs, through your hips. This is similar to how a waist strap on a hiking pack transfers the weight to a hiker's legs, allowing them to carry a heavier load and not fatigue as quickly.

Problem #3

We don't want you to move your gear (mag pouches, grenade pouches, first aid kit, etc.) because it affects combat efficiency. 

Our Solution

The LBB is modular and can be moved around existing equipment. We have also added PALS (aka MOLLE) attachment points so that it can go under your existing gear.

Problem #4

We want it to be usable regardless of what kind of issued body armor you get.

Our Solution

The LBB is designed to work with body armor that have PALS attachment points.  So whether you have a MTV, Plate Carrier, IOTV, etc. the LBB will work with it.

Problem #5

The weight of our combat load is on our chest, not our back.  

Our Solution

The LBB comes with four brackets, two up front and two in the back. This evenly distributes the weight.

Problem #6

Our gear is heavy enough, I don’t want new gear to add more weight. 

Our Solution

The total weight of the LBB is 15 oz.

Problem #7

Medics need to remove your body armor quickly in case of injury. 

Our Solution

We use Velcro closures in the LBB so that it is easily removable in medical situations.

 

We get a lot of "junk" with the products we buy (e.g. manuals, shipping foam, etc).  Some of it is required by law and some of it is needed so that your product gets to you in good condition.  But there isn't any reason why these things can't be designed to meet other needs we face in the field.

The Instructions

Normally, instructions are printed on paper and thrown out right after the customer assembles the product.

Our Solution

We printed the instructions on a bandanna so that it can be used as a sweat rag, chafe guard around our necks, weapons cleaning rag, etc.

The Box

What else can the box be used for after you open the product? Many of us use MRE boxes as a writing surface, for frag orders, markers, signs, etc., but they warp and fall apart when wet. 

Our Solution

We added a water-proof coating to the inside layer of the box so that it can be used as a writing surface. If you don't want the thickness of cardboard, you can soak it in water and the water-proof surface will peel off -- allowing you to use it like paper.


*If you are only using 2x brackets (instead of 4x), the attachment instructions below are the same, but see images (below the instruction images) about recommended placement location.

 

Web Belt Instructions

  • Step 1<br /> -- Wrap Belt Attachment around your duty or web belt<br />
      -- Put on all four Belt Attachments<br />
      -- You must re-adjust duty/web belt for a tight fit
  • Step 2<br /> -- Weave the PALS strap (on the back of the Armor Attachment) through the PALS attachment points on your body armor’s cummerbund<br />
     -- Must pull PALS strap tight to remove all slack between the Armor Attachment and the cummerbund
  • Step 3<br /> -- Slide the Armor Attachment’s PALS strap through the pocket in the Belt Attachment
  • Step 4<br /> -- Slide the long end of the bracket into the bracket pocket (not the PALS strap) on the inside of the Armor Attachment
  • Step 5<br /> -- Slide the short end of the bracket into the bracket pocket on the Belt Attachment
  • Step 6<br /> -- Pull the Armor Attachment’s PALS strap tight through the Belt Attachment’s bracket pocket and secure using the Velcro
  • Step 7<br /> -- Wrap the Armor Attachment around the Belt Attachment and secure using the Velcro
  • Step 8<br /> -- Attach all four brackets<br />
     -- Loosen the shoulder straps of your armor to adjust how much weight goes on your hips<br />
     -- Move the brackets along your cummerbund and belt to where it is most comfortable<br />
     -- See "User Tips" for additional suggestions from users

           *click on thumbnails for each step of the instructions*

 

 

Battle Belt Instructions

  • Step 1<br /> -- Weave the PALS strap (on the back of the Armor Attachment) through the PALS attachment points on your body armor’s cummerbund<br />
     -- Must pull PALS strap tight to remove all slack between the Armor Attachment and the cummerbund
  • Step 2<br /> -- Slide the long end of the bracket into the bracket pocket (not the PALS strap) on the inside of the Armor Attachment
  • Step 3<br /> -- Slide the PALS strap through the Belt Attachment bracket pocket<br />
     -- Slide the short end of the bracket into the bracket pocket as well
  • Step 4<br /> -- Pull the Armor Attachment’s PALS strap tight through the Belt Attachment’s bracket pocket and secure using the Velcro
  • Step 5<br /> -- Wrap the Belt Attachment around the Battle Belt<br />
     -- Wrap the Armor Attachment around the Belt Attachment and secure using the Velcro

           *click on thumbnails for each step of the instructions*

 

 

Placement Instructions for 2x LBBs

  • -- Exact placement will depend on personal preference and your combat loadout.  What is shown above is the recommended place to start.

*click on thumbnails for more information about placing only 2x LBBs*



Video Instructions for 4x LBBs


LBB How It Works: 

1) To protect your spine and 

2) Eliminate fatigue in your neck, shoulders, and back


 

Video Instructions for the LBB



Fitting and user tips:

1) For comfort, place all LBBs over the meaty parts of your hips/waist. On most wearers this is usually near the side seam of their trousers, so the front and rear LBBs will be close together.

2) There is no slack designed in the PALS attachment points on the LBB. This is to stop “gear flop.” The easiest way to mount pouches and equipment on the LBB is to first remove the metal bracket, attach the gear, and re-insert the bracket.

3) During long humps with a 100lbs pack, some users who like to place their rear two LBBs close to the small of their back remove the rear two brackets or remount the LBB more toward the sides of their hips for comfort.

4) For wearers who are repelling, LAPD SWAT officers have found it useful to wrap the LBB sleeve around their repelling harness. This keeps the repel harness from shifting out of place, which had been a problem in the past.

5) Most users (particularly SWAT officers) keep some of the weight on their shoulders for balance when maneuvering (e.g. arrest/take-downs, climbing, crawling, shoot and scoot, etc).  Users that do this recommend starting with a 50/50 split.  Then adjust as you train to figure out what works best for you.


 

Reviews

 
Rating: 5/5

I've been a Marine officer for twelve years, and approximately eight of those years have been spent in operational units which spend significant time in the field.  I have three combat tours and am preparing for a fourth currently.  I've worn different types of tactical vests (both with and without armor plates) and I've carried quite a bit of tactical gear.  One consistent problem with all of this gear is the amount of weight it has placed on my neck and back.  Shifting the weight to my legs via my hips is an ideal solution.  The Load Bearing Brackets (LBBs) have facilitated this solution.  Recently, I spent six days in the field wearing my vest (plate carrier with armor plates) for about six to nine hours each day.  We conducted live-fire training, patrols, hikes, MOUT training and convoy training.  I attest that the LBBs helped to ease the weight of my vest.  Approximately 60% of the weight of my gear was distributed to my legs due to the LBB, adding a great deal of comfort and efficiency to my training.  I will use the LBBs during my deployment to Afghanistan, and I anticipate that the three or four combat patrols/movements I conduct each week will be measurably improved due to the LBBs.                

                                                                        - Maj McAvoy, 3d Civil Affairs Group

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Rating: 5/5

I've been involved for a number of years now within the tactical community, 4 yrs USMC- 2 yrs in 1st Force Reconnaissance and currently, for the last 12 yrs, assigned to LAPD SWAT. I've constantly struggled with comfort in carrying my tac gear. It was either too heavy, not properly balanced or cumbersome. This caused confusion on what to carry and what to leave behind in order to make my vest tac rig more bearable. As time progressed and collateral duties expanded the need to carry more equipment became necessary. I've experimented with different suspender type systems but still experienced heavy pressure on my upper, lower back and neck. My team leader introduced me to the LBB from Regulation Tactical, designed by a United States Marine. Over the course of six months I've used this system everyday during training which included maritime, climbing, covert and dynamic movement. Additionally, I've worn it on several actual SWAT call-ups, warrant services and long area K-9 searches. What I found is that the design allows the weight from my load bearing vest (MOLLE system) to be evenly distributed over my tac-belt and hips. This removed the weight bearing down on my shoulder/ trap area and reduced pressure on my lower back. The system requires that the belt stay attached to the vest, this prevents the belt from riding too low and actually lifts the belt up. This system will definitely add longevity to my career.

                                                                        - Officer Sanchez, LAPD SWAT

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Rating: 5/5

The LBB does as advertised.  It shifts the weight off my back and onto my hips.  I wear it with 30% of the weight on my shoulders and the rest on my hips.  Great product.
                                                                        - Capt Bayer, 15th MEU

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Rating: 5/5

I have been on my department's SWAT team for a little over 4 years. During that short time, my body has felt the effects of carrying heavy loads during training/callouts. Recently I had the opportunity to try the LBB and was extremely pleased with the results! I was able to distribute the weight to both my shoulders and waist, and at the end of the day did not feel any of the shoulder, or back pain I commonly feel after training days.

During the day I constantly changed how the weight was distributed (between my shoulders and waist) to see what worked best for me.  I personally prefer a 50/50 split of weight on shoulders and waist. I also had the opportunity to test it during an activation and again, was very pleased with the performance. I would absolutely recommend this product!

After using it, I can't see myself ever going without it!

                                                                     - Officer Compte, NPPD SWAT

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 Rating: 5/5

I have done three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and been in the Marine Corps for 11 years.  Throughout that time, I have had to wear a vest with heavy loads.  These loads constantly put stress on my neck and back.  I am a female Marine, with a much smaller frame than the average male Marine.  The strain on my back from the constant load was inevitable, however I have recently begun using the LBB.  What an amazing difference it makes.  It took the load from my back and put it onto my waist.  This redistribution of weight made my tactical load so much easier to carry.  It also protected my back from any unnecessary harm.  Thanks for developing the product.  My back thanks you as well.                                                                             

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Rating: 5/5

The LBB system lets the operator distribute some of the weight of your tactical vest from your shoulders to your waist.  How much weight is up to you and how you set the adjustment.  Like many middle aged cops I have lower back problems.   The ability to put 40% of the weight, on my waist and off my shoulders helped me immensely.  There was a notably difference the day the LBB was attached to my tac vest.   I found myself much more comfortable during training and less sore after a full day in gear.  I highly recommend this to anyone with "old guy" lower back issues.

                                                                     - Officer Montero, NPPD SWAT



Reflex Mag Pouch Mk1

10% discount for new service members -- see cart for details

*We do offer the Reflex Mag Pouch in two variants, the MK1 (seen below) and the Mk2.


  • Front
  • Side
  • Back
  • Reflex Pouch With 1x Magazine
  • Reflex Pouch With 2x Magazines

                 *Patent Pending

Why we invented it:

The R-Tactical Reflex Mag Pouch was designed to save time during magazine exchanges in tactical situations.  One of our frustrations has always been the difficulty and time-consuming nature of re-inserting an empty/half-full mag and pulling a new magazine.  Dump pouches are a work around, but it still doesn't exactly solve the problem, and using a dump pouch means more time during exchanges. The R-Tac Reflex Mag Pouch is our solution to this problem. 

 

Problems it was designed to solve:

Problem #1

It is difficult to put an empty/half-full magazine back into a magazine pouch -- it's the reason many of us use dump pouches.  There are many reasons why it's difficult, sometimes it's the design of the pouch, sometimes it's the fabric, sometimes the nylon straps are too tight, and sometimes the magazine that is still in the pouch gets in the way.

Our Solution

Our solution is the reflex pressure mechanism that pushes the remaining magazine forward and opens up a slot for your empty magazine to be inserted (see video).

Problem #2

With current magazine pouch designs, it takes time (time we don't have) to exchange magazines.  Dump pouches are a work around, but finding your dump pouch (usually placed to the rear), dropping the empty magazine, and reaching for a full magazine require more time than necessary. 

Our Solution

Because the Reflex Mag Pouch is designed so that empty magazines can be easily inserted behind the full magazine, an operator can pull a fresh magazine in the same place and same motion as they re-insert used magazines.  This saves time because you aren't forced to look down for your dump pouch, bring the empty magazine and drop it in, and then reach for your magazine pouch and the full mag.  With the Reflex Mag pouch, it all happens in one place. 

Problem #3

Current magazine pouch designs make it difficult to pull magazines because they are either both the same height or there is fabric in the way.  

Our Solution

Our solution is to shape the pouch so that the "ready" magazine (outside mag) sits higher than the second magazine.  The increased height allows the operator to find the mag easily (even when using tactical gloves) and allows the operator to grip the "ready" mag using the web of his hand and thumb.  The pressure mechanism also keeps the remaining magazine away from the body and held in a known position making it easy to find and pull without the need of looking down.  These features allow the operator to keep his eyes on the enemy and the environment.

 Problem #4

After you pull the first magazine from a double stack magazine pouch the second magazine has the tendency to fall out during dynamic movements (running, jumping, dropping to a prone, take-downs, etc).

Our Solution

The Reflex Pressure Mechanism in the Reflex Mag Pouch holds the second magazine in place during dynamic movements.  You can turn the pouch upside down with only a full magazine in it and that magazine will stay in place (see video).

 Problem #5

Our current combat/tactical load is already heavy enough (it's why we designed the L.B.B.) and new solutions shouldn't add a lot more weight.

Our Solution

The average weight of standard magazine pouches is 4.5 oz.  The R-Tactical Reflex Mag Pouch weighs 5.5 oz.

Problem #6

When designing the Reflex Mag Pouch one of our priorities is durability.  We put our gear through a lot of punishment and it needs to hold up.

Our Solution

The pressure mechanism has no moving mechanical parts so it won't break.  It is designed to be rugged, you can stomp on it and it won't affect the mechanism.  You can leave your magazine inside the pouch for any entire deployment and it'll still work (see video).  The pouch is made from 1000D Cordura Nylon.

 

Gen II Improvements

#1 Double stitching and reinforced stitching.
#2 Improved grip on the retention system for shooters that draw from a belt. 
#3 Redesign of the internal mechanism for shooters that use PMAGs and want to place an empty magazine base-plate down so that it is easily identifiable. You still won't be able to put 2x PMAGs with the base-plate down, but you will be able to insert an empty one and it will no longer require an extraordinary amount of Kung-Fu to remove when you need to refill magazines.

Reflex Mag Pouch Explained 
The video below shows what the Reflex Mag Pouch does.

 

Retention System Demo
Designed to hold magazines, even when there is only one (empty or full), so you don't lose them during dynamic movements (running, climbing, getting to and from prone, take-downs, etc). This video shows the retention system of the Reflex Mag Pouch even with a full magazine.



Function Demo (PMAGs, different placement, different grip) 
We understand the importance of muscle memory and gear placement. Regardless of where you place the Reflex Mag Pouch, which way your magazines face, or what grip you use to pull them, the Reflex Mag Pouch was designed so that you can use it where you want.



Durability Demo
The Reflex Mag Pouch was designed for durability in combat conditions. The below video shows us stomping on the Reflex Mag Pouch.



List of Questions:

1) What kind of mags will the Mk1 work with?

2) I'm worried about pulling an empty magazine. How do I avoid this?

3) I don't have a belt with PALS (aka MOLLE) on it. What can I do?



Q1: What kind of mags will the Mk1 work with?

A1) USGI and MAGPUL 5.56/.223.

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Q2: I'm worried about pulling an empty magazine. How do I avoid this?

A1) The short answer is training and to defer to your department's or unit’s tactics instructors. They will know how best to use equipment ISO of the TTPs that work best for your unit and mission. For those that don’t or no longer have access to these experts, we recommend you contact the instructors at GRInco Group or The Academy of St. Crispian regarding magazine management. They will be able to give you a much more thorough answer than we can through a website. But the general idea behind magazine management is to pull your first mag from the pouch furthest away from your magazine well and as you exchange your mags, work inward (toward your magazine well). There are a couple reasons for this. The first is because the furthest magazine is usually the one most difficult to reach. The second reason is that, in the very, very rare instance, when you have to drop your magazine and reach for a new one, you'll save your full ones for the pouches closest to your magazine well. During tactical pauses you will need to re-shuffle your magazines.

We've also seen a number of aids individuals have used:

1) Some people number their magazines (e.g. 1 to x) so they can easily identify bad magazines during training. In these instances they keep all the odd numbers up front. When you pull the first odd numbered mag, the even numbered mag goes forward. When they do their first magazine exchange, the odd numbered mag will be reinserted, and the even number mag will get pulled. When they do their second exchange, the odd numbered mag is now back in the forward position. This tells them to move onto the next pouch.

2) Some people still reserve their dump pouch for completely empty mags and only re-insert partially full mags into the pouches.

*Ultimately, the Reflex Mag Pouch is a tool, how you use it will be up to you.


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Q3: I don't have a belt with PALS (aka MOLLE) on it. What can I do?

A) You can still use the MK1 on a belt without PALS. However, if you want a dedicated solution check out the products from Down Range Gear. They carry three:

The Low-Ride solution allows you to attach gear below the belt line. The velcro surface makes it ideal for interfacing with two-tear (inner/outer) belt systems.

PALS adapter for 2" belts and 1.5"-1.75" belts.


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 Rating: 5/5

My name is Kaj. I live in Vaasa, Finland. I decided to try out the out the R-Tac Reflex mag pouches, eager to see what all the fuss was about since they looked functional in the videos which I saw about a year ago. Since I live in Finland, The shipping went off the charts when trying to order via UPS delivery. If I recall correctly, the shipping would have been close to 190 USD, while the five pouches I ordered would have cost 175 USD. Luckily I came in contact with the lovely Carey in customer support who helped me to get them shipped quickly for a fraction of the price! Top notch customer service!

After a few weeks of waiting, the pouches finally arrived.
Now, don't get me wrong, they didn't look like much, more or less like normal double mag pouches.  The mechanism on the reflex system felt a bit, well, weak. So before I hooked them up to my vest, I decided to do a “rain dance” on the pouches. I'm not a small guy either. I weigh 108kg (~240lbs) but the pouches held up with not even a scratch or warning crackle from the mechanism.

One thing has to be said, that I am no longer in active service but I like to train my skills in a different manner, which is Airsoft.  It might seem a bit overboard to have these R-Tac mag pouches for something like Airsoft, but we train as if it were the real deal, so our gear has to hold up.

Started trying out the gear a few days at a time, switching places on them, testing the MOLLE, locking buttons, stitching etc.
First test: Attach my west with 2 of the pouches to a sandbag, and drag it around my yard a few times.
Yeah, sure, they got dirty, a button got undone on one of the pouches, nothing else.

Second test. Attached the remaining 3 pouches, filled them with P-Mags, and did another run.
Same conclusion, they got dirty, and the same button got undone (might be dented from the "rain dance" so not saying it's from factory)

I did need to stretch the pouches for a few days before I could use the P-Mags in the pouches.
They are built for both P-Mags and regular m4/m16 type mags, but due to the P-mags being plastic and a bit thicker, they tend to get a bit stuck. I put the p-mags in the pouches and left the pouches in water for a day, then lifting them out into the sun to dry, still with the mags inside, and Voila, Perfect fit! You can even hold the west upside down and shake it, they will not come out, before you actually grab the mag. the small friction pad inside the pouches hold the mags in steady. (It’s the little things that make a difference.)

I've now been using the R-Tac mag pouches for about 3 months. One thing I noticed was after a while, I started to leave my dump pouch in the car when going to games.  The idea behind these pouches IS that in one smooth motion, the operator can dump an empty mag behind the full one, and in the same motion pull the full mag and slam it in the gun.  It took some brain training not to always throw your hand back and search for the dump pouch. Once you get that you don't need it anymore, your reloading will be so much faster and smoother, not having to risk valuable seconds searching for the dump.

I usually train 2 times/week for 5-6 hours strait, so they do get used quite a lot, maybe even more "reloading" action than real soldiers would use them for.  When my "unit" was in Sweden for Scandinavians largest Airsoft event, they got tested in a whole new setting.  Embracing the suck for 2 days with nothing but rain, mud and sand, they surpassed my expectations.

Nothing broke, all the stitching is still perfect.
Not one mag has fallen out, ever! Not here at home, nor while in Sweden.
No problems what so ever (except for the one button).

So whether you are in the Service, or you just like the Mil-Sim aspect of Airsoft, or Train practical shooting at a range, these are definitely worth the price, and with a bit of training you will leave your dump pouches at home from now on, and since mag changes in practical shooting is also on the timer, this gives you an extra edge.  I am a bit of a geardo, so I have shelves upon shelves with different gear, clothes, vests etc.  There is one thing I always shift around from vest to vest: that is the R-tac Reflex Mag Pouches. I never leave for a skirmish without them.

Yours Truly
Kaj S.
Vaasa, Finland

 

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From Facebook

 

Just attended a Haley carbine school and used your mag pouches. I put it to work to say the least. It was an outstanding addition to my gear. It functioned flawlessly as advertised with a quick learning curve. Thanks!!!

                                                                                                                                 Marcus K.

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 Rating: 5/5

 

After seeing this product being demonstrated on Youtube I called Regulation Tactical and chatted with the owner. He took the time to answer my questions about his product and was very helpful. After working extensively throughout the Middle East for the last 15 years and using a variety of mag pouches, Regulation Tactical's product is a refreshing change. Not only that but their customer service is top notch.

 

Upon receiving my mag pouches, I quickly put them on a variety of kit pieces such as my vests and battle belts. I teach tactical firearms and hand to hand combat classes here in Kansas and so put this gear to the test. After numerous mag changes (very smooth) and falling drills with full-kit on they are still like new (minus the dirt!). Even the flap that pushes the mag next in line wasn't affected. However, I have assurance by Regulation Tactical that it will be replaced for free if I do manage to break it. I haven't been able to try the new AK Mag Pouches yet, but have no doubt when I get my hands on some, they will pass my previous tests. 

                                                                                                                                 Jeff D.

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Rating 3/5
I spent 20+ yrs Army doing Infantry, Cav & other units that run their gear hard. I like the concept/idea of the Reflex mag pouch for a low profile mission. The old standard mag pouches carried 3 mags but it was a very tight fit at times. Later on more modern battle rattle had 2 mag pouches & presented a lower profile which is good for TCP, urban & door knocking missions. 
 

 

The idea & performance is great however I am concerned about a few things. The single stitching & lack of bundled stitching on corners & other stress points is needed. Also would have liked to seen a finished tab with the same material that is used on the sides of the front flap. Also wanted to have a pull tab of the same material to facilitate easy opening. 
 

 

Overall I like the idea but the single stitching, lack of finishing the front flap & no pull tab are areas that need improvement. With that said I have to give this a 3 star review. IF these areas are improved & more attention to quality control is taken THEN I would give it 5 stars.
 

 

 
 

 

I hope you all at RT take this review as a way to improve on a great idea & make it better. Keep up the good work. 
 

 

 
 

 

For those that want to see my video review here is the link...
 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPPKGzuX4Mc
From R-Tactical: Thank you for the review and your purchase.  We will use the feedback in our production.  We only add that there is additional stitching at the stress points, but those are covered by the edge binding.  Since we guarantee our products for a life-time it wouldn't be smart for us to build something that would need frequent replacing. 
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Reflex Mag Pouch Mk2

10% discount for new service members -- see cart for details
You can also purchase the Mk2 through our retailers.

  • Front
  • Side
  • Back

*Patent Pending

Why we designed it:

The Reflex Mag Pouch Mk1 was designed to make magazine exchanges simple and quick by cycling the rear magazine forward while leaving a space to easily re-insert empty or partially full magazines.  The Reflex Mag Pouch Mk 2 (aka Special Forces Edition) introduces new features based off input from the Special Forces community, whom have a wider range of missions and additional requirements. 

New Feature #1

Depending on mission, environment, and role, an Operator's tactical load out will change.  The Mk2 variant of the Reflex Mag Pouch can be adjusted from a double-stack to single-stack to a low-profile configuration. This saves you from having to remove and swap out pouches. When configured as a:

1) Double-stack pouch - the Mk2 works just like the Mk1: cycles the rear magazine forward, easy re-insert capability, height differentiates the magazines, and retention system helps hold a single mag in during dynamic movements.

2) Single-stack pouch - for a lower silhouette while keeping the retention system, easy re-insert capability, and provides a spacer so that magazines easily clear pouches and gear mounted above it (see FAQs).

3) Low-profile - remove the cycling/retention mechanism for this lowest silhouette, for operations in extremely tight confines.

New Feature #2

The size of the pouch can be adjusted to customize the fit for different magazines. This also allows the Operator to change the amount of retention and the ease in which magazines are cycled to their preferences.

*Tested with USGI, PMAGs, H&K High Reliability Steel Mags

**The Mk1 and Mk2 will not work with any magazine that has a large ridge that runs around the magazine (e.g. Lancer magazines).

New Feature #3

Removable flap that falls in front of the pouch when opened.

New Feature #4

Open design for quick water drainage during water-borne operations

New Feature #5

In addition to the standard NIR (Near-Infrared) reduction, the Mk2 also has a FR (Fire Resistant) coating.

Check the Mk2 FAQs page for more information on the design and use.

 

List of Questions:

1) What kind of mags will the Mk2 work with?

2) Why is there a space between the inside mag and armor?

3) I'm worried about pulling an empty magazine. How do I avoid this?

4) I don't have a belt with PALS (aka MOLLE) on it. What can I do?

5) How should I mount the Mk2 on a belt?

6) Why does the Mk2 cost less than the Mk1, even though there are more features?

 

Q1: What kind of mags will the Mk1 work with?

A1) The Mk2 was tested with USGI, MAGPUL, and HK High Reliability 5.56/.223 mags.

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Q2: Why is there a space between the inside mag and armor?

A1) The space is designed so the mechanism can take impacts and won’t degrade performance even if you are lying on it. The space does collapse to ½ inch when you are in the prone position for a lower silhouette.

A2) When mounted on the chest panel of your armor, the space provides clearance for the magazine when pulling it from the Reflex Mag Pouch. Real estate on the front panel of plate carriers/body armor is always at a premium. Most times there are other pouches (e.g. radio, grenades, pistol mags, etc.) mounted above the magazine pouches.  The space allows a user to visually find the magazine quickly, and provides the space to pull and re-insert magazines without anything mounted above getting in the way.

A3) The space provides room for the user’s thumb to wrap around the magazine for positive control when pulling the magazine from the pouch.   This is particularly important when wearing tactical gloves, when tactile feedback is at a minimum.

A4) When the operator has the Reflex Mag Pouch Mk 2 mounted on a belt, but still needs to wear armor or a carrier, the space allows the magazine to easily clear the bottom edge (with or without side plates inserted).


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Q3: I'm worried about pulling an empty magazine.  How do I avoid this?

A1) The short answer is training and to defer to your department's or unit’s tactics instructors. They will know how best to use equipment ISO of the TTPs that work best for your unit and mission. For those that don’t or no longer have access to these experts, we recommend you contact the instructors at GRInco Group or The Academy of St. Crispian regarding magazine management. They will be able to give you a much more thorough answer than we can through a website.  But the general idea behind magazine management is to pull your first mag from the pouch furthest away from your magazine well and as you exchange your mags, work inward (toward your magazine well).  There are a couple reasons for this. The first is because the furthest magazine is usually the one most difficult to reach. The second reason is that, in the very, very rare instance, when you have to drop your magazine and reach for a new one, you'll save your full ones for the pouches closest to your magazine well.  During tactical pauses you will need to re-shuffle your magazines.

We've also seen a number of aids individuals have used:

1) Some people number their magazines (e.g. 1 to x) so they can easily identify bad magazines during training.  In these instances they keep all the odd numbers up front.  When you pull the first odd numbered mag, the even numbered mag goes forward.  When they do their first magazine exchange, the odd numbered mag will be reinserted, and the even number mag will get pulled.  When they do their second exchange, the odd numbered mag is now back in the forward position.  This tells them to move onto the next pouch.    

2) Some people still reserve their dump pouch for completely empty mags and only re-insert partially full mags into the pouches. 

*Ultimately, the Reflex Mag Pouch is a tool, how you use it will be up to you.


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Q4: I don't have a belt with PALS (aka MOLLE) on it. What can I do?

A) You can still use the MK2 on a belt without PALS. However, if you want a dedicated solution check out the products from Down Range Gear. They carry three:

The Low-Ride solution allows you to attach gear below the belt line. The velcro surface makes it ideal for interfacing with two-tear (inner/outer) belt systems.

 

PALS adapter for 2" belts and 1.5"-1.75" belts.


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Q5: How should I mount the Mk2 on a belt?

A) The ideal position to mount the Mk2 on a belt is one PALS row down.  It means you will skip the first (top) row of PALS at the top of the pouch.  You can secure the two vertical straps by tucking them under that first (top) row.  This will mount the Mk2 evenly on your belt.  *See below images.

The images below show the back of the Mk2 mounted on a belt with PALS (aka MOLLE) and the Mk2 mounted using the PALS adapter from Down Range Gear. 

                            

The image below shows the two vertical straps tucked under the first (top) row of PALS on the back of the Mk2.

                  

The image below shows the front of the Mk2 mounted on a belt.  It shows the Mk2 mounted evenly on the belt.

                 

 

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Q6: Why does the Mk2 cost less than the Mk1, even though there are more features? 

A) We believe that innovation is not just in the design, but also in the manufacturing. We were able to design the Mk2 to be easier to manufacture without sacrificing quality or durability. That cost savings is passed directly to our customers. As a Marine, one of Regulation Tactical's Founder's pet peeves was the amount of money his junior Marines (who don't make much) were spending on gear for deployments.  Because of that, we only charge what we need to. We could have easily sold the Mk2 for $35 and it would still be considered a deal because of all the new features.  Selling it at $35 would have also avoided questions about why the Mk2 cost less.  However, that goes against our mission to design innovative gear and sell it at a reasonable price.

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Reflex Mag Pouch Mk2

 


 

Reflex Mag Pouch -- Adjust Magazine Height Separation



Reflex Mag Pouch -- Convert to Single-Stack

 

Reflex Mag Pouch -- Convert to Low-Profile

 

Reflex Mag Pouch -- Convert back to Double-Stack

 

Reflex Mag Pouch -- How to use and remove the flap

 

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Your product is 1st rate and very practical. I have over 31 years of uniformed service(15 in Special Operations) Awesome product! Wish I had had it years ago.!

                           T. Mundell  LTC, USA (ret)


 

Retailers

10% discount for new service members -- see cart for details

Vendor:

     Aardvark

Aardvark is committed to providing the highest quality and most innovative integrated products and services possible.  It is Aardvark's objective to establish long term relationships with our clients and suppliers by always conducting ourselves with honesty, integrity, and dedication to our end users.

          website -- https://www.integratedbyaardvark.com/

 

US Retailers:

Alaska    California     Illinois     Nevada     Tennessee     Texas     Virginia

International   

 

Alaska

Custom Gun Services - (Fairbanks, AK) -- coming soon

Custom Gun Services is a LE owned firearms sales, accessories, and training source.

            website -- http://www.customgunsak.com/

 

California

Adamson Police Products

           website -- http://www.policeproducts.com/

Airsoft Extreme (Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Deigo, CA)

Airsoft Extreme is internationally known as one of the oldest, largest, and longest-running airsoft companies in the United States.

            website: http://www.airsoftextreme.com

Airsoft GI (Walnut, CA and North Chesterfield, VA)

Airsoft GI (GI Toys) was launched in 2003 and has quickly become America's #1 retailer of airsoft guns and accessories. Airsoft GI is a company run by airsoft players for airsoft players.

            website: http://www.airsoftgi.com/

 

Illinois

Blue Line Upfitters (Morton, IL) -- coming soon

LE owned company specializing in Emergency Vehicle Equipment, Installation, Sales and Service. We provide products for Police, Fire, EMS, Construction, Security and Off Road LED Lighting! 

           website -- http://www.bluelineupfitters.com/

RMA Defense (Rock Island, IL)

RMA Armament, Inc. is a company that is owned by Veterans and former police officers. Founded with the mission to create a better armor plate, RMA's patent pending armor is multi-hit rated, lighter and significantly stronger than any other armor manufactured today.  We also sell a self-formulated Firearm Lubricant."

           website -- http://www.rmadefense.com/

 

 

Nevada

Gun Show Ammo (Las Vegas, NV)

           website -- http://www.gunshowammolv.com

 

Tennessee

Big Iron Munitions (Clarksville, TN)

Veteran owned company promoting self-sufficiency by offering concealed carry firearms with appropriate gear and clothing, personal defense long guns, and survival gear and food items.

           website -- https://www.bigironmunitions.com/

 

Texas

Chris's Gun Works (Wink, TX)

We carry a wide arrange of firearms and can handle Class 3 weapons.

           phone -- 432-634-0659   

Recoil FT (Houston, TX)

Dedicated to bringing firearms training and the latest shooting and tactical products to new and avid shooters. RECOIL offers firearms training to new and experienced shooters who are just beginning and those who wish to progress in the world of firearms.

           website -- http://recoilft.com/      

Top Brass Military and Tactical (Houston, San Antonio, Stafford, TX)

With retail locations in Stafford TX, San Antonio, TX, and Houston, TX Top Brass Military and Tactical prides itself on offering the most comprehensive selection of high quality, head-to-toe tactical clothing, tactical nylon gear, and firearm accessories in the country, all under one roof. With walk-in stores as massive as 17,000 square feet, Top Brass is redefining what a tactical store can be. By stocking over 200 top name brands and over 35,000 unique products, Top Brass has become THE Tactical Mega store.

           website -- http://www.topbrassmilitary.com/

                Product Page -- http://www.topbrassmilitary.com/Regulation-Tactical/View-all-products

 

Virginia

Airsoft GI (Walnut, CA and North Chesterfield, VA)

Airsoft GI (GI Toys) was launched in 2003 and has quickly become America's #1 retailer of airsoft guns and accessories. Airsoft GI is a company run by airsoft players for airsoft players.

            website: http://www.airsoftgi.com/

 

International

UK/EU Retailers:

Army Surplus and Toys (UK)

We are a small company that wants to offer you the customer the best service, using our knowledge in army surplus. We have used a wide range of our products and are happy to help with any inquiry.

           website -- http://www.armysurplusandtoys.com/

Dave's Custom Airsoft (UK)

Dave's Custom Airsoft LTD started life as a Facebook group in May 2012 with the simple intention of providing friendly service and building fantastic and unusual airsoft guns.

           website -- http://www.davescustomairsoft.co.uk/

 Product Page -- http://www.davescustomairsoft.co.uk/Tactical-Equipment%20/Pouches

Alphastore (Denmark)

           website -- http://www.alphastore.dk/


Asia Retailers:

Hornest (Singapore) 

Hornest (aka Hornet Nest), is a dealer for high quality military, tactical and outdoor gears. We carry outstanding brands and quality products from the United States, which are battlefield proven.

           website -- http://www.hornest.sg/index.php