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A1) USGI and MAGPUL 5.56/.223.
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 our partner Wes Doss and the instructors at Khyber Interactive Associates or the GRInco Group 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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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.