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Review: Snake Eater Tactical IWB Magazine Pouches

I recently purchased a Glock 43 for concealed carry. Given the limited capacity of the little single stack 9mm, it seemed prudent to pick up a spare magazine carrier to go with it. I was dismayed to find that most of the magazine carriers I found were larger and bulkier than I expected for a handgun that is designed to be concealed. Then I remembered the Snake Eater Tactical IWB Magazine Pouch.

Overview

The Snake Eater Tactical (SET) IWB Magazine Pouch is a magazine pouch that, in spite of it’s name, can be used for inside or outside the waist band carry. It is constructed from heavy duty elastic for the magazine pouch itself. It also has a sewn on belt loop made of ONE-WRAP and a backer made from laser cut material allowing the user to convert the pouch for OWB use by routing the loop through the backer.

The pouch will accept and retain a wide variety of magazines. It works with slimmer, single stack magazines like 1911 mags. It works with full size double stack magazines like a Glock 17 0r 22. I was even able to squeeze Glock 21 magazines into them without too much effort, though that is likely the limit. It also works with magazines that are significantly shorter than the pouch itself like Glock 43 or 26 magazines which is how I use them most of the time.

Observations from Use

These are the best inside the waistband magazine pouches I have used. They are deceptively simple in their design but the materials used and construction methods are very efficient. Everything serves a functional purpose.

Versatility – These will hold a ton of different types of magazines (or flashlights, knives, etc). Unlike most universal solutions, the SET IWB Magazine Pouches will actually RETAIN a ton of different types of magazine thanks to how well the elastic grips the magazines. Being able to route the belt loop through the backer to create an OWB pouch is another versatile feature.

Comfort – That same elastic that grips the magazines, also ensures that the pouch is extremely thin and comfortable to wear. Basically, the pouch is barely larger than the magazine it is holding and the stretched out elastic wraps tightly over the contents of the pouch, softening of any hard edge.

The ONE-WRAP belt loop is sewn to the pouch at the top only. This allows the pouch to flex and move with the wearer, further improving comfort.

Ease of Use – The ONE-WRAP belt loop is extremely easy to take on and off your belt. You can place it anywhere you want on your belt without having to remove the magazine from the pouch or opening your belt. It is far easier to deal with than a pull-the-dot type loop and it adjusts to nearly any size belt without having to trim the loop (though it is easily trimmed if you need to).

Retention – These magazine pouches offer excellent retention. They grip the magazine tightly enough that it will never come out but release it quickly when you draw it. They don’t have the click in/click out feeling of kydex. It is more of a consistent friction feeling when drawing a magazine from the pouch.

Affordability – These pouches are made in the USA and cost $15. You can’t even find an over-seas produced, injection molded abomination of a magazine carrier for $15. Even if you can, it won’t be this versatile or comfortable.

There is one potential downside to these pouches (and really most elastic magazine pouches on the market). It is very difficult to insert a magazine with one hand. If you are looking for a pouch that you can use to retain a magazine during a “tactical reload” this isn’t it. That isn’t an issue for me since I have pockets.

Wrap Up

You are getting a whole lot of versatility, functionality, and comfort for your $15. As I said earlier in the article, the Snake Eater Tactical IWB Magazine Pouches are the best inside the waist band magazine pouches I have ever used.

IWB Magazine Pouches at SnakeEaterTactical.com

Disclosure: This pouch was provided free of charge for review by Snake Eater Tactical.

ATLAS Gen 4 ACHILLES Trauma Kit Ankle Band

The ATLAS Gen 4 ACHILLES Trauma Kit Ankle Band has some functionality that you won’t find on any other trauma pouch for ankle carry. It is constructed almost entirely out of 5″ wide heavy duty elastic so it can stretch to fit and retain a wide variety of kit components. This 16″ long band has sewn in pockets for items like dressings and a dedicated tourniquet pocket. It also features an integral tarpaulin sheath for items like Benchmade Rescue Hooks or trauma shears. Finally, a laser cut, MOLLE compatible panel provides a way to attach an additional pouch should you need to add another item like an additional tourniquet.

The Gen 4 ACHILLES Trauma Kit Ankle Band is made right here in the USA by Snake Eater Tactical for ATLAS Consulting Group. You can find it at StrongLikeBeetle.com.

Snake Eater Tactical Tourniquet Optimized Burro

The Snake Eater Tactical (SET) Pistol Burro Magazine Pouches will carry a wide variety of items including tourniquets. However, tourniquets can be a bit of a tight squeeze so now SET has introduced a new tourniquet specific version of the Burro – The Tourniquet Pouch Burro.

The Tourniquet Pouch Burro is constructed the same way as the other Burro pouches – heavy duty elastic outer, an articulated stiffening insert, and a HANK/Hypalon liner to grip the contents – but it is slightly wider to accommodate the width of tourniquets like the CAT and SOF-T. It also has a small loop material square sewn on the front that can be used to display a medical marker.

Tourniquet Pouch Burro at SnakeEaterTactical.com

Snake Eater Tactical Burro Magazine Pouches in Multicam

Snake Eater Tactical’s Burro Magazine Pouches are now available fortified with 100% of your daily allowance of Multicam. You can check them out at SnakeEaterTactical.com.

Sneak Peek: Snake Eater Tactical 2 Point Sling

Snake Eater Tactical (SET) will be releasing a new 2 Point Sling in the near future. This sling has SET’s typical flare for simplicity. It is a simple, non-padded sling with only the minimal hardware needed to create the quick-adjust functionality. The only way this sling gets even mildly complicated is with its attachment options because SET will be offering a ton of them.

This sling should be available early next week.

SET Benchmade 87 Sheath

Snake Eater Tactical (SET) is producing the sheath for the upcoming Benchmade 87 Bali-song. The slim, elastic sheath features laser cut accents and allows for multiple ride heights and positions. It is great to see Benchmade trying new ways to design knife sheaths and working with other Oregon based businesses.

How Snake Eater Tactical’s New Grid System Works

We now have some additional information on how the new patent pending Grid System from Snake Eater Tactical works. They debuted this system on their SET Plate Carrier and it has generated significant interest since then. The video below shows how the Grid holes are used in conjunction with a paracord and a cord lock to mount pouches.

Additionally, the image below shows how the system be used to stack pouches that are otherwise not made to be stackable. Shock cord is used in this image to allow for the expansion of the Rifle Mag Burro pouches.

You can check out the Rifle Plate Carrier at Snake Eater Tactical.

Snake Eater Tactical Plate Carrier Update

If you saw the teaser image of Snake Eater Tactical’s upcoming plate carrier, you probably wondered about the matrix of holes cut into the plate pockets. We now have an answer. The holes are part of a patent pending system that will allow the end user to use paracord or similar to mount MOLLE pouches. This will free the end user to place pouches just about anywhere and even at angles.

This is going to be a very interesting product release. Pre-orders will open this week at SnakeEaterTactical.com. Stay tuned for details.

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Tease: Snake Eater Tactical Plate Carrier

Snake Eater Tactical (SET) dropped a teaser image for their upcoming plate carrier. The image shows the type of interesting material choice and design we have come to expect from SET.

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They promise that the design will be very modular. This image appears to show some very interesting functionality with lat straps that pull to adjust much like a quick-adjust rifle sling, multiple ride heights on the rear plate pocket, and an interesting shoulder strap set up.

There will be more details available soon. Pre-ordering will be open this month. Stay tuned for details.

Snake Eater Tactical Rifle Burro Magazine Pouch Update

The Snake Eater Tactical Rifle Burro Magazine Pouch just sprouted a new appendage!

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The pouches now feature an integral loop that is laser cut into the material from which the Burro is constructed. The loop serves as an anchor point for a bungee retainer should you need extra retention for your magazine. If you don’t need it, you can cut it off or just leave it in place. It is unobtrusive enough to never be in your way.

Check out the Rifle Burro at Snake Eater Tactical.

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