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M4 Reduced Signature Chest Rig (RSCR) from Zulu Nylon Gear

The new M4 Reduced Signature Chest Rig (RSCR) is now available from Zulu Nylon Gear. The chest rig has a healthy dose of functionality packed into a small footprint. It also makes use of Zulu Nylon Gear’s unique front folding magazine pouch design.

The three single M4 magazine pouches are the heart of the RSCR. These pouches feature Zulu Nylon Gear’s front folding flap design that are easy to open and stay out of the way if you want to use the pouches with open tops.

The lower front of the magazine pouches has an adjustable shock cord lattice that can be used to secure items like a tourniquet directly to the rig. The sides feature loops for carrying items like chemlights, markers, and similar items. Additionally, there is a flat pocket behind the magazine pouches for admin items.

The webbing harness is designed to be light and thin. It has built in stretch points made from shock cord to allow it to move with the wearer and be user serviceable. If you would like to utilize the RSCR with a plate carrier, it has the industry standard connection points and hook material necessary to dock on compatible plate carriers.

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XM42 Flamethrower Padded Carry Bag from Zulu Nylon Gear

Flamethrowers are awesome. Commercially available, handheld flamethrowers are especially awesome. Zulu Nylon Gear is working on producing a padded carry bag specifically for the XM42 Flamethrower.

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The XM42 Flamethrower Padded Carry Bag features a full opening, dual zipper secured (YKK #10) side access panel to make it easy to stow your XM42. There is small internal pocket on the access panel for securing the charger. It also has two top mounted grab handles and a shoulder strap with all metal hardware.

If you have dropped the coin on an XM42, this is the type of bag you want protecting your investment. The XM42 Flamethrower Padded Carry Bag is expected to retail around $200 and orders can be taken as early as next week if there is sufficient interest. Check out Zulu Nylon Gear.

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Review: Zulu Nylon Gear AK Double Magazine Pouches

This review has been a long time coming. I have been working with Zulu Nylon Gear’s AK/VZ58 Double Magazine Pouches and they are so different from anything else that I have tried that I felt the need to put a lot time behind them. I became convinced that I liked them early in the process but I found some nuances that I wanted to work through before I wrote this.

Most of the testing for these pouches was done with them mounted to a Mayflower R&C APC.

Most of the testing for these pouches was done with them mounted to a Mayflower R&C APC.

Overview

These pouches are designed to hold 2 AK, VZ58, or similar magazines in a cartridge up orientation and many of the unique features support this design decision. In addition to the bullets up orientation, the pouches carry the magazines with their spines toward the wearer which is different than any other pouch that I have used.

The AK Doubles also make use of Zulu Nylon Gear’s EXCELLENT reverse retention flap. The flaps attach at the back of the pouch and “hinge” at the front. This allows them to fall forward and out of the way of the pouch where they will almost always automatically secure to a small Velcro pad. These retention flaps prevents cartridges from being accidentally stripped from the magazine and servers to retain them when in the closed position.

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Observations from Use

These pouches represent a unique approach to a uniquely AK problem. The problem is that AK magazines are easier to manipulate (and therefore faster) during the reload if they begin in a cartridge up orientation. If the magazines start with the cartridges up, the user no longer has to execute the sweeping turn/twist required to bring the AK magazine into a position where it can be rocked into the magazine well that is necessary when the magazine starts with the cartridges down.

Zulu Nylon Gear basically started from the reload and built the pouch to fit rather than most AK pouches which start with an already established pouch pattern and force the reload to fit. It is a completely different approach to making an AK magazine pouch and this, of course, required an entirely new type of pouch. Everything that is “different” about this pouch and how it holds the magazines is driven by this approach.

The magazines are held with the cartridges up and the spines toward the user. This means that the top of the magazine is presented to the support hand with the cartridges already oriented in the same direction that they must be in order for the magazine to be rocked into place. This makes the reload incredibly smooth and without the hitches that come with the typical magazine orientation. AK users have been putting magazines in pouches with the cartridges up for this reason for a long time but I have never seen a pouch take the concept as far as these by placing the magazine spine against the user.

The magazine orientation leads into the next unique feature which is the flap that is necessary to protect the top of the magazines since, without a flap, they would be exposed to dirt, mud, and possible loss of the first few cartridges. Zulu Nylon Gear already had a great design in the reverse flap that they use on their M4 Doubles. They adapted it to use on the AK Doubles and it is right at home here. The curve of the magazine makes the front hinge work very well. The flap very naturally falls out of the way when the user releases it. Even if it doesn’t make good contact with the Velcro pad meant to secure it out of the way, it tends to stay down because of how it folds on itself.

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If you find yourself wanting to use the pouches as open top pouches or just need to have them stay open, the flap can be secured to a small Velcro pad on the front and the rear part of the flap can be folded down and secured out of the way with another Velcro pad. I never really used this feature because the flap works so well and does a good job of staying out of the way.

Finally, the fact that this is a double magazine pouch with a flap as its primary retention required the pouch to have a useful secondary retention feature for the times that the pouch is left open after a reload so that the second magazine is retained. This was accomplished via an adjustable bungee tension strap. So you can see that the reload sequence drove the orientation of the magazines which drove the flap design which drove the secondary retention feature. Neat.

The secondary bungee retention is what took me the longest to really use effectively. They have to be kept tight or the second magazine can turn in the pouch once the first magazine is removed. This is not the end of the world since the curve of the magazine will easily allow the user to orient it even if they can’t see it but it sort of defeats the purpose of the pouch. If you run the retainers very tight, that generally won’t happen. The second mag will just sort of move to the middle of the pouch, retained from loss, and ready to be your next reload. The only real downside to this is that it is harder to insert magazines into the pouch when the retention is tight.

I would be interested to see if a flat elastic band would work better as the secondary retention. I think it might make it a bit easier to insert magazines but the adjustability of the current shockcord with toaster-lock setup would be lost.

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I was concerned that the magazine pouches would stick out too far from the wearer or be too bulky in some way because of how the magazine are oriented. This turned out to be a non-issue in practical use. There really isn’t that much of a difference because when you go prone, the lower part of the magazine is what you end up laying in. This pushes the lower part of the magazine up against you and the upper part rocks out away from you slightly. This works because the upper part is high on your chest where there is a natural void between you and the ground. There really is pretty much no noticeable difference in terms of bulk when you are prone.

The only other challenges I found with these pouches are common to all double magazine pouches. Nearly every double magazine pouch ever made has had issues with 2 magazines coming out of the pouch instead of just one depending on the design of the magazines being used and loose magazine fit once the first magazines is removed. These are issues that can be worked around by the user.

These pouches are hand-made by a real human person!

This is evidence that these pouches are hand-made by a real human person!

Wrap Up

These magazine pouches are different. I understand that there may be some hesitation to try them or even harsh reactions because of that but they are different for a purpose. You can trace the purpose for their differences all the way back to the AK reload itself. I found that they work quite well. They are fast to reload from and easier too since much of the twisting/turning that is typically required is negated.

Like all Zulu Nylon Gear that I have ever put hands on, they are well made and thoughtfully designed. You have to appreciate the approach taken in designing these pouches. It is fascinating how they worked backwards from the reload rather than just making a pouch that holds magazines and making the user adapt to the pouch. I wish more manufacturers approached problems in similar ways.

Check out the AK Double Magazine Pouch at Zulu Nylon Gear.

Disclosure: These pouches were provided to me for review by Zulu Nylon Gear.

Zulu Nylon Gear – Built Like a Tank Patch

You’re patch collection is missing one! The new Built Like a Tank Patch is now available from Zulu Nylon Gear.

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I own several items from Zulu Nylon Gear and I have to agree. Their gear is built like a tank.

Zulu Nylon Gear Bullpup Shoot 2015 Teaser

Zulu Nylon Gear is one of the exhibitors at Bullpup Shoot 2015 and they are showing up with something cool that capitalizes on the shorter overall length of bullpup pattern rifles. If you want to know what it is, you’ll have to be there.

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Micro Visor Panel from Zulu Nylon Gear

I reviewed the Zulu Nylon Gear MOLLE Visor Panel a long, long time ago. It was a full size panel that really works best on vehicles with larger visors. Now Zulu Nylon Gear has released the Micro Visor Panel that is compact enough to fit just about any vehicle with a visor, large or small.

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The Micro Visor Panel has everything that made the MOLLE Visor Panel great. That includes the very versatile Velcro/PALS/elastic grid on the front of the panel. This MOLLE compatible grid consists of normal PALS webbing in the center row, 1″ elastic loop webbing for the outer two rows, and loop Velcro in between the rows.

The back of the panel features large elastic loops and a single slip pocket which is perfect for maps or other documentation.

The Micro Visor Panel is fairly compact at 9″ x 6″ but don’t think of it is as being made just for small cars. Depending on how much stuff you want to organize, it may be all you need – even for larger vehicles. These visor panels have a lot of adjustment and it should fit in just about any size vehicle.

Check out the new Micro Visor Panel from Zulu Nylon Gear.

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Zulu Nylon Gear AK Double Magazine Pouch

Zulu Nylon Gear just released a very interesting new AK magazine pouch. It features their reverse flap design that was debuted on their M4 Double pouch. The new AK Double Magazine Pouch also orients the magazines with the inward part of the curve forward (rotated 90 degrees from the norm).

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It is the way that these features work together to accomplish the design goal that makes these pouches so interesting. These features all come together to allow you to carry your magazines in a bullets-up orientation which smooths and speeds AK reloads. The flaps cover the magazines to prevent loss or shifting of the top rounds in the magazines. Once released, the flaps “automatically” clear the pouch and remain clear. By turning the magazines so that the inner curve is forward, Zulu Nylon Gear is able to better fit the pouch to the magazines (I suspect that this orientation also makes the reverse flap design work better as well).

The pouches are meant to be mounted higher on the user. Think plate carrier or chest rig instead of “battle belt”. One potential down side that I can see is the increased profile caused by the magazine orientation. I am looking forward to putting hands on these to see if the potential benefits of such a pouch outweigh the increased profile. Stay tuned for a full review.

You can check out the new AK Double Magazine Pouch at Zulu Nylon Gear.

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Zulu Nylon Gear Nintendo 2DS Tactical Case

The Nintendo 2DS is an excellent man-portable, field use time wasting device. The single piece construction minimizes moving parts making it particularly durable and well suited for use in a tactical environment. However, the dual screens are left exposed and susceptible to impact and scratching. The Zulu Nylon Gear 2DS Tactical Case was developed as a dedicated, protective sleeve to cover the dual screens when loose in your ruck or when mounted to MOLLE web gear. The 2DS Tactical Case also features 3 slots for additional game cartridges and a large Velcro loop field on the flap for displaying morale patches. The Case can be mounted to any MOLLE compatible platform with 2 Short MALICE Clips (not included). It is currently available in Black, Coyote Brown, Ranger Green, Multicam, and ATACS AU. As with all other Zulu Nylon Gear products, the 2DS Tactical Case is made in the USA with high quality, milspec materials.

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Pen Stackerz from Zulu Nylon Gear

Zulu Nylon Gear’s new Pen Stackerz look to be very handy. These are basically hook backed elastic tubes that are designed to hold pens, markers, chemlights, string cheese, beef sticks, and other gear of a similar size and shape. These can be used anywhere you have loop material like on the front of a plate carrier or inside a loop lined backpack.

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There are two different configurations, single and double. The double is design to accept the single so that both units can be stacked together to create a triple. In addition to the hook backing, they are available with integrated D rings or HK hooks for additional mounting options.

Check out Pen Stackerz at Zulu Nylon Gear.

ITS Hypalon Concealment Wallet

ITS Tactical’s hotly anticipated Hypalon Concealment Wallet is now available. This wallet is constructed almost entirely from Hypalon which makes it thin, light, and just about bomb-proof. Like any good wallet, it has a cash slot and plenty of smaller slots for business and credit cards. Now on to the good stuff…

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The Hypalon Concealment Wallet isn’t called the concealment wallet just because it’s thin or because it keeps your cash out of sight. No, it’s called the Hypalon Concealment Wallet because it helps conceal some very cool tools. The wallet features concealed slots for carrying the various components of ITS Tactical’s Wallet Entry Kit which is made up of proven components that are common to many entry/E&E/lock bypass kits. The Wallet Entry Kit can be purchased as an option with the wallet and includes:

 

  • (1) Diamond Wire Blade
  • (1) Split-Pawl Handcuff Shim
  • (1) Quick Stick
  • (1) EZ Decoder
  • (1) Ceramic Razor Blade
  • (6) Feet of 188 lb. Test Kevlar Cordage
  • (6) Feet of Stainless-Steel Coated Leader Wire
  • (1) Flat Ti Bogota Entry Single Rake
  • (1) Flat Ti Bogota Entry Triple Rake

 

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It can also be called a concealment wallet because it uses RFID blocking material to conceal your personal information for those who would prey on it. The wallet can be purchased with an optional RFID blocking shield component.

This wallet does more than just carry your loot. Check out the ITS Hypalon Concealment Wallet.

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