M4/AR-15 magazine pouches can hold anything from a single 30-round 5.56mm NATO to normally 3 separate pouches. Depending on the brand and style of mag pouch you choose, you can hold up to 6 30-round mags in one loadout. There are dozens of brands of tactical gear with varying levels of technology, so we narrowed down the top 5 M4 mag pouches that we recommend. Each of these mag pouches is durable, reliable, practical, and has advanced technology incorporated into their design. We will focus our attention on Tyr Tactical, High Speed Gear, S&S Precision, First Spear, and Blue Force Gear.
The Tyr Tactical Rifle Mag Pouch with the adjustable Happy Mag clip is capable of securing 5.56 or 7.62 magazines. Tyr Tactical mag pouches are noticeably wider than any other mag pouch on this list. This extra width offers more versatility because it can hold a 5.56mm NATO, 7.62mm, or .308 magazine with multiple retentions and securing features. The Happy Mag clip is the best feature because it gives you the option of not using the top retention strap and still gives you confidence in 100% retention of your mag. The pouch weighs only 4.93 oz, 4.5" in height, and 3.25" wide. The width is great, but it does make it tough to fit multiple pouches on your plate carrier or vest without having them right on top of each other. The Happy Mag clip provides excellent retention and a very smooth and consistent draw.
Why Should I Buy the TYR Tactical Rifle Mag Pouch?
Versatility in your equipment is incredibly important for every soldier or police officer in the crazy environment we live in today. The Tyr Tactical Rifle Mag Pouch will allow you to carry any pistol caliber, 5.56, or 7.62 mags with a simple adjustment of the retention strap on the bottom of the pouch. This mag is very expensive, starting at $50, but the versatility it offers makes it worth the price. Essentially, you don’t need to carry pistol mag pouches if you don’t want to because they will comfortably and securely fit into the mag pouch. This allows you to cut down on the amount of gear you buy and focus on building an efficient, effective, and streamlined loadout. The mag pouch is built from waterproof, shockproof, and incredibly strong 500-denier Cordura.
What is 500-Denier Cordura?
500-denier Cordura is a nylon composite fabric that is specifically designed to have an incredibly strong tensile strength with a massive reduction in weight. 500-denier Cordura has shown to hold up against in the austere environments that our soldiers face in today’s warfare. 500-denier Cordura holds up against the fading from the sun and repels water better than most other mag pouch fabrics. Whether you’re stuck training or fighting in the rain, snow, or having to swim, 500-denier Cordura will dry quickly and prevent the degradation of the fabric from mildew or rot. This fabric is used in the skiing/snowboarding scene and to build sea rescue supplies due to its ability to repel water, dry quickly, and prevent mildew or rot from destroying the fabric.
The M4 3-Mag “Ranger" Shingle is everything you’d ever want in an M4 magazine pouch because of its durability, retention, and noise-reduction features. Since the mag pouch isn’t made with a ton of plastic, you’re still able to maintain proper noise discipline while running. Since FirstSpear uses its own advanced technology, known as the 6/9 and 6/12 attachments systems, this mag pouch is as tight to the vest as possible. The level of retention is what you’ll notice when you first place your mags in your vest and the Cordura gives it an expensive feel. The shock-cord loops on top of the mag pouch ensure that your mags will be secure if whether you’re crawling in the woods or diving into the water. As with all FirstSpear products, this is incredibly expensive ($85), but is well worth the money.
Why Should I Buy the Ranger Shingle M4 3-Mag Pouch?
Anything you buy from FirstSpear is made with amazing quality and functionality in mind. This 3-mag pouch is built in either their 6/9 or 6/12 attachment system, so look to see which one fits your plate carrier. The low profile and tight fit to the plate carrier are great for operators who need to lay prone or low-crawl in a hostile environment. There is no snag or catching on rocks, branches, dirt, or concrete. This mag pouch system gives you better retention than most other products and doesn’t require you to alter your prone firing position based on the mag pouch.
3. Blue Force Gear-Stackable Ten-Speed M4 Mag Pouch
The Blue Force Ten-Speed M4 mag Pouch is the epitome of versatility with its ability to stack other mag pouches on top of each other for a more expansive loadout. The best feature of this mag pouch is the fact that it weighs less than 1/10 of a pound! You can choose between single, double, or triple sizes, depending on your mission requirements. The Helium Whisper attachment system is just one of many reasons to choose Blue Force Gear M4 mag pouches. This gear has an even lower profile than the FirstSpear M4 Pouch and is the lightest mag pouch you’ll find on our list. the Ultracomp technology used in Blue Force gear is a great upgrade on traditional Mil-Spec gear because it’s much stronger than almost all fabric used in mag pouches.
What is the Helium Whisper Attachment System?
The Helium Whisper Attachment System was specifically designed to lighten the load you have to carry while maintaining the strength, durability, and functionality of the product. It’s a single-piece back panel made of the Ultracomp material for an incredibly high tensile strength that is ultra-lightweight and customizable to fit your mission needs. The Helium Whisper reduces the number of parts needed for a secure attachment system to MOLLE, which reduces the number of weak points in the pouch. This also makes any product with Helium Whisper easier to use and quicker to attach to your battle belt or plate carrier.
Why Should I Buy Blue Force’s Ten-Speed M4 Mag Pouch?
Blue Force makes the lightest mag pouch on the market and uses some of the most advanced technology in the tactical gear field. These mag pouches can stack with other Blue Force gear for pistol mag pouches, other M4 mag pouches, and other gear such as a handheld GPS, flashbang, radio, or compact trauma kits. The mag pouch is hydrophobic and abrasive-resistant to ensure the mag pouch is durable and reliable. Blue Force Gear also provides a lifetime warranty for their products in case of manufacturer defects, such as tears, water erosion, or retention issues.
The Turnover is a great product from Ferro Concepts that is specifically designed to be used in conjunction with their Slickster plate carrier. This double mag pouch is made of elastic for a versatile retention system to allow varying sizes of magazines. Ferro Concepts is a great American company that offers the best pricing for any top brand of tactical gear. This double mag pouch is only $21.00 and can save you anywhere from $50-100 on your loadout versus the other companies on the list. It may not have advanced tech like blue Force Gear or FirstSpear, but it’s more than capable of securing your M4 mags. It’s built with a hook Velcro on the back and a loop Velcro on the front to increase the versatility of how you install the pouch on your loadout platform.
HSGI’s TACO LT is pretty much the same as the original TACO, but it’s 25% lighter and built with new injection-molded polymer brackets on the side. These brackets help the TACO LT hold any AR-15, M4, or AK 47 magazine with ease. I love the quick draw capability with the TACO LT and the low profile that takes up only 3" on your platform. The new injection-molded polymer brackets add noise to a relatively quiet platform, but it makes up for it with versatility. I still believe the TACO LT has good noise discipline, but it’s not as good as the other products on the list. The retention in the TACO LT is very good, but not great in comparison to the FirstSpear or Tyr Tactical models. The best thing about the TACO LT is this product will last you years if you take care of it. With a mention cord on the bottom and a weight of only 0.13 lbs, this pouch can secure any rifle mag you have with ease and comfort.
High Speed Gear always makes great products designed to last and remain functional in any situation you find yourself in. The beveled sides are widened to allow either steel or Magpul mags from 7.62mm to 5.56mm. For the price of $41, I’d consider this mag if I didn’t already have a 10-speed from Blue Force Gear or a Ranger Shingle M4 pouch from FirstSpear. The durability and quick draw capability of the TACO is more than enough reason to buy this mag pouch, but the fact that it’s made in America is just another great reason to support them.
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