TACTICAL GEAR – FIELD TESTED: Zulu Nylon Gear M4 Double Magazine Pouch – An Innovative M-4 Mag Pouch in a Sea of Mundane
These days you don’t see much Innovation in the tactical nylon market outside of a few companies like HSGI, SO-Tech and OSOE. Most Tactical Nylon products are basically rehashes of the same old designs with the only difference being a manufacturers tag.
But one Tactical Nylon gear company over the past year has been pushing the envelope of new and innovative tactical nylon products. And that company is Zulu Nylon gear headed up by Joel Z. They first burst onto the market with what is [in our opinion] the best admin pouches out there.
Zulu then jumped into the Tactical man-Bag arena with the solidly built Emissary Messenger Bag. Both are unique tactical nylon products that have raised the bar in both categories.
Recently we here at DVM were fortunate enough to participate in the field testing of Zulu’s latest offering, the Zulu Nylon Gear M4 Double Magazine Pouch.
When Joel first mentioned them to me honestly my first thought was “Really, an M-4 Mag Pouch? The Tactical Gear market needs another M-4 Mag Pouch like it Needs More Chinese Sweat-Shops”. But considering how fresh Zulu’s other gear is I kept an open mind that Zulu’s M-4 mag Pouches would be as good at their other shit is.
When the pouches arrived the first thing I noticed was the unique top flap that held the mags in-place. I am a big fan of a flapped double-mag pouches [but I like a bungee for singles] but one of the biggest problems is the flap. After you open it either re-secures itself down in an awkward angle [in the case of Velcro secured flaps] or it flops around when you run [for side-squeeze secured flaps], I call this “Crazy Flap Syndrome” [CFS].
Zulu has solved this problem by arranging the flap opening on the top [instead of the bottom] and then adding Velcro to hold down the then opened flap…. So basically when you open the pouch [by pulling downward] the flap is automatically held open therefore eliminating the above mentioned “Crazy Flap Syndrome”.
The pouches have an adjustable draw-string bungee so no worry about your mags falling out after the pouch is open. The pouch will fit 2 standard USGI Aluminum, Magpul PMAG, and most other 5.56 magazine. You can’t use ranger plates because it makes the top hard to secure [does anyone even still use those remnant’s of the 90’s anyway?].
The Zulu Nylon Gear M4 Double Magazine Pouch also has all the usual stuff you would expect to find on a double M-4 Mag pouch like MILSPEC components, grommets for draining, PALS webbing on the back for hooking on a couple of Long MALICE Clips (not included) and like all Zulu products it is Sewn in Chicago in the good old U.S. of A.
I tested these for a couple of months mounted them to my rig and used them every day here in Iraq. Learning the new muscle -memory for the pull-down opening was a breeze and kicked in naturally after a couple of hours running them on the range. The construction is way solid and shows no wear after months of daily use and exposure to the elements [they even got soaking wet when I was running around in the rain for a whole day].
Additionally I loaned them out to several other operators to get their opinion, some of the best feedback came from a former SF guy on one of the Tier-1 teams who said quote “those pouches are the mother-fucking shit bro, I wish I had them back in the day”. Another guy wore them on his “war belt” here in Iraq for a week and liked them so much I had to corner him at the chow-hall to get them back.
The only real suggestion we had for Joel over at Zulu was to make the pull tab on the flap a little longer: which you will see on the production model.. Besides that they were The Heat. I really can’t see myself using any other type of double M-4 mag Pouches ever again after running these.
I currently use one as a holster for my pistol on my rig, the pouch wasn’t really designed for packing a pistol but nonetheless it holds a pistol securely. I have used an M-4 mag pouch as a holster for years and it is my preferred way to carry a pistol on a rig as I fucking hate drop-rigs. I also ran the pouch open with a single AK mag a bunch of times, and as long as you tighten the bungee a bit it holds the AK mag like a glove.
Overall this is a unique and truly innovative M-4 pouch that solves several design problems in traditional flapped double M-4 Mag Pouches. It is solidly sewn in the U.S. for a reasonable price and will no-doubt become a standard design in flapped mag pouches.
Zulu Nylon Gear
M4 Double Magazine Pouch
34 to 35 bucks
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James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and Chasing Fools Down in the DFAC. James G. on FACEBOOK