ecently I've started a project to rebuild my first line setup and have been looking for magazine pouches for it. The idea is to build quite a standard setup with 2 pistol mag pouches, 1 fast access rifle mag pouch, dump pouch, medical pouch and holster. While the magazine pouches weren't a high priority for me I happened to notice a local sale at MILGEAR, which had some Templars Gear magazine pouches on discount.
Their design with the laser cutting production method was pretty interesting so with the lowered price I decided to give them a try although I usually try to stick to American manufacturers I've learnt to trust over the years.
Anyhow I picked up 2 pistol magazine pouches, model: TG-FMPDS and one M4 magazine pouch, model: TG-FMR, all of them in original Multicam.
The laser cut design of the pouches allows Templars Gear to forgo regular PALS webbing channels on the pouches although they do come with built in straps to attach the pouches to MOLLE equipment. The strap is made of the same same material (more on that soon) as the pouch. You just thread the strap through laser cut openings in the fabric instead of webbing channels. While it's handy that you don't need extra malice clips or similar I'm a little concerned that the attachment strap has no locking mechanism and once threaded is just turned and shoved under the pouch to "close" the attachment.
Both the pistol and M4 pouches have the same functional design, basically just the size of the pouch is different. The front and back of the pouch are made of laminated 500D Cordura and sides are covered by a molded plastic part that gives retention for the magazine. The pouch fabric is reinforced with a laminate for strength. This design makes the pouches lighter compared to regular modular pouches.
The retention can be adjusted with a shock-cord that is threaded around the pouch. The shock-cords adjustment is below the pouch, which is possibly my main gripe about the pouch design. The shock-cord gives each pouch an annoying "tail", which needs to be somehow secured out of the way for example behind the pouch or cut off once user has found the right retention level for the magazine. It's good that the tail is below the pouch to not interfere with magazine pull but personally I'd prefer no tail at all. That said the shock-cord solution is a good solution to basically provide unlimited choice on retention tightness for the user.
What I really like is that the inside of the pouch has grip fabric (possibly Slip-Not from Eastex Products?), which also provides extra retention for the mags in addition to the shock-cord tightening.
In general craftsmanship seems to be right there on-par with other manufacturers, sewing is spot on.
That covers my first impressions on these pouches, I'm excited to put them to use, and hopefully my small perfectionist concerns about the shock-cord tails and attachment strap will be laid to rest at that point.
If you liked this post follow us on Instagram to stay tuned for more! Also let us know if there's anything you'd like to ask about the pouches and we'll do our best to answer. You can reach us best with Instagram DMs.