I recently completed my second tactical response class in the past 3 months or so and came away with a revelation: magazine dump pouches can get people killed.
If you are not familiar the idea of their use it is to have a place to stash empty(or partially empty) magazines rather than dropping them on the ground. I understand the premise. The thought is you only have so many magazines and cannot just chuck ’em on the ground to be lost. Here is my deal: If there is a combat situation which I am expending rounds and changing magazines – the least of my concern is loosing a few magazines. My primary goal is staying alive. In trying to accomplish my goal I need to focus, keep my eyes up, and the few seconds it may take to drop that magazine in a pouch may provide an advantage to the threat which I am engaging. An advantage which could cost me my life.
During my most recent firearms training class a partner and I had to breach a building. We entered the door, cleared the room from far corners to middle – and engaged threats that were randomly placed within the room. While firing my carbine my magazine ran out and I had to change and change it fast. No way would I have taken the time to drop the magazine in a pouch.
I realize that some might say that the drop pouch could be used only in those cases where engagement provided the opportunity to do it safely. I can see that however your performance in a real firefight is going to be based on your training. I want to be able to be consistent in training – and consistently quick.
Magazines – specially for the AR and AK are extremely cheap. Buy enough of them so that there is no worry if you have to drop a few.
That is the decision I have made. No drop pouch on my LBE.
How about you?