When I cruise the vendors’ displays at SWAT Round-Up International, I look for new products. About three-quarters of the way down the north aisle, I saw something that made me pause: an AR-15 mag pouch that had the magazine…upside down. Well, I had to stop and chat with the folks at Gear4Grunts.com.
CEO Doug Mullen is the inventor of the RAMP, or Rapid Access Magazine Pod. Doug’s military experience and work as a civilian defense contractor led him to ask, “Why are we still carrying rifle magazines the same way we did in WWI?” In examining the ergonomics of a magazine change, Doug figured out something innovative. The patent pending RAMP 5.56 orients the magazine in the same way it goes into the gun, bullets up.
During a mag change with the RAMP, the soldier or officer makes just two motions. Down to pull the mag out and Up to insert into the mag well. Pretty slick. If you think about current magazine pouch configurations, whether nylon, Kydex, or polymer, the magazine is carried so that you have to retrieve the magazine up, rotate and reorient it, and then seat it in the gun. The most time consuming part of a mag change is in manipulating the magazine.
Read the full review on Thin Blue Florida here: http://thinblueflorida.com/?s=RAMP