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Jan
08

DAA Mag Pouch followup

Well, better late than never? :-) Since I first wrote about the DAA Race Master Magazine Pouch back in July, I’ve put a lot of mileage on three of them, including two major matches. I think I can pretty accurately describe for you my findings after using them for that period of time. And … they’re really good!

I’d recommend reading my previous post, first, as the rest of this article will make a little more sense afterward.

First, I noticed on DAA’s website that they now have a single stack magazine adapter for the new pouch – that wasn’t available back in July. It appears to hold the mag in the middle of the pouch, which is probably ideal, given that you’ve got a narrow mag in a wide pouch – your first finger will naturally tend to find the center, so the mag might as well sit there. I haven’t had a chance to try the pouch out that way, yet. You might also notice that there’s a magnet available for the front of the pouch (more on this later).

After shooting a number of rounds with the pouches in practice, several local matches, the USPSA Open Nationals, and the 2011 USPSA Area 2 Championship with the Race Master pouches, I can definitely say they’re staying on my belt.

Much like the Race Master holster, you can tighten the adjustment screws quite firmly. The pouches just don’t move after that (also owed in part to how stable the hanger is on the belt). This has actually led to my reloads being much more consistent, as the magazine is always in the spot I expect it to be. Whereas before, I’d tend to fumble reloads when I was pushing on speed, I do it far less frequently out of these pouches because my ability to attain a solid, consistent grip on the magazine is so much better than it was with the CR Speed pouch. That was an unexpected benefit, but one I’m more than happy to reap the rewards of, for sure…

Through all of that stick time, I’ve had all three pouches set on their lightest tension setting. No yard sales, yet the pouches release the mag very easily. Much better than other pouches I’ve used.

Early on, I noticed that I was banging the knuckle on my middle finger on the lower/outside corner of the pouch. That went away on it’s own – I don’t notice it at all, now.

I also noticed that my belt weighs a bit more in the hand. After all, these pouches are metal, and weigh more than a plastic pouch. However, the weight isn’t noticeable on the belt after a long day. The weight of the gun and magazines is far more, and I do what I can to keep at least the magazines off of my belt when I’m not actively preparing for a stage.

I’ve noticed one strange thing with the first pouch on my belt. I run that one with a little more angle on it (as you can see from the first picture). The pouch is developing a small burr on the inside front edge of the corner furthest away from my body. I suspect this is due to the feed lips (or possibly some other part of the magazine) dragging across that corner as I draw the mag out and move it up toward the gun. It hasn’t gotten bad, or sharp, at this point, but I should be able to smooth that out easily with a small file and some sandpaper if it gets worse. I’d label this “no big deal”. This hasn’t happened with the other two pouches – of course, the predominance of my reloads have come out of the first pouch, but I don’t think I’ll see that out of the others, due to the difference in angle.

As I alluded to in the first article, I’d rather not have to try to stuff magazines into these pouches under pressure. They fit the mags so perfectly that they won’t really tolerate an off angle magazine at high speed. You’ll recall, though, that stuffing mags into pouches under pressure is not a super easy thing to do with anybody’s pouch, so this is not a problem isolated to the Race Master pouch. Because of that, though, I’d recommend running a magnet somewhere on your belt for those stages that require it. The magnet that attaches to the pouch is an attractive option for this, as it puts a magazine in roughly the same place that you already expect it, and at the same angle that you usually grab the magazine at. This is going to help your speed in getting to a magazine that might otherwise be in an awkward position.

As near as I can tell, the only real downside to these pouches is that they’re pricier than the other current offerings on the market (about 30% more than the CR Speed pouch). Again, they’re solid machined metal, and every other offering on the market is plastic of some flavor. The price difference is to be expected, and is not so large that I’d think twice about recommending the Race Master pouches to anyone else.

So, that’s really about all there is to tell you about them. Much like the Race Master holster, DAA’s Race Master Magazine Pouch is a solid piece of kit, and one that I’ve added to my own belt for the long term.

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DaveRe

USPSA Grand Master, NRA Instructor, http://re-gun.com/about/

Permanent link to this article: http://re-gun.com/2012/01/daa-mag-pouch-followup/

2 pings

  1. DR Performance says:

    New blog post – a followup to my initial review of the DAA Mag Pouch – http://t.co/Jjm5igv3

  2. Dave Pluimer says:

    New blog post – a followup to my initial review of the DAA Mag Pouch – http://t.co/Jjm5igv3

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