By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com
In our recent article on the STRAC Technologies ST-1 FAST System (TM) Model M4 quick-mag-change/weapon-reload system, we meantioned that Mil-Spec Monkey (MSM) had a demonstration video on a competing product called the FAST MAGS Rapid Change Magazine Carrier for AR-15/M16 30-round mags, made by ITW Military Products (ITWMP), which looks like an interesting product.
"Tactical Trunk Monkey" patch on either their backpack or sleave (can’t remember which), which we really liked. Anyway, Mil-Spec Monkey makes a lot of cool patches that are worn by people in the military and law enforcement (Mil/LE) tactical communities. While we were at SHOT Show 2008 in February (2007), we noticed MagPul Industries’ Media/PR Director Drake Clark wearing a Mil-Spec Monkey "Pighead" patch on his show badge. The graphic on the Pighead patch actually looks somewhat like a wild boar’s head, due to the prominent tusks. Another cool (and new) MSM patch is the "Major League Doorkicker" patch.
Mil-Spec Monkey has a lot of other cool patches and is also marketing some some tactical products (including tactical nylon gear) like the Esstac Boar Chest-Rig, FAST MAG, and the Maxpedition Monkey Combat Admin Pouch. Oh, and let’s not forget Ninja Academy – Splatter t-shirts. DefRev recommends that you check out all these items at the Mil-Spec Monkey website, and then head over to the the Mil-Spec Monkey Online Store if you see anything you like.
We also recommend you check out the ITWMP FAST MAGS Rapid Change Magazine Carrier. Here are the FAST MAGS high points, direct from the ITWMP website (edited/modified by DefenseReview):
- Holds single AR-15/M16/M4/M4A1 Carbine 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Rem. ammo mag
- Reduces reload cycle time
- Mount facing up or down (based on user preference)
- Optional Jump Strap (shock cord strap w/ lanyard)
- Jump Strap stowed behind FASTmag when not in use
- Mounts to any MOLLE/P.A.L.S. 1” Web system
- High-impact-resistant polymer case w/ anti-fragmentation (reduces secondary shrapnel)
- Slight twist draws mag out easily for quick reload
- M4 Carbine mag stays secure without pouch flap, hooks, cover, or lid
- Retention strap can be removed for reduced friction
DefRev’s going to try to acquire a few of these for T&E, soon.
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