Safariland Rifle Mag Pouch for Belt Loop System
Quality Magazine Pouch for M1A/M14 Magazines
The first Safariland 774 Rifle magazine pouch I bought was the 774-308-13, this magazine pouch fits M1A/M14 magazines and comes with a belt clip. I am going to tell you how you can also use any 774-308 magazine pouch for AR-15 magazines. When I bought the 774-308-13, I thought I would use the belt clip instead of the ELS attachment system. This was a very bad idea as the clip does not work well with the thick ELS belt and under belt. For the brief period of time the belt clip was on the pouch, it appeared to be a good arrangement for a "normal belt." Of course removing the belt clip and replacing it with the ELS fork was very easy. The pouch holds the upper third of the magazine and is adjustable for tension. I am very happy with the security of a magazine in the pouch. You can run with a full magazine and not have to worry about it hopping out. Yet, it is easy to remove the magazine when needed. I see no reason why this pouch should not last a life time.
At the time I bought the 774-308-13, I was just starting 3 gun in the heavy metal class (.308 rifle only), but shortly after starting, I ran out of steel safe bullets. I could not afford to purchase commercial .308 ammo and, having a large ammo of .223 ammo, decided to switch to the Tactical Iron sight class and use my AR. Now I was looking at having to buy a new magazine pouch, until on a whim, I inserted an AR magazine in the 774-308-13 pouch. I quickly saw the AR magazine would fit fine front to back, but there was too much side space. So I made a spacer to fill the empty side space. This worked great. You can use the magazine pouch tension screws to fine tune the tension and you still get the great features of the unmodified magazine pouch. The first picture shows the spacer installed in the magazine pouch. Yes, it will rub on your AR magazine, but I don't find that a problem as the wear is on the upper 3rd of the magazine. The same area your getting magazine well wear. The second picture show an AR magazine in the modified pouch. NOTE: I use aluminum GI magazines so I cannot say if there are problems with plastic magazines.
I used aluminum flat stock for the spacer. My spacer measures ( all measurements approximate) 2.5 inch long, 1/4 thick, and 5/8 wide. To get the correct thickness I had to glue two pieces of the flat stock together using JB Cold Weld. My mounting holes are 1.5 inches apart center to center. I used original Safariland Allen head bolts. The heads on the Safariland bolts are big enough a washer is not needed on the outside of the holster. Mounting holes on the magazine pouch are big enough you have wiggle room. Additionally, as the pictures show, the magazine pouches are recessed where the spacers go which provide clearance. When using AR magazines I mount my spacers on the outside wall of the holster. The third photograph shows the two AR spacers outside of the holsters and how I bent the Safariland Allen wrench to allow for installation and adjustment of the spacers and the pouch tension.
While rifle reloads are rare, I like to have a spare magazine available for any gun I am shooting in case a magazine gremlin jumps up. So I wanted two magazine pouches. Hence the purchase of the 774-308-23, this is the M1A/M14 magazine pouch only. Since I did not want to use up belt space with two separate magazines, I joined my two 774 pouches together. This was very simple. To join the two magazines, I used an old corner reinforcement strap which measures 2 1/4 long, 1/2 wide and 1/8 thick. I had to drill one new hole. The fourth and fifth pictures show it, and how I used the Safariland bolts and nuts. The bolt heads will rub on the M1/M14 magazines, but you can use the magazine pouch tension adjustment to fine tune the tension. I have experienced no problems using the two pouches joined in this manner. I use the outside pouch to hold the magazine I will load to the rifle and the inside pouch holds the spare magazine. This connector is only needed when using M1A/M14 magazines. When using two AR magazines, the second spacer joins the two pouches together. I will add that I would love to see Safariland come out with a purpose built connector to do what my home made connector does. I think it would be a very worth while addition to the Safariland product line.
The 774-308 pouch is a good product and for my purposes, with my modifications, it became a great dual purpose product. Once again the flexibility and quality of Safariland ELS gear shines through.
December 26, 2014
Rifle mag pouch
I've carried one of these pouches for Patrol Duty use, ever since they were released. Great product, allowing the end user to have multiple applications.
October 28, 2014