An “Admin” Pouch That is Actually Useful – TST Allen Key Pouch

tst-essential-allen-key-pouch

Top Stitch Tactical, a fully custom nylon sewing shop, is offering a molle pouch that may just actually deserve to be on a combat rig for more than just decoration. (I jest, but all too often I see MOLLE panels covered for the sake of being covered).

Coming in at the tip of practicality is the Essentials Allen Key Pouch. In short, its a MOLLE / PALS compatible pouch that through the minimal use of velcro can keep all the essential Allen keys one needs to maintain a weapon in the field. The pouch features complete internal retention (an extra inside flap) to keep the smallest of those pesky hex-sided suckers from disappearing during tactical activities.

12512411_1714532548792321_8475660885871867568_n

Having tested a bevvy of multi-tools (see my review of the Real Avid here), there are still things that many of the tools do not cover, especially with the proliferation of small optics. The multi-tools come with some common sizes of hex keys, but they do not meet the full needs of one in the field.

For those interested, Triple Stitch Tactical will make just about anything nylon and tactical that one can dream over. For this interested in seeing past work or contacting them, check out their Facebook page or their website. 

12717186_1699308866981356_5896798067250533733_n



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


Advertisement

  • Austin

    This looks handy and you couldn’t be more right on the over application of MOLLE.

  • hking

    Why would you carry a bunch of individual ones? Just use a fold up set that has pretty much any size you would ever need, plus they fit in a small flashlight pouch.

    • Roy G Bunting

      Because the scope ring uses Torx, the battery compartment uses flat microdriver, and the other parts might be metric or US standard.

      Unless they make custom keysets, you’re unlikely to find all the right tips and sizes in one key set.

      Also the key set would weigh more.

      • Anomanom

        What awful person made scope rings that use Torx?

        • Roy G Bunting

          Burris, in the PEPR mount.

          • Anomanom

            Apparently in all of their rings. Nice to know. Definitely wont get those. Hex screws are one thing, but i genuinely hate funky screw heads.

        • Caroline R.

          Leupold, Warne, and Vortex

      • raz-0

        You also left out the fact that some of those screws need to use the short end of the L to access them.

  • Roy G Bunting

    I was just wondering if there was a grip core or other tiny pouch for these.

    My solution was going to be taping the hex wrenches to the scope or rail.

    • raz-0

      I use the MIAD core for 2xAA batteries, and just rubber band the wrenches together.

    • politicsbyothermeans

      Just switch the Allens for a Phillips or flat head. Home Depot and Lowes helpfully have pitch and length guides right there in the hardware aisle.

  • Captain Obvious

    I carry my hex wrenches in the pistol grip of each of my ARs and in the hollow stocks or pouches of other rifles along with cleaning gear.

  • Bob

    *At last picture* Ten mags for a total of 300 rounds plus presumably one in the rifle? What, is this a Call of Duty game?

    • politicsbyothermeans

      I, and everyone on my team, carried more than that in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      • Bob

        Guess my civie glasses are making me wonder in what situation anyone but a mall ninja would actually carry that much. I suppose that also means my old Chinese chest rig that holds four mags is woefully inadequate for modern military use….

        • politicsbyothermeans

          I hear you. Imagine you are in some valley in Afghanistan at 14,000 ft and it’s 98 degrees so the air liaison officer has already said there will be no attack aviation and you are, as always, not a priority for the fixed wing guys. You are going to patrol the valley, spend the night at the high end and then walk back the next morning. You are outside of the range of the organic 81mm mortars back at the COP. You are going to take fire, no doubt about it. That’s not a bizarre situation; it’s business as usual for 5 months out of the year in Trashcanistan.

          Switching gears, when I take tactical rifle courses now that I’m retired, I have a magazine in each of my back pockets and that’s it. Without lots of warning, I can’t imagine having more than about 80 rounds available.

          • Bob

            Sounds like loads of fun. As for me, I actually do have some old German mag pouches I could stick on my belt, as well as a pair of suspenders, so I could probably carry… Twelve… Sixteen, plus a forty round mag… Yeah, I could carry a whopping 520 rounds, all in mags ready to rock if I wanted, but I cannot see any reason I would want to carry that kind of weight to wander around the woods or run around on the range with nothing but coyotes or other shooters to threaten me. Mind you, this is even more fun, because I have an AK and we’re talking about the nice and light 7.62×39 round, not 5.56…

    • Budogunner

      I’m more confused by a chest rig that provides storage for rifle magazines and absolutely nothing else.

      • Bob

        Mall ninjas don’t need no stinkin’ extra storage. ;D

        • Budogunner

          Or IFAKs, apparently. I always like to keep one in my range rig, just in case.

    • iksnilol

      Like, what makes 5.56 cool is that you can carry a lot of it.

      • Bob

        Sorry, but as noted in my other replies here, I, as a civilian, don’t see any reason to carry more ammo on one’s person than the average person shoots during a range trip. As mentioned by Senior politics, this is not the same viewpoint for a soldier running around in the Middle East.

        • Phil Hsueh

          It all depends on how much ammo you can afford and like to expend during a range trip. If you really like to shoot and can afford to pop off 300 rounds/trip then why wouldn’t you simply load up 10 mags instead of carrying just a few and then loading them up at the range as you use them?

  • Just get a multitasker. It fits common bits. So you can switch out the selection of bits from stock to suit whatever you need. For example many rear sights use a 0.050″ hex bit, and the SIG P229R uses a Torx Plus bit for the grips. I just replaced some bits I didn’t need in the bit holder with those.

  • Joe Moore

    Each one of my rifles has all needed Allen style keys stored in the pistol grip. It’s pretty basic.

  • politicsbyothermeans

    Our armorer did his homework and researched the correct replacement for all of the various Allen screws that came with our stuff. Most of the team leaders then per-proed flathead or Phillips head replacements. At something like $20 a man to replace everything with field serviceable Allen screw replacements, it was well worth it.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Nice commercial.