Fusion of Old & New – Leather AR-15 Magazine Pouch Options

While the AR-15 and its STANAG-compatible weapons are labeled “Modern Sporting Rifles” (and rightfully so), I see little reason for the modern rifles to completely abandon tradition. Its true that these MSR’s are often seen with a plethora of tactical nylon, but they don’t have to be. Just as the rifles do not always have to be aluminum, steel, and plastic (there are some great wood furniture kits out there), magazine pouches don’t always have to been 1000-denier cloth or Kydex.

Turns out there are a few options for those who enjoy leather wear for their Modern Sporting Rifles.

Simply Rugged Holsters

Known for a huge variety of leather goods including hoslters, ammo pouches, and other leather-based goods, Simply Rugged offers a fully customized AR-15 magazine pouch. Options include color, border stamping, basket weave, embossing, and various carvings. Base pricing is set at $20 for a belt-mounted option (fits both standard and tactical belts). 



Various countries have utilized leather extensively in their combat gear. In fact, most military surplus pouches for the AK-47 are leather. Numerous examples exist that will easily fit the Stanag magazines of various sizes. Typically, they are less than $20 / pouch.

-Czechs used leather pouches for their VZ-58 rifles.


-Romanian pouches were common for their AK’s


-German FAL pouches fit 10 and 20 rounders easily.


Commission Works

Various well-known leather workers have offered the magazine pouches at various times. Both Lou Alessi and Milt Sparks offer custom work.


Bottom line, don’t think you are stuck with modern materials!

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.

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


  • Lance

    Only one downside of leather is that in hot conditions it sweats and you get salt residue on your gear then. For range work though this is just fine.

    • RealitiCzech

      AR mags are generally plastic or aluminum, so salt isn’t likely to be a problem unless you have one of the (more rare) steel mags.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Aren’t as practical as thermoformed or HSGI Tacos but man I want one!

    These would go perfect with 20magazines and wood furniture!

    • Gary Kirk

      Like this?

      • Harry’s Holsters


        • Gary Kirk

          Not quite perfection.. With the triangular handgaurds it should be an A1 upper.. Still beautiful nonetheless, wish I could find who made these..

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I’ve seen a few and I think they are all parts guns.

  • AirborneSoldier

    Ill stick to nylon. Easier to dry and get mud, sand, dirt out of. The commies used leather as they had lots post war