Operation Solutions International Mag Pack | SHOT 2017

Operation Solutions International is a company in the United States that is bringing in an interesting take on magazine carriers with a single point of entry and insert. The working concept has been around for a year or more, but with OSI’s involvement in bringing the product to the United States has just now begun. Currently the company could only show the Gen One version in time for SHOT, as the Gen Two couldn’t make it in time for the show.

The carrier is centered around the concept of a single point of magazine removal. This way a shooter won’t be switching locations to pull magazines from pouches on a plate carrier, belt, or vest. The design is really intended for LE/Military assault/ first responders that need multiple magazine changes very quickly, in a short amount of time. It uses a spring system to push down on a sort of follower, that then pushes the magazines down until it reaches an angled portion that pushes the magazine outside the pack, but just exposes it enough for a user to grab and deploy it. It is made out of a very high strength polymer, using an extrusion. By flipping the box around, it can be configured for either left or right handed usage. The carrier pictured is a modified camelback carrier with openings at the bottom to allow the magazine to stick out.

It does remove the need for actual magazine pouches, but many would have all sorts of arguments against the product. But it is worth noting several advantages of the system. By having a MOLLE compatible section, it can be MOLLE-ed to a plate carrier, thus freeing up some of the most space on any carrier which is taken up by magazine pouches. By freeing up space, it allows the shooter the ability to get into more flexible positions that would have been tough with pouches. It also allows for an actual camelback to be placed over the carrier, even up to an assault pack. But I don’t know what difference a larger pack on top of the magazine carrier would cause.

In addition, I can see this sort of system working great for helicopters, cars, or ships. Essentially vehicles that have a vast range of movement but crews still need the ability to grab magazines for quick reloads. With this system, the next magazine can be exposed and read to go, without risking it falling. A very large risk in a helicopter or ship where it could go flying out of a door or window.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia. You can also follow us on Twitter- @Silah_Report

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • The Bob

    So… A magazine magazine?

    • EdgyTrumpet

      High capacity assault magazine magazine.

      • John Yossarian

        “30-magazine clip in half a second!”

      • Nathan Alred

        Does it have the thing that goes up?

        • EdgyTrumpet

          Two of them.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      It’s 50-state legal, as long as you don’t put more than 10 magazines in it.

  • Badwolf

    Hey bro… I heard you like magazines… so here’s a magazine for your magazine

  • micmac80

    a PEZ dispenser or what.

  • Anonymoose

    I would put Pmags in there because this seems like it would rattle around.

    • Phillip Cooper

      PMAGs rattle, too…
      Metal on metal or plastic on plaastic, it’s all noise.

  • John

    A few weeks ago, TFB posted a man who made a chest mag carrier out of a cheap plastic IKEA bag as a joke.

    More and more, I’m seriously contemplating that route.

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    You get a mag, you get a mag, everyone gets a mag!

  • Young Freud

    The FAST also looked like it took way to much space. For the amount of torso square footage it took up, you could have 6 to 8 magazines in a conventional chest rig. By taking things vertical and mounting it on the back, you can wear a conventional chest rig setup and almost double your ready ammunition.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Who is this idiot I keep seeing in these memes, anyway?

  • Mike

    No AK version? Blasphemy!