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.