In the AR15 world there are an overwhelming amount of parts and supporting accessories. Magazine pouches are one of those products that you can find in many colors, styles, and materials. I have used many different types for work and recreation. Limitless Gear is fairly new to the market and quite innovative with their products. I was provided two OD Green MC-R OPFOR Magazine pouches to review. At first glance I really liked the simple and low profile design. Also the packaging was spot on (Yes it matters).
The MC-R OPFOR is a lite weight AR15/M4 Magazine pouch that weighs in at 2.8 oz. It has the ability to attach to just about any MOLLE/PAL webbing with Limitless Gears R.S.E.E. (Rapidly Scalable Equipment Ensemble). Whether it is added to a bag, battle belt, or plate carrier it can be moved faster than any other pouch I have ever had or even seen.
It can also be mounted to a variety of belts up to 1.75″ wide with their Rugged, flexible, and light weight MC-R OPFOR Belt Adapter. Seen below the OPFOR attached to a Stormrider Gear belt with an Armordillo Concealment AC-Keeper holding a C.A.T. Tourniquet.
For MOLLE/PALS that’s a little more flimsy or compressible there is The Backbone adapter. It aids in providing a stable mounting surface for the MC-R OPFOR by not allowing the MOLLE/PALS to compress. Below on Ferro Concepts MOLLE panel the backbone is necessary to keep the panel from collapsing which will allow the OPFOR to be unwantedly removed.
It is made in good ole America and is said to be made with “High strength polymer construction” more on that later. The MC-R OPFOR is ambidextrous and stack-able. It can be used to carry mags upright and inverted. Seen below on an MOS Tactical SPAV Plate Carrier.
When I first received them I was very nervous about the durability of the material. It didn’t seem to be made of a “High strength polymer construction” as stated by Limitless Gear, but none the less I attached it to a belt and I began my testing. I did some dry practice repetitions to get the hang of drawing the magazine from the MC-R OPFOR. The instructions state that you need to twist the pull the magazine. I tested 4 different types of magazines with the MC-R OPFOR. A G.I. Mag, a Troy Battle Mag, Magpul P-Mag, and a Hexmag (Previously reviewed). All of the magazines worked and Limitless stated that they are working on a comprehensive list of all the magazines it will and will not work with.
During my testing I only stayed in the realm of reality and didn’t do anything absurd. I practiced with it on and off the range, and during some home circuit workouts. During one of my sets of burpees with the MC-R OPFOR and a full Magpul P-Mag attached to my Plate Carrier w/ plates, I landed lower than normal to the ground and the MC-R OPFOR tapped the ground. At the moment I thought nothing of it and continued my workout. After a sprint I looked down to see it the OPFOR hanging on the two top teeth. I immediately tried to slide the bottom back on and found that it was missing. I looked around in the grass and found near my sprinting path. I looked it over and realized that the main part of the OPFOR was cracked in two different places. No Bueno.
Personally I don’t think a hard use accessory like a magazine pouch should crack under such normal conditions. I landed on the OPFOR much lighter than I would have if I was taking some contact and plopped down into the prone to minimize my exposure. In my experience the cracking caused a failure in the products ability to stay attached and retain a magazine. It is quite possible that this one pouch may have been a fluke, but it is also possible that the material used is not suited for real combat/hard use application of the OPFOR at this time.
As always I go into all my reviews with an open mind and a subjective view. I had my reservations about the polymer material when I first put my hands on the OPFOR and gave it the benefit of the doubt hoping that it was tougher than it looked. Unfortunately the OPFOR did not with stand the normal abuse that someone using the product would put on to it in a good rifle course. They have an amazingly simple design that cannot be over looked but the need for a more rugged material is paramount.
I would not recommend the current MC-R OPFOR for hard use, Law Enforcement, and/or Military use. The OPFOR was not Ranger proof and I hope that Limitless Gear can fix it because I love the idea behind the OPFOR. I look forward to the innovation that is coming from this company and hope to try out the next generation of MC-R OPFOR Magazine pouches.
MSRP: $23.96 each via Limitlessgear.com
Overall Total: 12/20
I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.
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