The Magazine Now! pouch triple version. (Courtesy)
TAMPA, FLA. — Aside from a few new products detailed below, Blue Force Gear owner Ashley Burnsed was excited share the news about his company receiving a patent on Helium Whisper technology. They are working on an announcement with more details that will be released next week.
Magazine Now!: The new Magazine Now! pouch will come in single and triple versions and features a new molded magazine retention pull tab made from EPDM rubber. The tab is an improvement on the standard fabric tab that is never in the same spot on the magazine and can be tough to feel and grab with cold or gloved hands. The split body design allows the tab to lay across the corner of a mag or ride centered.
BFG is still hammering out the details, but the new pull tabs will be available in a three- or four-piece retrofit pack for under $15 and should be on the street in a few weeks. They will come standard on the Magazine Now! mag carriers. No word on the pricing of the Magazine Now! magazine carriers yet, though they should be out later this summer.
MOLLEminus Burrito: The MMB started as demo kit for the BFG sales team but customers saw it and decided it was perfect to use as a wall, vehicle or locker organizer.
It can even be used as a roll up med kit. The uses are only limited by your imagination … and budget. Look for them on the BFG website for about $100 within weeks.
PlateMinus v2: Take the lightweight, full featured PlateMinus plate carrier and add a Ten-Speed cummerbund with integral 6×6 side plate carriers and you’ve added the features most requested by users of the original carrier. It’s out this week for $350.
Ten-Speed Belt Mount: [photos not available] The BFG line of Ten-Speed, low-profile pouches will be expanded to include belt mount options. In belt mount versions, the Helium Whisper, PALS compatible backing will be replaced by one or two Velcro wraps that allow easy attachment to a belt. A narrow pouch, such as a pistol magazine carrier, will have a single Velcro strap while wider pouches will have a pair.
BFG envisioned customers using belt-mounted Ten-Speed pouches in a low visibility role, but the slimmer, lighter alternative to metal and plastic mag carriers has led beta testers to use them on duty and war belts, according to Burnsed.
The Ten-Speed belt mount line will initially include single rifle and pistol mag pouches, OC spray pouch, handcuff pouch, and a micro trauma kit. BFG hasn’t offered an availability date, yet, but says pricing will be on par with Helium Whisper versions of the pouches.
Rob Curtis is a blogger for Gear Scout .