Esstac 556 KYWI (Kydex Wedge Insert)ESSTAC
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Esstac 556 KYWI (pronounced "kiwi")
Esstac Shingle Mag Pouch with KYWI - I like that these mag pouches bridge the gap between hard plastic and soft/ cloth mag pouches. The retention is perfect. I prefer open top mag pouches to any other type because when you need more ammo you REALLY need more ammo. Fumbling with a velcro flap or even a bungee can be out of the question for the first 4 mags at a minimum. View More SKD Staff Picks
Don't Like bungee topped magazine pouches? Prefer an open topped pouch for rapid magazine changes? Then these new user-installed Kydex upgrades for the Esstac Wedge magazine pouches and Boar series chest rigs are for you.
The Esstac KYWI (Kydex Wedge Insert) allows you to have the option of swapping out all your existing Esstac bungee retention inserts with a quick open topped friction retention design, or swap out just a few for quicker access while leaving the rest of the mags with the added security of the bungee topped inserts. Magazines in the Kydex have enough compression against them to hold the magazines in place even when the pouch is upside down yet with a quick pull on the magazine they release for speedy deployment.
The spring loaded nature of these Kydex inserts keep the mouth of the Magazine pocket fully open for ease of magazine reinsertion yet hold the mags tight under compression. The apex of the KYWI that contacts the magazine sits above the Mag catch bump when the magazine is in place, so the mags "click" into place.
These will work with all Boar series chest rigs and Wedge pouches in 5.56. They are compatible with Pmags, USGI, Orilite, Thermold and Lancer magazines as well as most other 5.56 AR-15/M4/M16 type magazines. Aluminum and steel magazines may need sharp edges chamfered to alleviate excessive wear to the Kydex.
Simple and effective. Bought this one particularly for use in my Spiritus Systems rig in conjunction with wild bill tactical adapters... works like a charm!
Good retention, fits in every single-mag pouch I've tried so far (Condor and standard issue).
Fit my mag pouches perfectly, little stiff at first but spent a week inserting and pulling mags out to brake in.
They work well and fit snugi wish they were maybe a little bit longer on the sides because you can still get a small material flap smashing as you reinsert the mags into the pouch. But you don't need to use bungees or anything else to hold your mags in once in place.
Got these for my kit. I have the crye avs three mag pouch with the folding flaps. That’s what I wanted these for but it won’t fit with the mags. Wanted it so it was a super smooth draw cause the mags get stuck in the pouches some times and thought this would correct it. Gonna throw them in my chest rig tho but now I’m still stuck with the problem I started with.
These are amazing at a fraction of the price kydex magazine pouches cost. Slips right into your molle pouch with velcro on the outsides of the kydex to hold them in place. Magazines snap in, but are still easy to pull out when needed. No more need to fumble with bungee straps. Wish I had known about these sooner.
I bought 3 of these to use on an HRC front placard that only used elastic which was fine for retention, but was a pain to install. Placed these within and the velcro holds them in place. Allows for quick removals and insertion.
Hi, Got the inserts, placed them into the Haley chest rig and it’s perfect. Easy re-indexing and a secure hold on the mags. Even when inverted when getting into and out of weird positions. Thanks! Great service at a fair price. All the best, Frank
Whether adding them to individual pouches that don’t have real positive retention or using them stand alone in a kangaroo style pouch (some modification required typically) these things are irreplaceable. If you know you know...