Esstac 762 KYWI (Kydex Wedge Insert)

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Esstac 762 KYWI (pronounced "kiwi")

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 7.62. They are compatible with M14, FAL, SR-25, DPMS, Pmag magazines. Steel magazines may need sharp edges chamfered to alleviate excessive wear to the Kydex.


  • 5
    Great Product!

    Posted by Christopher Laughery on 22nd May 2014

    Awesome poduct, works great!

  • 3
    762x54..... not 7.62x39

    Posted by erik deshane on 3rd Aug 2013

    the m4 kiwi's seem to hold ak mags with the same retention I guess these may be necessary for an 7.62x54 /.308 magazine.

  • 5
    Works well

    Posted by Josh on 11th Jan 2013

    Did some shake testing with them seem to work well. I like the product so far. Have not had the opportunity to run my rig with them yet but I think I will work out.

  • 5
    Work Great Better than FastMags and Tacos

    Posted by Broken Sailor on 9th May 2012

    Love this concept. It was a choice between these or Fast Mags, and I made the right choice. Keeps me in Multi-Cam but the guts are mag gripping Wedge Inserts making the pouches into FastMags inside a pouch. You adjust he depth you want then to be inside the pouch. Move them up to grab easier, down for longer pouches. You just rip out he loop tops and velcro these in. Genius Idea! I look forward to trying some doubles, where the Kydex pushes the back mag forward for easy grabbing. Check out the Manufacturers web site for a demo.

  • 4
    Review of the ESSTAC 762 KYWI

    Posted by Shawn Flores on 13th Apr 2012

    The wedges does as its designed. Tension for retention depends on how tight the outer pouch is. When used with the ESSTAC 762 Wedge pouch, I find the KYWI lacking in terms of tension for retension.

  • 5

    Posted by Mark Dederich on 30th Mar 2012

    Fit my issue TYR pouches perfect

  • 5

    Posted by Norseviking on 22nd Mar 2012

    The Esstac mag pouches are good but when they truly become excellent is when they are joined with the Esstac 762 KYWI. I run a battle rifle DMR setup on my personal kit. I also run an AK but changing between these two platforms is not always a smooth transition. It’s hard to find mag pouches that accommodate both 7.62x51 and AK mags with a relative ease and without all the mess of bungee cords all over the place to catch on everything. Jack of all trades master of none would normally come to mind, but somehow the men behind Esstac managed to master two in one. U.S. Army JFO/FO

  • 4
    Great upgrade

    Posted by Sean on 14th Jun 2011

    These inserts are easy to swap out, and are solid for 762 mags of the NATO family. However, they will not retain AK pattern 762 mags.