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MMC (Modular Magazine Carrier)
6/27/12 - The EMDOM-MM Modular Magazine Carrier (MCC) is a carrier that can be used to organize magazines inside or outside a molle-compatible rifle case, as a Bandoleer/Chest rig, or as magazine pouches attached to armour or a rig.
Background - The MMC (Modular Magazine Carrier) started out at the end of 2006 as a discussion between Ken at EMDOM and I about making a simple magazine pouch for carrying magazines inside rifle cases with molle webbing (either on the inside or outside). It had to be very basic, without the 'frills' of regular magazine pouches, and carry 8 M4 30-round magazines. What we came up with initially was a molle panel with four compartments sewn to it, each holding two M4 mags. They'd be retained by a velcro-secured webbing flap. After I had use the first prototype successfully inside a molle rifle case, I then figured that with the addition of a few attach points, the carrier could also be used as a bandoleer/chest rig, when straps were attached. We worked on a few more prototypes, as well as a .308 version, which I used throughout 2007. A few more tweaks were made so that the carrier could be directly attached to a molle rig or vest with Malice clips, so that the user could use it for different things and get more value out of it. We had originally named it the Modular Magazine Panel, but changed that to 'Carrier', as it's more than just a panel.
Then, we kinda put it on the back burner and almost forgot about it for five years while working on other projects. In the mean time, many other companies have come out with their own bandoleers and mag carriers, but hey, better late than never. So here it is.
M4 MMC - The M4 MMC will hold up to eight 30-round M4 magazines. Here's a summary of its features:
308 MMC - The 308 MMC will hold up to eight 20-round .308/7.62 magazines (FAL, SCAR, M1A, PMAG 20LR, SR25 etc.) It will only fit one HK G3 magazine per compartment. With the 308 MMC, we decided to add elastic retention to the compartments as .308 magazines are shorter than M4 mags, and the compartment is therefore shorter. The elastic retention adds additional security, especially when only one magazine is in the compartment. The M4 MMC is tall enough such that single mags aren't in danger of falling out.
Here's a summary of its features:
Magazine organizer - Attached inside or outside a molle-compatible rifle case, or in the gear/range bag, the MMC keeps mags organized. I found that I didn't really need to secure the MMC inside a rifle case. Due to its compact nature, the MMC works very well in EMDOM's covert rifle GYM bag, along with a carbine.
Bandoleer - Using the detachable shoulder and waist straps, the MMC can be thrown over the shoulder and secured at the waist for side carry. The ends of the straps with the metal sliders are simply routed through the plastic loops on the MMC. When the webbing is new, it can be stiff, but it'll get easier once you know what technique to use. The procedure for installing and removing the straps is the same as on other EMDOM products, like the TNT bag. Here is a quick video illustrating the technique. The MMC can be also used to resupply a team with magazines, and tossed from person to person.
Chest rig - With the shoulder strap shortened, the MMC can be worn as a chest rig on the front, instead of the side. When I tested it out, I'd sometimes wear it on the front, then rotate it to the side if I needed to get it out of the way when going prone. That's something that you can't really do with standard chest rigs.
Magazine panel - The MMC can also be used as a magazine panel and attached to the front of a rig, replacing four separate double magazine pouches.
Fire-Ex Pouch + Extinguisher
3/5/13 - The EMDOM-MM Fire-Ex Pouch is specially designed to hold a personal fire extinguisher (specifically the FireAde 2000). The Fire-Ex Pouch can be accessed one-handed from the top or bottom, putting the fire extinguisher in your hands as quickly as possible, when seconds count. It's sold with the Fire Extinguisher as a package.
Background - Back in 2009, a writer for one of the tactical magazines was doing an article on LE/SWAT gear and mentioned that some SWAT teams were carrying personal fire extinguishers, but there was a lack of a dedicated pouch at that time. After looking into it a bit more, Ken at EMDOM and I started working on a fire extinguisher pouch design. It became one of those 'back burner' projects due to other priorities, but it also gave us a lot of time to test the concept and execution.
The idea of carrying a small (16 oz) fire extinguisher isn't something that many people I questioned had thought of, but after talking it over, it makes a lot of sense in many situations. If there is a need for wearing fire-retardant clothing, then it'd follow that a fire extinguisher might be handy to have around as well. SWAT making drug lab entries, police dealing with rioters throwing Molotov cocktails, military personnel being exposed to the risk of fire in vehicles etc. For a civilian, if you're involved in an auto accident where there's a car fire, a fire extinguisher can provide precious seconds to enable you to free yourself. Speaking to the local SWAT guys, they thought that having at least one fire extinguisher on the team would also be useful from a liability standpoint, in case a flash bang started a small fire that they might have a chance to put out after the threat was neutralized.
The personal fire extinguisher we designed for is the FireAde 2000 16 oz fire extinguisher, although the pouch will fit any smilarly sized and shaped extinguisher or item. FireAde 2000 is a multi-featured fire extinguishing agent and control medium that also acts as a cooling medium (you can use it on yourself), a hazardous spill control medium, toxic smoke scrubber or vapour control medium. FireAde has no hazardous chemicals and is fully biodegradable. It is designed for use on Class A and B fires. Some FAQ's about FireAde 2000 vs. traditional dry powder extinguishers can be found here.
Description - The EMDOM-MM Fire-Ex pouch is a multi-purpose pouch, designed primarily for carrying a 16 oz personal fire extinguisher. It has access at the top and the bottom, so the fire extinguisher can be extracted when the pouch is mounted on a belt, or on the back of a rig. The fire extinguisher can be extracted with one hand. The design of the bottom opening was actually what took the most time. I didn't want the extinguisher to just fall out onto the floor, so this was a bit tricky to achieve. EMDOM's prototype maker did a great job with the final product.
Top access - The Fire-Ex pouch's dual-zippered opening allows full access to the fire extinguisher or contents, without opening too much. There's a snap-secured pull tab on top that's sewn to the inside top of the pouch. When pulled, the tab unsnaps and the front of the pouch is pulled open, exposing the fire extinguisher.
Bottom access - Not everyone wants to mount the fire extinguisher on the belt, or front of a rig, so when mounting it out of the way, access through the top opening becomes an issue (unless there's a team mate to get it out). We incorporated access from the bottom as well, so that a Fire-Ex pouch mounted on the side or rear of a rig can still be accessed. This was more complex that I thought originally, as the first prototype just dumped the fire extinguisher onto the floor after I pulled the flap open; not into my hand.
The goal was to open the bottom with one hand, dropping the fire extinguisher into your hand, but not miss the hand and fall to the floor. What we ended up doing was to design the flap such that it has an angle built in. When opened, the flap guides the fire extinguisher and allows it to drop until the edge catches on the stop near the end of the flap. This prevents the extinguisher from shooting out the bottom, past your hand. The lower profile tab was designed as such to reduce the chances of it snagging accidentally. It's still accessible by feel, if you know where the pouch is mounted on your rig. The flap is velcro-secured and covered by elastic. This was to ensure that the flap could not be opened by brushing up against something like a wall or by snagging the corner of the flap. Note that once the flap is opened, it does require two hands to re-set under the elastic.
While the Fire-Ex pouch was originally designed for law enforcement or military use, I found that there are many civilian situations in which it's beneficial to have a fire extinguisher handy where I used the pouch. I mounted a Fire-Ex pouch in our family vehicle, right behind the passenger seat headrest, where I can reach it easily (hopefully) and extract it quickly. Malice clips or tie straps can be used with the molle grid on the back. The Fire-Ex pouch is shown mounted to a belt below:
The Fire-Ex pouch will fit any item within its dimensions, like the popular 24 oz Liberty Works bottle or most of the spray-can sized fire extinguishers like the First-Alert Tundra. I've also illustrated it on the Crye Chassis, mounted to the side of the rear plate. This appoximate location is where I'd recommend using it on a rig; making sure that the bottom flap is still reachable. You should always check access once you've mounted it, and practice extracting the fire extinguisher. The top opening can also be used without the pull tab - just tuck it in and zip it up completely.
I made a short video clip illustrating how the Fire-Ex pouch is accessed from the bottom, and from the top.
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