|Gen II Prototype|
My first goal was to develop a method for tighter molding. It makes more sense to me to have the back of the carrier flat, however, that style produces certain problems where it is more difficult to get the mold tight on the sides. I am happy to say that I've overcome that issue, so the total width of this carrier is 4.25 inches. I liked the idea of having an indexing point molded in as well, which is the purpose of the dimple you see in the pictures. I also backed down the depth of the ribbing found on metal magazines, with the intention of making them a little smoother with Pmags and other polymer magazines. Finally, I used eyelets so that they can be fully modular. There will be loops available for 2 rows of webbing, 3 rows, 1.5 inch belts and 1.75 inch belts which will all use the same holes for mounting. I also intend to make much lower profile loops and see if I like them better than my first version which provide some standoff from the body.
Now for some of the issues that I'll be addressing. For one thing the retention isn't what I'd like it to be with polymer magazines. I am working on which parts handle the retention because I don't want to use the ribbing as much for that purpose. My plan is to use the same retention used by the rifle instead and I just need to work on how deeply to mold that notch. I think more surface area contact will also aide retention so I will be removing the flare almost completely. Without it molded into 3 sides, as my previous version had, it really looses a lot of its usefulness. By taking it out, the kydex will contact more of the magazine's face, providing better retention. Stay tuned as I get the loops finished and work out the next prototype. I will probably start offering some of this stuff for sale simply because it works and someone could easily put it to use. That will help fund my progress as new carriers evolve.