Got a request for a order of single G36 mag pouches a little while back. I’ll start by saying the G36 mag design is gear makers nightmare. Nothing about the magazine is pouch friendly. In the past I’ve made double mag pouches and the problem was always the little knobs, lugs, or whatever the hell you want to call them that attach the mags together. Since these needed to be single mag pouches I figured it would be smooth going. Turns out, not so much.
The real problem is the ledge that runs all the way around the body that butts up against the magazine well. The genius who designed it was smart enough to round the corners, but not the top and bottom edges. So when you draw the mag from the pouch it likes to catch on anything not perfectly smooth. So binding the top edge was a no-go. So I went to a double layer 500D design, but the mags were even catching on the horizontal rows of stitching near the mouth of the pouch like I normally use. So I removed that stitching, which solved the problem, but now the two layers of fabric were like a wet noodle at the mouth of the pouch when you were trying to insert a mag. So to fix it I had to put vertical lines of stitching on both sides of the body, which fixed the problem.
All said and done they ended up coming out pretty nice. I still think it’s time for HK to update this mag design though.