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New Gear Attachment from HSGI: In Hand Review

I’ve been using High Speed Gear® TACO® pouches since they first hit the market. Because I use more than just STANAG 5.56 mags, prior to the introduction of the Taco I had multiple chest rigs. While having one for an 7.62 AK and another for an AR and another for something else may make you happy if you’re super into gear, it can get old really fast (especially when you find yourself with the wrong rifle/rig combination). The universal nature of the Taco’s made everything easier.

However, the first time I installed Taco pouches I ran into one issue: attaching a half dozen pouches to a chest rig took me three hours. I have no beef with MALICE clips but the tight fit in the back of the Taco is unforgiving. Having to use pliers to stretch out the PALS webbing (as shown in this video) was a pain and even after doing it many times it still wasn’t easy. Heaven help you if you put on one and find it needs to be moved over one column.

But we all put up with it because the Taco is so versatile. Insert whatever quote you wish about necessary evils, it would be appropriate.

During SHOT Show this year I attended the RE Factor ‘Ball-so-Hard’ soiree at the Strip Gun Club in Las Vegas. At the end of the event I was given a goodie bag, and one of the items was an HSGI Taco. Sweet–I love Taco’s, as already mentioned. However, when I looked inside, instead of the traditional MALICE hardware there was something different:
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What is this sorcery? That, dear readers, is HSGI’s new attachment method: The HSG Clip. At the time of publishing, all HSGI pouches and accessories will be shipping with these. Here’s how you use them:

The bottom nubbin’ is oriented towards the pouch itself and the whole thing slides through the PALS webbing. There is a flare and short ledge that helps prevent over-insertion.
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Put your needed number of HSG Clips onto whatever your mounting (in this case, 2 short HSG Clips in a standard Taco)

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Weave like you normally would with any MOLLE/PALS system, except when you get to the end, the HSG Clip is secured by pushing the end through the slot. It can then be pressed down over the nub. Lockup is solid.

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Shown on skeletonized webbing for clarity

That’s it! No pliers, knives, multi-tools, or even profanity needed. To remove, simply insert a screwdriver or other flat implement under the snap and pop it off. The HSG Clip can then be unlaced like anything else.

I can’t give a long term review since I’ve only had them a short time. Initial impressions are especially positive. Straightforward, solid lockup, minimal flexing. Expect a long term review in the future.

HSG Clips will be available in short (3 columns) and long (5 columns) lengths, and sold in packs of (6) or (12) (MSRP starts at $9.50 for a (6) pack of shorts). They’ll also be available in bulk for vendors.

Visit HSGI’s webpage here, Facebook here, or follow them on Instagram here.

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