Just received my BLackhawk LBV and I can't seem to get all 8 mags into the mag pouches. Also, the "flap covers" seem to make it difficult to quickly remove a mag. As anyone else had the same issues? If so, what did you do?
Exactly which vest did you get? How about a link?
In general the pouches will loosen up with time and use. As for the flaps, if you are going into a situation where you know you will need quick access to your mags, you could always tuck the flaps behind the mags. THis would give you more of a "shingle" type set up than pouches.
New Gear, just load mags into pouches and leave them in there.
That will help break in the elastic straps.
this is the vest
BLACKHAWK® ENHANCED SOLDIER'S LOAD BEARING VEST
BlackHawk's enhanced SF-LBV pouches are angle designed for increased mag change efficiency. The panels are made of nylon mesh and the pouches are made of 2 layers of 1000D Nytaneon. The shoulder straps are neck contour cut and packed with .5" closed cell foam. The internal panels have #9 YKK zippered mesh compartments. Each magazine pouch holds 2 M-16 .223 mags that are separated and kept silent by a divider. This vest holds a total of 8 .223 mags and 2 grenades. This vest system is available in Black, OD, Camo and Desert Tan.
• Belt loops for military 2.5" pistol belts
• BTS webbing on side and back (fits any BlackHawk product)
• Welded/anodized metal d-rings for buttpack attachment
• Rescue drag handle
• hydration system tube routing system
• Pack-strap keeper system