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As noted, each Austrian FAL magazine pouch offered by Keepshooting.com is an authentic piece of Austrian military surplus. As the Österreichisches Bundesheer, or Austrian armed forces, was a large employer of the FN FAL battle rifle, the Austrian FAL magazine pouch was originally designed for and would have been issued to members of the landstreitkräfte, otherwise known as the land forces, one of the two main service branches of the Austrian armed forces.
Previous issuance of each Austrian FAL magazine pouch offered by Keepshooting.com was likely, though each remains in good condition and requires nothing more than a quick cleaning. Likewise, each pouch is free from the typical rips, tears, stains and scents that are characteristic of previously issued military surplus equipment. Those looking for a magazine pouch suitable for carrying up to two 20-round FAL magazines or a unique piece of Austrian military surplus are sure to find the Austrian FAL magazine pouch an excellent option.
The Austrian FAL magazine pouch features a full-grain, pebble-textured leather construction, save the few metal rivets and fasteners. Rounding out the tough construction is a series of military-grade stitching that holds the pouch together at the seams. All leather surfaces feature a black exterior alongside a traditional tanned interior. As for the pouch itself, these dual-celled pouches are designed to hold up to two 20-round FAL magazines. Each magazine fits snugly into its own cell, which measures approximately 6 3/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches and features its own closure flap with a slot-and-stud fastener. Approximate size for the entire pouch is 7 3/4 inches by 7 1/4 inches. Additional features include a dual belt loops and a D-ring on the reverse.
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I had bought a a bunch of CETME Mags and needed some more pouches to hold them. My mags had no problem fitting these pouches. I ordered two and each was different. One was black on the outside and tan on the inside with some markings. The second was all black and the leather felt a little thinner. All in all pleased with these pouches.
Very affordable mag pouches for a really good price. Good for hunting or hiking for holding various items like a fire kit or knife and cord. I bought 4 and use them in all my packs, buy now
Bought two pouches last month, just ordered two more. I grabbed these vintage pouches for Star Wars costuming, and they are going to work great.
I also collect militaria, so from that perspective, these are still a fantastic deal. Value, these can't be beat.
I bought these for holding magazines from the "H&K G3 Magazine Combo" for my PTR 91. The fit was a bit tight, but because the leather is soft and pliable, the leather stretched to fit.
Mine came in good/very good condition. A little wear, but all perfectly serviceable with no cracks, rips, or stiffness. The pics are an accurate representation of the condition.
These are the price I've found anywhere. From my experience buying from Keep Shooting, the product's quality and value has been quite good -- a reliable brand.
Local shop wanted $18.50 for pouches in worse shape. Ordered 4 all together. Two dated for 1964 and the others stamps were worn off. Pebble gran awesome on two and others worn smooth, but still in good shape. Excellent price! Would recommend.
Bought a second round of these and was not disappointed! Both the pouches I received were early examples made by the Stolla Wien Company in Vienna, Austria, and are dated 1962. The leather belt straps on the back are undyed, and the pebble grain finish is largely intact on both (near-perfect on one, even). Who knows, with a deal this good, I may even come back for Round Three!
I purchased four of these FAL Pouches, and was quite happy when they arrived. Of the four, one was dated 1964, one was dated 1974, a third bore a manufacturer stamp, and the last was unmarked. Originally Pebble-Grained, two of the pouches were worn to a more smooth finish, while two had almost perfect Pebble-Grain finish. All four were very soft and pliable leather, and still seat FAL magazines perfectly. For less than Three Dollars a piece, you really can't beat this price for a vintage magazine pouch!
I purchased a pair of these to build a KAZ57 style Austrian soliders kit. They are perfect for that without saying.
The pouches are designed to be worn on a belt and not really all that compatiable with any sort of ALICE or MOLLE type system. Each pouch also has a D-ring o the back for use with Y-strap suspenders.
The pouches secure with a metal bead and a cut leather strap. It is what it is but if you are looking for modern, secure storage you may consider looking elsewhere. The pouch comes up about halfway up the body and does not safely secure shorter mags (M16 20rds kind of work). They are only deep enough for 1 mag as well. Low profile but low capacity.
Leather cleaned up and oiled well, metal was intact. If you are looking for piece of old school kit to hold a couple of FAL or similar mags you could do a lot worse for 3 bucks. If you are hitting 3 gun you may need to look elsewhere.
I have four of these. I picked them up with the intention of using them to expand storage space on some of my Milsurp bags. Once received, I realized that these aren't good for carrying small objects around in.
They look like they would carry a lot, but the leather only comes up about half way under the front flap - anything that isn't roughly the size of a FAL magazine will simply fall out the sides.
If your cellphone or tablet is the same size as a FAL Mag then you're in luck, and these will be perfect. You can probably cut a pair in half for simple use. Would also be good for walkie-talkies that don't have silly antennae, STUD finders, Tape recorders or any other small electronic that's sort-of a chunky rectangle.
A little saddle soap for cleaning and mink oil for softening and they're good for many more years.
These pouches pretty tough leather, no tears and though not clean, nothing a simple wash wont fix. . They will fit G3 mags very snugly as well. Not really a MOLLE system though as the belt straps are permanently fixed at both ends, but for $3, you cant complain.
Overall great quality for the ones I received. No tears, not much wear and still fit the mags snugly.
I bought these back in 2008 for my STG 58. While they're good quality magazine pouches, I really would recommend something a bit more advanced, such as a German G3 mag holder. Simply put, the with each pouch only holding one magazine, you can't fit that many on your belt and still have any room for a canteen or utility pouch.
Just got 2 more of these in good shape. Will fit M14/M1a mags also.
Just got three of these - not quite as nice as the photo above - they show more wear and some corrosion of the metal components - but still perfectly functional. If you expect "unissued" condition, that is not the case.
This magazine pouch is a great collectable. Goes nicely with my Austrian M1 Steel Helmet.