Dump Pouches

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While militaries around the world adopted dump pouches the moment they became viable, few private security providers understood their purpose until recently. Not leaving trash and used hardware behind you is not only good for the environment but is also a great way to reduce military spending as well as the traceable footprint of troops on the ground. And, though trash like MRE remains and expended medical tools can’t be reused and must be destroyed before recycling, hardware like empty mags can be reused as is and not be lost during the mission. There are three things that a dump pouch needs to have to be viable in tactical situations:
  1. Light and foldable when not in use
  2. Durable and spacious
  3. Hard connections with no flapping
The main thing to consider when you want to buy a tactical dump pouch is its weigh; both empty and full. Paying a slightly higher price for a model made from lightweight but durable materials will make your entire gear setup work better with the pouch. But, any model you find for sale must have a solid attachment, and be able to hold at least the mags you plan to expand.

What Is a Dump Pouch?

A tactical dump pouch is basically a combat trash can, but not as simple. Its purpose is that you don’t lose time by trying to return an empty magazine into the holster or ammo pouch, but simply slide it into this pouch and go forward. When it is not in use, the dump pouch needs to be virtually unnoticeable and seem like a random pocket on your gear. The weight of the pouch should not be above five or six ounces max, as you don’t want it to add too much to the weight before you reach combat. There are two general types of dump pouches, usually referred to as vertical and horizontal. Opting for one or the other usually comes down to preference, but the horizontal ones are usually more stable for multiple rifle mags, while vertical take up less space when folded and can house more of your expended gear.

What Is a Dump Pouch Used For?

The primary purpose of a dump pouch is to place your expended mags, used MREs, and other disposable items inside. Different militaries, or even companies inside those militaries, will have various requirements of what can be thrown on the ground and what must be retrieved. Generally, expended magazines and faulty equipment are always saved in such a pouch as throwing them away permanently would create significant financial stress. Other things, like packaging, wrappers, and other miscellaneous trash is often thrown away as not to clog the pouch. But, in domestic situations this would be against the law, especially if it is a non-emergency situation, littering is a misdemeanor. Making unneeded trash during patrol or other activities will make both you and your group at odds with either the police, or the public, and probably both.

How to Use a Dump Pouch?

Ideal use, for both vertical and horizontal models, takes a bit of time to get used to. As a dump pouch is not considered essential gear, it will be relegated slightly to the side. Most soldiers prefer to place them between their battle belt mags and chest mags so that they can stay relatively balanced as they are using their ammo. Ideal you would fasten it on your reload hand side. This way pulling out an empty, dropping it in the pouch, and taking a full mag from your holster is done in one fluid motion. Your choice won’t influence the reload speed for more than a few seconds. But, at times where every second count you might be happy you thought of it in advance. A horizontal pouch is used similarly to a general tactical pouch, as you need to spread the zippers with your fingers and drop what you have in. A vertical pouch is slightly different, as you need to deploy the bag first and then you can use the pouch unrestricted. In both cases, you must make sure that the dump pouch is not flapping when it is full, as that can be distracting. If it is loose, see if you have missed a couple of PALS straps on the MOLLE webbing, or change the position of your pouch.
F.A.Q

What is army dump pouch?

Dump pouches are expendable lightweight bags used to store expended magazines, malfunctioned equipment, and other unneeded things you don’t want to leave in the field.

Does the military use dump pouches?

Yes. All militaries require their soldiers to return expended magazines and other disposable equipment if in any way possible both to reduce material costs and for tactical reasons.

Do you need a dump pouch?

While not an essential part of your equipment, a dump pouch will allow for several important strategic and tactical benefits. It will reduce your mission cost and make tracking you harder.

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