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We're big fans of kydex based magazine retention from companies like Esstac. At the same time, for airborne & mar...
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We're big fans of kydex based magazine retention from companies like Esstac. At the same time, for airborne & maritime operations, FRIES, and for many agencies and departments, positive retention is required. There are also other situations where bungee retention is advisable or desirable so we designed Bungee Retention Adapters to create a solution for pouches and placards that do not include built in attachment points.

There are several design features that make our adapters unique:

  • They work inside of pouches, like Esstac KYWIs that do not have hook/loop interfaces on both sides
  • By passing underneath the insert, they provide superior retention to solutions that just mount to the sides of the pouch. This also means you can use these to adjust the ride height of things like magazines in a placard or pouches like the Spiritus JSTA making them easier to access.
  • Tegris® tabs for attaching our High Grip Bungee Retainers. Tegris® is an advanced thermoplastic that is extremely strong, durable, and lightweight. It is also NIR compliant. This keeps the Bungee Retention Adapters slim making it easy to reindex.

Sizing Guide:

  • Measure the height of your pouch or placard to determine the size you need. The standard heights we offer correspond to the three Esstac sizes as well as most other major pouches and placards on the market e.g. Spiritus Systems, Ferro Concepts, Shaw Concepts, Crye Precision, Defensive Mechanisms, Agilite, etc. 
  • Short: 3.25-3.5" (Standard/Shorty Esstac)
  • Medium: 4.25-4.5" (Midlength Esstac)
  • Tall: 5.25-5.5" (Tall Esstac/most placards)


  • Q: Do these adapters work with XYZ carrier or pouch?
  • A: As long as the carrier or pouch has hook or loop on at least one side of the inside these will work.
    • Q: Do these work without kydex inserts, for example, my placard has an elastic insert to hold magazines?
    • A: Yes, as long as your pouch has hook/loop these will work. Any insert that has hook/loop on at least one side will work them as well.
    • Q: What's the difference between pistol and rifle Bungee Retention Adapters?
    • A: Pistol are 1" wide and Rifle are 2" wide - this is to match with industry standard pouches.
    • Q: Will these retain other items such as multi-tools, tourniquets, etc?
    • A: Yes, the High Grip Bungee Retainers are adjustable to the amount of tension you need for your application.
    • Q: Are the High Grip Bungee Retainers included?
    • A: Yes

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 10 reviews

    Perfect fit for Esstac

    Awesome Product.

    I wear the normal Esstac rifle and pistol pouches on duty. I’ve enjoyed them but I do find the retention to be a little loose while doing fast rope type exercises. I was looking for a way to have some better retention and I stumbled upon Forge Concepts.

    I reached out and was able to receive the bunjee retention kit for my pouches. This small product has improved my retention for my magazines and gives me comfort while doing training exercises. I’ve been asked by many team members on how they can get their hands on this product.

    Bungee Retention Adapter

    I sent an email when they were out of stock and they were able to get them to me personally which I really appreciated. These are a clever design and work great as intended. Great quality from Forge.

    France 🇫🇷1ER RPIMA

    Les produits sont vraiment sympas, une mise à niveau vers une pochette et une plate-forme de jambe qui le rend meilleur. Les sangles de rétention permettent aux pochettes esstac de fonctionner deux fois mieux pendant l'entraînement maritime et en hélicoptère.

    Use it or lose it

    I ordered the for the kywis on my belt. Installation was a breeze and the ability to set the added retention is amazing. They arrived shortly before a culminating platoon attack exercise, and after transiting the gear snatching woods of Camp Lejuene, I was the only one who did not need to go back and find a mag during range clean up. I can not recommend these enough.

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