In the beginning when man first started to launch projectiles they immediately looked for ways to carry their spare ammunition on their bodies. The animal skin pouch carried rocks, quiver for arrows, and leather satchel for lead balls are all examples of this throughout history. The High Speed Gear Industries (HSGI) “Polymer Tacos” and the G-code “Scorpion Soft Shell” are two modern options that satisfy this need to carry spare projectiles in today’s modern era.
The Taco and Scorpion function very similarly. Both use a bungee to regulate the retention and the size of the pouch. This is a big advantage because you can run a variety of magazines in your pistol or rifle pouches. In fact if you want to you can also use the Taco and Scorpion as utility pouches. Over the last 45 days we have all kinds of magazines from .308 M1A mags to CZ Scorpion mags including flashlights and multitools in the pistol pouches. A good level of retention was maintained across the board no matter what I decided to stick in the pouch. Both of these pouches carryout this concept of a “universal” type magazine pouch extremely well. It makes the Taco and Scorpion a one time equipment investment to use with the majority of firearms you buy in the future.
The materials used in these two pouches differ slightly. HSGI Polymer Tacos have a more rigid construction due to their all polymer make up. The Scorpion Soft Shells use polymer as well but it is stitched into a flexible rubber. In my experience I noticed that the flexible rubber of the Scorpion provides a little better retention on the mag compared to the all polymer Taco. But I think the HSGI Tacos will have more longevity due to not having any stitching that can break down over time. An added benefit for both options is that they are water proof. You will not have to be concerned about these pouches absorbing sweat and water. I have found that the best way to knock the range grime off them is to simply hose them off.
The modularity of the Taco and Scorpion allow you to mount these pouches to belts, plate carriers, and anything else you can think of. The HSGI Polymer Taco comes with an “HSGI Clip”. This is a type of malice clip which of course is molle compatible but it can be configured into a 1.75” belt loop so that you can run the pouch on duty belts. There is a bit of wobble and play with the Taco on a belt which had a tendency to slide around on the belt a little bit. Scorpions have 8 different options for mounting hardware which all vary in price and function. I chose the “R2 Operator Belt Mounts” which give a very snug fit to the belt. Both of these pouches have the ability to stack on one another. For example if you have a rifle pouch you can then attach another rifle pouch or pistol on top of it. This creates one cohesive unit. I do not like doing this because it is bulky but it does save room on your belt or chest rig.
For a lot of you the price point will make or break your decision when choosing between the two options. Well I am sorry to inform you but the Polymer Taco and the Scorpion both retail right around the same price point. Both HSGI and G-Code rifle pouches will retail right around $30 just as an example. To top it all off they also have a life time warranty on their products as well.
On the bright side no matter which pouch you choose it will serve you well. These magazine pouches will last you a lifetime, accommodate different magazine types and will fill the role for tactical or competition shooters alike. The best advice I can give you is to buy both. That is what I did.