Hi, all. I had a computer crash last year and lost all my bookmarks, including this site. I just found it again.
A couple years ago, I was also looking for an option for carrying stripper clips for my Paratrooper. I didn't like anything I found. I'd tried various pouches, including the Chinese bra and some various US surplus pouches, without success.
While digging in my "box of surplus stuff" looking for something else, I found an East German AK74 pouch that had been mistakenly included in with a bunch of East German AK47 pouches I had ordered some time ago from Northridge International. Since they wouldn't fit AK47 mags and I didn't have a '74 clone, it had just been stuffed in my "box of stuff" and forgotten about. I had an inspiration and tried some SKS stripper clips in it and they fit. They went WAY down in and were hard to grab but they fit. I tried a 20 rd box of Wolf ammo in the bottom of the four cells and not only did they fit well, they raised the stripper clips up to where they were easy to grab. I scavenged the shoulder straps off of a couple of the surplus US pouches (M60 ammo pouches, I believe) and sewed them onto the AK pouch and, VIOLA!, a good, rugged SKS stripper clip pouch!
Here's a front view. The webbing from the individual US pouches was too short, so I put in a couple of Fastex buckles. They were initially added so I could add some length and use the straps from the two separate US pouches but also allow the pouch to be unclipped and removed if it gets hung up on anything or you need to ditch it in a hurry. I'm a pretty big guy at 6'2" and 225lbs. I allowed plenty of adjustment in case I use it in the summer with just a t-shirt, in the winter with a heavy coat or anything in between.
Side view showing how I sewed the strap onto the pouch. I'm NOT a professional seamstress so the sewing isn't pretty but it is strong. It was hard as all get out pushing the needle through the vinyl/canvas combination of the pouch!
Interior view. Each cell holds 4 loaded stripper clips with a full 20 rd box of ammo in the bottom, for a total of 240 rds.
Detail of the boxed ammo in the bottom of each cell. They are a snug fit so I didn't take them out.
Detail of clipped ammo, 4 loaded clips per cell.
The pouch with my Para.
This was just what I was looking for, something to just "grab and go", without having to worry about putting it on, messing with ties or buckles or anything else. It's a little heavy with 240 rds but is MUCH lighter than 240 rds in AK mags for my AK clones. Also makes a great range bag since it has a shoulder strap, allowing you to sling it and have both hands free to carry range supplies. I left the belt loops on the pouch primarily so I didn't have to worry about ripping/cutting the pouch while removing them but they are also nice to have in case the pouch needs stabilization with a belt if doing strenuous activities.
The pouches I bought were from Northridge International. I bought AK47 pouches but, like I said, I think this one was actually an AK74 pouch because 47 mags won't fit in it. Northridge sells them $5.00 for one (item #SN-26N for one AK47 pouch) or, strangely enough, 5 pouches for $10.00 (item #SN-26 for 5-AK74 pouches or #SN-26A for 5-AK47 pouches). Webbing, Fastex buckles and the slider adjusters can be found at a lot of outdoor specialty places if you don't have any other pouches to scavenge from. A word of advice- if you do this, use webbing as wide as you can get. It helps spread the load out over a wider area and helps with comfort. If you use narrow webbing, I can imagine the pouch would get REAL uncomfortable REAL fast, digging into your shoulder from the weight.