On my daily travels across the interwebs, I came across this photo of a Ukrainian soldier with a rather unique way of carrying his magazines. Obviously, they had run out of 100-mile and hour tape and opted for clear packing tape instead.

Would this work in the field? Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t think I would try it. First of all, it would be quite heavy, and gravity, being what it is, would want to separate the magazine cluster from your weapon. Secondly, I would not want to go into a prone firing position with this monstrosity attached. I can imagine all kinds of bad coming from that experience.

So, I give this soldier an “A” for effort and a “D” for practicality. But hey, he was thinking about the quickest and most efficient way to do a mag exchange, and you can’t blame him for that.

My Invention, Not Yet Patented

A weapon that shoots out the front and the back.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, but I don’t know if there is any real need for this monstrosity.  SOFREP original illustration.

Have you ever been in a firefight and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could fire a couple of rounds behind me without having to turn around?” No, me either. That’s just one reason why weapons like the mutation above would be such a bad idea. But, believe it or not, the people who sell lower receivers are really pushing this concept hard.

Bonus Video: Ukrainian Special Forces Fighting in Bakhmut-Raw Footage

Since you’ve stuck it out with us this far, here is some unedited footage of professional Ukrainian fighters at work.