I use the 12g gauntlet slots but could do without. I'd rather it just wrap my forearm only and leave my hands alone.
I want loops on my pants and am planning to put them on the outside of my thighs so they don't get drug in the mud when I go prone. I don't crouch too much due to horrible knees, so I'm hoping the side of the thigh location works. I also use the cargo pockets for a dump pouch.
I really wish WTF or someone else would make some stock class pants. No one I've contacted seems interested.