FYI, trainer/instructor Rob Pincus has his magazines the same way in some of his videos and he has the same arguments as the OP. I'd say use whatever works for you and stay consistent with your reload method.
I concur, what has worked for me and I am comfortable with is bullets facing to the rear in the mag pouch. It works for me and I find having the bullets facing forward to be un-comfortable in doing a re-load.
Try both ways and practice with whichever way feels right to you and personally, screw what everyone else thinks.
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