Extra wide, Extra Large MOLLE belt

Sorry for neglecting this blog! I have been busy, what with being married and saving up for wedding reception and other things! Here is one of my projects; an extra wide, extra large MOLLE waist belt system; It is made of 1000D Cordura in Tactical Tailor Olive Green, with 3 rows of MOLLE, and 1 row of 2″ ALICE type webbing. The main belt is sized for 1XL-2XL dudes; about 40 inches and 6 inches wide on the padded, MOLLE/ALICE webbing section, with 2″ webbing belt for big bellies. I tried to make a set of MOLLE I style sleeves that extends the main padded section, but they are not very effective. Likely will redo them eventually.

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Shown with Tactical Tailor Medium Modular MOLLE belt

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Back showing 3mm air mesh padding

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With Tactical Tailor pouches and Bianchi holster; and Tactical Tailor X harness with custom front straps

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MOLLE I style extension sleeves; I think they need closed cell foam or plastic stiffeners to work better. Shown with MOLLE I vest panels attached

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MOLLE I with extensions; modeled by yours truly, wearing 1980s OD Extreme Cold Weather Parka with liner removed;

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LBE mode with extensions removed, just main belt, Tactical Tailor X harness and 1.5″ vertical straps. Same 1980s parka; the LBE equipment colors really blends with the parka color.

MOLLE Plate carrier Adapters for BDS Tactical chest rig

Made a set of MOLLE adapters for the BDS Tactical chest rig to interface with a MOLLE plate carrier. The chest rig came to me without shoulder straps/harness, and without buckles and one magazine flap, so I ordered replacement buckles and mag flap directly from the manufacturer. They came in coyote brown, which is a darker shade than the original Tan 499/ Khaki color.

The upper chest rig mounts are made of 1.5″ webbing with 1″ webbing for MOLLE; and 1.5″ buckles are sewn to them, while the side buckle straps are cut from Foliage Green 1.5″ webbing and 1/8″ shock cord is used for attachment to the MOLLE webbing on the back.

Overall, the plate carrier/Chest rig combination works pretty good with the interface system, which still allows the user to remove the chest rig quickly with the side release buckles

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view of the rig combination

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Back view showing the simple shock cord system with 4 straps

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Close up of the upper rig mount

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Back of the adapter, showing the Short MALICE clip used.

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Shown on a display mannequin torso with 6x AR15 magazines loaded, coyote brown canteen/utility pouch on one side

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With radio pouch in Coyote Brown on other side

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View of the rear, with a hydration bladder pouch covering the black shock cord.

 

I am aware I could have modified the BDS Chest rig to use 1″ buckles that are standard with most armor interface kits available on the market, however I wanted to maintain the ability to accept original manufacturer’s shoulder straps/harness kits should I decide to swap out.

Armor carrier is Diamond Back Tactical’s Fast Attack Plate Carrier, first generation I believe; without the cummerbund flap option that the newer version have.

 

 

OD lumbar pack for MOLLE I waistbelt and V strap adapters

Built a large lumbar pack for the 1st generation MOLLE (MOLLE I) ruck waistbelt; as the belt is quite sturdy and has attachments which allows the user to attach an ALICE buttpack to it. Materials; 1000D Cordura Nylon in Tactical Tailor Olive Green; 1″ Nylon webbing in OD #7, ITW-Nexus hardware. Approximately 740 cubic inches, a little over 12 liters.

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The large MOLLE Lumbar pack on the 1st gen MOLLE belt

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Side view

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Upper view

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Shown with 1980s ALICE OD butt pack, and 1990s-2000s ALICE/MOLLE butt pack (really is ALICE but were issued with the 1st gen MOLLE items)

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Close up of the top 1.5″ triglide mounts to stabilize the lumbar pack to the 1.5″ webbing

I also made a set of V strap adapters to interface with Tactical Tailor’s padded MAV harness; and to enable users to attach to the 1st gen MOLLE waist belts, of both types

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Shown attached to the MOLLE I Ruck waist belt; You can see how the waist belt has the hardware for the ALICE butt pack, with metal loops for the woodland butt pack’s lashing straps.

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On a standard 3 piece MOLLE I utility belt; they are commonly found either missing the 1.5″ vertical webbing, or with a different belt attached (either SPEAR ELCS or MOLLE II). The outboard sleeves are nearly identical to the SPEAR ELCS H harness pieces, only they have 3 metal rectangle loops to connect the 1st generation vest panels.

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Close up of the adapter. I used ITW-Nexus’ Strap dividers for 1.5″ webbing, 1.5″ webbing tapered to points, and sewn to 1″ webbing.

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Close up of the lower ends of the V straps, using 1″ Tri-glides and utilizing 3 of the waist belt’s metal loops (There are a total of 12; 6 per side, for adjusting where the vest panels go)

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Pouch/pack attached, 2x Combat Medic Vest system triple ammo pouches, 2x canteen covers, 2x Tactical Tailor Large utility pouches, 1x Tactical Tailor Zippered medic pouch, and the lumbar pack.

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Showing the gap between the pouches for the 1″ webbing to go through.

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Upper view with belt standing up

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On Utility belt; with all 3 sections adjusted smallest possible; from outboard to center; 2x Grenade pouches, 2x CMVS triple ammo pouches, 2x Canteen pouches, 1x SAW 100rd pouch with old  ALCIE?M1967 Jungle First Aid Kit’s plastic box insert.  This set up is very similar to the ELCS H Harness, or Eagle DFLCS H harness, or any of the older PLCE/H-Harness rigs offered by Eagle, London Bridge Trading Company, Blackhawk! Industries, and British Tactical.

Olive Green plate carrier

Made a modular plate carrier in 1000D Olive Green; the green is a very close match to Tactical Tailor’s OD green.

Specs;

1000D Cordura Nylon, Olive Drab

Mil spec webbing, 1″, a shade of green

mil spec webbing, 2 1/4″, USGI green with red line

fits 10″x13″ Medium SAPI Plates

Approx 28″ front width, 10″ rear width, 18 slots, and 6 rows maximum height on front, 6 columns and 6 rows on rear

compatible with ALICE and MOLLE gear

Sized to fit up to 3xl men, smallest it can go down is around 38 inches circumference

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Front of plate carrier with wings

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Back plate bag

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Inside of back plate bag

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Inside of front plate rig

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Tactical Tailor OD X harness against plate carrier.

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Plate pocket flap detail; reinforced with 1.75″ webbing and using Line 24 snaps, this is the front plate bag flap

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Back plate bag flap, I changed positioning of the reinforcement to behind the fabric on the male ends.

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Shoulder strap padding; not totally happy with how they came out

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Showing plate thickness and plate bag side stitching, front plate bag

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rear plate bag with plate in, again showing side seam/stitching details

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Set up for AR15 with Tactical Tailor pouches, USGI holster,  magazine pouches and compass pocket, and London BRidge Trading triple pistol ALICE pouch

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Modeled by my lovely wife-to-be, front

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Side showing Tactical Tailor medic pouch

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Back, showing at the smallest, being oversize for her.

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Last, all ALICE pouches, and strobe pocket on left shoulder pad.

 

Gear for sale; rigs and pouches

I have some self-made gear for sale; the 995 Plate Carrier rig, and a new leg pouch for 2x Redball magazines, and a black split 6-mag AR chest rig with zippered pockets;

I do take Paypal; email me for information!

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Redball plate carrier; 4x 20rd mags shown; fits plates up to 9x12x1. Asking $75 without magazines.

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AR Chest rig; 6 AR mags, zippered compartments, 1000D Cordura. Asking $90, mags not included

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top view of rig

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Back of rig

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bottom of rig

 

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shown with self-made DCU rig and Tactical Tailor OD MAV

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Leg pouch for 2x Redball magazines plus single MOLLE column for pistol pouch or multitool pouch

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MALICE style backing for MOLLE belts, and tunnel for standard belts up to 3″ wide.

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belt pass-through tunnel

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With two Redball mags and a Riggers belt threaded through

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With MOLLE M9 pistol pouch attached.

I am asking $25 for this leg rig pouch; without belt and without MOLLE pouch. also does not come with the magazines.

Email me for more details, I am willing to custom make gear for a price! Chest rigs anywhere from $75 to $125 depending on features, pouches from $20 to 40, depending on size, capacity, and magazine type! I do not make SKS 10rd clip pouches anymore, as the surplus Continue reading

Redball Magazine plate carrier and pouches

I Modified my black horizontal Redball 20rd magazine chest rig into a basic plate carrier complete with back plate bag; and then I decided to build a couple pouches, first pouch was an attempt at doing a vertical, side by side pouch with bungee cord retention, hated it.. so made a 2nd pouch that is much more conventional; holds 4 20rd magazines in a boxy pouch that is kinked on the sides, and has a center divider, and two 3/4 coverage flaps over each pair of magazine.

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Front of 4-mag plate carrier

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Back of the front carrier

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inside of both carriers

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Side view of front carrier

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View of outside of both carriers; the rear carrier has MOLLE strips for attachment of hydration pouch or small gear; or even butt pack on bottom row.

The plate carrier will fit up to 9×12 plates on both front and back. It is basically a simple armor carrier with magazine pockets sewn to the front , and utility/first aid pockets sewn on the sides.

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My first attempt at a MOLLE 995 20rd pouch for the 20 rd Redball magazines; the idea was to have elastic retention and not a lot of fabric, but it is a failure here, due to the extreme splay and sticking far out away from the platform it attaches to.

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Side view of pouch showing the kink and how far away it sticks out

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good view of how far it sticks out from a MOLLE belt; due to being bottom heavy and not having a lot of retention up top other than the elastic cordage

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Mounted to the MOLLE belt I have, it is not really good here.

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Back view of the pouch showing Tactical Tailor styled MOLLE webbing for use with TT  Short MALICE clips.

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pattern blank cut up, then hemmed with edge tape for 2nd MOLLE pouch in Coyote Brown

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All done except some details; 1″ ITW buckles in Tan-499 color, khaki webbing straps

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Mounted to the MOLLE belt

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Finished 3/4 coverage flaps on the top using 1.5″ webbing.

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Another view of the top half; mounted by the same MALICE clips and same style webbing on the back of the pouch, as the pouch retains the magazines better; the whole thing is far stabler and easier to use.

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Side view showing the kink in the side panels to accommodate the Redball magazine shape

 

 

 

ALICE frame modular stuff sack pack system;

Decided to see what the MOLLE compression panels could take, and set up a backpack system in which the main bag is removable and contains all of my hammock camping gear cept tarp and suspension tree straps!

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Pack with everything loaded onto it

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Side view with hatchet mounted

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Other side view with knife and flashlight

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Bottom view, that is a vintage M1967 sleep system carrier being used as the bottom panel.

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Suspension view. Even though this frame is obsolete, and usually not comfortable with ALICE packs…it works pretty good for this load because of the packing system.

The pack contains the following items;

In the WW2 laundry bag stuff sack;

hammock

under pad

bug net

Kelty top quilt

In each of the 4x USMC Coyote brown pouches;

First aid kit (marked with red cross)

cook set and fire kit

food

back up hammock/gear hammock (Grand Trunk UltraLite)

In the MOLLE Water bottle carriers are the water bottles (self explanatory)

USGI M16 pouches carries my tarp in one, and hammock suspension in other

IDF revolver ammo/handcuff pouch houses my compass

Green Buttpack up top carries my clothes for up to 3 days

horizontal MOLLE pouch on very top carries my stakes, cordage, bandannas.

I do have room enough in the WW2 laundry bag to carry more insulation if I need to.

I notice that the MOLLE compression panels will likely need a 3rd buckle in the middle, and 2 more straps to attach to the frame, so that it compresses better around the main stuff sack.