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.


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


Front of plate carrier with wings


Back plate bag


Inside of back plate bag


Inside of front plate rig


Tactical Tailor OD X harness against plate carrier.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Modeled by my lovely wife-to-be, front


Side showing Tactical Tailor medic pouch


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


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!


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


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


top view of rig


Back of rig


bottom of rig



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


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


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


belt pass-through tunnel


With two Redball mags and a Riggers belt threaded through


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.


Front of 4-mag plate carrier


Back of the front carrier


inside of both carriers


Side view of front carrier


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Mounted to the MOLLE belt


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


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.


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!


Pack with everything loaded onto it


Side view with hatchet mounted


Other side view with knife and flashlight


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


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;


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


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.

MYOG MOLLE Yucca Pack!

Made a MOLLE version of the Boy Scouts Yucca/ Green Bar Bill Pack; using 1000D DCU Cordura scraps….. Since I wanted a day pack that was in between the size of a Recon Buttpack and the size of a normal Schoolbag or the Medium Ruck sack…plus the ability to add or subtract pouches to it….I looked into my sewing fabrics drawer and out came the DCU Cordura material…I did not have enough width to make the pack the way  I make my pouches, but I had enough material to make a pack a little differently; with two side panels sewn to the main panel.


Bare pack; with straps undone..yes the flap is ridiculously long, but its for a reason


Flap opened up to show full height of the panel; 6 rows and 6 slots of MOLLE


Side of pack; with 6 rows and 3 slots of MOLLE; for attachment of whatever you could want. Could thread cord through some slots and use that to compress the sides if needed?

DSCN2172Bottom of pack with 3 rows and 4 slots of MOLLE, for attachment of either MOLLE Waistpack or lashing straps for gear


Back of pack without shoulder straps attached. The D-rings are for shoulder straps obviously, but they could also be used to strap to a frame or a larger ruck sack if one wanted to.


Top of pack, showing the “ear flaps” to keep most weather out. I might add snaps to the edges to seal better…

DSCN2174Its like a cave of T-shirts! there’s enough space for up to 3 or 4 days of clothing in there….provided you put the rest of your camp gear outside it…as these next two pics will show!


All packed up for a summertime/warm weather camp trip! Green sack has my modified Kelty topquilt, and then there’s the freebie Coleman inflatable pad on the bottom…the two squarish pouches holds food, first aid kit, and small batwing tarp. The long horizontal pouch holds tarp stakes, guylines, compass, misc gear.

I have two canteen pouches on this as well;


The back showing the canteen pouches in use with canteens and cup and canteen stove; and their small pockets hold my Swiss Army Knife, and fire kit. You can see that I am using USGI LC-2 straps for backpacking duty, I could clip the pack to the black webbing harness I have which have two hooks for small packs such as this.

Hope you enjoyed this post!


UPDATE on this post! I have more pictures and detail shots of the pack!


With pad and stuff sack removed, and black shotgun pouch added and small knife attached to MOLLE KA-BAR adapter. It is shown next to the small Recon Buttpack


Better shot of the side and showing how much the three coyote pockets add to the depth of the pack


detail shot of attachment of shotgun ammo belt pouch via ALICE to MOLLE adapter


With green stuff sack up top


Comparo shot of complete overnight-3 day pack next to large MYOG hiking backpack

MYOG hiking backpack

Unable to afford or justify spending a lot of money on a backpack that has all the features I wanted; I decided to make my own pack bag to use with both my ALICE frame and Civilian Hiking frame; and  presumably is also compatible with MOLLE frames of both types; the MOLLE DEI 1603 (Standard MOLLE large frame) and MOLLE DEI 1609AC (MOLLE Medium frame now issued in USMC)… so I bought 2 yards of fabric, measured and cut patterns, and spent several hours sewing it all together… In hindsight, if I were to order a pack with these features, it would be over a 100 dollars… Oh well! the pack is a little over 55 Liters, and is pretty light…not as heavy as the ALICE pack, but not as light as the hiking backpack, mainly due to the webbing and plastic Fastex buckles..the Side Pouches are sewn like the ALICE pack pockets, basically tunneled so that I can slip long items in between the pouch and pack body. Features are;

Made of 430 Denier Nylon,

Overall size; 20″Wx22″Hx9″L

Main upper compartment 12″x9″x13″

Main lower compartment 12″x9″x9″

Upper side Pouch 9″x11″x4″

Lower side Pouch 5″x5″x3″

Attachment system; Ladder locks and 1″ webbing straps

Webbing for canteens (after finding out not enough room to sew water bottle pockets..whoops)

10 Fastex buckles, 8 frame attachment points


Pack next to Coleman PEAK 1


Quarter view of pack showing side pockets


Webbing for LC canteen covers, can use for other LC pouches

DSCN2134Upper frame attachments

DSCN2135Bottom of pack

DSCN2136Drawstring panel on bottom of pack, I might make an U shaped panel with elastic on bottom to cover the drawstring panel and flap; not sure yet.


Upper side pouch, it’s based on the MOLLE Sustainment pouch size, and uses two buckles instead of one for better securing; I do not use webbing keepers, since the straps can be used to compress pouches and hold things like folded up sweaters or tarps or poncho


On the ALICE LC frame

DSCN2142Back view with LC frame, showing attachments

DSCN2139Bottom attachments on LC frame

DSCN2140Lower corner attachment on LC frame; it uses the round hole to attach, just like the standard ALICE pack

DSCN2141Top corner attachment to LC frame

In theory it probably would be more comfortable using either a Canadian pattern 82 suspension or MOLLE Hellcat suspension system…


Trip report; Slide Creek camping

SO I am back from a weekend camping out in Slide Creek area in Oregon, part of the Santiam State Forest/Willamette National Forest; a weekend with friends, and a test of the Bat Wing tarp and DIY hammock! I must say, I had a great time!DSCN1852The view of the camp site; my hammock tarp is somewhere to the right in the woods;

DSCN1853Slide Creek from the camp site

DSCN1854My hammock tarp camp site; the trees are barely over 12 feet apart; and I only used two stakes; tied the corners of the ends to the trees

DSCN1855with vinyl ground cloth and my pack and Gilmour bow saw to process dead fall wood for fire

DSCN1876The view inside the tarp; that is my USGI Intermediate Cold weather sleeping bag; I have a blue camp pad inside to keep me insulated on the bottom.

DSCN1856looking out to the parking area and National Forest Road 4695; which leads to Brietenbush Road

DSCN1857a trail going into the woods; beautiful scenery!

DSCN1858the Sun shining through;

DSCN1867here be life and dead wood; such is beautiful woodland.

DSCN1864the natural bridge made by felled trees; these trees fell down from a windstorm a while back, a few have been cut in order to provide some firewood; but the majority are left alone

DSCN1866the root base of one of the bridging trees; it is a large base, and provides a good shelter for animals and critters; the ground is so very rocky

DSCN1868one of the Russula mushrooms; I am not sure which species of Russula this one is;

DSCN1870a Western Trillium that’s aged; it is a beautiful flowering plant

DSCN1873a Fairy Slipper; one of the native Orchids in the Oregon/Pacific NW woodlands

DSCN1871a small tree sprouting out of a large dead stump

DSCN1872further up Slide creek; there is evidence of rock slides and bank erosion from storms

DSCN1878A couple of Harlequin Ducks!

DSCN1879another shot of the Harlequin Ducks

DSCN1860Bushcrafting with my vintage Colonial Bowie

DSCN1861and again with the Buck 103 Skinner; making great curling chips

DSCN1863making a tinder stick with the Imperial Ireland small knife

DSCN1875making another tinder stick with the Imperial R.I. bowie knife; it carves pretty good on white pine

DSCN1859A cup of hot chocolate over an Esbit stove

DSCN1862the campground fire pit; modified a little bit so that there’s a draft and a way to feed the large logs into the fire; they are all dead fall/dead logs

The weather was a typical Oregon springtime weather; spots of sun and lots of showers, overnight temps went down to the 40s; and I was toasty warm in the USGI Intermediate Cold Mummy bag and pad; the tarp kept me and my gear dry!