2nd Hi Point chest holster done up!

Sewn up a 2nd Hi Point .45 chest holster in Mossy Oak new Break up 500D Nylon fabric, for a customer!

Differences from the prototype are the following;

Lefthand draw

Reshaped main body

relocated magazine pocket to spine and added drain grommet

Adjustable thumb break strap

added an adjustable belt strap for further stabilization

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Overall view with Hi point pistol and magazine in

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Backside of the holster

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Top of the holster

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Empty holster;

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Detail of adjustable thumb break strap, showing the Line 24 snap

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Close up of the drain grommet

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Mirror self shot, showing how the holster lays

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Sewn up a 4 mag 995 Redball leg rig for customer

Sewn up a black 500D Cordura leg rig, for 4x 20rd Redball 995 magazines, no MOLLE; adjustable leg straps, and adjustable height.

It is meant for a left thigh; in which a righthanded shooter can use his/her weak arm

to draw the magazines.

Retention is by velcro.

 

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View of loaded rig

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Close up of the magazine pockets.

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leg adjusting straps detail; I used 1.5″ ITW-Nexus loops for the free end straps so that they do not flop around, this is to make it look cleaner in execution.

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View of the belt loop and adjusting strap on the upper buckles. The loops are sized to fit 2.25″ USGI Pistol Belts at the widest; so they should be compatible with pretty much any standard belt; other than MOLLE patrol belts.

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Velcro retention straps and pull tabs.

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Close up of the bottom of the rig; showing the pleated layout. This ensured a clean looking pocket with the magazines inserted.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Wall Tent Mod to USGI Pup Tent!

Made a wall tent mod to the USGI Shelter Half pup tent similar to what is described in this article from the Boy Scouts magazine;

http://books.google.com/books?id=4gGnPTm6dicC&pg=PA16&lpg=PA16&dq=Boy%27s+Life+The+Pup+Grows+Up&source=bl&ots=K1JoUu71hr&sig=VT_92khq36DyE38kqHy8Gwt1SmA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ecFuVNWJDMLkiQLphoHwDg&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Boy%27s%20Life%20The%20Pup%20Grows%20Up&f=false

instead of following the cut instructions in the magazine article, I decided to cut the 6 wall panels from two scrap shelter halves rectangle panels, thus making it simpler and easier to attach to the shelter halves for this mod.

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The layout for cutting; bottom piece is full length of rectangle, and 15″ tall while the two corner walls are 16″ tall and 48″ long, the extra width is for making a rolled hem on the bottom of each shorter rectangles.

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Set up using tree straps and cargo straps attached to two trees; this is the lightest set up possible (NO POLES!)

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DSCN2167Side view, you can see the W shaped lines from the loops to the two stakes on each side; plus the V lines from the single stake to the corner loops.

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Closed up end, with single stake. I realize I could have positioned the tree straps higher so that the 14″ walls are at full height, but this is OK.

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Hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂

 

Location scouting and Hammock Underpad design!

Went on a location scouting trip yesterday, and I would’ve stayed the night, if I had brought bug spray and bug netting……oh well. Moose Creek is the location, it is off the same road I went for a day trip a while back, but closer to the main highway and on the creek itself….

DSCN1983The walk in site, which have trees at good distances apart for hammocking, were I to camp with a group,  I would mount the hammock one end on the tree further back, so as not to have the tarp lines too close to the fire.

DSCN1990short walk in trail from the dirt road parking; behind that campsite, is a trail down to the creek;

DSCN1982a view looking out from the campsite;

DSCN1984Looking NW from the dirt road, the main road, Moose Creek Road (or as Google Maps says, Moose Mountain Road) is behind the berm, you can see one campfire ring in the picture;

DSCN1985view looking East; there are three more campfire rings in the area; two far back, and one to the left (North)

DSCN1986one of the campfire rings; the ground is rocky here though, but this is a good place for vehicles, air mattresses, or cots…

DSCN1987The sign at the South West end of the area; next to where dirt road stops at a gate; which means the area South of this and to the East, is not open to unauthorized vehicles ,I am not sure of hikers though.

DSCN1988A Notice posted by Sweet Home Rangers; detailing that some sites in the area may become day use areas or closed to camping due to trash and dumping of things…I did not find such evidence, perhaps it had been cleaned up before.

DSCN1981Made myself a nice little twig fire with esbit as a starter…..one thing I dislike about esbit is that it leaves a film of gross stuff on the canteen cup….

DSCN1991Moose Creek from the bridge, the campsite I scouted, is to the left, East of the creek, while there are other campsites to the West of the creek, and several more up the road leading North east up into the mountain..

And I decided I wanted to test this hammock under pad I made from a Wal MArt mattress topper; unlike blue Closed Cell foam, Open cell insulates best when not compressed; so hanging it like an under quilt helps a lot…..

Under Pad first testFirst test set up,

Under Pad endThe ends are not against the hammock, so I needed to cut it so that it conforms to the hammock

Under Pad revised 1Ah revised; these triangles are where I cut the material of the foam, so as to make a shape; Also, I cut the pad down to 48 inches long, and it is 50 inches wide, being a Full size width.

Under Pad Revised 2MUCH better; no load in the hammock….I laid in it and it is warmer….some drafts though, but I will be adding the poncho as an under cover, until I can get silnylon for the under cover;

Under Pad suspension triangleDetail of the suspension triangles for mounting hammock under pad and under quilts; I will be revising them to include plastic toggles so I can just loop the under pad suspension to the triangles instead of tying knots.

Coleman Peak 1 framed Hellcat pack; Improved Hellcat

Acquired a vintage Coleman Peak 1 pack with frame; some of the hardware is damaged, and the pack fabric has some wear and tear and seems to be not as waterproof as it used to be; being 20 years old (ITW buckles have dates of 94 on them) ; So I decided to transfer my MOLLE and ALICE parts to the frame as a test..it works without needing to be cut down like other PEAK 1 framed ALICE packs!

 

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side by side of the front/frame side portions of both.

 

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ALICE pack attached to unmodified PEAK 1 frame

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frame without pack, showing the geometry and the slotted panel in the center, the slots on the perimeter are ideal for lashing long items or cinch straps to reduce pack volumeDSCN1703

 

upper MOLLE shoulder strap centering straps slotted into two of the perimeter slots