Custom simple chest rig from USMC Bandolier

This was a test of my newly acquired #1 Zig Zag cam for the Singer 328K; a pair of skeletal MOLLE panels attached to an USMC Bandolier to turn it into a simple chest rig without additional Cordura fabric. I also made a custom H style shoulder strap/cross strap harness with new Coyote Tan buckles

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Back of the rig

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Close up of the MOLLE skeletal panel showing the bar tacks and line tacks used together

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Backside without harness, and with two USMC First Aid Kit pouches woven on.

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With the two pouches woven on, and still with retro 6.5 Grendel pistol.

 

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed this update!

Client photos of Ranger Green equipment

FromĀ This post

AndĀ This other post

My client sent me some higher quality photos of the pouches,as well as a couple on his personal “grab and go” armor rig

Views of pouches from front and inside

View of back and side of 1×2 kangaroo

 

View of them on carrier, on each side of the triple magazine pouch

 

Ranger Green 500d single M4 pouch with field dressing pocket

Made a companion pouch for the RG 1×2 kangaroo pouch, with a Field dressing pocket on the flap.

Views of both pouches loaded, and of their differing backs

Field dressing/utility pocket details, the loop at the top is for paracord to be tied for use with compass pouch or other items, the other loop is the ejector /elevator strap which aids in retrieving the field dressing or other items.

With small pocket emptied showing how the flap reduces profile

Attached to a MOLLE LBV panel; showing how the Paraclete/AWS inc/Blackwater style soft straps are woven and folded into the MOLLE slots.

Ranger Green 1×2 kangaroo pouch

 

Made this for a client. He wanted one M4 and 2 M9 mags in one pouch, with MOLLE and in 500D Ranger Green.

Showing basic construction and sizing

With single M4 mag inserted

With all mags inserted

Details of the back mounting method, and how its attached to a MOLLE panel. Also a shot with flap covering all 3 magazines.

420D Woodland pack

Made a panel loading pack bag and shoulder straps for the Coleman frames out of Taiwan sourced 420D Nylon woodland camo fabric. It has about 1900 cubic inches from what I can remember, and has nearly minimal MOLLE webbing.

With gear loaded in it. The outdoor shots have USGI MOLLE II suspension while the inside shot has the shoulder straps I made

Side, MOLLE II suspension and bottom views

Views of the custom straps I made, using old USGI MOLLE II QD buckles, metal tribars. Single layer camo fabric, with spacer mesh bottom layer and closed cell foam inside the two layers. Not totally happy with how the straps and padding came out.

Details of the frame attachments for the straps using metal tribar buckles.

Fun with sustainment pouches! Coyote packs

I recently acquired 3x USMC Coyote Brown sustainment Pouches for real good prices before they ran out of them; and proceeded to set up my coyote self-made backpacks with them;

Here they are, all 3 on the 2,000CI MOLLE Mini FILBE with FILBE suspension and frame; it resembles a modernized ALICE pack with much larger pouches

 

And with two pouches, mounted high like the standard MOLLE rucksacks, on the same pack; with the horizontal compress straps running over them

 

Then on the 1700CI Low profile MOLLE ALICE pack without frame, only could fit two pouches, and the set up looks much like a modernized ARVN rucksack; the lid straps runs behind the pouches, due to the space afforded by the Sustainment Pouches’ MOLLE mounting system.

FN FAL double mag belt pouches in Tan 499

Made a set of 6 belt pouches for the metal FAL 20rd magazines for a client. They hold 2 magazines with a sewn divider in each pouch. Client requested buckles and no velcro

Following specs;

Tan 499 500D Cordura

Tan 499 Surface Mount buckles

Tan 499 1″ webbing

Coyote tan 2″ webbing

Coyote tan 3.5″ webbing

Beige 1″ elastic

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The 6 pouches, adjustment is pull down

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With flaps open showing the elastic bands

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The backs of the pouches showing the generously sized belt loops

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Showing the 3.5″ webbing for dividers

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Showing the edge finishing of the pouches, using techniques from an older era of magazine pouches like the ALICE and LBV pouches.

Modified Safariland 3A body armor carrier to accept plates

I decided to modify a very old Safariland 3A body armor carrier so that it would accept hard plates in conjunction with the soft armor inserts. It was a simple mod, to see how it all fits in preparation for the woodland camo prototype that will incorporate some ideas I have. I simply sewed up 3.5 inch webbing with velcro to the carrier; so that it will fit the hard plates. I may add side to side retention straps with elastic, or simple webbing to retain the plates from shifting side to side.

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Front panel view

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Rear panel view

Inside of carrier showing the 3.5 inch webbing straps with velcro that I added to the carrier to hold the hard plates

Taking a short break from custom orders.

Taking a break from doing custom orders for gear; because my wife just had our first child. So the next two weeks to a month or so will be hectic, busy, and just plain unproductive regarding custom gear orders. I may still make some gear in the meantime but it will be for myself.

Large frame Hi point chest holster, another one!

Made another .40/.45 Hi Point chest holster for a client.

Basic black, no pearls, no contrasting thread

1 magazine pocket on the side

500D Cordura

3mm laminated spacer mesh liner

ITW Nexus loop and triglide for cross body strap

1.5 inch Polypropylene webbing

1 inch nylon webbing

Duraflex surface mount buckles; the mounting plate protects the trigger