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
Shown without pouches, with my retro 6.5 Grendel pistol project
Back of the rig
Close up of the MOLLE skeletal panel showing the bar tacks and line tacks used together
Backside without harness, and with two USMC First Aid Kit pouches woven on.
With the two pouches woven on, and still with retro 6.5 Grendel pistol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Front panel view
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 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.