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





Coyote tan 8-cell 995 rig and black Plate carrier rig

Built a Coyote tan 8-cell vertical mag rig for 4 Redball 20rd mags, and 4 10rd Factory 995 mags, and then built a 5 20rd, 5-10 10rd vertical Plate Carrier clip-on rig for two customers!dscf0881

On olive green fabric, showing the tan X harness, tan webbing and mags loaded.


Compared to fishing belt kit with Coyote pouches


Against 330D Multicam fabric

I also modified a customer’s black slick plate carrier to accept the black 8 cell vertical rig, and built a new 10 cell direct-attach rig. I added 4x Fastex buckles to the Plate Carrier, this was the least invasive method for the user, did not need to rip seams to attach buckles


Front of Plate Carrier showing the two upper buckles



Back of plate carrier, showing the top 2 45 degrees buckles for the diagonal webbing


Loaded up and attached to rig on mannequin. Front view.


Back 3/4 view, the user utilizes the standard back strap of the chest rig, and the diagonal webbing from the black 8 cell rig goes up to the two 45 degree buckles. THe 8 cell rig is capable of being used on its own with its H harness, and the carrier can keep the buckles fastened/unused.

I made a 5 cell plate carrier rig next, with no snaps, but velcro attachment, back strap attachment, and a simplified upper strap attachment, for direct attachment to the black plate carrier. I overestimated the size of the dividers needed, and now the 5 front cells can have up to 2 9mm Hi Point mags, OR 1 double stack pistol mag in each cell, and the back 5 cells are generously sized for the Redball magazines. With this cleaner panel layout and the size, it does not extend past the edges of the plate carrier.


Clipped directly and attached to the plate carrier


Back view of rig, showing the velcro strip for attaching to plate carrier and reversed buckles up top, adjusts from the inside, so as to hide the straps for a clean appearance


Front 4 cell panel showing velcro flaps and velcro attachment. It looks like I was off on the bottom stitching, but that is a result of not loading the cells with weight, it is even when loaded.

The material used is 500D Cordura in both black and coyote tan.