Mini -FILBE pack in 500D Cordura

Sewed up a Mini-FILBE (Family of Improved Load Bearing Equipment) Pack in 500D Cordura, Coyote Brown, Flame Resistant coated; using USGI webbing and hardware. The pack is a simple packbag, just one large compartment, no lid pocket, and covered in MOLLE and ALICE webbing.

Specs

19x12x9″, approximately 2,052 cubic inches

7 rows of MOLLE on main bag body

2 rows of ALICE on main bag body

3 rows of MOLLE on lid and bottom

Drawcord closure with flat black grommets and OD stripped paracord

Duraflex buckles from National Molding in Coyote Brown

ITW-Nexus Coyote Brown 1″ D rings; 1.5″ black D rings

ITW Nexus LadderLoc buckles

Black Oxide Tri-bar tabs for frame attachment and compression strap attachments

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Main pack in slick mode

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side of pack showing compression strap

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frame and suspension side

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Showing how side compression strap attaches to frame side horn via black tri-bar buckle

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bottom of pack showing MOLLE for additional lash points or pouches

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with frame and suspension removed. Pack can be used frameless via the 4 D-rings, using ALICE shoulder straps or similar straps available from Fireforce USA and Tactical Tailor

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Upper corner frame attachment point with black tri-bar buckle

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Detail of where the black tri-bar attaches on the frame upper corners behind the shoulder yoke assembly

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Lower frame attachment strap with D ring for frameless carriage

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Detail of how the upper 1.5″ D-rings interface with the load stabilizer buckles on the shoulder yoke assembly. I might add more webbing to stabilize the D-rings in those location to prevent twisting.

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Showing the interior. It is one layer of 500D fabric where the white side is the Flame Resistant coating, and double layer on the back/frame panel. Also you can see how I attached the paracord to the corners for drawcord closure.

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Detail shot of drawcord closure with OD paracord, 0.5″ hole diameter grommets, and USMC surplus duraflex chest rig webbing mount buckles for side compression straps

 

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Shot of pack with 2x USMC IFAK pouches, 2x SDS canteen pouches attached

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Side view of pouches on the pack, showing how close the webbing and fabrics are in colors.

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Comparison shot of Mini-FILBE next to Propper made USMC FILBE pack; yes the USMC pack is HUGE compared to the Mini-FILBE.

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Two shots of FILBE, Large ALICE, and Mini-FILBE packs; the Mini FILBE with pouches seems quite similar in size to Large ALICE, but is shorter in height.

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USMC FILBE next to Large ALICE rucksack. The FILBE is again, much larger than the Large ALICE rucksack.

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Stuffed the FILBE bag as much as I could to better show the size differences

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another view of size differences

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Also stuffed the Large ALICE ruck, again to show differences.

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Side profile shots of the three bags

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Lid size comparison; in these photos, none have frame and suspensions on, to better show the relative sizes.

I do not have an example of a Medium ALICE rucksack to compare against the Mini-FILBE; but I have a hunch it is just a teeny bit smaller.

 

 

Extra wide, Extra Large MOLLE belt

Sorry for neglecting this blog! I have been busy, what with being married and saving up for wedding reception and other things! Here is one of my projects; an extra wide, extra large MOLLE waist belt system; It is made of 1000D Cordura in Tactical Tailor Olive Green, with 3 rows of MOLLE, and 1 row of 2″ ALICE type webbing. The main belt is sized for 1XL-2XL dudes; about 40 inches and 6 inches wide on the padded, MOLLE/ALICE webbing section, with 2″ webbing belt for big bellies. I tried to make a set of MOLLE I style sleeves that extends the main padded section, but they are not very effective. Likely will redo them eventually.

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Shown with Tactical Tailor Medium Modular MOLLE belt

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Back showing 3mm air mesh padding

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With Tactical Tailor pouches and Bianchi holster; and Tactical Tailor X harness with custom front straps

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MOLLE I style extension sleeves; I think they need closed cell foam or plastic stiffeners to work better. Shown with MOLLE I vest panels attached

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MOLLE I with extensions; modeled by yours truly, wearing 1980s OD Extreme Cold Weather Parka with liner removed;

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LBE mode with extensions removed, just main belt, Tactical Tailor X harness and 1.5″ vertical straps. Same 1980s parka; the LBE equipment colors really blends with the parka color.

Kidney pad, Cook pot carrier, and Hi Point 995 Redball satchel

Sewed up a few things over the last few days;

First up, a narrow kidney pad (not waist belt) for the WW2 rucksack frame being used on a much newer, unknown manufacturer custom rucksack that is basically a copy of the WW2 Mountain Rucksack;, and then a cook pot/pan carrier that attaches to the rucksack via the M1910 wire hook. Lastly, I sewed up a simple black 500D Cordura satchel for 5 Redball 20rd magazines and 6 10 round Hi Point 995 magazines, with velcro patch panel, 1.5″ center release buckle, 1.5″ shoulder strap. The magazines are retained by 3″ elastic webbing

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Kidney pad, made with 500D Cordura, 3/8″ Closed cell foam, 1.5″ webbing, 2 D rings, a tension strap

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Close up of tension system using a plastic cam buckle

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Another view of the tension system, lifted from the ALICE rucksack system

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Cook system carrier, 3″ elastic band for the perimeter, 2″ black strap for M1910 hook, 1″ buckle strap with center open buckle

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view of the closure system

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The back of the carrier, showing how it all ties together to maintain positive retention of cook pots

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Showing how the carrier attaches to the rucksack via a M1910 wire hook on the grommeted tabs

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995 carbine magazine bag, made for a customer.

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Interior shot of the magazine bag

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The back of the magazine bag, You can clearly see the diagonals for the Redball magazines on the bottom half of the bag.

A-Tacs FG pyramid tarp tent

Sewed up this pyramid shelter out of 5 yards of  Polyurethane/silicon coated waterproof 1.9oz Ripstop Nylon in A-Tacs FG camouflage colors. Final measurements are 7 ft 10 inches long, 4 ft, 7 inches wide, height at peak, 50 inches. I will have to redo the door closure system to get the overlap needed for further weatherproofing.

There are a total of 11 tie out loops, I may add a few more if it would enable one to do more variety in setups like a blind or an observation post, or something similar to that.

Right now the support it uses are 2 standard aluminum adjustable tarp/awning poles lashed together… it will be changed out for something more low visibility later on.

On to the photos!

 

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Progress photo; door triangles cut and laid next to edge of front of main body, it is folded here, it should show how it looks when laid flat and folded in half.

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front view of the shelter; You can see how the doors have no overlap, and a serious gap that would allow weather to go in….so it is being redone right now.

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Side view, please pardon the USGI poncho peeking out, the poncho is  quite a bit wider than the shelter; The slight inclination of the door panels is evident here. One could add a rectangular tarp or poncho awning here for more space and for cooking/dining/general activities.

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The back view of the shelter, You can see the additional tie outs in the center of each of the 3 edges, and the center of the primary seam line on the back panel. The roof tie out is in case the user wants to have additional space inside the shelter, and the other tie outs are for more secure staking of the shelter in high wind areas, or for alternate shelter layouts to make up for space restrictions.

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Inside shot of the shelter with the doors folded back. The extra length is apparent here compared to the USGI poncho, and the relative narrowness is also evident here. I chose this width and length for a single person with room enough for gear/equipment/furred partner (dogs!), although two persons can snuggle up in there if needed.

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Close up of the door closure system, 1st try. It is simply 6 US Army BDU buttons, and elastic loops that fits on them. The loops will be replaced by something else that would provide me with the overlap needed to keep weather out. This is one of the lightest, most silent methods of closures that I can think of for the purposes of this shelter.

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Shown rolled and wrapped with the single peak line. The Coyote Brown  roll is the Bushcraft USA 10×10 Coyote tarp made of the same type of fabric (1.9oz PU coated Ripstop nylon). The pyramid shelter rolls into a smaller package, and is a bit lighter, even with the door closures being included.

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.

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.

Specs;

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

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Front of plate carrier with wings

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Back plate bag

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Inside of back plate bag

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Inside of front plate rig

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Tactical Tailor OD X harness against plate carrier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Modeled by my lovely wife-to-be, front

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Side showing Tactical Tailor medic pouch

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

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Last, all ALICE pouches, and strobe pocket on left shoulder pad.