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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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.

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Front of 4-mag plate carrier

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Back of the front carrier

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inside of both carriers

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Side view of front carrier

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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.

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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.

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Side view of pouch showing the kink and how far away it sticks out

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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

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Mounted to the MOLLE belt I have, it is not really good here.

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Back view of the pouch showing Tactical Tailor styled MOLLE webbing for use with TT  Short MALICE clips.

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pattern blank cut up, then hemmed with edge tape for 2nd MOLLE pouch in Coyote Brown

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All done except some details; 1″ ITW buckles in Tan-499 color, khaki webbing straps

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Mounted to the MOLLE belt

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Finished 3/4 coverage flaps on the top using 1.5″ webbing.

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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.

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Side view showing the kink in the side panels to accommodate the Redball magazine shape

 

 

 

Chest rigs for Redball 995 mags

Made a couple chest rigs in black 1000D vinyl backed Cordura for the new Redball Magazines for the Hi Point 995/995TS 9mm carbines; First one is a horizontal carrier, with utility pouches that fit 100rd organizer boxes, or other small stuff. The other one is a vertical 8-cell carrier that accommodates 4x 20rd Redball magazines and 4x 10rd factory magazines.

They are based on traditional chest rig designs from China and South Africa, but tailored for the particular magazines.

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Horizontal 4-magazine chest rig with utility pockets on ends, single layer construction and layout is based on a SADF chest rig but with horizontal magazine pockets as opposed to vertical;

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Unloaded, You can see how the magazine shape is unique and does not lend itself to other magazine pouch designs or normal retention methods

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Close up of magazine retention system; hidden snaps and doubled over 1.5″ webbing. I got the idea after looking at one of my knife sheaths and figured that since the ends and mid plates are larger than the magazine body, it would be useful to have a similar retention method, and so far it has worked beautifully.

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Straps snapped in place. I did this set up to make it easy to open and draw with the left hand.

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Detailshot of the utility pocket. They are shallower than the usual SKS/Shotgun ammo pockets I have made, but fits a 100rd 9mm organizer box with some room to spare for tools or keys or other things. Can be used to carry first aid kit as well.

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With my MOLLE MIcro chest rig for pistol magazines and the prototype bandolier made of 420D pack cloth scraps. Yes that is my 995 Classic carbine with Primary Arms 1-4x scope on it.

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My other chest rig, vertical 8 cell magazine carrier, next to the Horizontal one. It is based on a combination of Chi-Com and R.A.C.K. chest rig designs (R.A.C.K. rectangle panel, Chi-Com one piece magazine/clip pocket panel) with two different fastening systems; a simple wrap around retention strap for the 4 Redball magazines, and a narrow flap strap for the 4 factory 10rd magazines. I only own 1 factory 10 round magazine at the moment.

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Close up of the short pouch showing the factory 10 rd magazine. I can also put in a Leatherman multi-tool in the same size pocket. bonus!)

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Detailclose up of the chest rig panel with the Redball magazines fastened in. The flag patches on both of them are from Universal Shooting Sports Forum , wherein I am a member.

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Unloaded except for the one 10 rd magazine. It is a simple rig. I will be making about 6 of these rigs in Coyote Brown with either tan binding tape and webbing or dark brown binding tape and webbing.

MOLLE II Ruck on Large Coleman frame!

Picked up a vintage Large Coleman PEAK 1 backpack with the large frame; and then got a MOLLE II pack with Main Ruck and Modular Sleep System carrier on Gen 2 MOLLE frame; decided to see how the MOLLE bags interface with the large Coleman PEAK 1 frame…. it works beautifully! I have extra space on the frame for the lashing of other things, or if I remove the MSS carrier, another Main Ruck bag!

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Coleman Peak 1 pack, it is roomy, and very nicely made, just very old. (1989 date on the hardware)

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Side view of the thing.

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Suspension view, the straps and belt are not comfortable at all for me.

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So I put the MOLLE II suspension from the stock MOLLE gen 2 frame on the far right side, onto the large Coleman frame on the far left, in the middle is the small “Junior” Peak 1 frame that is useful with the ALICE series of bags but cannot interface with the MOLLE bags due to the MOLLE bags attachment points being much wider.

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Frames without bags, one could lash a lot of items to the frames if so desired.

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MOLLE Main ruck, with MSS carrier attached to the bottom, and MOLLE Sustainment Pouches attached to the sides, I’ve had the Sustainment Pouches for a long time, going back to my old bike packing system..a few years, and they are still holding up very well!

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bare side to attach to the frame

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Upper pack bag’s attachment points, a short strap on the top, and a metal tab thing midway

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Another view of upper bag’s attachment, mid tab, then bottom tab by the shoulder strap attachments

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MSS carrier bag’s attachments, all 4 of them are in use, and again, they are the metal tab system, and they fit the frame as if the frame was designed for it

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Complete MOLLE II backpack on the Large Coleman Frame; there’s about 9-10 inches of space between frame bottom and bottom of MSS bag for the lashing of items.

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Suspension side showing how the pack looks with the frame attached, theres another gap between top of frame and top of pack, again for lashing items, or as a very convenient carry handle.

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Sideways view of pack on frame, you can see how it is rather large and bulky, but should be excellent for winter trips or group camping! Or long travels as well!

The MOLLE Suspension system is very comfortable, and effective…although it is very heavy, it gives one a feel of being bombproof and able to take on just about anything short of shrapnel damage or flames.

I paid $10 for the Coleman Peak 1 backpack system, plus $50 for the MOLLE main ruck, and I think $15 for the pair of Sustainment Pouches, so the total invested would be around $75, for what amounts to two complete backpacks, and the results is that I now have a very comfortable, very sturdy backpack system, and due to the metal tab attachments, I can quickly remove the pack bags if I need to just lash things to the frame.

Modded harness and redid Yucca light pack set up!

Modded my black harness to provide two attachment points for my small Yucca pack lower straps, and redid the pack set up!

Harness redone 1

Harness without pack

Yucca Pack and Harness

With pack attached

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Back view of harness and pack connected; you can see the two extra Fastex buckles being used to connect pack  lower straps to the harness

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Side view of the pack; the side pockets are to hold food and misc items.

Yucca pack harness attachment upper detail

detail shot of upper pack attachment, the harness padding part has a couple of metal snap hooks to attach to D-ring equipments.. the harness upper part is from a black M1967 web harness from Rothco I believe.

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detail of the lower pack strap attachment. Its simply a sewn loop strap, girth-hitched onto the D ring.

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Another detail shot, showing the strap connecting to the buckle which is attached to the harness permanently.

Yucca pack hatchet mount detail

Detail shot of Army hatchet mount between the MOLLE Sustainment Pouch and the main pack

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shot of pack without the harness.

Harness Right panel detail

Detail of Right-hand panel of the harness.

Load out is as follows;

In the main pack, I have the following items.

Hammock and kelty top quilt in main compartment with Whoopie Slings attached to hammock

USGI CCF pad under top flap

3-4 days worth of clothes in MOLLE Sustainment Pouch

Hatchet in between Sustainment Pouch and Main pack

foods in 3 side pockets, large foods in the USMC Coyote Brown pockets and small foods in one camo pocket, while the final camp pocket holds the tree straps for the hammock and a bandanna and headlamp

Moving on to the harness;

2x 1qt water bottles in MOLLE canteen covers; one is a Nalgene bottle, the other is a Life-line canteen with an Army canteen cup

handgun with ammo

first aid kit in one black pocket

Long Ogee tarp in second black pocket

hammock bugnet in long green pouch

tarp lines and stakes in shotgun ammo pouch (no shotgun ammo)

compass in compass pouch

Mini Maglite behind black pocket

4.5″ blade knife behind other black pocket

Esbit stove and fire kit in third black pocket

snacks and misc items in fourth black pocket

handgun ammo magazines in USGI mag pockets attached to two black pockets

With this load out, the entire kit should be good for 3-4 days of hiking and traveling in the woodlands…