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.


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


Front of plate carrier with wings


Back plate bag


Inside of back plate bag


Inside of front plate rig


Tactical Tailor OD X harness against plate carrier.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Modeled by my lovely wife-to-be, front


Side showing Tactical Tailor medic pouch


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


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.


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




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.


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;


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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.


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!


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


Side view of the thing.


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


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.


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


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!


bare side to attach to the frame


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


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


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


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.


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.


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

Yucca pack harness

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

Yucca Pack hammock kit 2

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.

Yucca Pack lower harness attachment detail 2

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

Yucca pack to Harness lower attachment detail 1

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

Yucca Pack redone hammock kit 1

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…

MYOG MOLLE Yucca Pack!

Made a MOLLE version of the Boy Scouts Yucca/ Green Bar Bill Pack; using 1000D DCU Cordura scraps….. Since I wanted a day pack that was in between the size of a Recon Buttpack and the size of a normal Schoolbag or the Medium Ruck sack…plus the ability to add or subtract pouches to it….I looked into my sewing fabrics drawer and out came the DCU Cordura material…I did not have enough width to make the pack the way  I make my pouches, but I had enough material to make a pack a little differently; with two side panels sewn to the main panel.


Bare pack; with straps undone..yes the flap is ridiculously long, but its for a reason


Flap opened up to show full height of the panel; 6 rows and 6 slots of MOLLE


Side of pack; with 6 rows and 3 slots of MOLLE; for attachment of whatever you could want. Could thread cord through some slots and use that to compress the sides if needed?

DSCN2172Bottom of pack with 3 rows and 4 slots of MOLLE, for attachment of either MOLLE Waistpack or lashing straps for gear


Back of pack without shoulder straps attached. The D-rings are for shoulder straps obviously, but they could also be used to strap to a frame or a larger ruck sack if one wanted to.


Top of pack, showing the “ear flaps” to keep most weather out. I might add snaps to the edges to seal better…

DSCN2174Its like a cave of T-shirts! there’s enough space for up to 3 or 4 days of clothing in there….provided you put the rest of your camp gear outside it…as these next two pics will show!


All packed up for a summertime/warm weather camp trip! Green sack has my modified Kelty topquilt, and then there’s the freebie Coleman inflatable pad on the bottom…the two squarish pouches holds food, first aid kit, and small batwing tarp. The long horizontal pouch holds tarp stakes, guylines, compass, misc gear.

I have two canteen pouches on this as well;


The back showing the canteen pouches in use with canteens and cup and canteen stove; and their small pockets hold my Swiss Army Knife, and fire kit. You can see that I am using USGI LC-2 straps for backpacking duty, I could clip the pack to the black webbing harness I have which have two hooks for small packs such as this.

Hope you enjoyed this post!


UPDATE on this post! I have more pictures and detail shots of the pack!


With pad and stuff sack removed, and black shotgun pouch added and small knife attached to MOLLE KA-BAR adapter. It is shown next to the small Recon Buttpack


Better shot of the side and showing how much the three coyote pockets add to the depth of the pack


detail shot of attachment of shotgun ammo belt pouch via ALICE to MOLLE adapter


With green stuff sack up top


Comparo shot of complete overnight-3 day pack next to large MYOG hiking backpack

Wall Tent Mod to USGI Pup Tent!

Made a wall tent mod to the USGI Shelter Half pup tent similar to what is described in this article from the Boy Scouts magazine;


instead of following the cut instructions in the magazine article, I decided to cut the 6 wall panels from two scrap shelter halves rectangle panels, thus making it simpler and easier to attach to the shelter halves for this mod.


The layout for cutting; bottom piece is full length of rectangle, and 15″ tall while the two corner walls are 16″ tall and 48″ long, the extra width is for making a rolled hem on the bottom of each shorter rectangles.


Set up using tree straps and cargo straps attached to two trees; this is the lightest set up possible (NO POLES!)

DSCN2166View into the unbuttoned end, showing the V line from single stake to the corner loops.

DSCN2167Side view, you can see the W shaped lines from the loops to the two stakes on each side; plus the V lines from the single stake to the corner loops.


Closed up end, with single stake. I realize I could have positioned the tree straps higher so that the 14″ walls are at full height, but this is OK.

DSCN2169End opened up (5 stakes now) showing the Intex Full Size airbed, it is a little over 54″ wide, and approx 10″ tall, and 75″ long, and in this “mini wall tent”; there is plenty of space on the sides and back of the bed, with the corners only just touching the back walls, and still covered completely with the end opened up. THis is also a good set up for being in front of a fire or a small tent heater or tent stove for cold nights. The tent is also pretty heavy, so it is again, NOT a backpacking tent, but it is great for cold weather camping!

Hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂