Green and Black “Judy” Mountain rucksack loadout

So I decided to see what I could reasonably pack into the green and black rucksack that is a copy of the WW2/1950s+ US Army Mountain Rucksack; for a relatively cold weather.. The only information on it is a white embroidered tag saying “Professionally fabricated by Judy”. So it is now called a Judy rucksack by me, although I have never seen another one.

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Basic loaded up, missing a folding fire stove that would go into the 6×9 center pocket along with fire start kit.

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view of the back panel and painted frame

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The contents of the outside pockets, the blue 3/8″ Closed cell foam pad, and the cook pot carrier. Left to right;

My pyramid A-Tacs shelter with cordage and stakes from A-Tacs shelter tent, cook pot set, army canteen

The lid flap with a zippered pocket, the zipper is a YKK metal zipper. Contents of the lid pocket, missing are antibacterial wipes, 1/2 a toilet paper roll, granola bars and other snacks, likely would be carried on my person

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The contents of the main pocket which is a similar size to the USGI Large ALICE ruck. The stuffsacks and the Catoma Improved Bug Net System pop up bug tent are on top of a 1990s USGI Extreme Cold Weather Parka. Camo stuff sack has my 1970s Hirsch-Weiss (White Stag) goose down mummy sleeping bag, Stansports stuff sack has my BDU pants, and the Double Black Diamond stuff sack has the rest of my clothing.

I might acquire a stuff sack that is in between the two small sizes and the large sleeping bag size to consolidate my clothing.

Left, my 2 BDU pants out of the Stansports stuff sack. On the right, the rest of my clothing, poly-wool blend long johns, polyester underwear, normal socks, cotton t shirt, polyester long sleeve base layer shirt, wool socks.

 

It is not a complete load-out yet, I am thinking I want to make a few add-on pockets; one for the army tent poles coming in the mail, and a pair of either minimalist water bottle carriers/canteen carriers (elastic and straps like the cook pot carrier), or regular ol’ fabric carriers… I might add a couple D rings to the bottom of the main lid straps so I can securely lash the sleep pad on the bottom instead of the top. Water bottle carriers would be strapped to the frame horns on the rucksack frame, so that the heavy weight is closer to my back, and it would free up one of the pockets for carriage of other things. First aid kit is always on my person. The entire thing is not ultralight, or even lightweight, the USGI Large ALICE rucksack is far lighter with the aluminum frame and 420D pack cloth fabric.

 

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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.

Hi Point .45ACP Chest holster

Sewn up a prototype padded chest holster in Mossy Oak 500D Pack Cloth with 3/8″ closed cell foam padding. It is the first pistol rig I have ever made, and is designed for the Hi Point .45ACP Model JHP handgun. Carries 1 extra mag on it, and has extra long chest strap for big chests. Side Release buckles for retention of both handgun and magazineDSCF1735

view of holster loaded up.

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Back of holster, showing the stitch lines where the trigger guard stops

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Emptied,  showing magazine pocket and handgun retention straps undone

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Mirror selfie showing how holster lays. Doesn’t seem to need another strap to stabilize it.

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Close up, centered on chest

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Another view offset, showing the diagonal orientation.

I find that if I bend over, it doesn’t loosen up or go awkward, but that’s with the cross strap being adjusted to as small as possible. With the main weight being on the top of the gun, and the cross strap holding the holster from that same area, it is pretty stable.

Overnight Patrol setup with green lumbar pack

Using my modified MOLLE I belt system and the green lumbar pack I sewn up, I have made an overnight patrol, to 3 day patrol setup.

Pouches;

2x CMVS Triple ammo pouches

2x Canteen covers

2x Tactical Tailor Large Utility Pouches

2x Tactical Tailor Medium Utility/Canteen pouches

Lumbar Pack

Knife sheath on belt portion

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Pack setup 1

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Pack set up 2

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External pockets emptied except for AR-15 carbine (would be on my person)

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Ammo, goes in CMVS Triple mag, water in canteen , metal cup both goes into canteen cover, food goes into Large Utility Pouch

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other water bottle into other canteen cover, 10×10 Bushcraft USA tarp and bunch of paracord goes into other Large Utility Pouch. Medical kit goes into insert, whatever does not fit goes into the bottom of Medium utility pouch, then the plastic insert box goes on top.  stakes, and fire starting kit with Esbit folding multifuel stove goes into other Medium utility pouch, some stakes would do double duty as canteen cup holder on the Esbit stove.

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Hirsch-Weiss (White Stag) Goose Down mummy sleeping bag out of main bag, with clothes.

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Left to Right; Poly-merino wool long john underpants, nylon long sleeve camo shirt, woodland BDU pants, wool socks, and extra underwear. The wool socks and the long johns are for when it gets colder, and I sleep in base layer in the sleeping bag, the other clothes are change for next day or two days on. Fleece pull over or COld Weather Parka with liner would be worn if colder weather, if not, then lash fleece pull over onto the bag, if dry weather is expected..if wet weather, parka or M65 jacket with fleece inside.

Basically this is an overnight system, and up to 3 days, if I pack extra socks and underwear as well.

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.

Gear for sale; rigs and pouches

I have some self-made gear for sale; the 995 Plate Carrier rig, and a new leg pouch for 2x Redball magazines, and a black split 6-mag AR chest rig with zippered pockets;

I do take Paypal; email me for information!

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Redball plate carrier; 4x 20rd mags shown; fits plates up to 9x12x1. Asking $75 without magazines.

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AR Chest rig; 6 AR mags, zippered compartments, 1000D Cordura. Asking $90, mags not included

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top view of rig

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Back of rig

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bottom of rig

 

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shown with self-made DCU rig and Tactical Tailor OD MAV

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Leg pouch for 2x Redball magazines plus single MOLLE column for pistol pouch or multitool pouch

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MALICE style backing for MOLLE belts, and tunnel for standard belts up to 3″ wide.

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belt pass-through tunnel

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With two Redball mags and a Riggers belt threaded through

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With MOLLE M9 pistol pouch attached.

I am asking $25 for this leg rig pouch; without belt and without MOLLE pouch. also does not come with the magazines.

Email me for more details, I am willing to custom make gear for a price! Chest rigs anywhere from $75 to $125 depending on features, pouches from $20 to 40, depending on size, capacity, and magazine type! I do not make SKS 10rd clip pouches anymore, as the surplus Continue reading