A lighter Hellcat, or the Wildcat pack system

This is how one can utilize the MOLLE Medium/DEI 1609 U shaped pack frame with a Medium ALICE pack with no sewing needed.

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The complete pack system

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You loop the LC-2 Upper connector strap into one of the slots on the vertical horn of the frame on each side;

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Then you insert the tail end back into the frame pocket

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Pull the tail end to secure the frame into the frame pocket

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And insert the tail end into the strap metal loop on the rucksack

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Now it is going around the shoulder pad’s webbing, as is standard

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Finish the upper setup with the friction buckle as shown. This method ensures the pack frame does not slip out of the frame pocket, and stabilizes the pack to the shoulder straps as well, by pulling up the frame towards the top, and with the metal loops, pulling the pack towards the user’s neck

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This is how mine looks when complete. You can opt to pull the strap over the neck padding if desired, however I believe doing it this way may irritate your neck due to the webbing.

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The lower frame to pack connections; loop the strap through one of the horizontal slots on each side, and fasten as standard. The lower shoulder strap is looped through the vertical slot on each side of the frame.

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.

MOLLE Plate carrier Adapters for BDS Tactical chest rig

Made a set of MOLLE adapters for the BDS Tactical chest rig to interface with a MOLLE plate carrier. The chest rig came to me without shoulder straps/harness, and without buckles and one magazine flap, so I ordered replacement buckles and mag flap directly from the manufacturer. They came in coyote brown, which is a darker shade than the original Tan 499/ Khaki color.

The upper chest rig mounts are made of 1.5″ webbing with 1″ webbing for MOLLE; and 1.5″ buckles are sewn to them, while the side buckle straps are cut from Foliage Green 1.5″ webbing and 1/8″ shock cord is used for attachment to the MOLLE webbing on the back.

Overall, the plate carrier/Chest rig combination works pretty good with the interface system, which still allows the user to remove the chest rig quickly with the side release buckles

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view of the rig combination

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Back view showing the simple shock cord system with 4 straps

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Close up of the upper rig mount

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Back of the adapter, showing the Short MALICE clip used.

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Shown on a display mannequin torso with 6x AR15 magazines loaded, coyote brown canteen/utility pouch on one side

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With radio pouch in Coyote Brown on other side

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View of the rear, with a hydration bladder pouch covering the black shock cord.

 

I am aware I could have modified the BDS Chest rig to use 1″ buckles that are standard with most armor interface kits available on the market, however I wanted to maintain the ability to accept original manufacturer’s shoulder straps/harness kits should I decide to swap out.

Armor carrier is Diamond Back Tactical’s Fast Attack Plate Carrier, first generation I believe; without the cummerbund flap option that the newer version have.

 

 

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.

Redid the A-tacs tent fly closure

I redid the A-Tacs pyramid tent’s fly/door closure, so that there is an overlap to keep inclement weather out. I used US Military herringbone patterned 1″ binding tape with button holes cut and sealed with a lighter, it may look slightly crude, due to not having a buttonhole attachment and proper zig zag stitch Fashion Disc for my old Singer 328K machine…but it works pretty good… Easiest to open and close from the inside, although it closes OK from the outside

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3-quarter view in direct sunlight; there’s a slight slack on the sides, but it could be made taut by using the back pull out to another pole or to a tree, or to a ridge line.

 

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Another 3 quarter view, mostly in shade.

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Side view, please excuse the reflective glare; It shows how the crossed poles are leaning forward instead of being vertical.

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Head on to the closed door; The way I set the whole thing up, I staked the back corners and the center door tie down first, then raised the tent with the poles, then staked the last corners down… it might have been better to do the door corners and doors first before the rear corners…. I may add a couple center panel pull outs to the sides if I feel it is necessary.

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With one door out of the way, and other door staked down. There is room enough for 2 skinny people in there, or one person with equipment.

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Close up of the herringbone tape with buttonhole slits melted into the tape and sewn to the door panel.

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Close up of the Army BDU plastic buttons. I used the machine, with a riser plate, and a special button foot, hand cranked using the L and R needle positions on the machine.

 

Pencott Snowdrift 500D Chest rig for SR25/AR10 users

Made a prototype Chest rig in Pencott Snowdrift 500D Cordura fabric, with white buckles and light cream webbing. The design holds 6x SR25/AR10 20rd magazines, of the metal type, and should also fit Magpul .308 magazines. It has bungee cord secondary retention underneath the main flaps, and MOLLE panels on the sides for the attachment of MOLLE pouches, as available from Helikon and Gear Dynamics. Shoulder straps are padded, and with MOLLE webbing and D rings for attachment of things, standard X layout. There is a 9″ zipper on the back for flat items

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View of whole rig

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With flaps open, showing the bungee cord secondary retention and cord lock

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Back of the rig

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Showing the zippered section

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Details of the MOLLE side panels

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Detail of the bottom of magazine pockets

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Detail of the buckle flaps retention straps at the longest, should fit 25rd Magpul magazines

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Showing the straps X cross over on the back

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With 3 canteen covers, clockwise from left, USMC Coyote brown, well worn 3 color Desert, and Eagle Industries Khaki, for contrast and comparison of the existing gear against the Pencott Snowdrift pattern.

Alas, I no longer have the rig in my possession, as it has been stolen along with a bunch of my other gear out of my car >:[ I can however make another one, with lighter colored thread or white thread, so as to keep this one unique for those who may have seen it around Oregon.

2nd Hi Point chest holster done up!

Sewn up a 2nd Hi Point .45 chest holster in Mossy Oak new Break up 500D Nylon fabric, for a customer!

Differences from the prototype are the following;

Lefthand draw

Reshaped main body

relocated magazine pocket to spine and added drain grommet

Adjustable thumb break strap

added an adjustable belt strap for further stabilization

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Overall view with Hi point pistol and magazine in

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Backside of the holster

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Top of the holster

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Empty holster;

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Detail of adjustable thumb break strap, showing the Line 24 snap

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Close up of the drain grommet

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Mirror self shot, showing how the holster lays