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.

 

 

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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

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.

Mossy Oak 995 leg rig

Sewn up a 4x Redball 20rd mag leg panel for a customer in 500D Nylon pack cloth in Mossy Oak New Breakup camouflage;

Velcro retention straps

1.5″ buckles and straps for all 4 straps

pleated magazine pockets

added eyelets for drainage; painted because the Dritz paint was very fragile

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view of the carrier

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Drainage eyelets

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Velcro retention straps with Olive green pull loops

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Detail of adjusting end with loops for strap retention on leg straps

 

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Detail of belt loops with adjusters pulled at their maximum. Belt loops accommodate up to 2.5″ webbing such as USGI pistol belts or riggers belts.