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.



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!


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


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


top view of rig


Back of rig


bottom of rig



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


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


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


belt pass-through tunnel


With two Redball mags and a Riggers belt threaded through


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

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




Been busy with life, two new rigs!

Been busy with life lately…. here are a couple updates!

Indy style 500D Coyote brown double sided Satchel/Bandolier, carries up to 10 20rd magazines, and 12 10rd magazines for Hi Point carbines, but can also be used to carry SMG/Glock stick magazines if they can fit in the elastic loops.


Front section view; very low profile, simple.


Back section


Interior shot; 6 slots for 10rd mags up top, with Redball 995 magazines on bottom row


Close up of the bottom row elastic loops for the 20rd magazines


the space in between the two sections, useful for flat items and small items


Next up, a Split front MOLLE chest rig out of 1000D Woodland Cordura scraps that weren’t perfectly cut; using IDF style spring loaded cam buckles for closure, and ALICE LC-2 Enhanced ruck straps for the shoulder straps with 2 additional spring loaded cam buckles, all of which came from scavenged/surplus ALICE LC straps. SPecs of the rig; 8 MOLLE columns and 7 rows, with no gap, or 4 rows plus 3 rows in between the 4 main rows


MOLLE Split rig clean mode, simple LadderLoc buckle for rear cross strap


Close up of the buckle attachments


With IDF style single pull cord knotted into both buckles. Very quick release on the straps, and easy adjustments for size


Showing one set up; 12 AR magazines in 4 pouches, and 2 medic pockets, the rig is capable of accepting both MOLLE and ALICE attachments, as well as Bianchi’s UM84 clip system


showing another set up; with the front closed up. again, 2 Tactical Tailor Universal Mag pouches, 2 TT grenade/small utility pockets, 2 canteen covers, and 2 IDF small pouches connected via ALICE clips, and finally, one large 200rd SAW ammo pouch for dump pouch duty.  I am on the look out for two more of the TT Universal Mag Pouches in Woodland, but may be able to just use two USGI M4 double pouches, or just get more short MALICE clips and tie ALICE pouches on there.


ALICE/MOLLE Hellcat pack mods; another version

Here is my current version of the Hellcat Pack; but with a different look;

Based somewhat on this blog’s instructions….however, significantly different sleep system used. http://libertytreeblogs.blogspot.com/2011/04/building-hellcat-hybrid-ruck-from-us.html

I currently am using USGI ALICE straps and belt pad on this particular version, but I have a MOLLE belt on the other pack, along with longer ALICE padded straps (Similar to Tactical Tailor’s Super Straps) ; May modify my MOLLE shoulder straps to use ALICE style Quick release buckles if I cannot find another MOLLE Quick Release tab and strap  The pack currently used, is a Medium LC in standard green, and instead of a MOLLE MSS Sleep System carrier, I used a M1967 sleeping bag carrier to hold my compression bag that holds my underquilt for the hammock; and USGI ALICE pouches for carriage of water and foods. Inside the pack; I have 2 days of clothes, extra socks and underwear, and because of the relatively cold weather, a set of Polypros long johns underwear, acrylic fleece sweater and USGI Extreme Cold Weather Parka with liner and hood. In the compression sack on the bottom, is my Underquilt wrapped in an USGI poncho.


main pack view; from top to bottom, flap holds nylon tarp, then center pocket holds canteen stove and cup and fire starting kit, then USGI M1967 sleep system carrierDSCN1685

Right side quarter view, top to bottom, SAW ammo pouch to hold my foods and such, and 2 qt canteen, right lower ALICE pocket holds first aid kitDSCN1686

Left side quarter view, modified AR15 pouch for SKS clips, Kershaw fillet knife, 2 qt canteen pouch, mallet behind left lower pocket which holds hammock tree straps, tarp guy lines and stakesDSCN2768

earlier version of the Hellcat pack; 4x MOLLE first aid pouches up top, two SAW ammo pouches on lower sides, shows the MOLLE kidney belt lashed to frameDSCN2769view from rear, long ALICE padded straps, MOLLE kidney belt, behind the straps, Spec Ops HUMP hydration bladder and a 2-man nylon tent, folded into a square and lashed to the frame along with its poles and stakes.

Bike buckets reflectors; and well…damage.

got reflectors mounted on the buckets; and took pics of them today after a few days of riding with the buckets mounted…. and then today. A driver hit my right side bucket as she was accelerating from the parking lot, into the sun’s direction….so she never saw me; and as she was not wearing sunglasses; could not see well enough against the glare of the sun and her eyeglasses.  she gave me her number to call to make sure I get the replacement parts; which entails; a new plano bucket, a set of MALICE clips, and very possibly a replacement rack.


rear reflectors and bungee cordDSCN1606

side reflectorDSCN1607

front corner reflectorsDSCN1608

USGI NVG bag; up front; as a low-rider pannierDSCN1609

wham bam no thanks; bent rack leg; MALICE clipDSCN1610


detail of MALICE clip; tore right off the screws.


shattered corner DSCN1611

shattered front cornerDSCN1613

torn MALICE clip


I am just thankful it was not worse, it could have been my leg that got hit, it could have been in such a way that I got flipped onto the hood of the ramming car;  and I am thankful that the bucket was in the way of the impact, rather than me.

updating….still not doing tactical gear; but focusing on bike; bike buckets!

Hello; I haven’t been on for a while….been busy looking for jobs and working on bicycles; I’ve managed to get my hard-sided pannier project underway and done..in the space of one hour.


the boxes before being put on; yes thats a 1 gallon water jug; each box can hold 2.DSCN1594

the mounting hardware; 4x Tactical Tailor MALICE clips; these have 3/16 holes for 6-32 screws, mostly used for mounting kydex holsters and hard sided accessories. I have seen them used to hold heavily loaded rucksacks on the insides of vehicles; DSCN1595

marked locations for the MALICE clips to go inDSCN1596

drilled holes, and mounted MALICE clips with 6x 6-32 boltsDSCN1597

yeah the bolts are a little long…replaced with shorter ones DSCN1598

first one on the bicycle rear rackDSCN1599

showing the first system mounting; I didn’t like how the tabs were at the bottom…and sticking into the tire’s path.DSCN1600

showing the rough locations; this is to ensure that the panniers don’t slide back or forward into the cantilever brakes. DSCN1601

both of them mounted; with revised system; where the tabs are on the top instead, and with revised boltsDSCN1603 DSCN1604total cost of materials;

$25 apiece for Plano Large Marine Storage boxes from local sporting goods; could’ve paid less on Amazon but I didn’t have patience lol

$5.23 for set of 4 Tactical Tailor MALICE clips

$1.29 for 10x 6/32×1/2″ machine screws with nuts package, 2x packages

$.50 for baggy of10x  6/32×1″ machine screws with nuts; from Habitat for Humanity ReStore


much cheaper than spending $2-3 each for J hooks, or buying BikeBins hard panniers, yeah I could’ve saved more by getting laundry/kitty litter buckets, but I need something that can carry books/art supplies/clothes/equipment/tools without compromising with sizes, and the nice thing about these, they have trays and smaller storage pockets on the lids for misc items; I am planning to find a few rope cleats so I can lash things across the top of them.