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.

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Front of 4-mag plate carrier

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Back of the front carrier

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inside of both carriers

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Side view of front carrier

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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.

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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.

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Side view of pouch showing the kink and how far away it sticks out

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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

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Mounted to the MOLLE belt I have, it is not really good here.

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Back view of the pouch showing Tactical Tailor styled MOLLE webbing for use with TT  Short MALICE clips.

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pattern blank cut up, then hemmed with edge tape for 2nd MOLLE pouch in Coyote Brown

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All done except some details; 1″ ITW buckles in Tan-499 color, khaki webbing straps

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Mounted to the MOLLE belt

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Finished 3/4 coverage flaps on the top using 1.5″ webbing.

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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.

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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.

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Front section view; very low profile, simple.

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Back section

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

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

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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

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

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Close up of the buckle attachments

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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rear reflectors and bungee cordDSCN1606

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.