First, a caveat: I'm a professional keyboard jockey civilian. I ended up with a respectable set of armor mostly by accident, and it's not something that I will ever need or use in normal day to day life. However, I am also one of those guys that can't own gear and NOT have a solid understanding of the proper use. The actual fit of my carrier and plates has already been set up per the guidelines in the armor forum, so I have that covered. What I am unsure of is what I should be looking at beyond that. Now, with that said...
I've got a set of body armor I want to get set up. Specifically, it's an older (non-releasable) Eagle carrier with external MOLLE, SAPI-type Level IV plates (front and rear) and sewn in IIIA soft armor. The only realistic use it might see is in a shoot house class, as a local facility runs the occasional force on force shoot house, and I am on the standing list of guys that might get asked to play OpFor.
In the past, I have trained and shot with either a basic holster and mag setup on a sturdy belt, or a low profile MOLLE belt setup for pistol and carbine. I would like to set up my armor in a usable configuration as a standalone setup, but I am not really sure where to start. What I know right now is that I do want the following:
1x or 2x AR mag, 1x pistol mag, 1x IFAK, and likely a way to carry a pistol. I have plenty of options already for mag pouches (Eagle, Limitless MC-R, and HSGI for carbine / HSGI, Armageddon Gear, and 5.11 for pistol) and a few different IFAK options (HSGI, mostly). I also have a GCode retention holster that can move from my MOLLE belt, and a Crye Gunclip. If there are better options for what I am looking for, I am also willing to invest a little cash into setting this up the right way.
I've already found that drawing an AR mag off a pouch is awkward, no matter how I mount them outside of an upside-down MC-R, but they don't seem to have enough retention to keep a loaded PMAG in place for long. I also have no clue how to mount a pistol in a useful orientation, at least not with what I have. My goal is to have a basic 'fighting loadout' (again, not in any expectation of needing it for real, but because I just want my gear to actually be set up in a usable way) on the carrier without resorting to adding a MOLLE belt under it. What are some of the best ways for orienting a basic loadout on a rig like this?
TL;DR: Setting up an armor system with just the basics for the first time, and have no clue WTF I am doing. Help!