Show us your Class/Personal Preparedness loadout!

Ah the good old fashioned LF dogpile...I've missed it so...i remember getting in to a pissing match with some established members here once long ago...and this was after a couple deployments where I thought I had my shit wired tight...turns out I didn't (and arguably still don't...and these crackheads made me a mod)...

I like cool gear as much as the next guy, some thoughts:

- task and purpose for selection will generate a whole heck of a lot of constructive discussion...even if you don't know, there's a wealth of info here (and there used to be a ton more, but some grails of knowledge have since left due to this kind of dogpile and other shenanigans)

- with a couple exceptions, you seem to have followed the axiom of "buy once, crye once"...this site remains a pretty good resource for "steerage" and help

- while definitely not a requirement foe membership here, come on and join the big show...it's a hoot, I've been doing it since 1989 and only have some ruptured vertebrae, crushed nerves, torn ligaments and some exciting scars to show for it...

- train, train, train...that's an investment in and of itself...there's always an excuse to not do it and none of them are really valid...hardware is cool, but software is priceless...another thing this site does well (and used to do wonderfully), is point folks to phenomenal training

- don't run off from the forum...we all get our pants in a twist depending on how hungover we are some days...as a great leader told me once "God gave you more holes in your head for looking and listening than speaking...that's a clue"

We're from the government (some of us)...and we're here to help...

 

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Hey thank you.. I really appreciate the words of wisdom. I'm well aware that I have a shitload to learn and I'm more than happy to sponge up any knowledge any of you kind sirs are willing to throw my way. So I really appreciate the insights.. And I won't be going anywhere anytime soon.. I guess I should of been a little thicker skinned and  not been so quick to think about leaving.  I do have a few questions. I realize DPMS aren't the best rifles.. However I happened to purchase it after the whole Sandy Hook gun scare and it was what I could get my hands on.. However.. I haven't put TOO many rounds through it, less than 5,000 probably but only malfunctions I have had were a couple magazine related malfunctions with shitty  steel mags. Nothing with PMAGS or any other polymer or even better quality steel mags. So, is there anything wrong with running the DPMS if it's working for me?Secondly... What's wrong with the XD's? I really don't get that one. I realize its not one of the  main Go-to sidearms everyone and their mother shoots like Glock, or an M&P... But I consider XD's to be third on that list from my little experience shooting all three. It's a simple striker fired polymer pistol that's reliable as hell. I can't speak for the XDS or XDM's .. But I havent had any malfunctions and it has been really reliable.  I know some people think the bore axis is too high, and it is higher than say a glock, but it also looks higher than it is because of the design, and doesn't bother me. Also, some people dislike the grip safety. I'll admit I liked it when I first bought it years ago, because I bought it as my first carry gun, and the added grip safety made me feel more comfortable about carrying appendix with one in the pipe, but I was also new to carrying. Now, I don't care for having a grip safety either way but I haven't had any issues with the grip safety not being depressed fully when not having a perfect grip, or any other concerns people have. I'm just curious if you guys know something I don't about the XD, or why it's a bad choice? I see most people prefer the Glock or M&P but I've never met or talked to someone who said they were bad guns, only people who just didn't like the ergonomics or feel.  I appreciate any input, thanks.

I had a Bushmaster (way back) that I loved to take to classes because it just wouldn't quit...laughed about it with a bunch of folks, rebuilt it a couple times then sold it in full confidence to a beginning shooter with the caveat of "this will work for you until it doesn't"...all things break, but some things break at MUCH longer intervals than others...if you're serious about learning, the less time you have to spend replacing busted stuff = more time training...that rifle will arguably serve you well until it doesn't anymore...my point is, good starter gun (kind of), hang on to it as a spare, but maybe look at a ton of known quantities that meet/exceed the TDP (BCM/Colt/Hodge/etc/etc)...

I'm just not  a fan of the XD...simple as that, and I started on Glocks in 1990, so I'm kind of stuck in them...I've got a bro that's one hell of a shooter, with more operational chops than most of the people here...and he shoots XDs...like a house on fire...

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Same here. Been shooting Glocks since 1992, carrying one daily since 1999 with a minor detour into carrying much heavier weapons backed up by an M9. I know some guys that shoot XDs well, but I will likely never own one. If I deviate from the Austrian Tupperware it will be to a VP9 or M&P9.

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Glad you stuck around.

Check this thread about the XD to start. There's  a lot of other info about it floating around here but that was the easy one to find.

https://www.lightfighter.net/to...ringfield-xds?page=1

I own one, never had any problems with it, enjoyed shooting it, and carried it years ago before moving on to M&Ps. Besides the problems with them that have been reported, my big issue is the grip safety. I don't want to have to worry about it if my hands are busted and bloody.

For the DPMS questions I suggest reading the hell out of the Primary Individual Weapons Forum.

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scjbash posted:

Glad you stuck around.

Check this thread about the XD to start. There's  a lot of other info about it floating around here but that was the easy one to find.

https://www.lightfighter.net/to...ringfield-xds?page=1

I own one, never had any problems with it, enjoyed shooting it, and carried it years ago before moving on to M&Ps. Besides the problems with them that have been reported, my big issue is the grip safety. I don't want to have to worry about it if my hands are busted and bloody.

For the DPMS questions I suggest reading the hell out of the Primary Individual Weapons Forum.

Also good to check the AAR threads for what works and what doesn't.

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HangtownTactical posted:

You are right, I did NOT mention having a HAM technician license because I do not have one, nor do I need one for what im using it for. They are perfectly legal to use over FRS./GRMS frequencies if you lower the wattage.. Which is exactly what I do. I plan on getting my technicians license though anyway. I appreciate the link about the plates, but could you narrow it down a little more to where I can find exactly what your talking about as far as it being NOT a good idea to have level IV plates as that is the first I have heard of it. And yes, I do consider myself somewhat of a " Sheepdog " I guess you could say, although I do not use that word or title myself.  I certainly don't fancy myself as some sort of high speed operator though.I'm just your average joe that enjoys training and the gear that goes along with it.  Take that as you will. 

I will not narrow it down because you have a lot to gain by reading through the entire forum. 

Great! Thanks you guys. I will do some reading on those threads. I'm wondering.. I have been planning on getting a new pistol.. And ive been torn between the g19 and M&PS 9 full sized.. I think I'm gonna go with the Glock. . Although I really like the M&P's.. They don't seem to have a model like the 19 that's somewhere between a compact and full sized pistol. I will be carrying it so the full sized M&PS might be a little tougher to conceal with my slender build.. And the M&P compact is too small for me. G19 it is then. Thanks again for all the awesome advice guys. It is GREATLY appreciated and will be put to good use.

Too much info on this site to field every question brother...use the advanced search function to narrow your options, but there's about a billion GB in discussion re: rifle choices, XD vs Glock vs MP vs 1911...check that shit out

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HangTown,

I would shoot both the G19 and the M&P9 before you buy if you can.  I bought a G19 because of all the praise for it on this site.  While I shot well with it, it didn't fit my hands well.  One of my fingers got beat up when firing the gun and I frequently pinched my palm during reloads.  This isn't the kind of thing you learn when holding the gun in the shop.  I didn't enjoy shooting the gun and got rid of it.  I think if I had got a G17 I would still own it but now I switched over the M&P's.

A Soldier without bullets is just a tourist!

I have shot both, albeit only a few mags through the  M&P. I like the feel of the M&P slightly more than the Glock, but I'm most likely going with the 19 because I don't really want to conceal the full size M&P,  but the 19 is just the right size. I buddy of mine just got one and I was able to try it on in a similar IWB holster to what I would use and it was just right for me.. And I would feel comfortable using it for classes and whatnot also. Thanks for your input.

HTT,

if if you want an M&P, but G19 sized, take a look at the mid-size M&P .45. Almost identical size and nearly the same weight empty.  Plus everyone should have at least .45ACP.   

But if you want to keep it 9mm, then get which ever you shoot better. 

 

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 I'm kind of set on getting a 9mm, since I seem to shoot 9mm the best. I agree everyone should own atleast one .45 although honestly, if I were to own a .45 it probably wouldn't be a polymer striker fired pistol. I would probably go with a 1911 since I don't own a 1911 either and I prefer that platform for that caliber.  Thanks for the heads up though! I wonder why they haven't come out with a 19 sized M&P. I would think it would be a great seller.

Current set-up for general range use/"why the fuck not" now that I'm a civilian.

EYES/EARS/HANDS:

Oakley M Frame Strikes, constantly treated with Cat Crap

MSA Sordin Supremes

Mechanix Vent gloves (will eventually convert to the PIG FDTs once these shit the bed)

 

PRIMARY/SECONDARY:

BCM BFH 16" Mid-Length w/ Daniel Defense RIS II

Colt lower w/ B5 SOPMOD and Geissele SSA

TangoDown BG-16 and stubby VFG (handstop/barricade anchor)

Trijicon ACOG ECOS

Surefire M600U w/ Gear Sector offset mount

Insight ATPIAL PEQ-15

Blue Force Gear VCAS

 

Glock 17 Gen 4

Trijicon RM01 RMR

Surefire X300U w/ DG switch

Vickers mag release

 

Tape switches for the rifle are white light at 10:30, PEQ at 9:00. Works ambidextrously for me and I have yet to ND my white light with it being lower profile than the rails.

HELMET:

MSA TC-2002

Ops Core ARC rails + H nape

Team Wendy Epic Air pads

Wilcox L4 shroud

Norotos AKA2 arm (allows closer NODs placement than the Wilcox G24, and very stout)

Contour Roam 2

EOG counter weight

Strobe

Princeton Tec MPLS Switch (red/white)

PVS-14 w/ Pinnacle ULT tube + Wilcox J-arm

FIRST LINE:

Crye Precision JPC w/ bigass flag patch

Notepad, map markers, and batteries in admin pouch

Velocity Systems 10x12 III/IV ICW plates w/ Velocity VS-13A backers

4 x PMAGs

2 x CATs - both for self-aid, both ambi. BFG TKN up front, Mayflower TQ band zip-tied on my back

Issued Gerber multitool + AA flashlight (had this little light forever. It was $20 at the PX and rotates to red/blue/green/white light), both held in with BFG 10-speed pistol pouches

Benchmade rescue hook

Mayflower low-profile IFAK. I had to elongate the pull tabs to make them easier to reach. From the factory, it's a bitch when you're on your back.

ATS small horizontal GP pouch (SAM splint to protect PVS-14 when carried inside)

SECOND LINE:

Velocity Systems Operator Utility Belt

First Spear Assaulter's Gun Belt

Safariland 6354DO (mid-ride UBL and single leg strap)

EGL dump pouch

Esstac KYWI Short single M4 pouch

Esstac KYWI double pistol mag pouch

 

I'm tracking I need a dedicated hydration setup. I'm spoiled by having the luxury of just sipping on a Nalgene as needed, but will be picking up a canteen/GP pouch to carry it on my cummerbund soon.

Like many guys, I want to keep my PC as clear on the sides as possible to keep access to my belt as clean as I can. I'm still shaking this set up out, but nothing's been moved around for the past two weeks, so now I'm just focusing on continuing to train in it and see what breaks.

GTF, That's an awesome post.  I was looking at building my after the Army rig and your post highlighted a couple key points. 

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Glad I could help. My priority now are bullets and medicine. I can comfortably toss an assault pack on my back if I need any form of sustainment past what would be an immediate fight.

I try to keep my rifle and pistol kit independent of each other, but with my belt supplementing the PC. I can grab the PC and beat feet to the fight or vice versa without feeling undergunned.

Also, I can't recommend the Velocity Systems plates enough. I picked them up from SKD and they're roughly half as thick as ESAPIs and around 6lb each. Very thin and comfortable, I'm glad I dropped the money on them vs a used pair of ESAPIs.

GTF425 posted:

Glad I could help. My priority now are bullets and medicine. I can comfortably toss an assault pack on my back if I need any form of sustainment past what would be an immediate fight.

I try to keep my rifle and pistol kit independent of each other, but with my belt supplementing the PC. I can grab the PC and beat feet to the fight or vice versa without feeling undergunned.

Also, I can't recommend the Velocity Systems plates enough. I picked them up from SKD and they're roughly half as thick as ESAPIs and around 6lb each. Very thin and comfortable, I'm glad I dropped the money on them vs a used pair of ESAPIs.

The plates where what I actually honed in on.   

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Cool M1 carbine WD4NGB. I have a Korean War Saginaw Gear Co M1. I put an Ultimak rail on it and my old Aimpoint Comp M2. Trying to figure out a light mount for  Fury. It will never replace my Bravo Co. rifles, but could serve as a nice light back up and first rifle for my daughter. It's still lighter than my BCM SBR with keymod rail. I heard good things about Hornady Critical Defense ammo, and bought some if I need it for social purposes.

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I am  slowly gathering gear so as to not stir up stuff with the wife. I have a Vietnam Era pistol belt with a couple M16 ammo pouches that hold 4 30 round mags each for  the M1 Carbine,  butt pack with needed stuff, compass, flashlight, decent 1st aid kit,  dry food bars and meds for 30 days.  In my NRA Bag, several light weight ammo cans with 30 cal carbine, and 9mm ammo. 

Will get a few photos of it latter today. Here is my M1 Carbine Page. 

http://webpages.charter.net/wd4ngb/

 

 

WD4NGB posted:

I am  slowly gathering gear so as to not stir up stuff with the wife. I have a Vietnam Era pistol belt with a couple M16 ammo pouches that hold 4 30 round mags each for  the M1 Carbine,  butt pack with needed stuff, compass, flashlight, decent 1st aid kit,  dry food bars and meds for 30 days.  In my NRA Bag, several light weight ammo cans with 30 cal carbine, and 9mm ammo. 

Will get a few photos of it latter today. Here is my M1 Carbine Page. 

http://webpages.charter.net/wd4ngb/

 

 

WD,

I've seen your carbines on other threads on LF and am so green with envy I look like a traffic light.  Mine is a commercial pattern one with a slightly longer barrel.  This avoids it becoming "restricted" here.  The issue style ones with the bayonet lug are restricted and have to be registered etc. 

I do like the carbine: 5lbs, negligible recoil...good for the Mrs.  Years ago I was shooting with a friend.  He was always adamant about not shooting rifle calibres at his home-made poppers.  He told me to go ahead and try my .357 lever rifle as we were curious as to the effect on the soft steel.  The hollow points didn't do too much damage - some denting..."What about .30 carbine?" I ask?  He agreed I should try a few since they were only glorified pistol bullets like the .357.  I put about 5 rds into the steel.  They carved deep divots into the steel.  Quite impressive.  Resulted in an amended rule for using his steel: no rifle calibres or .30 carbine!

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I finally got around to getting my gear ready.  I am old and slow...   

 

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This is my rapid deployment SHTF Gear. It is Vietnam era LBE, pistol belt, suspenders,
 2 M16 ammo pouches with (4) 30 round mags in each, compass, bayonet, spare mag holder for my 9mm pistol, LED flash light, a 8x10 cammo tarp, and a butt pack with dry food, 30 days of meds, dry underwear and socks, 1st aid kit, spare parts for guns, and a couple of maps. Another small pack above it with water filtration kit, and misc items, also a water bottle attached. Also on the pistol belt
 is my 9mm S&W with a 2nd spare magazine.  I also have a small duffle bag with light weight ammo cans with extra carbine and 9mm ammo, and some other bulk stuff.

 

Nice carbine. I have a reproduction one made by IWI. It's nice here in California because it's not considered an assault weapon. I've always heard that soft point ammo is a pretty good round out of these carbines. It's been really hard to find the last couple years, but SG ammo  has some in stock right now. 

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libertarian45 posted:
WD4NGB posted:

I am  slowly gathering gear so as to not stir up stuff with the wife. I have a Vietnam Era pistol belt with a couple M16 ammo pouches that hold 4 30 round mags each for  the M1 Carbine,  butt pack with needed stuff, compass, flashlight, decent 1st aid kit,  dry food bars and meds for 30 days.  In my NRA Bag, several light weight ammo cans with 30 cal carbine, and 9mm ammo. 

Will get a few photos of it latter today. Here is my M1 Carbine Page. 

http://webpages.charter.net/wd4ngb/

 

 

WD,

I've seen your carbines on other threads on LF and am so green with envy I look like a traffic light.  Mine is a commercial pattern one with a slightly longer barrel.  This avoids it becoming "restricted" here.  The issue style ones with the bayonet lug are restricted and have to be registered etc. 

I do like the carbine: 5lbs, negligible recoil...good for the Mrs.  Years ago I was shooting with a friend.  He was always adamant about not shooting rifle calibres at his home-made poppers.  He told me to go ahead and try my .357 lever rifle as we were curious as to the effect on the soft steel.  The hollow points didn't do too much damage - some denting..."What about .30 carbine?" I ask?  He agreed I should try a few since they were only glorified pistol bullets like the .357.  I put about 5 rds into the steel.  They carved deep divots into the steel.  Quite impressive.  Resulted in an amended rule for using his steel: no rifle calibres or .30 carbine!

Was this during the tape ball incident, were 5.56/223 was bouncing off of a head size ball of medical tape. Yet, your carbine was putting 4 inch deep holes into it. 

R711

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Let's bring this thread back from the dead.  I've putting together a scaleable kit as a class/contingency rig.  I wanted something I could keep together in a loadout bag and be able to throw in my jeep if necessary and also fulfill any needs for classes that require load carriage system or armor.

The basic bare bones level is on a TT fight light mini chest rig. Two emdom universal mag shingles, a TT double pistol mag pouch and a BFG boo boo kit. The aid kit contains a small trauma bandage and two small chest seals.  This is a pretty low profile platform.  The universal mag shingles accept M4, AK, M1A and SR25 mags so theyre pretty handy.

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If a class requires armor or if the situation warrants, scale up to a PC.  I'm trying an LBX molle PC for now.  3 emdom shingles on the front, a BFG double 10 speed pistol mag pouch, Surefire P2X Fury in an LBT pouch.  CAT on the front in a OC tactical CAT Trap.  TT double mag shingle inside the left cummerbun with haley inserts to hold a couple extra mags if I want. 

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On the back of the PC a Twin Needles mini MAP, LBT IFAK with shears stuffed behind the IFAK.  IFAK contains the same contents an Army IFAK contains (trauma dressing, eye dressing, tape, chest seal, chitosan dressing).

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TT fight light battle belt. With (from left to right) TT double pistol mag pouch, TT fight light triple mag pouch, BFG 10 speed dump pouch, LBX Med kit, Safariland 6004 in a midride mount for a Glock 19 w/X300.  Leatherman in a TT knife pouch.

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Any portion can be worn alone or the belt can be thrown on with either.  Probably more than I'll ever need, but, you know, it's a sickness.  ��  Unfortunately, I can't find anyone offering classes where I'm stationed now.  Need to get a full membership at my local range, they all moving and shooting and whatnot in the outdoor bays.

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IMG_5103IMG_5104Here you go, there are two chest seals in that package.  Wish I could remember what online shop I bought these from, Id like to get some more.

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Gunner posted:

IMG_5103IMG_5104Here you go, there are two chest seals in that package.  Wish I could remember what online shop I bought these from, Id like to get some more.

North American Rescue or Austere Provisions, perhaps?

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Gunner posted:

IMG_5104Here you go, there are two chest seals in that package.  Wish I could remember what online shop I bought these from, Id like to get some more.

Just to make sure; each tear open pouch holds 1 seal. The full 2 chest seal package looks like this :

 

 

If you only have half that, you only have 1 seal.

Damn, thanks. forgot I had to split the package to get one of those and the trauma bandage in that boo boo kit.  I did get the med supplies from austere provisions.  

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Gunner posted:

Let's bring this thread back from the dead.  I've putting together a scaleable kit as a class/contingency rig.  I wanted something I could keep together in a loadout bag and be able to throw in my jeep if necessary and also fulfill any needs for classes that require load carriage system or armor.

 

 

 

Any portion can be worn alone or the belt can be thrown on with either.  Probably more than I'll ever need, but, you know, it's a sickness.  ��  Unfortunately, I can't find anyone offering classes where I'm stationed now.  Need to get a full membership at my local range, they all moving and shooting and whatnot in the outdoor bays.

Gunner,

Are you posting pics directly in your post or using something like Google drive or an image hosting site?  I looked at the properties and it looks like LW is hosting your pics.  I took some pictures of my stuff this weekend and thought I'd post up something. I did a search but got a mixed bag of answers on the best way to post pics.

Thanks for the help

RTT

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Three ways to post images: 

  • Use an external host. Best if you already use one. I post a lot from Flickr as I use it already but any service that can display an image in a web page will do; find a free one. Then press the image icon in the compose bar (two left of the smiley face) and enter the URL of the IMAGE not the page the image is on. If it doesn't end .jpg then you don't have the right link. 
  • Link to the original source. Like the seals above. Just get the URL of the image, same process. Risk is they disappear as you have no control of them. But for quick conversations like many "this product" discussions, probably fine. 
  • Let lf.net host it. If you have no place to store them now or ever, just drag to the post. It will attach, and insert the image where the cursor is. I assume this costs the website money over time, and we'll be told when to cut it out. 

 

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My primary go-to chest rig. AKA my "Heavy Rig"

My first post so if I say too much, tell me. I doubt I will say too little.

As stated this is my go-to chest rig.  When I decided to go this route, I got a friend who knows a little about these thing to help me.  My goals were to build a chest rig that was placed a premium on flexibility/adaptability.  You'll see that when I explain why I used some of the pouches I used.  I usually have 9 mags loaded.  I can bulk up to 12, if needed.  I'm a pretty stout guy, but I do want to be mindful of weight., especially since this goes over a Beez PC.  But a very good friend of mine says that he personally has never heard someone complain while in a gun fight, "Gee I wish I hadn't brought so much ammo."  He's got 96 months in that environment so I trust his opinion explicitly.  Anyway, onto my setup.

So front side.  This is a TT 2 piece MAV.  It looks like a one piece MAV, but I have a TT center adapter. that hooks to the PALS webbing on each side and has velcro that I can separate if I need to drop prone or whatever.  Normally I slide it over my arms like you would any other one piece.

 

TT Front side

Pouches:

The TT center adapter has a single M4 mag shingle, with my compass pouch in front of the shingle.  I use a Silvia Ranger.  In one of my other jest rigs I have my standard lensatic compass Luke many of use used in the Army.

Moving right to left...

1. TT universal mag pouch.  I can't say enough about this pouch, it is literally the best thing since sliced bread and James Brown. I can run three M4 mags, down to 1.  Two SR 25 mags, which I could use for my DMR. It can hold a iFAK insert  or a bottle of water.  A backup radio pouch, G19 pouch if needed, or box of ammo pouch. I normally run 2 M4 mags, for weight and size considerations.  

2. TT PRC-148 radio pouch/PRC-148 clone.  I've got a TCI Liberator II headset, not shown, but you can see the TCI PTT.  On the radio itself, is a TCI Mast relocator.  It's got a QD BNC connector attached to the antenna so I could easily swap from this radio to another and use the same antenna (If the antenna is compatible with the radio.)  This allows me to run the mast on the back of my chest rig on the TT extended harness.  The pouch has a clear plastic window for reading your freqs and it is possible to adjust it through the plastic. You release that ITW buckle and the radio tilts out so you can see/make freq changes.

left side of chest rig [as you wear it)

 

3. GP pouch, medium, chem lights and trauma shears.  Inside the pouch, flex cuffs, RITR Notebook, pencil/pens, Leatherman, chem lights, IR strobe, gloves, Foretrex until I'm wearing it, and protein bars. I use parachute rubber bands that a guy who makes them for various agencies  sent me. He sent  2 lb bag so I use the when I can. You can break away the rubber band to get the shears or the TQ.

4. Next to the GP medium is another TT Universal mag pouch, with 2 mags.

Moving on to the other side...

Right side chest rig

5. To the right of the  TT center adapter,  you guessed it, another TT Universal Mag pouch, w/ two M4 mags.  I also have two TQ's secured to the PALS webbing on each side of the pouch.. One secured with the rubber bands the other uses a mount I made out of shock cord and the pull tab that you see on mag shingles.  Just testing it out.  I set the shock cord up with a shock cord spring lock, and I have tested it by pulling hard on the TQ and it does release but the spring lock doesn't slide completely off the shock cord so it's reusable as opposed to broken rubberbands.

6.  TT double mag shingle with a TT multipurpose pouch attached to the PALS on the shingle.  Inside the multipurpose pouch  I have my paper map, current position, protractor, another pencil, camo paint, lighter, water tabs, small booboo kit, small multitool, ear plugs, whistle., proteins bars and gum.  This is probably my 2nd favorite pouch TT makes.  You will NOT believe how much storage this pouch has.  I run on the the back of my camel-bak and can run a full trauma kit in it.  Normally I'll run this on every chest rig because it is so versatile.  On the double mag shingles, those can be repurposed to holster for my pistol (G19) or whatever pistol I have in my possession. Behind the double shingle is a Gerber Prodigy. I like the knife, it's got a heavy blade, holds edge, and works well with wet hands.

Chest rig - iFAK

7. S.O. Tech Viper A1 iFAK - I tried runnning the TT first aid pouch, but it was just slightly smaller than the GP pouch and interfered with my pistol draw. I tried a couple of different iFAKs before settling on this one.  It's my favorite, but it's not cheap.  However I do like how it lays out my trauma items. So I don't take up too much room, I'll just list the items:  ACE bandage, mole skin, gauze, spare TQ (to be moved to front once one is used) wound seal, chest seal, triangular bandage, antibiotic, plastic tape, tylenol, NPA with some lube. Because I'm a nice guy.

Extended TT harness

9. Extended TT Harness w/ TCI Mast Relocator.  Pretty self explanatory here. I do need to swap out antennas though, this is a Thales blade, but wrong length for my PRC.  I typically use shock cord to attach my camel back to the extended harness.

I think that wraps up my chest rig.  Next is my plate carrier.   I'm not a fan of the combo PC/chest rig that is really popular these days.  I'm sure they are great, and I do see HPLD warriors using them, but I prefer to have more flexibility with my kit.  I have a Beez Combat Systems NIJ II plate carrier.  It's designed to give you a low profile presence.  It gives me the flexibility to run whatever chest rig I need, mission dependent.  This chest rig is obviously not low viz, but I have built a BFG low viz carrier that slips right over the PC.  I also have a chest rig I built for my long guns, that is in a rebuild process since I built my DMR (308 variety), so I have to reconfigure the pouches like Gunny has above to accomodate both calibers of my SPR and DMR.  I may also just go with the TT Universal Mag pouch.  So as I keep saying "flexibility/adaptability" is a huge factor in my gear and I like the options I have where I can wear my soft armor with my Beez, or I can slip my low viz chest rig over it and have that option, or I can slip on my heavy rig here. I can also pull the plates and wear it under a light jacket or button down shirt, and it's not easily noticeable.  Plus Beez just makes solid, solid gear.  When I wear low viz, I remove the BCS shoulder pads.

BCS PC

What you can see:  soft armor is Second Chance Monarch, and hard plates are level 4 ceramic places from SKD Tactical.  Saw the punishment ESSTAC put them through including M855A1 and at the price point (on sale) it was a done deal.

PC inside

Here you can see the backside of the Second Chance Monarch, and the SKD plate.  Nothing too exciting to look at, but definitely can come in handy.

 

I'm going to close with this.  I have a battle belt and also the primary weapons associated with this kit, but I will have to post those in a different post.  I'm out of time.    Not sure there will be any questions, but if there are, bear with me it may take me a while to answer, but I'll try to be as responsive as my location will allow.

Thanks for letting me share.


RTT

 

“Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word”. J. Steinbeck

"Blessed are those who, in the face of death, think only about the front sight."  LTC Jeff Cooper


 

shoobe01 posted:

Three ways to post images: 

  • Use an external host. Best if you already use one. I post a lot from Flickr as I use it already but any service that can display an image in a web page will do; find a free one. Then press the image icon in the compose bar (two left of the smiley face) and enter the URL of the IMAGE not the page the image is on. If it doesn't end .jpg then you don't have the right link. 

 

Thanks Shoob.  I normally back up my images to my Google Drive and someone clued me in on how to link to those images.  You can't just use the standard links. (So if anyone is interested in this shoot me a note and I'll send you the instructions.)

 I would agree that storage on LF hosted server probably does have an impact of some kind.  So I'll just use my Google. Thanks for the help.

 

“Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word”. J. Steinbeck

"Blessed are those who, in the face of death, think only about the front sight."  LTC Jeff Cooper


 

Tried just now because otherwise I'd be just working. Apparently, you have to have a Google account. Most do, not everyone, and not porn incognito mode Right click to view in separate window and it will challenge for a google account. If okay with that, enter the credentials, they will be saved. Refresh this page and you should see them all. 

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

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