(Updated to correct all my ridiculous misspellings and tweak content.)
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.