6-mag chest rig with Esstac KYWIs

Made a simple fixed pocket chest rig that can use the LBT H harness that I have, and utilizes Esstac KYWI inserts. Next version likely will be 4x double KYWI without little pockets, simply because the Double KYWIs are easier to draw magazines, whereas the Singles are a bit tight.

Materials used

500D Cordura, olive drab from Rockywoods

OD7 webbing

ITW NEXUS hardware

Esstac KYWI inserts

Woodland Klettersack style rucksack

Made a 500D/1000D Klettersack style rucksack for the MOLLE Medium/DEI 1609 frame; its capacity is roughly between the 1700ci coyote bag and the 2,000+ MOLLE mini filbe bag. It has minimal MOLLE for just the two USGI Sustainment pouches; single buckle lid and drawcord closure. There are also two 2″ lash tabs on the bottom for lashing items to it. The minimalist trampoline ruck belt is also self-made, from 3.5″ and 1.5″ webbing with 1″ frame attachment straps. For light loads, I believe the belt will work decently, and with the relative small size of the overall pack, it should be great for 3 days or so of hiking

bag without external pockets
sideways view of bag
frame side with ALICE shoulder straps and minimal belt, showing how the frame attaches
showing the straps
minimalist belt removed
lid side detail
lid drawcord
lower frame attachment
side view with sustainment pouch
bottom view with sustainment pouches
with sustainment pouches attached
next to Mini FILBE ruck with sustainment pouches
side views of both packs with sustainment pouches
with USGI Thermarest pad lashed to bottom using self made 1.5″ lash straps
view of drawcord closure and 5×5 nape pad inserted between frame horns

Revised 2000ci MOLLE pack

I revised the lid for the 2,000ci MOLLE pack in 500D coyote brown Cordura; this new lid gives the pack an additional 640 cubic inches with a zipper. The frame connection points were also revised from the original. Also, I ordered a DEI 1606MC High Performance Pad set with frame for this particular pack. The frame is newer MC series with reinforced parts, and the pad set is far better than the FILBE system.

Pack with new lid and new frame
View of lid zipper and new suspension
Revised pack lower connection
Revised the upper connection
Frame with pad set
Frame with pack removed, showing how the pads attach
lumbar pad and how it hugs the frame.
Shoulder strap connection using 1.5″ to 1″ reducer

1,700 cubic inch low profile pack update

Decided to see how the FILBE yoke fit on the small pack, it worked okay as seen here

After a few overnight trips to family with wife and baby, I wasn’t satisfied with how the yoke didn’t feel as secure and how the bottom of the back panel poked/pushed away from the pack, so I ripped some stitching out on the side seams and inserted a band of 3.5″ Webbing to make a lower retainer for the FILBE yoke
Now the whole thing feels much more secure.

This bag now feels better and more comfortable than when it had ALICE shoulder straps.

4 pocket retro 10rd pouch

Made this out of OD 1000D cordura with Lift the Dot military fasteners and MOLLE/MALICE backing.

M1923 styled pockets for 10rd 6.5 Grendel magazines. About 4 inches tall by 11 inches long, roughly. Pockets are 2.75 inches wide and 1 inch deep.

4 pocket panel on 1.75″ riggers belt with Bianchi holster, IDF small pouch and tactical tailor mag pouch
pocket panel opened showing the Duramag magazines
bottom view of the mag pockets. I left gaps in the stitching for drainage without eyelets
back view, is not quite MOLLE spacing, but allows me to fit it to MOLLE gear easier
pocket panel detached from belt.

Adding a FILBE lid to a modified RATS pack

Did this for a client, as his Mystery Ranch RATS pack had been modified and was missing a lid. It took a while to disassemble the RATS lid attachment area in order to get the FILBE lid to fit on there. Due to the large lid’s size, I modified it so that it would better envelope the RATS pack, and added two long straps where the original buckles were, and a new center buckle for the RATS strap. This gives it 3 lid straps, with 2 optional locations for the side lid straps to connect to. I will likely make two lash straps for the extra buckles on the bottom.

view of modified FILBE lid on top
side view of modified FILBE lid
inside view with removable stiffening rod
new carry handle with metal D rings
close up of center strap
side strap attachment option 1
side strap attachment option 2

Custom simple chest rig from USMC Bandolier

This was a test of my newly acquired #1 Zig Zag cam for the Singer 328K; a pair of skeletal MOLLE panels attached to an USMC Bandolier to turn it into a simple chest rig without additional Cordura fabric. I also made a custom H style shoulder strap/cross strap harness with new Coyote Tan buckles


Shown without pouches, with my retro 6.5 Grendel pistol project20200826_114535

Back of the rig


Close up of the MOLLE skeletal panel showing the bar tacks and line tacks used together


Backside without harness, and with two USMC First Aid Kit pouches woven on.


With the two pouches woven on, and still with retro 6.5 Grendel pistol.


Well, I hope y’all enjoyed this update!

Custom elastic strap with side release buckle for the M12/UM84 Bianchi holster

I made this to replace the standard flap on the Bianchi M12 holster; since the original elastic is getting a bit worn.

1.75″ camo green webbing

1″ Ranger Green webbing

2″ tan velcro

2″ ITW Loop

1″ Foliage Green ITW Surface mount buckle


The unit before it gets installed, and installed


Close up of how its installed and how secure it is


Client photos of Ranger Green equipment

From This post

And This other post

My client sent me some higher quality photos of the pouches,as well as a couple on his personal “grab and go” armor rig

Views of pouches from front and inside

View of back and side of 1×2 kangaroo


View of them on carrier, on each side of the triple magazine pouch