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

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

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.

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

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Back of the rig

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

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

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

 

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed this update!

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

 

Ranger Green 1×2 kangaroo pouch

 

Made this for a client. He wanted one M4 and 2 M9 mags in one pouch, with MOLLE and in 500D Ranger Green.

Showing basic construction and sizing

With single M4 mag inserted

With all mags inserted

Details of the back mounting method, and how its attached to a MOLLE panel. Also a shot with flap covering all 3 magazines.

Woodland camo body armor set, custom made

Made this to fit very old size 2XL Safariland S3A Level 3A soft armor and 10×12 Level 3 “ICW(In Conjunction With )” ceramic plates, for my personal use.

1000D Cordura in Woodland Camo

Medium weight polyester mesh

Camo 483 webbing

OD herringbone tape

Ranger Green velcro

Duraflex Mojave buckles

Showing webbing layout and side buckle set up

Laid totally flat on floor, showing the general insert layout and the inner fabric which is mesh and Cordura folded up

With USGI MOLLE II pouches;

2x Canteen covers, 2x Pistol pouches, 3x M16 double pouches, 1x SAW 100rd/Utility holding First aid kit

Yours truly modeling the carrier. It is heavy with everything loaded, but it is quite comfortable

Fun with sustainment pouches! Coyote packs

I recently acquired 3x USMC Coyote Brown sustainment Pouches for real good prices before they ran out of them; and proceeded to set up my coyote self-made backpacks with them;

Here they are, all 3 on the 2,000CI MOLLE Mini FILBE with FILBE suspension and frame; it resembles a modernized ALICE pack with much larger pouches

 

And with two pouches, mounted high like the standard MOLLE rucksacks, on the same pack; with the horizontal compress straps running over them

 

Then on the 1700CI Low profile MOLLE ALICE pack without frame, only could fit two pouches, and the set up looks much like a modernized ARVN rucksack; the lid straps runs behind the pouches, due to the space afforded by the Sustainment Pouches’ MOLLE mounting system.

Modified Safariland 3A body armor carrier to accept plates

I decided to modify a very old Safariland 3A body armor carrier so that it would accept hard plates in conjunction with the soft armor inserts. It was a simple mod, to see how it all fits in preparation for the woodland camo prototype that will incorporate some ideas I have. I simply sewed up 3.5 inch webbing with velcro to the carrier; so that it will fit the hard plates. I may add side to side retention straps with elastic, or simple webbing to retain the plates from shifting side to side.

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Front panel view

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Rear panel view

Inside of carrier showing the 3.5 inch webbing straps with velcro that I added to the carrier to hold the hard plates