Made a MOLLE pouch in classic Woodland camo for the 6.5 Grendel 20rd magazines from Duramag. This is a simple box pouch ideal for a belt kit, or magazine container.
Made a panel loading pack bag and shoulder straps for the Coleman frames out of Taiwan sourced 420D Nylon woodland camo fabric. It has about 1900 cubic inches from what I can remember, and has nearly minimal MOLLE webbing.
With gear loaded in it. The outdoor shots have USGI MOLLE II suspension while the inside shot has the shoulder straps I made
Side, MOLLE II suspension and bottom views
Views of the custom straps I made, using old USGI MOLLE II QD buckles, metal tribars. Single layer camo fabric, with spacer mesh bottom layer and closed cell foam inside the two layers. Not totally happy with how the straps and padding came out.
Details of the frame attachments for the straps using metal tribar buckles.
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
Been busy with life lately…. here are a couple updates!
Indy style 500D Coyote brown double sided Satchel/Bandolier, carries up to 10 20rd magazines, and 12 10rd magazines for Hi Point carbines, but can also be used to carry SMG/Glock stick magazines if they can fit in the elastic loops.
Front section view; very low profile, simple.
Interior shot; 6 slots for 10rd mags up top, with Redball 995 magazines on bottom row
Close up of the bottom row elastic loops for the 20rd magazines
the space in between the two sections, useful for flat items and small items
Next up, a Split front MOLLE chest rig out of 1000D Woodland Cordura scraps that weren’t perfectly cut; using IDF style spring loaded cam buckles for closure, and ALICE LC-2 Enhanced ruck straps for the shoulder straps with 2 additional spring loaded cam buckles, all of which came from scavenged/surplus ALICE LC straps. SPecs of the rig; 8 MOLLE columns and 7 rows, with no gap, or 4 rows plus 3 rows in between the 4 main rows
MOLLE Split rig clean mode, simple LadderLoc buckle for rear cross strap
Close up of the buckle attachments
With IDF style single pull cord knotted into both buckles. Very quick release on the straps, and easy adjustments for size
Showing one set up; 12 AR magazines in 4 pouches, and 2 medic pockets, the rig is capable of accepting both MOLLE and ALICE attachments, as well as Bianchi’s UM84 clip system
showing another set up; with the front closed up. again, 2 Tactical Tailor Universal Mag pouches, 2 TT grenade/small utility pockets, 2 canteen covers, and 2 IDF small pouches connected via ALICE clips, and finally, one large 200rd SAW ammo pouch for dump pouch duty. I am on the look out for two more of the TT Universal Mag Pouches in Woodland, but may be able to just use two USGI M4 double pouches, or just get more short MALICE clips and tie ALICE pouches on there.
Modded my black harness to provide two attachment points for my small Yucca pack lower straps, and redid the pack set up!
Harness without pack
With pack attached
Back view of harness and pack connected; you can see the two extra Fastex buckles being used to connect pack lower straps to the harness
Side view of the pack; the side pockets are to hold food and misc items.
detail shot of upper pack attachment, the harness padding part has a couple of metal snap hooks to attach to D-ring equipments.. the harness upper part is from a black M1967 web harness from Rothco I believe.
detail of the lower pack strap attachment. Its simply a sewn loop strap, girth-hitched onto the D ring.
Another detail shot, showing the strap connecting to the buckle which is attached to the harness permanently.
Detail shot of Army hatchet mount between the MOLLE Sustainment Pouch and the main pack
shot of pack without the harness.
Detail of Right-hand panel of the harness.
Load out is as follows;
In the main pack, I have the following items.
Hammock and kelty top quilt in main compartment with Whoopie Slings attached to hammock
USGI CCF pad under top flap
3-4 days worth of clothes in MOLLE Sustainment Pouch
Hatchet in between Sustainment Pouch and Main pack
foods in 3 side pockets, large foods in the USMC Coyote Brown pockets and small foods in one camo pocket, while the final camp pocket holds the tree straps for the hammock and a bandanna and headlamp
Moving on to the harness;
2x 1qt water bottles in MOLLE canteen covers; one is a Nalgene bottle, the other is a Life-line canteen with an Army canteen cup
handgun with ammo
first aid kit in one black pocket
Long Ogee tarp in second black pocket
hammock bugnet in long green pouch
tarp lines and stakes in shotgun ammo pouch (no shotgun ammo)
compass in compass pouch
Mini Maglite behind black pocket
4.5″ blade knife behind other black pocket
Esbit stove and fire kit in third black pocket
snacks and misc items in fourth black pocket
handgun ammo magazines in USGI mag pockets attached to two black pockets
With this load out, the entire kit should be good for 3-4 days of hiking and traveling in the woodlands…
Went on a location scouting trip for a group camping event…
Found a beautiful location, beautiful site….although if I had driven a bit further, I might’ve found another site near Gordon Lakes….
Another view of the woods
The Open cell foam pad, hammock, Kelty top quilt, straps and bugnet are all in the black MSS bag, while the tarp is in the very top pocket of the small “Recon” pack, which also holds my foods, water in 3 1 qt canteens, fire kit, stakes and ropes. My clothes are in the MOLLE Sustainment pouches on the sides, with one holding just fleece pull over and fleece throw blanket for additional insulation if needed, and the other holding the rest of my clothes.
I also have a small tube sack stuffed with left over open cell foam to use as a pillow for either neck or knees in the hammock.
My first aid kit is in the top flap’s bottom pocket, while I have another quart of water on the waist belt, and a pouch holding my compass, along with a medic pocket holding my trail snacks and granola bars.
went out to Moose Mountain in the Willamette National Forest; it was going to be an overnighter, but some things came up that I needed to do; so trip was cut short into a day trip….Anyways, it is a beautiful area to camp and hike; and there are many convenient trees for the hammock set up!
the view of the woods;
the trail leading uphill to the car
In Main compartment
one pair of pants,
one pair of underwear
one pair of socks
two polyester shirts; one short and one long (Underarmor and jersey)
one fleece pull over
one fleece blanket
In side large pockets
1 qt canteens with water
large bowie knife
In center large pocket
Ramen noodle, one pack
Three Granola Bars
two packets of hot chocolate
3 L stakes for stove
Esbit Stove, no fuel
matches in waterproof container
hammock tree straps and tarp lines
In top pocket on flap
In pocket on underside of flap
first aid kit
strapped to pack bottom;
hammock and under quilt with shock cords and whoopie slings
attached to the pack is a Bell bicycle tail light and a Corona RC 4060 small saw,
On my belt kit;
compass pouch with compass and small LED light
small Bowie knife
2 magazines in pouches
Ruger P85 MKIIR 9mm
M16 pouch with camera in padded case
SO I am back from a weekend camping out in Slide Creek area in Oregon, part of the Santiam State Forest/Willamette National Forest; a weekend with friends, and a test of the Bat Wing tarp and DIY hammock! I must say, I had a great time!The view of the camp site; my hammock tarp is somewhere to the right in the woods;
The weather was a typical Oregon springtime weather; spots of sun and lots of showers, overnight temps went down to the 40s; and I was toasty warm in the USGI Intermediate Cold Mummy bag and pad; the tarp kept me and my gear dry!
OK I revised my Improved Hellcat pack, making it for a hunting rig, and moved the ALICE pack up to the top, and inserted a MSS bag that has a GI Intermediate Cold Weather sleeping bag (from the 80s, synthetic version of the M1949 mummy sleeping bag), and attached a gun scabbard to the right of the pack, and two canteens on the opposite to balance it out somewhat. I think this pack should be decent for hunting or target shooting, with a standard hunting carbine in the scabbard (SKS is inserted, but for hunting, it would have a flush 5 round magazine for Oregon State laws)
pack with MSS bag on bottom, SKS scabbard, and two canteens, along with filleting knife. I also added a webbing carry handle to the top, which also loops through the Tri-Glides of the load lifter straps so as to prevent accidentally undoing them.
view of the canteen side; the top canteen has a camelbak straw inserted into a canteen cap I modified by drilling a hole teeny bit smaller than the straw’s outside diameter, this allows a friction fit and prevents accidental leaks
here, you can see the Improved Hellcat hunting rig between two standard ALICE packs, the one on the left hand side has a green buttpack installed on the bottom, it is a mid 80s, early 90s ALICE MEDIUM pack. The other one on the far right, is a very early model, 1974 contract I believe, the buckles are cam/spring loaded friction buckles, and the fabric has faded quite significantly, it has two 2 qt canteens, one on each side, and a M1967 sleep carrier holding a camo compression sack.
you can see how the frames and the straps are different between the 3, the one on the Left, has the old style ALICE LC ruck straps, 2nd generation I believe with two quick releases rather than one like the 1st generation, the shoulder padding is short on this set, while the set on the one to the Right of the Hellcat are generally considered 3rd generation LC-2 straps, the padding on these are much longer, going from pack attachment all the way past the quick release hardware, it is similar to Tactical Tailor’s Super Straps, but without sternum straps. the kidney pads on the two Standard ALICE Mediums are missing belt portions, the one on the Right used to have a roll pin type of attachment for the belt webbing.
I might modify one of the standard ALICE packs to have Desert Camo MOLLE straps and belt, not sure which one yet.
Sorry for the silly second part of the title….. hahahahha anyways! since I could not find the DEI Quick Release hardware for the original MOLLE II straps; I decided to cut them off and attach ITW-Nexus Side Release buckles, the same kind of hardware used on the MOLLE gear and SKS gear I made in the past; they are effective, and field repairable, without needing to scrounge hard to find parts.
So after having modified the straps, I mounted them to my Woodland ALICE pack with the MOLLE belt already attached, I am not sure if I put the Load Lifter straps on correctly; since I had disassembled the parts from those straps a long time ago…I hope what I did is OK….but will find out… anyways, since the MOLLE waist belt have the 2 First Aid Pouches already attached, I used them for my hammock suspension tree straps and tarp guy lines and ridge line in one pouch, and my first aid kit in the other pouch, thus freeing up the two ALICE side pockets for foods and such….and also freeing up the top part of the ALICE pack for whatever small gear I might need to lash to. Also, I chose to not reuse the M1967 Sleeping Bag carrier and used the two dark green 1″ cargo lashing straps I have that were formerly on my bicycle rack for lashing bulky items. This saves weight a bit by not having an additional piece of fabric or having metal hardware (1″ Fastex buckles as usual). That is how I have my camo compression stuff sack attached to the bottom. otherwise, packing list is virtually the same as the OD version, with the tarp stakes now sharing the small interior pocket with the hammock.
Close up of the Fastex buckle modification; I cut the stitching below the end of the strap where the original DEI Quick Release buckle hardware was, and folded it under the Fastex buckle, and bar tacked it in two lines for security.
back of pack, with the MOLLE II shoulder straps and Waist belt, and showing the CamelBak straw threaded through the open spaces of the strap; I am considering getting a yard of Coyote tubular webbing or Brown or Green tubular webbing to serve as a straw cover.