Test prototype for a velcro-based chestrig, distributing weight on sides, is ready, while quick-ditch buckles are not available for me.
I made (from leftovers) a base for a rig, more advanced than usual rapid-open buckle adapters for a plate carriers mentioned in concept post. Below: left side not assembled yet, right side assembled already.
Let me speak from my heart. I have a dumb hobby (honestly; and not only that one) of making gear setups just imaginary, not making it real. Sometimes it is for learning purposes, frequently for geardo reasons, rarely to give an advice. Currently it is just that case.
Some regular guy need a load-bearing solution:
– compact to fit loaded in weapons’ safe
– distributing weight less front and more sides (sure, he is aware of PT importance)
– spacious enough to fit 2 or 4 AK 30-seat mags, trauma kit, radio, multitool, light, knife, gloves, weapon license
Compact chest rigs that integrate into the backpack’s straps are not new – D3CR+FlatPack from HSP (read – VOCR from EGL), Ventrapack from CivilianLab, to name a few. I’ve always wondered how pricey they are, noticing the small dimensions and overall amount of labor put into them.
Now, let’s make one for the price of pouches, set of Chinese-made rectangle carabiners and pair of soft snap-button PALs attachment clips.
One is less reliable, two are more reliable. So – just run two straps on adapter to two D-rings on each side:
To clarify it, I’m worrying more about reliability of clips on pouch, than the durability of D-rings.
Currently doing nothing but playing around some weird deviant concepts of loadouts.
To make and old-school ammunition belt with modern modular pieces of gear.
Single vulnerable D-ring can be replaced with adapter as Maxped D-pouch, but it increases overall cost of solution. Would be better to replace it with paracord loop or two.
I modified previous concept of shotgun ammo pouch a little and moved to more traditional design with horizontally oriented tray and vertically oriented shells. Prototype with vertical tray and horizontal shells was less protected from weather and dirt, than I prefer.
Now the outer pouch is solid box structure with foldable lid and velcro on frontal surface. Note: pouch fastener is not installed yet, and new pouch is NOT fastened with velcro (frontal side of lid and frontal wall of pouch are not sticked together) due to the noise discipline reasons.
The idea is – fast deployable and protected from elements and dirt, standalone shotgun ammo pouch.
First attempt is not nearly ideal, but indicates that it’s right way.
Little and humble concept (with prototype in the same entry) – implementing pocket (sheath) for trauma shears into the magazine pouch. Pictures worth a hundred words, pouch assembled:
trauma shears-scissors pocket-sheath with magazine pouch