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Battle belt/chest rig question
« on: March 07, 2016, 08:08:16 pm »
Let's pretend I'm new to rifle gear. Actually you don't have to pretend, I know I'm new to it. I'm no stranger to rifles but I shoot mostly handguns. I know handgun gear. But not rifles so much. I'm going to take a rifle class or two this year and I need to know the pros and cons of chest rigs, battle belts, brands, attachments, setups, etc.

I know this is all over the internet but it's hard to separate steak from baloney, not to mention it's like learning a whole new language. So shoot me some recommendations. Bear in mind I'm not going off to fight for God and Country, this is for classes and possibly to throw on if there's a zombie apocalypse in my yard. So I'd most likely need access to handgun on there somewhere, or be set up where it wouldn't interfere with a holster on the hip.
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    Re: Battle belt/chest rig question
    « Reply #1 on: March 07, 2016, 11:25:31 pm »
    I go with the "less is more" rule. I have an old Blackhawk!!! plate carrier with three rifle mag pouches, a knife, an IFAK and a Nalgene bottle.

    I only carry 2 30 round mags, 1 in each of the mag pouches. I use a MagPul mag clamp so there are two mags on my rifle for a total of 4 all together. The third mag pouch is for my radio/cell phone. That's it. I'd rather be a fast moving target than a lumbering one burdened with every piece of mall ninja kit the cool guys tell you is essential. Stick to Bullets, Bandaides and Beverages.

    I almost forgot: I also have a 20 round ByeBye mag on my belt for my heroic last stand. That's something I picked up from strangelittleman.

    Extras like my gun cleaning kit, etc. are in my bugout bag which is contained in a Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II pack. It's smaller and light enough to scoot with. I like the thin, low profile where it won't get hung up in the brush or window frames. I have two more 30 round mags in my pack.

    In the woods my LBE rifle gear is much the same with the addition of a dump pouch, Bianchi GI flap holster and a single pistol mag pouch.
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    Re: Battle belt/chest rig question
    « Reply #2 on: March 14, 2016, 12:47:07 pm »
    I think what you want as far as gear depends on what kind of class its going to be. I have only taken two rifle classes; one was a high round count class where a chest rig was basically a necessity, the other I just used one of the Moduloader frames from Raven concealment with 2 HSGI double decker tacos attached and that was plenty.

    Unless you just need the chest rig for reasons, I'd go with something along the lines of the Moduloader. It'll save you a few hundred bucks over getting quality gear in the chest rig department.

    FWIW the chest rig I have is one of the condor models, I don't expect it to be anything more than it is, and it was $40. Which is nice cause 99.9% of its life its sat in the back of my closet.


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    Re: Battle belt/chest rig question
    « Reply #3 on: March 14, 2016, 02:44:58 pm »
    A lot of gear talk is overblown in my opinion. There plenty of really nice stuff you can pay a lot of money for, but its certainly not necessary. If  its only going to need to last for two classes a year whatever you can find will work just fine. Save your money for the expensive stuff until you know exactly what you want if anything. Its more important you spend the time learning what works and what may have seen like a good idea at home but was obviously a poor choice when you got out and practiced with it.  My haji mart battle belt was from camp leatherneck Afghanistan was my preferred way of carrying my m249 saw ammo compared to issued gear or the more expensive blackhawk brand  rig i bought stateside. It   lasted the whole deployment just needed some duct tape and zipties here and there and i was more comfortable than with actual molle gear. 


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    Re: Battle belt/chest rig question
    « Reply #4 on: April 11, 2016, 10:29:41 pm »
    My fighting rig is a simple ATS Tactical M4 chest rig. 4 mag pouches built in with webbing on the front for additional pouches if you want them. Nice and simple. Under a hundred bucks too, so nice and cheap.

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