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ksuguy

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.308 load bearing gear?
« on: April 24, 2019, 10:36:50 pm »
I've been thinking of trying something like a 2-gun match with one of my larger rifles.   However, I don't have much in the way of gear.  Just a few mag pouches here and there that came included with various other crap I've ordered.   What are some good (and cheap) options for .308 gear?   I've got all the major flavors of battle rifle, so ideally it would be able to handle FAL, G3, M14, and .308 AR P-Mags.   

I know some people like the older South African gear, but that can be a little expensive.  Since it was used in some movies,  a lot of cosplayers have bought it up and increased the prices.

Surplus German G3 gear is out there too, as is older US M14 gear and British M58 L1A1 gear.   

Or should I just look for some modern MOLLE compatible stuff, and try to avoid the cheap Chinese airsoft crap.     
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    Re: .308 load bearing gear?
    « Reply #1 on: April 25, 2019, 10:40:48 pm »
    Isn't almost everything to do with .308s is more expensive. 

    If it was me I would just go and run what gear I already had even if it was just mags in pockets.  At least for the first time.  Go and see if it is something you want to continue before buying a bunch of gear.  Also the best place to figure out good gear for competition is at the competition.  I think the division you want to do might change what kind of gear would be best.  Just my $.02 your results may vary.
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    Re: .308 load bearing gear?
    « Reply #2 on: April 28, 2019, 09:28:27 pm »
    After a little looking,  I do have some mag pouches that will work.  I"m not sure if they are originally M16 or M14 pouches, but two .308 mags will fit in them.  I will have to buy a cheap ALICE belt and harness, but that's probably less than $20.   

    One of the local ranges is running a match next weekend.  I think I'll probably try it out with one of my AR carbines with a red dot, and maybe use my CZ75 for the pistol.   Then maybe next month I can try one of the FALs or the M1A.   
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    Re: .308 load bearing gear?
    « Reply #3 on: April 28, 2019, 10:50:57 pm »
    Just one thing of note on airsoft gear, there is a fairly large gap between good airsoft gear and junk. Honestly I've handled a fair amount of tac gear over the years from really nice custom nylon stuff and honestly a ton of the cheap china gear. For a competition type of setup I'd personally look at kydex I think it will be quicker, but if wanting nylon I'd just select fairly carefully from some of the airsoft stuff that is above par. I've got old USA made Blackhawk gear that is worse than some of the Condor stuff I've got now, and I've got some or had that I'd rather throw in the garbage than try to use.

    Main difference in allot of the stuff that I've seen is QC, molle spacing issues, minor stitching issues etc. None of that bothers me all that much for the price, and so long as it's made from decent nylon by weight it will handle allot of what you can throw at it for cheap. Honestly it's dang hard to beat the pouches and plate carriers from Condor in most cases.

    Now all of that said, is the good custom US made gear better? Yes it certainly is, and if I were going into harm's way I'd run that. For hobby class, airsoft, gun games stuff, I'm perfectly comfortable with certain china gear so long as it's decent stuff.

    Just as an example this style of pouch: https://www.evike.com/products/32518/

    That will handle most 308 mags, not usually doubles but generally you can fit a single 308 mag in a double AR pouch. That style though of construction made from 600d nylon holds up pretty dang well, and honestly it's every bit as good as say my old Blackhawk gear. It's just not as good as some of the very nice gear out there either, but it's a heck of allot cheaper.

    Either way just my 2 cents based on the gear I've used over the years and it might help:)

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    Re: .308 load bearing gear?
    « Reply #4 on: April 28, 2019, 11:06:03 pm »
    Just as an example this style of pouch: https://www.evike.com/products/32518/

    That will handle most 308 mags, not usually doubles but generally you can fit a single 308 mag in a double AR pouch. That style though of construction made from 600d nylon holds up pretty dang well, and honestly it's every bit as good as say my old Blackhawk gear. It's just not as good as some of the very nice gear out there either, but it's a heck of allot cheaper.
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    I think I have that exact same pouch.  I use it with my Cobra trooper costume at Comicon.    Works well for that, but don't ever take the mags out of the pouch.  It's just there for looks.   

    Actually after watching some videos of how they run the match at the local range, I might not even need much gear.  It looks like they run it so you put your rifle or pistol on a table at each station and then move between them after you clear each one.   There aren't as many physical challenges and you don't have to carry both your rifle and pistol and transition between them like the 2 gun matches I've been watching on InRange's youtube channel.   

    Then again, it's hard to run a match like theirs here.  Kansas simply does not have the really good range facilities and open desert that Arizona does. 
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    Re: .308 load bearing gear?
    « Reply #5 on: April 29, 2019, 10:14:53 am »
      I admittedly haven't really ran much for competition, since there virtually isn't any in Montana.

     But for personal practice I either run a cheat rig from Kennedy nylon designs or just individual pouches.

      Kennedy will make stuff to whatever spec you want and is pretty decently priced. He's done chest rigs, LBVs and battle best copies.

    That said I actually use South African pattern 70. Set up an account on fal files and watch ebay you can pick up pouches for $20 or so.   
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