2019, Lightweight Plate Carrier Set Up

#61
@chasnojm
1. No, the main difference I have between a work vs. a personal set up is the number of magazines. That's only a $40 difference with a triple up front vs. a single magazine pouch.

2. Heat of the Radio is a good point. Like I said above, I don't have a lot of experience with them. SO, definitely open to hearing about this. Heat of the electronics didn't even occur to me despite knowing a lot about computer specs and temperature management. So, I'm interested to see where that part about radio heat goes. I don't have any authority on the subject.

3. I like the issued assault pack and I don't. It doesn't have enough compartmentalization for me to be satisfied, but for the size and a large opening...it's good enough, especially if you added some better shoulder padding.
 

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#62
@BooneGA I don't really know. My only experience is with Asip radios. I want to gain knowledge on different systems, their purposes, how to use them and what makes them work better/worse.

Running it inside the cummerbund and with a kydex or plastic cut out sounds pretty useful. Were you using a push to talk with this or is that why you needed to take it out all the time?
Ive worn peltors for 90% of the time I was out of the wire. Most of it with two radios running dual comms. I had to pull radios to change nets or fill or to use it for HPW/SAT/etc. As a leader that radio is my primary weapon and its in and out all of the time.

For bags I usually stay much smaller than a MR tri-zip unless I need to carry extra demo/LAW/batteries. My assault pack always included Arc'teryx wraith jacket, Kifaru Woobie, and a spare headlamp. Those take up minimal space and when you need them you NEED them.

Rick
 
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Oh and @TerminalEffect
I was going to test using only one FS tube cummerbund. The reason I lean towards both, even if it adds a few more ounces, is that I can put the PC on from within a vehicle regardless of which seat I am in. Obviously for work, I am going to always have it on, that's for personal use.


The idea is, if I'm in the passenger seat(for personal use), I may have a handgun, radio or whatever in my hand. Options, I like options.

On the Spiritus Recovery handle, can you provide some links to it breaking? I know people are lurking on the thread and I'm sure we would all be interested. Cause, some kind of drag handle is becoming increasingly popular as an SOP. Want to share that kind of knowledge here. I would love to see the DARCI DIY version lol. It honestly probably does work better. The concept of attaching it to the waist to keep the point of pull as low to the ground and as close to the center of gravity on the body as possible is what really interests me.

As far as medical, the mini from BFG is on the battle belt concept that I will be posting after I do more research and this thread begins to reach a sound conclusion. I'm not familiar with the "LBT-9022b", but it looks ok to good from a passing glance at the product. The TQs have holsters listed in the current product list.

Sorry for the 4 posts to reply to everything, been busy and I wanted to make sure everyone knew all their points were heard. I know everyone is taking this seriously and I really appreciate it. I know people are seeing this and not posting, and it is shaping some minds towards better set ups already.
 
#64
@BooneGA
Just checking, but HPW means High Powered Wavelength right? For those really high end wavelengths with the radios swapping 100s of channels a second and encrypted right?

By Tri-zip, were you referring to the Camelbak Tri-Zip for when you needed more storage and using the GI Assault pack for when you didn't? Wanna make sure I got that right.
 

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#65
@BooneGA
Just checking, but HPW means High Powered Wavelength right? For those really high end wavelengths with the radios swapping 100s of channels a second and encrypted right?

By Tri-zip, were you referring to the Camelbak Tri-Zip for when you needed more storage and using the GI Assault pack for when you didn't? Wanna make sure I got that right.
Think of HPW as SATCOM that lets you use Outlook and send emails. It requires the radio to be removed and a different antenna affixed. Same with sat. I carried a pistol grip sat antenna in a double mag pouch at all times. You have to remove the radio to check the signal strength so you can transmit/receive.

I think the camelbak one is a knock off of the MR version. Never used it. The last "GI" assault pack I saw was garbage, no idea what they are issuing now. I had the MR tri-zips back when I was in the regular army and SOF has a whole suite of packs they issue from the FS helmet hut up to the HUGE MR packs.

Rick
 

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On the Spiritus Recovery handle, can you provide some links to it breaking? I know people are lurking on the thread and I'm sure we would all be interested. Cause, some kind of drag handle is becoming increasingly popular as an SOP. Want to share that kind of knowledge here. I would love to see the DARCI DIY version lol. It honestly probably does work better. The concept of attaching it to the waist to keep the point of pull as low to the ground and as close to the center of gravity on the body as possible is what really interests me.
Not worried about the drag handle breaking. More concerned about the carabiner being non-locking, wire-gate, and attaching directly to the pants belt. I see greater potential for the carabiner becoming unhooked during a drag/roll/fall/dynamic movement than I see in something like a screwgate or magnetron carabiner.

DIY version here:
https://www.lightfighter.net/fileSe...358/fodoid/61551397560078353/DARC CASEVAC.pdf

One mod I have utilized is box-stitching a small (3" diameter) loop of tubular nylon and sliding it over the belt at 6 o'clock for the carabiner to clip into. More comfortable, and easier to clip in/out of.
 
#68
I do something similar but just loop 550 around my pants belt and belt belt, 3 loops works for me. Clip the biner into both the loops on pants belt and party belt. I’ve only ever used none locking biners, it’s never been a issue. I was drag queen for the patch run last trip to DARC, no issues with it coming open, even when getting drug over the “portholes”
 
#70
Heres an example of my kit as far as plate carriers ( I have a MRB setup for various tasks (moving rifle/pistol pouches for specific tasks)
For work:
Issued PC: Triple Shingle, BFG admin, Mayflower 24 hr MAP, Issued TQ pouch, Eagle SOF IFAK, Optional BFG 152 pouch & TT PRC153 pouch.

For personal training:

Crye JPC, Saber Solutions prototype inserts, BFG single tenspeed pistol, BFG double rifle (FBs/admin), Spiritus elastic C-bun, Spiritus SACK, Tyr zip on sleeves (back panel never used).
 
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