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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #60 on: April 12, 2010, 11:45:54 AM »
I've been impressed with the quality of gear and the resourcefulness of the setups veteran players have posted on this thread.  It's given us (at least me) a nice template to work from and build towards.  That said, I hope this is ok to post because I'm sure there are a lot of people on here who are starting from the ground-up on putting together a rig, and might want to see something that is not yet finished.  It can be a daunting and expensive task, but as Bob said... baby steps!  I thought I would post my work in progress based on some of the rigs I've seen on here (thanks Raith & Ares) .  If I'm crossing lines, let me know.

As of right now, I've got a TacForce Plate carrier in coyote brown, 3 dual M4 mag pouches, a black roll-up dump pouch (from my previous, black I.T. chest rig), molle attached Camelback with 2L bladder, grey shemagh.

I took the ammunition/water approach, in that order.

Mags:
I set all my mags to bullets-forward, like Raith.  I like having the ability to pull it out of the pouch with my thumb and flip it right side up quickly to insert.  Since I haven't invested in Ranger plates, I've constructed my own magpul assists out of paracord and electrical tape.  There is not very much grip on the mag when it's in the pouch, so yanking it out hasn't caused the tape to lose the cord.  I go prone often (I'm sneaky like that), so one mag in each pouch slot work best for me... helps me keep a lower profile when in the dirt.  I'm not a big fan of the velcro enclosures because of the sound it gives off when reloading, so I tuck the flaps behind the mag/elastic strap to help the mag fit tighter in the slot.  I'm considering changing to the Kydex pouches.  My mag pouches are at 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock.  The mag pouch at 5 o'clock is currently used for pistol loaders, a leatherman and a camera.  When I get a chuckwalla, the mag pouch will probably to go the 9 o'clock position for reloading assistance (dump pouch to mag pouch during downtime), and the chuckwalla will take its place at 4-5 o'clock.

Dump:
I keep my dump pouch at the 7 o'clock position so it doesn't bounce off the back of my legs when running.  The smaller dump pouch works for me because I rarely clear more than 3 mags at a time (considering I currently have 4... it's a good way to learn how to conserve shots  :D  ).  I've never lost a mag out of the dump pouch, but I'll go with a deeper one when I acquire more mags.  I plan on carrying about 8 total.

I've also got a pen-screwdriver on the front in case it's needed for a quick hopup adjustment.





Soon to be added in order of importance:
* Chuckwalla by Ganef - I've learned that several pistol loaders are fantastic for reloading as opposed to the XL loader, at least for me.  It's much quieter and a lot easier to keep count so I don't overload the mag.  I've got 8 pistol loaders on order to allow ~800 rounds ready for reload.  This would give me about ~1600 rounds total without going back to cars where right now I'm carrying ~500.
* Radio - I have a pouch ready for an Icom, but need to pick one up.  I dislike shouting as it gives my position away  :-#
* Hand-made paracord, single-point sling (working on it now)
* 3L bladder for Camelback.  2L is decent and gets me by during short games, but I often run out toward the end.  More water would be ideal now that it is heating up.
* Neoprene Camelback tube cover, to hide the blue color.
* Simple First Aid kit - luckily haven't needed one yet... but the Boy Scout in me says to be prepared...
* Admin Pouch - good for those acquired patches and maps for ops.

All this is possible thanks to those who have posted their setups before, and I've only been playing airsoft for a little less than a year.  I've learned to take my time putting things together and do lots of research, otherwise I end up spending more $$$ than I need to.
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #61 on: April 19, 2010, 10:28:12 PM »
Raith, I was wondering what rig you had and how much it costs.
by rig, i mean just the base of it all
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #62 on: April 20, 2010, 12:00:09 AM »
Quote from: "fragfest2012"
Raith, I was wondering what rig you had and how much it costs.
by rig, i mean just the base of it all

The base is a chest rig that was made by Ganef.  I don't know what he charges for them now.
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #63 on: April 20, 2010, 07:54:52 PM »
also, where do you guys get all your coyote tactical stuff
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #64 on: April 20, 2010, 09:43:15 PM »
coyotetactical.blogspot.com
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #65 on: April 20, 2010, 10:12:41 PM »
There's some pretty cool stuff I haven't seen from you before, broski.
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #66 on: April 21, 2010, 03:19:37 PM »
That blog is only the tip of the iceberg of all the projects I have done over time.
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #67 on: April 21, 2010, 07:07:55 PM »
ok, cool ill check it out
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #68 on: December 06, 2010, 09:46:30 PM »
Ok, after all the questions I got at Gold War I figured I just post it on here and talk about it a bit. Fair warning my camera isn’t the best so I just snapped two pictures and I’ll just go over what is on it. Here is my rig.



I have it set up just like I did in Iraq for the most part. I don’t run with an IFAC or any first aid kit on my vest because, so fare, I have had no need for one on my vest. I carry my small first aid kit on my go-bag at the staging area.

The Vest
It is an IOTV replica, not sure the manufacturer but good stitching and not too pricey when I bought it. I run with the IOTV because it is what I am use to and I have all the MOLLE room in the world for anything and everything I need. I’ll go over what I carry from my 12’ and go counter clockwise.

Magazines:
My mags are rounds to the left and upside down. I took of the front retaining static cords off because in my experience there is no need for them, plus it makes them faster to retrieve. The mag pouch is at my 12 o'clock.

40mm Grenade pouch:
At my 11 o'clock, I carry 2 - 120 round Madbull 40mm grenades and I have 1 – 60 rounder in the tube.

Chuckwalla:
At my 9 o'clock I have my chuckwalla which has: 5 speed loaders, bottle of BBs, extra battery, 2 foam 203 balls and a multi tool in it. Also a death rag in the pull tab on the front. I carry all of that for extended missions and to help out a teammate if need be.

Dump pouch:
It is a WTF ATACS dump pouch which is directly below the chuckwalla. I keep it at the 9 o'clock position so it doesn't bounce off my legs when running. Also I like it there because that’s where I have trained with it and that’s what my muscle memory is right now. I find it easy to clear the mag from my weapon, dump it, retrieve and new mag and continue to fire within 5-6 seconds. I don’t need a 3 second speed set up because I find no use for them, I’m always behind cover when I’m reloading and I have my team mate there who covers my sector while I reload. But still 5-6 seconds is plenty fast for me.

Radio pouch:
At my 7 o'clock,I carry an ICOM F4S radio. I run the wires threw the mole webbing to the PTT button on the front left of my vest so it will not get caught up on anything or anyone.

Hydration carrier:
At my 6 o'clock, I have a 3 liter camelback with the hose running over my left shoulder to keep my primary firing shoulder free.

Fragmentation Grenades pouch:
At my about 4 o'clock, I have 2 frag grenades. I carry them there because I am right handed and with real ones you always want 100% positive control over your grenades and that’s where I have always carried them. If I’m throwing a grenade I am not using my firing hand so that’s where I train to have them.

Sidearm:
At my 3 o'clock, I have my M9 strike adapter. I never like having equipment on my legs so I moved it there and loved it ever since.

And that will about do it. I sometimes have my double pistol mag pouch on my upper chest by I rarely need extra pistol magazines. If you can’t eliminate your target with you primary or secondary with in 1 mag, you’re already in trouble. I have never had to use more than 1 mag. As soon as I transition to my side arm and eliminate the target I clear the malfunction of my primary and continue mission.
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #69 on: July 26, 2011, 06:42:29 PM »
Nice setup Dennis, I am kind of a function over form kind of guy myself, I generally don't care if gear isn't considered "tacticool" as long as its practical for my use. I wouldn't worry too much about first aid, as long as you stick with your team you should be good to go, after all this is just airsoft. For all the times that I've suffered injury (usually leg/foot) I was usually within visual range of other players so I never had to worry much. Overall I like your setup, it seems practical and very well thought out, if it works for you, then it works
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #70 on: July 03, 2012, 03:10:29 PM »
Question where did you get your radios? That is one thing I am still trying to narrow down on. I have my gear picked out but those.

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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #71 on: July 03, 2012, 03:32:12 PM »
Question where did you get your radios? That is one thing I am still trying to narrow down on. I have my gear picked out but those.
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Re: Gear & YOU: Working Towards A Better Future (TM)
« Reply #72 on: July 03, 2012, 03:58:42 PM »
Thanks I am looking for reliable equipment