Get Geared UP!!! – Tactical gear/equipment links
March 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm #104469
MV Edits: This post is a little old. I want to put a shout out to Diz & Hawkeye at UW Gear. I am working with them on a chest rig/battle belt/plate carrier system that i think will be really good: http://www.UWGearinc.com
Max Velocity wrote
Following on from the body armor/plate carrier post, I thought it would be useful to put up some links to various random bits of useful tactical equipment that are commercially available at reasonable cost:
Look at some of this equipment as examples that will help with your research. Happy Shopping!
Edit: I had the following Intel come in regarding gear brands: “Better gear can be found for the same price as the Condor and Voodoo stuff. Check out SKD tactical – they have some London Bridge, Eagle, and Shellback gear and PCs for about the same price or just a few bucks more. Best prices on plates in the US from a dealer/distributor is going to be at bulletproofme.com.”
The examples below are from a search mainly of Amazon for suitable examples. Its up to you to research the best deal and brand for the funds you have available. On a personal note, I always found Spec Ops brand gear did very well – but I mainly bought their gear because they were one of the main brands available in the PXs in Iraq.
Body Armor/Plate Carriers:
Voodoo Tactical heavy Armor Carrier – if you are looking to buy soft body armor and ballistic plates
Voodoo TacticalArmor Plate Carrier Vest with MOLLE Webbing – can take soft armor
Condor Crye Precision Licensed MOLLE Operator Plate Carrier (Multicam Pattern)
Edit: Be aware that unless the specifications expressly tell you, you are just buying a tactical cover, no soft armor or plates included. You can buy a full set of tactical body armor including soft armor and plates from some vendors, but not for these prices! If you want to put soft armor in it, make sure it is designed to take it with suitable compartments. If it is just a plate carrier, it will be cut more sparingly and will only have slots for plates, not soft armor.
Spec Ops Brand does some excellent tactical gear – also check out their ‘X-system” of various sized magazine pouches
Spec OPs Brand Over Armor Vest – gives you versatility with or without body armor. Chest rigs are the same way.
Spec Ops Brand Drop Leg Holster – not so fashionable anymore – meh – still has uses, esp. when wearing body armor makes it hard to wear a holster on the belt and you don’t want it on your rig
Viking Tactics Battle Belt (VTAC Brokos Belt) – if you want to run a battle belt as well as or instead of a tactical vest.
Dump Pouch – so you don’t lose those empty magazines
Acog 4 X 32 Scope Usmc Rifle Combat Optic For M4 (Yea Baby!)
Magpul Pmag 30 rd Magazine 5.56mm Flat Dark Earth – don’t pay the link listed price though!
Streamlight 88850 Polytac LED Flashlight with Lithium Batteries, Black (not the best but good for economy)
IFAK: (A suggested contents list is in Contact/Rapid Fire in the Casualties chapter)
Training Books: (Pick one)
This is not an exhaustive list, just some gear that came to mind, and some examples found online.
Comments, suggestions and additions more than welcome.
When tactically equipping yourself and your team, start with the weapon system you carry. If you carry an M4, rig for 5.56 magazine pouches etc. If you have a handgun, decide how you will carry it while wearing your gear.
Decide what type of profile you want to present. Then work out how you are going to carry your ammo, water, IFAK and ancillary gear that you will need to operate that weapon system and keep yourself running.
Decide if you are going to have body armor or not, and if that is full body armor or a plate carrier. Build your tactical vest from there.
Then do some more PT so you can carry your ‘full battle rattle’.
Drink more water.
Are you ready?
March 18, 2014 at 9:03 am #104470
March 18, 2014 at 9:45 am #104471
Does anyone have any opinions on BDS Tactical gear. I have a chest rig and sling. They work for the small amout pf training ive done. Wanted to know of anyone has really put any of there gear to the test. Thanks.
March 18, 2014 at 11:19 am #104472
What about that new guy who is working with max now to develop gear specifically for the resiatnce fighter?
Is he on that list (yet?)
Go ahead and put your link up here :)
March 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm #104473John LangdonParticipant
Brian – BDS makes some good stuff. My experience with their slings however, are not so good. Their big dump pouch is nice…but really big, maybe too big. Quality is evident.
March 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm #104474
March 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm #104475
Should I recommend ‘Grey Ghost Gear’, (most of their stuff is made by Tactical Tailor). Very good prices (like condor’s $$, but made in the USA). Also, if you sign up on their email list they have awesome sales,(30-40% off) especially around the holidays. Their minimalist plate carrier works great my battle belt.
March 19, 2014 at 5:03 am #104476Yankee TerrierParticipant
BDS makes really nice gear..minus their mag dump pouch, that one is ok but I have seen better. They make great load bearing gear, pouches, packs, chest rigs, belts(awesome), all made in USA. They need time from when you order and batch build.. They CAN compete with China!,,they need YOUR help by buying a little early, then they build in batches.And they are great! They have EARNED my first choice status and I BUY A LOT OF STUFF!
March 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm #104477JayParticipant
I bought their battle belt and it works great. The chest suspenders are not the best and would not buy them again. I have no problem holding up the belt without the suspenders.
March 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm #104478JayParticipant
Can anyone recommend a pouch for my FLIR Scout? I have a nice reinforced case for my PVS-14 in multicam for my belt. Haven’t found a good carrier for the Scout.
Here is the PVS pouch:
Here is a direct link to Raine
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