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Showing posts with label LPC Survival. Show all posts

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #15 by Greg

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #15 of our Fighting Load Contest by Greg

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry.....

Here is my Submission. I would be using this rig to leave a metro area to get to my home in beautiful rural America.
Here's whats in the bags. I tried to design my setup so I could lessen my load if needed.

Mossberg 590 with Kicklite Stock and Streamlight TRL-1
Shell Bag with 50 Rounds 12 gauge and CRKT Corkham FirstStrike; Worn on riggers belt right side

Custom AR Pistol with Bushnell TRS-25 and Streamlight TRL-1
Condor MC3 Chest Rig
Voodoo Tactical IFAK
Double Mag Pouch w/ 2 Mags
Radio
Gerber Multi Tool

Hazard 4 Kato worn cross body on the left side.
FN FNX-9 w/ 2 Mags
4 AR Mags
Water Filter Straw
Collapsible Cup
iPad
iPhone
Small First Aid Kit (Boo-Boo Bag)
4 Protein Bars
Gloves/Beanie
CRKT M16-14SFG
Streamlight PT2AA
N95 Filter Mask
Leatherman Wave

Kelty Redwing 50
100 Rounds 9mm
200 Rounds 5.56
10 New Millennium Energy Bars
Compass
CRKT Eating Tool
Magnesium Fire Starter
Hygiene Kit
Medicine Bag (Motrin, Tylenol, Sunscreen, Eye Drops, ETC)
Ndur Water Filter Straw
Steripen with Filter
Headlamp
Extra Batteries
3L Camelbak Bladder
Mountain Hardware Rain Coat and Boonie Hat
Otis 5.56/9MM Cleaning Kit
2 Mountain House Meals
Soda Can Alcohol Stove
2 Aluminum Water Bottles
1 Bottle Rubbing Alcohol
Streamlight PT2AA Flashlight
Duct Tape, 550 Cord, Crazy Glue, Electrical tape, and other small tools
2 Pairs extra socks and drawers
Thanks for letting me play along to.
Greg
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Ryan here: First thanks a lot to Greg for entering.  I like the guns a lot and the Kelty bag is nice too. I do have some concerns about how the satchel type bag and backpack will work together. Seems like stuff might be flopping all over the place. However if you've done some walking with it and tactical movement type stuff and it's good for you then roll with it.

Thoughts?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #14 by CarryAlert

Today I am proud to bring Entry #14 of our Fighting Load Contest by CarryAlert

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry.....

This setup has evolved from my BOB into a BOB/Fighting Hybrid.  My intended scenario is bugging out about 50 miles if the SHTF which might require reacting to contact either in my vehicle or on foot.  There are a few things I would change for a light infantry setup but I think they are all possible with what I have and would only take a few minutes of reconfiguration.  Finally, this is setup for my AR10 and only provides 7 mags but it's also compatible with an AR15 and that adds 3 mags on the chest for a total of 10 mags if that fits the situation better.

I wrestled with the "how do you wear a pack with a war belt" problem for quite a while until I saw the ALSPak system and decided to try to make something like it.  The concept is that your frame sheet or for my pack (CFP90) the aluminum stays connect to your war belt by resting in a pistol pouch.  This allows your pack to rest on your hips as it would with the waist belt but when you shrug out of the shoulder straps the pack just falls behind you.  Putting the pack on is easy, you just lean forward while reaching your hands back to guide the stays into the pouches.  So far I've had no issues but I keep the original waist belt in the pack just in case :)

Here is a detailed pic of how the aluminum stays fit onto the belt:



And Here's my fighting load:


First Line
Like most I'm trying to get it right cheap first and then upgrade as needed.
-Condor War Belt
-Leapers belt inside
-double pistol mag pouch
-2x2 308 mag pouch 
-2 x homemade pack connectors (kydex inserts in pistol pouches) 
-Roly Poly dump pouch in-between 
-Glock field knife (will likely change this as I don't like how low it hangs for vehicle use)
-Blade-Tech Light Bearing holster inside a blackhawk double mag pouch 
(ghetto but it works to keep pistol secure and makes it molle compatible)
-Glock 23 with TLR3 using Glock 22 mag with XGrip spacer
-E&E kit
-TQ 
-double pistol mag pouch with monocular and multitool

Second Line
This is my bullets and bandaids tier, I like the integrated pouches and the flexibility to use 2 types of mags.  I added the straps across the top of the mag pouches using the 5.11 rush tier straps because I don't like bungee straps.  I would prefer a full cover across the top but buckles seem like a decent compromise of speed, stealth and security.
-HSGI Weesatch 
-Level 4 Multi Hit Plates 
-Camelbak in rear plate pocket
-Admin Pocket with frog lube, compass, pur tabs, notepad, pen, clif bar, spare parts, small cleaning kit, etc
-L to R pouches - sidewinder light, mag, mag, mag, ATS med pouch Kenwood TH-F6A
-ATS med pouch - gloves, TQ, IBD, most of a TRG Ventilated Operator Kit (npa, cath, etc) 

Primary Weapon
I recently made the move to AR10 so this isn't even close to a finished state but I had to get it workable until I can afford a Vortex 2.5-10 and a Troy rail for it.  It's a very light gun (about 9lbs with the scope) but the ammo and mags keep me honest on my PT schedule. 
-Smith and Wesson M&P 10 
-Troy BUIS
-Burris XTR 1-4

Shameless Plug:  If you have an iPhone or iPad check out my CCW iPhone app Carry Alerts at:  www.CarryAlerts.com

Ryan here: The ALICE/ pistol mag pouch thing is interesting. I just dropped my BB low enough so the ALICE rests on top. I'm curious about the contents of the E&E pouch. Otherwise no big comments, I like the setup.

Thoughts?





Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #13 by KJ

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #13 of our Fighting Load Contest by KJ 

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry

My entry for TSLR's contest.
I've taken a page out of Mosby's book in that my gear is a tiered setup centered on my EDC. Rarely can you predict the fight, otherwise I'd stay home. But since that's not possible atleast this way I'm always left with something.
  With me everyday is my M&P9c w/ a 17rnd reload carried in a kydex appendix rig, Kershaw skyline,quark 123 , purrifacation tabs ,swat T and combat gauze and a lighter. 

Permitting I'm lucky enough to get my truck my mule sits fill with a 1ltr bladder, another reload, full blow out kit, boo boo kit ,some food ,filter straw,headlamp,chem lights,multi tool ,socks,hat and some cord.

 Plan is to get where I'm going as fast as I can.
I guess it's more of a GHB that's minimalist,light and will sustain me long enough to get home to the Fam and the rest of the gear.

 The bag is a camelbak BFM loaded with the usual suspects , Food,ammo ,shelter, more water a handy talk ham radio (more for eavesdropping than anything else, I'm going for my technician license.

    Spike Tactical AR w/ eotech 512 , another cat-T ,inforce WML.
Banshee PC w/ lvl3 , tactical tailor mini mav , HSGI bleeder,surefire G2, 1 pistol mag.
Emdom belt  the holster works with my 9c or the full size.
Let me know if you need any more info and feel free to change whatever you need to.
Thanks, KJ

Ryan here: As always thanks for playing. I like this setup a lot. Honestly it's quite close to what I have, particularly the bags. Thoughts?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #12 by High Desert Livin

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #11 of our Fighting Load Contest by High Desert Livin

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry

Wolverines!!........Attack! Ok so what I'm posting is my joe sixpack, low budget partisan loadout. You know, the one the Japanese imperial feared behind every blade of grass. I'll start out w/ the long gun. Submitted for your approval a sears & roebuck (Husqvuarna) bolt action. Chambered in the readily available, kill anything 30 06. Acquired for 200.00. This models sports a 4x optic, holds 4 in the magazine, 1 in the pipe. Backup irons are in full effect.

    Ammo for the husky is carried in old Australian canvas 7.62 battle packs. Each compartment will hold ten rds, however I keep 5. Reload, don't worry about snapping  closed. That's 50 rds in bandoleers, and 40 in the alice.

    Next the super reliable (and super heavy) , Ruger P85 w/ three 15 rd. mags . This was picked up w/a 250.00 value trade. It rides in a surplus (Bianchi?) flap holster. Riding opposite, is the pre K-bar WWII RH PAL 36, in a homemade sheath my wife made. A sweet garage sale score, at 20.00.

Edited to include- There is also a first aid kit in here somewhere.

   Riding in my Vietnam era alice (10 bucks) is the usual survival/bugout gear. Including: spare socks/undies, wool watch cap, boonie cap, Omnivore (runs on AA, AAA,&cr123) flashlight, pelican headlamp, 2 bics,ferocerium rod/vasellballs, spare specs,  gorilla tape 1", container Vaseline, water purification pills x2, LG bandana, P-cord, AA batteries, compact puffy jacket/stuff sack, surplus wool pants, tack gloves, survival bivy, diamond sharpener, super leatherman gen 1, spyderco native, 2 contractor bags/ranger bands, altoid can mini survival,  1 Qt stainless nested in stainless pot, a pair leupold 10X compact (50.00 0n sale) Binos, camelback bladder in alice, and various freeze dried meals & bars. Of course realtree cammo will be in full effect. As always, thanks for the read ryan.  -HDL
 Ryan here: First of all a big thanks to High Desert Livin for posting. I may or may not have halfway twisted his arm to participate but I digress. Anyway there is a lot to like here. First this is definitely a Joe Sixpack type budget setup yet perfectly functional. HDL got the guns for $450 but he bought deals. $500-550 is probably more realistic unless you can be pretty patient. Still that price for both a rifle and pistol is very doable for all but the poorest folks. The other stuff could quickly be pieced together  an item or two per payday without breaking the bank. Heck most fairly well prepared people could slap together a setup like this out of spare stuff lying around. That brings us to our next point. If there are guns you have, even emergency/ tertiary type back ups that you reasonably might fight with you really should have the gear to carry the necessary stuff. Worst case Cousin Joe or the guy you swap it to will be thankful and the cost is pretty low.

Thoughts?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #11 by Ragamuffin

Today I am proud to bring Entry #11 of our Fighting Load Contest by Ragamuffin

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 March. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. 

Pen name,
"Ragamuffin for Liberty"
-START-
Here is what I have set up thus far, as I do more tests and PE with it I will adjust as needed.
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Battle Belt
0. HSGI Battle Belt, inner Condor duty belt.
1. Pouch with Ontario XM-1 folding knife.
2. HSGI Double Taco (x2 mags)
3. Condor double mag stacker (x4 mags)
4. GGG (Grey Ghost Gear) Dump pouch.
5. Fox tactical GI 1qt Canteen pouch
6. GGG Slim medical pouch (attached are CAT and EMT shears)
7. GGG 5x8 Utility Pouch.
8. Pouch w/Surefire E2DL
9. Pouch with pistol mag (16rd)
10. Gerber pouch with Effect AR Muli-tool
11. Cheap Drop leg holster w/mag pouch (.40cal XDM not shown)

PC
12. GGG Minimalist plate carrier with GGG 2L hydration pack. Level III AR500 Plates with spall coating.
13. Condor double stacker used as a radio pouch (HAM Yaesu FT60)
14. Gerber LMF2 fixed blade.
15. Pro-tec "Bravo" bump helmet

Ruck pictured is a surplus medium ALICE pack (with a couple of mag pouches that I threw on). Gloves are a cheap $4 fingerless pair from Wal-mart, they work!

Battle Belt Discussion
There is definitely a Max Velocity influence here. Large pouches are situated back to enable prone position; including room to tuck my right leg up, slightly rolling my diaphragm up to the left. Currently overall weight is just over 17lbs (with x6 mags, 1 quart of H2O, rations, etc..) I haven't decided if I want/need a harness; further hiking/running will dictate. On my left hip I wanted quick mag access but also but also secure retention of mags. Thus the combo of 1 HSGI pouch with condor's kangaroo pouch for the rest.  I put the dump pouch where it's at on the mag pouch because for me it would be too far back otherwise, and it saves belt real-estate. It's still decently low profile for my purposes.
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On my right hip it's a bit more crowded, but it balances the weight. The utility pouch is more like a mini survival kit including cliff bars, trail mix, blastmatch, froglube/solvent, bore snake, lifestraw etc. I love the GGG IFAK pouch, it only takes up 2 rows of molle; mine is packed with the usual IFAK items (Israeli battle dressing, tourniquet, etc). I took MV's advice in having at least 1 canteen on your BB, the extra pockets holds my compass, purification tablets and anything that didn't fit in my IFAK. After several 2 mile hikes/runs I kept my handgun in a dropleg holster, out of the way, but there if I need it. Total of two 16rd handgun mags.
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I have the GGG minimalist PC since I chose to only have front/back protection (if worn at all) and still maintain mobility (I like to run). And since I"m on a civilian budget for a worse case scenario, I have the heavy 7.5lb AR500Armor plates (Black Friday deals are irresistible).   Radio is optional at this point, can be switched out for mags in a crisis (pouch was on sale, cheaper than buying dedicated HHR pouch). I also have a stand alone Camelback that I can wear instead of the PC to reduce weight and still maintain water capacity. With 2L of water the PC weighs about 24.4lbs.
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The Protec helmet is lightweight, offers some non-ballistic protection.
The ALICE pack is currently around 22-23lbs. I won't list all the items or go into details. But it includes Mountainhouse, Emberlit stove, GI bivy cover/light sleeping bag, extra ammo, batteries, spare clothing items, and a few sandbags tossed in. Soon it will also have a homemade thermal image shield tarp.
Not pictured is a AR platform with a Aimpoint PRO red dot and a Springfield .40 cal XDM.
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Ryan here. I really like this setup which could be because it is very similar to my own. He's also got a few nice accessories I'd like to get to complete my setup.  There are two things I would change. The first is moving the fixed blade knife to the battle belt. I see the knife as part of your survival type load out so even if you aren't wearing the PC it should be present. Really if everything goes to hell you want some ammo and gear to live awhile for which the knife is of vital importance. That would also let you eliminate the folding knife on the belt dropping weight a tiny bit. The second thing would be to upgrade the holster. Otherwise it is an excellent setup.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fighting Load Contest #9 Archer Garrett

Today I am proud to bring Entry #9 of our Fighting Load Contest by Archer Garrett

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 March. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes.

Goal:
Build a setup for home/property defense.  Able to be supplemented by a ruck for longer excursions, but capable of minimal sustainment in the event of an emergency E&E. 
Design Parameters:
Value
Minimal Movement Restriction
Simple & Lightweight
Able to be Worn Over Armor
Able to be Concealed Under a Loose Jacket (Large Carhartt)
Compatible With a Vehicle/Sitting
Compatible With a Pack

Value:
A FLC II vest was chosen because it is ridiculously cheap (~$10).  Since the carrier is usually the most expensive component, value is achieved.

Minimal Movement Restriction:
Though it rides higher than a belt-based system, I'm still able to get low if need be.  It also rides high enough to wear a pistol on my belt if so desired. 

Simple & Lightweight:
Note - there are no pistol mags on this setup.  This was a conscious decision to reduce weight and bulk.  It's not necessarily a given that I'll even have a service pistol on me.  Perhaps I will, but I won't have spare mags.  At the least, I'll probably have a .380 in my pocket.  If my main weapon goes down, I don't plan on continuing a rifle fight with a handgun, though.  I realize this might be controversial to some.

Able to be Worn Over Armor:
On the back of the FLC I threaded a strap through the belt portion and added a side-release buckle.  You can see it in the pic behind the First-Aid Kit.  Without armor, the vest fits snug and doesn't have any play.  If I wear armor underneath, however, I can't zip the vest without adjusting the straps (a pain).  In that case, I fasten the front chest and waist buckles and connect the rear buckle to my belt.  This keeps the vest firmly in position.

Able to be Concealed Under a Loose Jacket (Large Carhartt):
What the heck are you talking about, Archer??  Well, let me explain:
In a post-disaster, semi-WROL scenario, looking like a threat to the authorities is going to attract attention - so don't.  Also, I may prefer not look all G'd up while walking my property lines. 

None of my pouches are placed so high or protrude so far out that I can't throw on my Carhartt and just look like a dude that needs to lose 30 pounds.  Seriously, I could wear this system under a coat a walk down a busy street with my hands in my pocket and no one would even notice me.  Replace the rifle mags with pistol mags and you would have a pretty robust system that could be discreetly worn while executing an urban E&E from your top-floor office to the parking garage 6 blocks away. 

Compatible With a Vehicle/Sitting:
First-Aid Kit looks low, but it does not impede sitting.  Again, the FLC rides high, so their is no discomfort with it in a vehicle or in any other position.
Miscellaneous:
Zip ties (for use as restraints) are something I'm surprised I haven't seen in more kits.  These are the fat boys - you're not getting out of 'em.  One is already started, ready to be tightened down.

Like Max, I like the canteen pouch for miscellaneous/admin duties.  Plenty of room in it for add'l items. 

Not Shown:  prep pads for the first aid kit. 




Shameless plug:  Pick up my book, The Western Front, it's FREE here and on Amazon.  

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Ryan here. I like a lot about this setup. That it is something most folks can afford to own and own duplicates of is pretty nice. Archer and I talked about it a bit. This type rig could be a pretty multi purpose setup. This is significant as you can reasonably have a couple spares lying around which is harder to do with a $80 belt covered in $50 pouches. Example: You are going out into the woods. Have your gear, a few BXP 25's for your Ruger 10/22, a good knife, etc. Use this instead of a daypack. These are pretty comfortable and you are more likely to have it ON YOUR BODY than a pack that inevitable gets taken off whenever you stop. As to improves I would move the first aid kit up onto the vest proper. Archer and I talked about this some and he is going to give it a shot.

Thoughts?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fighting Load Entry #8 by Mike P

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #8 of our Fighting Load Contest by Mike P

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 March. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes.

So, here is my current fighting load, minus my OSOE AK chest rig which is out on loan to a friend who is attending a few classes over the winter. Wont be back until well after this contest closes.

Kit is as follow's:

Rifle Dynamics AK-47 AMD-65 with Fuller Rear Sight Mod, Primary Arms Micro Dot, Surefire G2X Light (other side of rifle, sorry),  AMD-65-Tech cheek riser, OSOE 2 point bungee sling w/ quick release.

13 Yugo BHO AK-47 magazines. Usually carried as 1 in rifle, 8 mags in chest rig & 4 mags in Voodoo mag carrier on assault pack belt.

GLOCK 19C, Crossbreed Supertuck deluxe, four 15 round GLOCK mags (one in gun, one in a kydex pocket carry edc sheath, two in Blackhawk double mag carrier on assault pack belt).

Streamlight Stylus Pro, pocket carry.

Smith & Wesson folder, pocket carry.

Mora Knife.

Maxpedition Vulture 2 assault pack, Maxpedition tool case w/ weapons cleaning kit/spare parts, Maxpedition admin pouch (center belt), Maxpedition radio holder with Baofeng UV5R (1 of 8 in our group), Blackhawk double mag carrier, Voodoo 4x AK mag carrier, el-cheapo IFAK with Blow Out Kit & boo-kit (usually carried in chest rig). Strei-Pen/Water bladder. 

Contents of bag can be added need be...

Hope this makes the cut!

Yours in Liberty,
Mike P

"For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it."
-Patrick Henry

End Post.

Ryan here and as always a big thanks to Mike for the entry. I've got to say I really like this setup! A very well set up fighting rifle in the form of an excellent AK is a great start. This rifle dynamics AK probably cost some coin but a common man prices WASR or PAP could be set up basically the same way. 
While I lean slightly towards the AR platform due to thousands of hours of use and it's large logistical trail (not sure if that's the right way to say it but so many people and groups use AR's thus parts, mags, ammo are out there in huge numbers.) but the AK has some real advantages. First of all 7.62x39 ammo is currently running $219 for1,000 rounds. That means it is more cost effective to stock it and TRAIN with your rifle. Also while it is admittedly a race to the bottom I would lean towards an AK over an AR in terms of sheer ruggedness. Say what you want about them but the darn things rarely break.

Can't every argue with a Glock 19 except that it's boring, as in boringly accurate,  boringly reliable and used by so many different types of serious hard use folks that reading that list would be boring too.

The only thing I could really add would be some chow. Honestly that might well be in the assault pack and just not listed. In any case a $3 box of granola bars and an MRE or a 2nd box of bars would fix that.

Edited to include: After an email conversation with Mike he has 3 days worth of chow in the assault pack. Most excellent. End edit. 

Note I have a few more entries stacked up ready to go. Due to some complications in the last contest I leave them marked as unread in my in box until I'm ready to post them. You won't hear from me until I get around to putting your entry up on the blog.
Got Fighting Load?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #7 by Jake

 Today I am proud to bring Entry #7 of our Fighting Load Contest by Jake

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 March. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes.

Hello Ryan
     From top to bottom ill start with the chest rig that is a condor brand, in the map pocket sets a ar500 shooters cut rifle plate. The pistol is a gen 3 glock 17 with an fde frame and fully stippled by me. The front of the rig holds 6 ar mags and 2 pistol mags. the electronic ear pro are howard lights that pair well with the Motorola radio. The ar is an old bushmaster im working on a build now. the knife is a gerber lmf 2. 
 
The drago bag is my EDC bag but has a lot of survival and get point a to point b items and would be worn in WROL. The other guns shown are my wives glock 19 and her 870.

End Entry
Ryan here: First of all as always we have to thank Jake for playing. As to the setup. I have the same hearing pro and love them. The setup looks nice. I only have one thought to add. The downside of everything on the chest rig/ plate carrier is that the first thing we usually do when we get somewhere is take it off. Just something to think about. This is a large part of why I transitioned to a war belt/ slick plate carrier/ chest rig combo.

Thoughts?
 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #6 Inventive

Today I am proud to bring Entry #6 of our Fighting Load Contest by Inventive

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 February. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes.
Read all the details here


This is taking off a bit slower than I wanted. Depending on demand maybe it will last longer but you should still get your entry in ASAP.

Onto the Entry

Overview picture



Belt close up



1 - Two HSGI Tacos, with Pmags, one pistol mag, and a flashlight
2 - Condor Double closed mag pouch
3 - Condor H2O pouch, carries a nalgene in the main pouch, and then a trauma dressing in the outer pouch along with a small first aid kit
4 - Condor Pocket pouch, enclosed is a copy of my ID, Bic lighter, multitool, water purifier tablets and a set of spare batteries for weapon light, flashlight, optic, and cellphone
5 - ATS multicam battle belt
6 - G-code MULE holster, carrying a S&W M&P .40

The belt is something of a compromise for me, at first I just wanted a "bump in the night belt"(99.9% of the time it's a 'possum). But I've gradually tried to make it function reasonably well as a battle belt as well. When it's set up for bump in the night duty, I leave the H2O pouch off, which means I don't have my first aid kit with me. So future plans include either combining the pocket pouch with a first aid kit, or getting a standalone pouch for one. As well as use the real estate on the right side of the belt for a few more magazines, if the weight doesn't cause me issues. 



These two items are a recent addition to my gear (Christmas gift) IIRC the helmet is German military surplus, and should hopefully offer my head some protection.
The plate is AR500, in a Condor. There's currently nothing mounted on it, but when the budget allows, I'd like to get a hydration pouch on the back, and some mag pouches on the front. For now, it serves as some added peace of mind if I have time to throw it on, on the way to the door. 



S&W M&P15 - Burris AR-332 scope - Streamlight TLR-1s light - VTAC padded sling

That's the setup as of right now. Most of the gear was slowly acquired over the last year and a half or so. Some of my future goals were mentioned. But aside from those, I plan on spraying the black gear (including AR) with some earth tone/woodland paint, I also need to get a good belt knife on the belt.
 End Entry
Ryan here. As always first big thanks for playing. The only immediate criticisms I had were addressed in your to do list (beefing up a first aid/ IFAK setup and a good knife). By playing out some MOLLE row scenarios I bet you can fit a small dedicated first aid pouch on there. Beyond that I would look at ways to carry a few more mags just in case. The belt seems solid as it is. I would put additional mags on a pouch on the PC or on a slick chest rig that would go over the PC. You have what I originally planned to make. For me to have the war belt low enough to clear a ruck it had to be over my hips (vs on top of them) so it was going to be primarily supported by the suspenders anyway. At that point why not toss on a few more mags. 
Along these lines I really like the modularity of a war belt and either mag pouches on a PC or increasingly the way I am going on a dedicated chest rig. My chest rig can also hook to the PC which keeps it simple. A setup where you have a battle belt, a stripped PC and a chest rig is probably the ultimate in modularity. 

Entries have started flowing in. I have several more in the cue so expect probably 2 more spread out over the course of this week. 

Got modular fighting load?


Friday, January 24, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Update

Today I am going to do an update on our Fighting Load Contest . To make sure we are on the same page and give our supportive advertisers the linkeage that gets you all prizes I will post the usual blurb.

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).

For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

 Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes.
Read all the details here

To the update part. First I have decided to extend the length of the contest to 1 March. The reason for this is that putting these posts together is a lot more involved than one might imagine. For the Every Day Carry Contest you could pretty much do a pocket dump then take a picture and be done. This requires more time to put together an entry. 

Also realistically many people do not actually have their stuff fully set up and together. They might have most of the gear and some ideas on what they could use for which situations but it's not actually a cohesive system. I would submit that you need to be able to get to this sort of setup pretty quickly for it to actually be useful in an emergency. Going to grab your setup from the closet and the rifle from the safe is reasonable but spending 3 hours digging up pouches, finding which ammo can has the ammo you need, loading mags, attaching pouches to whatever system you have, finding little stuff like knives and compasses is not realistic. 

 One fringe benefit of entering this contest is that it is a forcing function to actually get your stuff together!  

 Second I wanted to let J, J and Archer Garret know that I have their posts in my email. A lesson I learned from last time is that I put the post in then let the person know when it will be shown at the same time. This helps me avoid missing a post or getting screwed up in numbering. The downside is that if I am too busy to get the post up for  a few days a guy could think it was forgotten. 

So anyway to recap the length of the contest has been extended to 1 March and over the next week or two you will see 3 more posts.  

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #5 Joe

Today I am proud to bring Entry #5 of our Fighting Load Contest by Joe

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).

For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is going to run from today 16 December to  around 1 February. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes.
Read all the details here

This is taking off a bit slower than I wanted. Depending on demand maybe it will last longer but you should still get your entry in ASAP.

Onto the Entry


 This is just a start as I am working on this to get it where I want it. To start off  on my belt I have a Glock in leather  holster also on side is my 22 mag revolver , My Mossberg 500 20 gauge is slung. I like the 20 over  for less recoil and easier targeting.

 My vest is a voodoo tac that was pretty cheap but fits well and as of now still have a little room left. On the back I have a e cheap o machete with a 10x10 tarp wrapped around.  Also in back are 3 mre’,s  2 life straws, gloves and 2000 rounds of 22  ammo. 
 On the front starting on the left I have a basic lock pic set small hand held gun cleaning kit flashlight fork and spoon 3 energy bars pocket knife Mylar blanket snare wire 2 flares marker and note pads  tool and lighter 75 yards of 550 cord fixed blade knife black grip tape large black triangular wrap 1911 and 3 extra magazines , small med pack. 



In small med pack I have a small stich pack with quick clout and basic bandages and small spray bottle of alcohol.
One of the problems I have is I do not have enough magazines so I am forced to carry all my extra ammo in my 2 large side pockets. So far this is my set up but is still a work in progress.     
 End Entry
Ryan here, First of all I would like to thank Joe for playing. It takes some guts to show a whole bunch of folks your gear, especially if it isn't super high dollar type stuff. 
 There is a lot to like about this set up. First a shotgun and a Glock is a hard setup to beat. This is our second such entry though the first was a 12 gauge not a 20. As I think back through this contest if I recall everybody has been carrying some form of a Glock with 9 slightly leading .40 short and weak.  
 I definitely like that this setup includes some survival gear, a machete, cordage and a tarp is a darn good start there.  The survival part of this setup is pretty well thought out, hard to argue with any of it. The inclusion of food and medical stuff is also very prudent. I like that a lot.

Honestly the 3 handgun thing is throwing me for a bit of a loop. I could certainly see a person carrying some sort of a second handgun especially if it was smaller and stashed someplace. Like a little .38 or baby glock or whatever. However short of John Rourke from The Survivalist who carried 4  I do not personally know of anybody who carries more than 2 handguns. To compound the 3 handgun discussion they all take different ammo and if applicable mags.

One could argue for the .22lr to get game or whatever but in my mind your primary is the ultimate hunt everything gun, a shotgun. If meat getting was a goal my first move would be to add 25 rounds of #4 shot, 5 rounds of OO and 5 slugs to the load out for hunting, beyond whatever you normally carry, that should do you for awhile. 
 
Honestly carrying a 1911 AND a Glock I don't really get. If you had a Glock on your hip and a compatible baby Glock (or a similar 2 gun 1911 setup) on your ankle or stashed someplace I could see it.  I would pick either centerfire handgun (well I'd pick the Glock but that is me) and just stick with it. Keep the .22 or not I don't have strong feelings about that one. However since this load out doesn't have to please me it is perfectly acceptable to take my thoughts with equal weight as you might any other unsolicited advice.
 Anyway those are my thoughts on this setup. A lot to like and one thing I don't quite get. All in all that is pretty darn good. 
 Thoughts?
  

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