When I went overseas, we were initially promised the TAP system by supply. Last minute it was relayed that the budget for those vests had been spent elsewhere and we were on our own. To the rescue came Ferro Concepts. I got them the request, and they pumped out the prototype. Had it shipped from Canada to the US for free since I am military, then forwarded overseas to me in record time.
The rig was based on designs I had seen around, but I had a few requirements that made those pieces unusable. It needed to be in ACU, attach seamlessly with the Gen II IOTV vest, and allow me to use my own pouches instead of integrated kangaroo style or sewn on solutions. I use a pair of stacked LBT Triple Shingle pouches, and it needed to be able to hold those 6 mags plus an IFAK without issue. Ferro added the ability to quick detach as well as a zippered back for storage of maps, blood chits, and other miscellaneous gear. Being 10 rows wide and 3 high, it allowed for the 6 rows eaten up by the mag pouches, the 2 by IFAK, and enough left over to us an Eagle MACE pouch for storage of a secondary CAT tourniquet. Primarily being a gunner on convoys, I needed something that I could keep in the turret with me but not necessarily wear. You like to stay as narrow as possible so that in the case of vehicle rollover you have the best possible chance of hitting the deck, and not being tossed outside of the turret. With the quick detach buckles, it was easy to take the size and weight of my chest rig off and set it aside. I could then easily focus on my crew serve M240B.
Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the rig. It held up beautifully over 7 months of use and abuse, 100′s of miles of convoys, and general beatings. Not even a loose stitch at the end of it all. I won’t hesitate to go back for more custom work in a pinch. Next time, I’ll just remember to order a few more up front to quell the requests from fellow soldiers that want one for themselves!
When I say back, I just mean that they are again available for sale on eBay. Click HERE or on the image below. I have had quite a few of you message me about these pouches so here you go. This is all I have left! Once these are gone, you won’t be finding anymore from me. It is important to note that the SR25 pouch will NOT fit 2x M4 magazines. You either need to run them as 1x M4 magazines or you can run them with something like an SR25 or SCAR-H. Other then that, everything is good to go. Keep your eyes peeled, more auctions to come.
I’m back! The deployment has come to an end. I’ll be taking a bit of leave time before firing the engines up again, but stay on the lookout. I am already getting phone calls about big piles of gear waiting for me. Hope you all are having a great holiday season, stick around. I’ll be in touch.
It’s funny how normal life around here can be sometimes. If you’re interested in following my musings on this deployment, feel free to hop on over to our Facebook page, that gets updated pretty regularly and is an easier way for me to communicate.
No point in keeping all the good stuff locked up in storage right? I’ve decided to do a last blowout on a lot of our fixed priced eBay items before we clear out for good. That means 50% off Crye 330D AOR1 Pouches and lots more! Keep a lookout for price changes, once they drop stuff won’t stick around long. We’ll continue the sales all the way until the 27th, at which time most of the inventory is coming offline and going into storage. Time to get while the getting is good! See eBay for more details.
As some of you may know, when I am not hunting down gear I am also a serving member of the military here in the US. With that commitment comes deployments, so I am forced to temporarily step down from the business of slinging nylon.
Without saying too much, I’ll be leaving within the next few months and stay throughout the duration of this year. During this time I should have semi-regular internet access to get on the blog and answer emails. Don’t count on too much though, this site takes a backseat during that time. Return date should be early 2012. I’ll definitely get back into full swing once I get back, so don’t forget about us. There will be a bit up on the eBay site for the duration of my time away, I’ve got someone to look after items we already have in stock. There will be no new stock during this time though.
So anyhow, wish me luck! I’ll still be around just inactive for awhile. Thanks for all the support and I’ll be back next year!
The rarest of the rare, old generation 1961A AF Version in Desert Tan. Will be up for auction in the morning, this rig is in great shape. Complete and not damaged, just a bit dirty from use. They don’t get much better then this. As seen in use by the SEAL operators all over. Such a storied rig!
Lots of new Mil-Spec Monkey Patches in the eBay store. I have also added shipping with USPS First Class Mail International, a much less expensive option for small items like this. Until now, a USPS Small Flat Rate Box was the least expensive option, this cuts the cost all the way down to $2.44 USD for a single patch from $14.45 for the SFRB. If you have any special patch request, make sure to let me know!
Sorry folks, but this deal is for those in the US only!
Just acquired 20+ 5″ x 7″ side plates meant for VBSS and other groups. It’s a mix of PPI and Protech plates, all level III. The Protech model number is 2013PLUS, and the PPI is 2796. These plates are gently used, they look to be almost new. They were not used or abused at all, they have been checked out and have no cracks, chunks missing, anything like that. They all look to be brand new. They were used locally for maritime ops but the vests these were in were replaced without much use, and the plates sold off separately. We have a total of 13 sets, so your serial/lot number/date of manufacture will vary slightly. We have grouped them by serial number, so you will receive a set either right next to each other, or as close as possible.
Just received, a nicely used London Bridge 6094A in AOR1 camo. This piece was used in Afghanistan quite a bit until the operator switched over to a new setup and let this one go to us. It is shown exactly how it was setup and used, running only 4 primary and 2 secondary magazines. This is a very lightweight rig, perfect for an assaulter role or other light kit. Everything shown will be included.