August 7, 2015 at 8:45 am #19718DiznNCParticipant
OK since this rig is going to hit the street very shortly, I wanted to take some time to explain why this is going to be an exceptional rig, and why I think it’s worthy of your consideration.
First of all, let’s not dance around the issue. There are many rigs available out there. If you use a chest rig, you may be inclined to buy GI issue or chi-com made stuff. Or you may be looking at trendy domestic stuff. Will these all work? Of course. To one degree or another. What makes us different?
At the heart of my design philosophy is making gear that really works. This would include strength, durability, and features optimized for our use. So what does this all mean?
I don’t want to give you a treatise on sewing construction, but I want to mention a few things to help you understand the difference between what I’ve designed here, and other choices on the market. As far as strength goes, I apprenticed under a Master Parachute Rigger in order to learn sewing techniques to make the best gear possible. Everything I do is made with this in mind. The ways of joining materials and webbing. The needle, thread, and stitch patterns. The amount of strength and therefor durability built into these rigs is serious over-kill. This is so you will have a rig you can depend on for a lifetime. And hopefully pass it on to the next generation. The reason I think this is so important is because we will not have robust logistic chains supporting us. What you have at hand maybe all you have to fight with for a long time.
The next consideration is gear optimized for our terrain and situation. I have touched on this in various posts, but it bears repeating. Just because someone else uses “xyz” gear does not mean it will automatically work for you. We have talked at length about how our situation is different from government troops. The main feature of our gear is the silent closure system. We are trying to get back to solid fieldcraft techniques, which this rig supports, by giving you a way of getting in and out of your pouches without all the noise or fiddle-factor. Currently most pouches use either Velcro, snaps, or SR buckles, in various combinations. These are all very noisy and/or require two hands to get into. While these may work, for large troop formations, that are essentially on “show of force” operations, for small units, that rely on stealth to stay hidden until they chose to engage, they are not optimum. You will also not find all the “bells and whistles” used by other mfg’s in selling their products. The designs are distilled down to what we need to fight with, and nothing more. No MBTR, smoke, and frag pouches. Or high speed, dual-tubed NV, and demo pouches. No one has access to that stuff except fantasy Hollywood criminals.
Since my military background was mainly “recce”, I wanted a way to get in and out of pouches without all the noise, movement, and bullshit. So I borrowed the tuck tab design from the jump rigs of my day. It’s just a simple web and kydex tab on the top flap, that tucks into a web tunnel on the pouch itself. Sounds way too simple to work, but actually does just fine. This way you can access things like FLIR or NV optics, notebook, pen, energy snacks, even radios or BOK’s, without all the noise and movement of a regular pouch. Again, sounds like overkill, but I think this supports getting back to good fieldcraft, which is our goal.
And lastly a word about how they are made. Most gear is mass-produced in large (or small) factories. Very little is still “hand-made”, which I define as made by one person, across one machine. In effect, you are getting a custom made piece of gear, with an exceptional amount of quality sewn in. So yes, this does cost more, especially if made in a “first world” country. But I think this amount of precision work, literally sewn in, is well worth the cost. In strength. In durability. And with the custom features optimized for our use.
So in closing, there are many choices out there. With overall guidance from Max, what I have designed, and Stinger is building, is going to be an excellent piece of kit. We ask that you give it a look and see if you don’t agree with us.
CTT 1505, NODF 1505, CP 1503, LN 1, RC II, RiflemanAugust 7, 2015 at 5:02 pm #19737AnonymousInactive
all your writing made me confident in having made the right choice to order that rig!August 9, 2015 at 9:31 am #19767RobertParticipant
Seeing the one Diz brought to the CTT class in June was impressive. It’s a great piece of gear and we will be ordering 3 of the dedicated AK models as soon as they are released.
The man knows gear!!!
RMP, TC3, NODF, CRCD 6/14, CP 9/14. NODF, Land Nav, 6/15. Rifleman Challenge 9/15- Vanguard. FOFtactics 3/16, 10/16, 11/16, 6/17,11/17 CTT, 6/15, 11/16, , LRMC-1 9/17 GA Mobile CTT and DA 10/16, GA mobile DCH 3/18, HEAT1 3/18 Alum weekend 8/18, Opfor CLC 10/18, DA 11/18 CQBC 12/18, 5/19August 9, 2015 at 9:42 am #19769DiznNCParticipant
It’s been a good collaboration. Max is the driving force behind it. I came up with the design. Stinger will produce it. It really takes a whole team like this to make it happen.
CTT 1505, NODF 1505, CP 1503, LN 1, RC II, Rifleman
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