Having sold a lot of gear recently I was left with a Paraclete RAV, Paraclete HPC and a Blackhawk Plate Carrier.
They're all fine and dandy but I wanted a relatively small and lightweight rig as well, purely for lazy PD Days where I can't be arsed to put on a big door kicking rig.
So I set out looking at different brands and kinds of chest rigs but couldnt really find any suitable for various reasons (cost, design etc etc).
Eventually I got into contact with a chap who goes by the name "Bozzer" on ASCUK forums who's been making kit for a fair amount of time.
Long story cut short, I asked him if he would consider making a rig similar to Mayflower's old Paraclete Chest Rig as seen here http://www.specwargear.com/images/vest- ... st%201.jpg
I'll admit now that the reason I chose that rig was purely for the aesthetics
At the same time though I made a few changes to suit my preference, here are the main changes.
-I don't plan to pair this with the PLCE Daysacks so the fastex on the shoulder harness could be left off.
-I didn't need as much real estate as the Paraclete one was well so I only asked for 14 columns of PALS (which in itself is more than I need), whereas the Paraclete one looks to have about 16 columns.
-It looks like the main shoulder straps on Mayflower's custom harness is 3" wide webbing, I opted for padded, shoulder straps wrapped with RG Cordura.
-The holster is one of Bozzer's design and not the Paraclete Envelope holster.
Other bits such as how the straps would be attached to the harness and how they would adjust were all left too Bozzer.
So after settling on a final design, I got a quote from Bozzer and it came to £70GBP
all in, this would cover cost of materials, labour and delivery to me.
The time quote was 6-8 weeks.
The rig was going to be made with RG 1000D Cordura, Mil Spec webbing and materials (I am not really clued up on any of this so thats about as detailed as I can get).
Unfortunately getting hold of the materials proved to be the biggest problem, everywhere seemed to be sold out. Combined with the fact that this was being done on the side of a full time job, and that Bozzer was making gear for members of the Armed Forces there were going to be inevitable delays.
Anyway, fast forward 5 or so months later I got a PM from Bozzer saying it was ready.
Here are a few pics from the man himself, don't think they need explaining
^^ Velcro pocket on each side of the main pocket for internal holster to fit in
Once again I'd like to point out that it's not meant to be a 1:1 Replica, just something based on the original rig but suited to my preference.
So I recieved it today, and was very impressed. Everything looks in order and possibly stress points where stitching may come loose have been reinforced.
There's really not much I can say to be honest, the quality is superb.
The only gripe I have with this is that the harness is a bit long for my liking, when used in its normal standard position, I find the rig sits a bit low, the bottom sits on the top of my hips. I am also one of those guys who wear the chest rig quite low, more like a belly rig,
My normal rule of thumb is if I sit down and the rig moves upwards, then it's too low. This was the case with the rig in its standard setting, it was only a bit of movement, probably around an inch, but it was enough to bother my OCD
This would partly be my fault though, I did not specify how I wanted the rig to sit to Bozzer and I also rounded up the measurements he needed for the the harness e.g length of torso.
Here are some pics of what I did to the harness to make it fit a bit better
The loops on the outside of the harness were stitched down, hence why I threaded the excess strap through the inside of the harness.
And here is a pic of the inside of the rear harness, you can see the strap for the upper part of the harness as well and how it's adjusted
And here's a picture of how the rig is sitting at the moment with the folded up harness
The harness has loops sewn onto it though so I have threaded the waist strap through one of the higher loops and folded up the excess part of the mesh.
Apart from that theres not much more I can think of, please feel free to ask any questions!
Custom Chest Rig (RG)
Paraclete MBITR Pouch (SG)
Paraclete Frag Pouches x 2 (SG)
Paraclete M4 Single x 3 (SG)
Paraclete Upright GP Pouch (SG)
Paraclete .45 Double (SG)
The cordura is almost a perfect match for my SG stuff.