If this is in the wrong area please move. This is my journey looking for the right set-up for me.My background:
I am a K-9 Handler for a Sheriff’s Office responsible for a 900 square mile county in Kansas. My partner; a dual-purpose Patrol/Narcotics Belgian Malinois, and I are assigned to Patrol. As we’re the sole K-9 Unit in the county we are available to assist all agencies within the county whether state, county or municipal. My partner and I are also used for SRT call-outs as well as outside agency assists. PURPOSE:
The goal of this was to create a plate carrier/load-out that could be outfitted for the various needs that I have as a K-9 handler. This carrier will be used mostly for tactical operations such as SRT Call-outs, Warrant Service and off-duty call-outs. PLATE CARRIER: LBT-6094B Ranger Green
The plate carrier is the basis for the entire loadout. While selecting my carrier, I wanted something that was light-weight, robust. The carrier had to be able to provide adequate protection while allowing maximum range of motion. I selected the London Bridge Trading, Inc. LBT-6094B, as this seem to be the best option for me. I purchased the carrier on sale from LBT for $299 plus S/H. http://lbtinc.com/6094ss.htmlPLATE CARRIER MODS:
Custom FirstSpear “Tubes” cummberbund modification. This modification will allow me to take the carrier on and off without having to remove my load-out from the front. Mod cost was $50 and cost of tubes from FirstSpear.
Purchased Chest Rig/ Armor Interface Kit from Down Range Gear. This kit will allow me to attach chest rigs directly to my plate carrier. Cost was $29.50 plus S/H from Down Range Gear.http://www.downrangegear.net/Down_Range_Gear_Chest_Rig__Armor_Interface_Kit.htmlPLATE CARRIER LOAD-OUT:
I wanted something that I was simple to interchange depending on the mission at hand and still was fairly low-profile. With this in mind, the normal method of attaching/detaching molle pouches to the carrier didn’t fit the bill any longer. Due to this, I considered attaching chest rigs to my carrier (i.e. Mayflower, Haley Strategic and others.)
Mayflower offers several choices of rigs. I looked and considered the following:
LE/Active Shooter Chest Rig is designed to carry the following: (4) 5.56mm magazines, (2) pistol magazines, (1) patrol radio, (1) baton, (1) OC canister or flashbang and has (3) small front GP pockets. $200 http://www.mayflower-rc.org/store/7034/10/LE-Active-Shooter-Chest-Rig.html
Pusher Chest Rig is designed to carry the following: issue radio (PRC-152, PRC-148, Motorola, or others), (4) rifle magazines (M4, 7.62x51 or 7.62x39 utilizing different inserts), (1) pistol magazine, med kit or SAT Antenna and a multitude of smaller items in the front four pouches. $230 http://www.mayflower-rc.org/store/7034/110/The-Pusher-Chest-Rig.html
I considered the following from Haley Strategic:
Disruptive Environment Chest Rig is designed to carry the following: (4) fully loaded magazines (M4, M16, AK), (2) Pistol Mags, (2) flapped GP Pouches for various items and (1) Stuff-It Pouch that can be used to hold a first-aid kit. $179http://www.haleystrategic.com/d3cr/index.php
The issue that I saw with the above mentioned rigs was there was no room for modifications to “my” needs. I wanted something that “I” had options to make the rig work for me….enter the Extreme Gear Labs Variable Objective Chest Rig.
The VOCR comes in different configurations for left and right handed and different load-outs. I considered the following VOCR’s: http://www.extremegearlabs.com/chestrigs.html
Right Handed Variable Objective Chest Rig 3 Mag: designed to carry (3) M4 mags, (2) pistol mags, and has (1) STUFF-IT expandable pocket and (1) GP pocket. $195
Right Handed Variable Objective Chest Rig 4 Mag designed to carry (4) M4 mags, (2) pistol mags, and has (1) STUFF-IT expandable pocket and (2) GP pockets. $230
The benefit to the VOCR is that I could have it modified to fit my needs, which is what I did. Speaking with Darrin about my needs, he offered options and solutions.
I selected the following for my initial load-out of my plate carrier:
Right Handed Variable Objective Chest Rig 3 Mag with the following modification. Replace the (1) Stuff-it pouch with “Dark Pouch” modification. This mod turns the GP Pouch into a first-aid pouch. This rig will allow me to carry (3) M4 mags, (2) pistol mags, first-aid kit, and (1) GP Pouch for other items. $195 plus $40 (Dark Pouch)
This VOCR is just the 1st part of my load-out kit. I will be purchasing other rigs that will allow me to interchange my load-outs according to my requirements. The options are endless while running the same plate carrier as the base.
As of 4/16/2015, everything is on order. I will update this thread with photos and other information as I get everything put together.