|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on February 9, 2019 at 11:10 AM|
Much has changed since my last video. Familiarizing myself in the wild with the G3 and new Marine Patrol pack has taken new turns, welcome turns.. I showed a Frankenstein Rig I made for the G3. Simply put it was what I had at the time and I made do. It served it purpose, however short a duration it was. Recently I walked into a local Surplus Store and happened upon a Marine issue MOLLE Rifleman Rig. The same store where I found my USMC patrol rucksack and loads of other USMC surplus. It was new and still in the plastic bag it was packed it at the factory. A few winters ago I fielded the Army version in woodland camo of the MOLLE Rifleman's rig. I loved this rig, sadly I went through 3!! that winter. It was quite ridiculous how they fell to pieces- and a further "sign of the times" . Mostly the webbing was pulling away from the mesh and MOLLE panels on the belt area. Thus I moved onto other rigs until I ordered my PLCE from the UK. My hope is that the USMC had better QC and this rig will last..
So ive got this new dark-earth-brown Rifleman's rig and its the tits. Yes if this holds its part it may replace the PLCE for me. With it duel caliber mags pouches its just delivers 'hold' for me. It can take 2 G3 mags or 4 M4 mags, respectivly. For the Rural Evader. IMO this ammo compliment is plenty. Whats more is my Pilots Survival Holster has arrived. Ill explain more about both as I continue.
Im appreciating the versatile shade of the dark earth brown on this rig. This helps break up my outline much better. Im a huge proponent of never weaning a complete pattern of camo if one can help it, and always wearing multiple patterns and colors to break you up as a human shape at distance. The Dark Earth matched with woodland and other earth tones pouches is a camo pattern upon itself. Add in the Marine rucksack and thats another pattern. Im also abandoning the use of more exotic camo like WWII German and such, as a whole. Ill be sticking to NATO woodlands and MARPAT for Alaska. Commercial reproductions just haven't panned out no matter how sexy they look or how effective they are. The con's are just too vast..
Ive also aquired a used 30 Round Factory Glock mag for my Glock 19.. This is a "First Conatct" Magazine.
The Rucksack rundown...
The over all tempo and function of a patrol ruck has not changed. The content is still the same. Ive just moved things around and added new pouches to decrease the burden of using whats packed inside. Keeping things in order and masking items easy to access is paramount for me.
+ Sustainment Poch
+ Austrian Mess tin in M240 ammo pouch
+Food Stores in a simple MOLLE pouch
+ Both are Earth brown but painted a light brown and green camo shade
+Marine Raider Bowie Knife
Attaching the Sustainment Pouches..
This was super simple. I simply put the ruck under the sewing machine and added simple lengths of webbing to attach the side pouches. A major modification but cargo improvement but merely took literally 5 minutes. The M16 Bi-pod is simple attached with an ALICE clip and tied to the webbing.
On the right side....
The sustainment pouch on this side was attached identically. The Raider Knife was attached simple by adding a strip of webbing. The homemade sheath on the Raider allows the belt loop to be unfastened, fed through the strip of webbing and re-fastened. The strip of webbing will also facilitate my Tomahawk should I wish to take it out but it was intended for the faithful Raider I have used for YEARS. The knife is placed in such a way that it will not conflict with the verticle zipper to its left. The pocket is still accessable. The bottom of the Raider is simply lashed to the webbing usinmg 500, just like the m16 Bi-pod.
Im still not recommending this rucksack to anyone. Merely I'm expressing my approval for what its done for me thus. I will not recommend it to anyone without a year, at the very least, of dragging it around Alaska and functioning from it. It is, however, one of the best-if not the best- patrol type rucksacks I have ever used. And with its current modification and super stable fit, i can see this serving me for years to come. The price on these is super dicked up. They are quite common so I cannot see spending 70, to over 100$ for one of these used rucksack. Even the older woodland MOLLE patrol rucksack are harvesting a price tag of over 100$ these days.. Super BULLSHIT
Moving on.. The Riflmans Rig...
The LBE content does not change. The load here is identical to what I carried way back in my PLCE kit. But this rig is miles more comfortable to haul what I need. Though my Frankenstein Rig was a chest type rig with no backside, this has a butt-pack that I described being made in my last blog post. The Butt-Pack worked flawlessly and as expected. No burdens or liabilities were experienced. I kept it near empty with just a poncho, 550 cord and a hand saw. When i can I like to keep most pouches I near empty for room for scavenging. Whats more is there was 0 rucksack-butt-Pack conflict when I wore them together.
The Pilots Holster is the tits. Though I will be improving the lids fastening apparatus in the near future. Its a very appropriate holster for use in the wilds here. I had 0 earth, snow or water get into the holster yesterday and I did some serious amounts of crawling and getting showed on with snow falling from the trees. I was enveloped in the snow and forest debris nearly constantly. Its passed the test for me in that respect. But some mods will have to be done, and done soon. Even the lanyard for the Glock seemed to work well. I never felt one snag or received one hang up the entire day. if the Holster interests you I posted a link in the forum section 2 weeks ago.
In closing it think yesterday was a very productive day of familiarization, PT, using fire skills and learning my area. Its good to be back and have my life back..
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