I have been doing some tactical training over the last few months (when I was stricken by COVID). In addition to the skills I have been picking up in these classes, they have given me the opportunity to wear/use my gear. It’s all well and good sitting in your man cave/bedroom/basement watching mall ninjas show you the way super secret operators set up their gear but until you get our and wear it all day while standing, sitting, walking, running and crawling around under the Texas sun you won’t really know how well it works or if you even have the right stuff.
I started out with a Condor Modular Chest rig loaded out with enough stuff I could probably survive in the piney woods for several days without resupply. That configuration was recommended by a YouTuber who seemed pretty squared away and if you are on a long patrol in enemy territory it might make a lot of sense. However, I am not planning any long range recons behind enemy lines. In the Texas summer this thing is HOT, and not in a good way and after a full day out and about wearing it it got pretty darn heavy.
Based on the “parties” I am most likely to attend something lighter and with less stuff stuffed in it would be a better choice. A number of the guys recommended either a minimal chest rig or a “battle/war” belt. After seeing the prices on those fancy dancy little chest rigs I dig out a Condor Slim Battle Belt that showed up at some point that I don’t recall and started playing around with the stuff and how it was organized. I think I finally have a set up I like (mostly).
I have reduced the gear/stuff to a Gerber Principle knife, a kangaroo style magazine pouch holding 2 AR and 2 pistol mags, a blowout/trauma kit, radio pouch (need a smaller one), a holster for G19 (a better one is in my future once we have a little more cash coming in and I find one I like), a sundry pouch/booboo kit, carabiner to my attach gloves and my gloves.
It is reasonably light, nothing gets in the way of my rifle and I can easily draw my pistol without interference. I could probably add a second tourniquet on my strong side without excess bulk or weight and I may just do that.
I should be able to make my next training class and test it out this weekend.
Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.