Friday, April 18, 2014

Fighting Load Contest Entry #16 by Meister

Today I am proud to bring Entry #16 of our Fighting Load Contest by Meister

We'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including:
1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from LuckyGunner.com ($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin's
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).
For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry. Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I'm looking for. I will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.


The contest is closed but we still have a few more posts to show due to my technological issues and some field time. Voting will start after the last entry is shown on the blog. Voting will run for about a week and will decide the winner's who get the prizes. Onto the Entry.....

Ok, here's my entry. I've gotten some new gear and revised some old gear. I've swapped from the Glock 17 back to the HK USP45 Tactical that I've used for years now. It's a slight change for my first line gear. The other major change is I'm 100% switched over to 7.62x51 for my main rifle and DMR rifle. It was a change that took years of consideration to decide it was worth it. The advancement in the AR10 style platform has made it possible to get a more robust weapon that is as reliable as the heavier 7.62 platforms such as the M1A without the rock in magazines that slow reloading.
Gear List:
Blackhawk duty belt with condor molle drop leg platform and Blackhawk mag pouch. Blade tech kydex mag pouch that is removable if I use the belt with the vest. Safariland OD holster, HSGI IFAK pouch with kit and shears, tourniquet holder and CAT tourniquet attached. The Ifak pouch also has a Gemtech multicam can holder attached.
HK USP Tactical with SOS-45 Can.

LWRCI REPR 16" spiral fluted barrel, Houge grip, Gemtech muzzle brake, Trijicon Tri Power sight (for now- Elcan specter DR soon), Streamlight TLR1s, Urban ERT sling, LWRCI BUIS with Trijicon insert, and Magpul LR20 Pmag. Also has Gemtech TPR-s fast attach 30 cal can.

Blackhawk STRIKE plate carrier with Rhino level IIIA soft armor and Ceradyn ESAPI plates. HSGI double TACO mag pouches, TAG pistol mag pouch, Maxpedition Admin panel, Maxpedition dump pouch, Streamlight red/blue/white/IR strobe and flashlight. 6 Pmags, 3 pistol mags. Admin pouch has a beofang radio with in ear speaker and ptt/vox mic, compass, lighter, multitool, tweezers (anyone who's trained within a half mile of plywood knows why). Blackhawk Kalista II knife, III% patch and name patch.
My pack is surplus MARPAT 3 day assault pack that attaches to my MARPAT ruck. It holds 120 rounds of various 7.62 ammo, 50 rounds of HST +p ammo, 2 MRE's, 10 clif bars, 3L water bladder, aquamira, Dopp kit, TP, ouchie kit, cordage, stainless canister, Fire stuff, note pad and pencil, US night optics NVG's, Batteries,  Area map, flash drive, Zipties, money, spare keys, tarp, gloves and beanie, IR Perimeter alarm. I have topo maps loaded onto my Kindle Fire HDX, so it can be useful as well, as long as I bring along the solar panel charger.

The kit is scalable and works well for my needs. I can and do use the belt  hunting and it works great. Not as comfy as a padded belt but allows more freedom of movement. The biggest drawback to the kit is weight. Fully loaded the plate carrier is bordering 25 pounds, the assault pack is 14, add in the rifle and drop leg mags and I'm pushing 50 pounds of gear fully loaded, without a ruck. Protection comes at a price. If distance was in mind, I'd drop the plate carrier all together and dump the mags and such in the pack and go. Lots of options.

Thanks for another great contest, It's been just the motivation I needed to get my stuff squared away. I really like the new TACO pouches, but they were a pain to install. I'd have struggled had it not been for the video on the HSGI website. Much of my gear has been inspired by things I've learned from blogs, training sites, downright imitation and a lot of failures at the range and on the trail. MY future plans include a clip on FLIR sight, Elcan Specter DR, some new kydex for the belt, and a bunch of PT and classes this year. First class Starts 2/10, hopefully it's a little warmer.

Ryan here: Thanks to Meister for entering. Cool setup! I think a .308 semi auto rifle brings a lot of capability to the fight though it is more expensive and has less logistical support than the conventional 5.56 AR. The silencer for the handgun is an excellent idea, like that a lot. I also sort of appreciate the REPR and HK USP combo scratching that 7.62x51 and .45acp nitch [I was going to say 'old school' here but our military widely used the 7.62 rifle cartridge in the form of the M14 for like a week and a half and has been using the AR in 5.56 since the mid to late 60's roughly 50 years ago. Also we've been using the 9mm for a long time though that is still an ongoing conversation about effectiveness, especially with ball ammo. In any case there are still some folks who prefer these cartridges.] but in a more modern format utilizing a handgun with decent capacity via a double stack mag and a very nice rifle.

4 comments:

riverrider said...

tor- you said email you. damned if i can find an email address to do so. mine, add 762 at gmail.

Prairie Patriot said...

Great setup. Nothing to say except jealous that you have cans for your weapons. I just started that long process.

Theother Ryan said...

RR, Email sent. For future reference mine is theotherryan at yahoo.

PP, Yeah I have both AR-10 and can jealousy on that one.

Meister said...

Thanks Gents. Been a long road. Trying to decide if I can use the 7.62 in a vehicle ops class that's coming up or if I should go back to 5.56 shorty.

Oh well, nice to have options til the boys are old enough to claim the AR-15's.

I have noticed AR's are getting easy to find, and cheap. Picked up a Spikes complete lower for well under 3 bills yesterday. The shop delivered a Machine gun to an applicant and the paperwork took a year and 20 days. My last can took a total of 28 days to transfer. I miss the Bush years.

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