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Posted: 12/23/2005 1:00:01 PM EDT
I heard the Russian stuff is of poor quality. Anyone have an idea? Thanks!
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:04:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 1:11:57 PM EDT by Stottman]
Are you looking for collectors purpose or actual use?

Collectors purpose, RusMilitary in England has the Afgan Era ones..

Otherwise, I would suggest something by Eagle Industries...


ETA- The original Western chest rig, made by Arktis in the UK-




I had one years ago, and was pretty good.. Dont know what happened to it...

Its bare bones though.. 3 mag pouches and 2 small pouches for canteen, etc..

They have a US branch-
www.arktisusa.com/
And the price on the chest rig is pretty reasonable (as non-surplus stuff goes)..

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:04:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 1:07:22 PM EDT by BiggerStick47]
IMO the best chest rig out there is an HSGI Warlord.
I have the version 3 which has 4 universal mag pouches (holds 2 AK, or 3 AR mags per pouch), plus molle webbing on the sides for other pouches.


Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:18:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stottman:
Are you looking for collectors purpose or actual use?

Collectors purpose, RusMilitary in England has the Afgan Era ones..

Otherwise, I would suggest something by Eagle Industries...


ETA- The original Western chest rig, made by Arktis in the UK-

www.arktisltd.co.uk/Products/1725_Classic_05.jpg
www.arktisusa.com/new%20images/1725rig.jpg

I had one years ago, and was pretty good.. Dont know what happened to it...

Its bare bones though.. 3 mag pouches and 2 small pouches for canteen, etc..

They have a US branch-
www.arktisusa.com/
And the price on the chest rig is pretty reasonable (as non-surplus stuff goes)..




Thanks, I have an origional chest rig from Arktis. I love it, but it only fits 2 mags per pouch. It is the older version (not like the one shown)
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:20:18 PM EDT
I use a Black Hawk tactical commando chest harness. It has 4 pockets that hold 3 mags each and 2 smaller pockets on the ends for other stuff.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:22:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 1:24:26 PM EDT by Stottman]

Originally Posted By huey_crew_chief:

Originally Posted By Stottman:
Are you looking for collectors purpose or actual use?

Collectors purpose, RusMilitary in England has the Afgan Era ones..

Otherwise, I would suggest something by Eagle Industries...


ETA- The original Western chest rig, made by Arktis in the UK-

www.arktisltd.co.uk/Products/1725_Classic_05.jpg
www.arktisusa.com/new%20images/1725rig.jpg

I had one years ago, and was pretty good.. Dont know what happened to it...

Its bare bones though.. 3 mag pouches and 2 small pouches for canteen, etc..

They have a US branch-
www.arktisusa.com/
And the price on the chest rig is pretty reasonable (as non-surplus stuff goes)..




Thanks, I have an origional chest rig from Arktis. I love it, but it only fits 2 mags per pouch. It is the older version (not like the one shown)



Eagle Industries-


Unless they are purpose built for the AK, pretty much any universal pouch is only going to only hold 2 mags.


As I have found out, the whole chest rig concept is not the best for all around use.... Great for in a vehicle, or CQB, but not great for the field where you have to crawl around....
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:24:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By huey_crew_chief:


Thanks, I have an origional chest rig from Arktis. I love it, but it only fits 2 mags per pouch. It is the older version (not like the one shown)



How many 30 rd. mags do you plan on carrying?
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:32:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BiggerStick47:
IMO the best chest rig out there is an HSGI Warlord.
I have the version 3 which has 4 universal mag pouches (holds 2 AK, or 3 AR mags per pouch), plus molle webbing on the sides for other pouches.

tinypic.com/j0i7nm.jpg




Nice but a litle pricey.

Bomber
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:33:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thebomber:

Originally Posted By BiggerStick47:
IMO the best chest rig out there is an HSGI Warlord.
I have the version 3 which has 4 universal mag pouches (holds 2 AK, or 3 AR mags per pouch), plus molle webbing on the sides for other pouches.

tinypic.com/j0i7nm.jpg




Nice but a litle pricey.

Bomber



You get what you pay for.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:35:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BiggerStick47:

Originally Posted By thebomber:

Originally Posted By BiggerStick47:
IMO the best chest rig out there is an HSGI Warlord.
I have the version 3 which has 4 universal mag pouches (holds 2 AK, or 3 AR mags per pouch), plus molle webbing on the sides for other pouches.

tinypic.com/j0i7nm.jpg




Nice but a litle pricey.

Bomber



You get what you pay for.



Not always... Make sure you buy American or worst case, European.... Not Vietnamese (Blackhawk)...
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:35:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 1:37:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 2:18:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 2:19:01 PM EDT by Dawg180]
David's collectibles (www.tickbitesupply.com) has the Leapers 3 pocket AK chest rig for $14.99. Kind of hard to beat that price, and it is basically like the older Chicom chest rig except with velcro and buttons instead of wood toggles. They also turn up on Ebay fairly often.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 3:25:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stottman:

Originally Posted By huey_crew_chief:

Originally Posted By Stottman:
Are you looking for collectors purpose or actual use?

Collectors purpose, RusMilitary in England has the Afgan Era ones..

Otherwise, I would suggest something by Eagle Industries...


ETA- The original Western chest rig, made by Arktis in the UK-

www.arktisltd.co.uk/Products/1725_Classic_05.jpg
www.arktisusa.com/new%20images/1725rig.jpg

I had one years ago, and was pretty good.. Dont know what happened to it...

Its bare bones though.. 3 mag pouches and 2 small pouches for canteen, etc..

They have a US branch-
www.arktisusa.com/
And the price on the chest rig is pretty reasonable (as non-surplus stuff goes)..




Thanks, I have an origional chest rig from Arktis. I love it, but it only fits 2 mags per pouch. It is the older version (not like the one shown)



Eagle Industries-
www.eagleindustries.com/images/prodimages/p_CP-SF-30AK.jpg

Unless they are purpose built for the AK, pretty much any universal pouch is only going to only hold 2 mags.


As I have found out, the whole chest rig concept is not the best for all around use.... Great for in a vehicle, or CQB, but not great for the field where you have to crawl around....




I agree, it is not the good for the prone position. I was able to wear mine in a hummvee, but then the unit I was with banned commercialy made stuff. What other options are there?
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 4:02:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 4:57:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stottman:

Originally Posted By BiggerStick47:

Originally Posted By thebomber:

Originally Posted By BiggerStick47:
IMO the best chest rig out there is an HSGI Warlord.
I have the version 3 which has 4 universal mag pouches (holds 2 AK, or 3 AR mags per pouch), plus molle webbing on the sides for other pouches.

tinypic.com/j0i7nm.jpg




Nice but a litle pricey.

Bomber



You get what you pay for.



Not always... Make sure you buy American or worst case, European.... Not Vietnamese (Blackhawk)...



True, and HSGI is all American made by an all American owned company in N.C.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 5:09:55 PM EDT
nothin about the russian rig??

And for BiggerStick47 I have always looked at those rigs but was is the major difference between versions 1,2, & 3?
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 5:28:00 PM EDT
Heres mine. Its by Spec ops and sturdy as all get out. Great rig for the price. I would consider it 1 step down from the warlord not quality wise but option wise. But I may get a warlord in the future sometime! Either one is a great chioce!

Whatever you do buy american not!!!
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 5:30:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 762bodydropper:
Heres mine. Its by Spec ops and sturdy as all get out. Great rig for the price. I would consider it 1 step down from the warlord not quality wise but option wise. But I may get a warlord in the future sometime! Either one is a great chioce!
tinypic.com/j0worn.jpg
Whatever you do buy american not!!!
tinypic.com/dxi71f.gif%5b/IMG%5d



So is the a blackhawk? what model?
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 7:22:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JaketheSnake:
nothin about the russian rig??

And for BiggerStick47 I have always looked at those rigs but was is the major difference between versions 1,2, & 3?



The V1 has 6 rifle mag pouches + 8 pistol mag pouches.



The V2 has 6 rifle mag pouches.



The V3 has 4 rifle mag pouches and molle webbing on the sides.



The V4 has no mag pouches, but molle webbing over the entire front and sides.



I chose the V3 because it gives me the ability to carry up to 8 30rd AK mags, and on the side molle webbing I attatched two double pistol mag pouches.
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