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Posted: 5/27/2002 12:14:33 PM EDT
My mom and dad asked me what I wanted for my b-day and I told em about 1000 rds. of .45 and a tactical vest.. now I'm looking for a vest not to look cool or any of that shit.. but in black and all just to keep a place for my mags whilst shooting..

I've looked at some vests from Blackhawk and thier EOD one looks good... I don't need a holster on it cuz ima have my thigh rig on and all But a vest that will hold 30 rounders .223 and one or two HK .45 mags

anyone got any suggestions?
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 12:21:49 PM EDT
What he said... cept i'll need to buy it myself...
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 12:56:57 PM EDT
OK I'm all for the vest thing, except I've found out (the hard way) that you may want to look into drop leg pouches (especially you Vermilion, since you already have a drop leg holster). Vests get REALLY hot. A Drop leg Holster on one leg and a drop leg mag pouch on the other LOOKS really hot.


If you are really set on a vest:

Blackhawk Urban Assalt Vest


Eagle TAC-V3 Assalt Vest
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 2:04:08 PM EDT
Wooooooo! that eagle vest is 400 bucks!... dunno about that.. prolly 250 at most
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 2:10:48 PM EDT
I just ordered one of these


Untill I get it I can't give you any recommendations on it but I haven't really heard anything bad about BlackHawk.
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 2:25:48 PM EDT
I use the External Assualt Shell (www.secondchance.com/prod.asp?action=prod&prodID=20). The picture doesn't do it justice. This is a body armor carrier with external pockets for M16 mags & other equipment. It's fairly comfortable, and runs about $85.00 (without the armor).

We're mandated by policy to wear body armor at work in the firearms division (while on the range). So we use these. You can really load up the pockets and stuff....
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 2:37:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
I just ordered one of these


Untill I get it I can't give you any recommendations on it but I haven't really heard anything bad about BlackHawk.



These are nice. I had one but being a lefty the shoulder pocket was annoying. So I had a friend make me a copy of this one with the shoulder pouch removed and also a bit smaller since I'm no 280 pound 6'2" Navy SEAL.

Go HERE for excellent prices on Blackhawk gear.

I've also taken a liking to SOE Gear as of late. They have some cool rigs and available in some of the harder to find colors like tri-color desert, etc.
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 2:40:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/27/2002 2:42:48 PM EDT by DakotaKid]
I got the blackhawk Omega Crossdraw vest with a dropdown for additional mags and I love the thing (It has a holster, which I know you said you didn't need, but it is damn cool) Three M16 mags in the vest, holster, 4 pistol mags, and four more M16 mags in the drop-leg. Plus two utilitiy pockets (though one is only big enough to hold my zippo :-), I use the other for two way radio).




I also got a backpack that quick clips to it, which is nice, but is really not big enough.

Mike

Link Posted: 5/27/2002 4:10:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/27/2002 4:12:31 PM EDT by schapman43]


I have the urban assault vest. Picked it up brand new at a small shop in bimiji MN for $50. I really lucked out on that one.
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 4:46:14 PM EDT
Don't forget to check eBay
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 5:00:43 PM EDT
Anyone know if there if anyone makes a vest with the cross-draw with thumb-snaps. I think that would be so much quicker.
Link Posted: 5/27/2002 5:18:34 PM EDT
Isn't Blackhawk stuff made in another country where Eagle is 100% USA?

Link Posted: 5/27/2002 5:27:15 PM EDT
I'm thinking of getting a Blade-tech holster.. with the plastic stuff on it.. but I kinda want it to be a fabris like the Omega drop holsters made for like a SOCOM.. do you think my Match .45 will fit in it? blade tech drop holster is like 130 bucks and the omega one is like 55 bucks..
Link Posted: 5/29/2002 4:06:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/29/2002 4:07:17 PM EDT by E__WOK]
If you haven't bought a vest yet, check out www.soegear.com

I have the lightfighter vest $350 retail. Pics can be seen at lightfighter.com/item.html?PRID=1117497
Link Posted: 5/29/2002 4:18:15 PM EDT

Blackhawk USED to make good stuff as an American company. The current Blackhawk is out of Taiwan I believe. They copy everything Eagle(USA) produces and market under a different name. The quality ranges from ok to crap.
SOE is probably the best out there, but Eagle is top-notch as well.
Link Posted: 5/29/2002 5:59:51 PM EDT
SOE - Top notch stuff but pricey!Made for HARDCORE users!
EAGLE - Same thing, but a little less expensive!
LONDON BRIDGE TRADING - Ditto about them also!
BLACKHAWK - Pre-Import stuff is great! You can find it if you look around,especially smaller retailers and shops. The new stuff is garbage, period.
There are plenty of smaller custom-type shops that do great work but, they will be up there in price and in wait.They will,how ever,tailor everything to your specs.Most of the big makers are swamped with Gov't contracts for our folks going overseas,etc. etc. so the wait for some gear might be long.
Link Posted: 5/29/2002 7:23:25 PM EDT

I got a Eagle large 3-day assault pack for my B-day from my girlfriend. It is tough as nails. Extrememly heavy duty zipper and stitching.

I don't know whether I want an Eagle, SOE, or the standard Army vest. Not a whole lot of places you can try them on!


Link Posted: 5/29/2002 7:25:27 PM EDT

I got a Eagle large 3-day assault pack for my B-day from my girlfriend. It is tough as nails. Extrememly heavy duty zipper and stitching.

I don't know whether I want an Eagle, SOE, or the standard Army vest. Not a whole lot of places you can try them on!


Link Posted: 5/29/2002 7:59:18 PM EDT
Anyone have any other sources for Eagle gear? Links? Everyone seems to sell Blackhawk.
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