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Plate Carriers

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by Widerstand, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. Widerstand

    Widerstand Portland rebmeM roineS

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    I was just wondering how many people here have plate carrier setups and if so what and why you have what you have.

    Photos would help a lot!
     
  2. Justus

    Justus Belfair, Washington New Member

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    A Condor Modular Operator Plate Carrier, with AR500 plates front and rear is a really good setup, and does not break the bank, just saying....
     
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  3. Widerstand

    Widerstand Portland rebmeM roineS

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    What else do you have on it cause that's pretty heavy isn't it?
     
  4. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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  6. Archer762

    Archer762 Benton Co. Active Member

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    I recommend getting a used Eagle SPC for around $200. It has soft armor sewn into it, so still offers a lot of protection without plates.
     
  7. Steve32

    Steve32 US Active Member

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    TAG




    :)
     
  8. liquidsys

    liquidsys North Bend, WA Disciple of the Gun

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    I personally use a concealed plate carrier with AR500 armor. I can put any chest rig I want over the top independently should I choose not to be more stealthy with it. I use this with side plates as well as the front and back. It's comfortable, cheap and actually conceals well on my 6'2" frame.
     
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  9. Phillip Boisselle

    Phillip Boisselle Oregon city Member

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    TAG banshee is the best one for the money IMO, it's some what scalable, durable and has tons of options for under $200
     
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  10. Phillip Boisselle

    Phillip Boisselle Oregon city Member

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    Picture 012.jpg
     
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  11. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I got me a PIG with full level IV plates. Weighs a ton but once its on its really not bad.
     
  12. Steve32

    Steve32 US Active Member

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    My new one:



    :)
     
  13. Znztivguy

    Znztivguy New Member

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    One main concern about a rig is weight. Try to keep that to a minimum. Plus level 4 plates only rated for one shot (granted a bigger caliber) level 3 plates I would suggest would be better. AR500 steel plates are great for multiple hits but the sprawl and shrapnel from the breaking round can in itself be deadly if lodged in a sensitive area.
    Piece out your rig according to your needs and ability to handle weight plus gear.
    My rig was very heavy and as I got older I realize in a survival mode... speed and mobility trumps the added weight.
    However, if I was in a transport vehicle...hells....who cares about weight? If bursts of activity are less than an hour then go full rig. :)
     
  14. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    With armor, I think carefully about the target scenario.

    Home invader? They may just aim at the pelvis or head with an external plate carrier. Especially one bristling with molle and magazines. Concealed is better, or use a plain carrier which blends with your everyday clothes.

    SHTF scenario? If a rifle round hits and lays you gasping on your back, do you have a partner to cover? If alone, maybe it's better to forego armor and maximize agility.

    As Znztivguy mentions weight is a factor. The best armor is what you're actually wearing when shot. I like polyethylene plates, matched with thicker trauma pads to help keep you in the fight.
     
  15. Soldier_Citizen

    Soldier_Citizen Vancouver, Wa Member

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    I have the condor operator plate carrier, ar500 plates, 6 ak mags, Blow out kit, comms, map pouch(holds compass, map for current A.O.O., and a couple other tools), and a spare C.A.T.

    It is by no means light.... but add a BOB or INCH bag and walk a few miles and your ready to die. I may ditch the ar500 or the whole plate carrier and just run a chest rig.
     
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  16. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Here's kinda've an odd question... so I've been rocking the molle FLC for about a year now (ditched my old tac-tailor MAV, which had the problem of not carrying enough stuff, and what it did carry was all in the wrong place), I'm considering swapping over to a plate carrier, however the biggest issue for me, is I'm huge, 6'8 and 56" across the chest, because of this, most of the plate carriers I've tried end up fitting me like a baby-doll T-shirt and barely extend below my rib cage.

    Soldier, if you're thinking of dropping the plate carrier, the molle FLC is a nice compromise in that it's insanely light, they're available on amazon for less than $20, provided you don't mind 3-color desert.
     
  17. Soldier_Citizen

    Soldier_Citizen Vancouver, Wa Member

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    Sweet! I'll take a look... Color problems can easily be fixed with a 3 dollar rattle can. From the local hardware store.
     
  18. natef

    natef Gresham OR Active Member

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    I have gone through so many different sets of gear to find one that works its crazy. What I am currently playing with now though is more of a hodgepog than an off the shelf unit. A friend and I went in on some heavy duty sewing machines and have created and modified gear to make it work how we needed. I run two different loadouts depending on what we are doing. A heavily modified plate carrier with AR500 plates, 8 Mags double stacked across the front, IFAK, Cat, Coms, and multitool on the sides within easy reach. On my ligher kit its a standard condor plate carrier, with AR500 plates and 3 mags on vest plus IFAK on back with the addition of a battle belt that holds my extra cat and varous other tools.

    The way I look at it, if the extra 14lb of plate weight is too much weight for me I need to be doing more PT. In the winter I run/jog with just a plate carrier and plates under my sweatshirt. summer is a different story. i get a little soft this time of year not wanting to run with a sweatshirt on and not wanting to draw extra attention from nehbors (not that the 20' flagpole flying a III% flag in front of the house doesnt get that attention anyways)
     
  19. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    So far my two rigs are the Molle II FLC, 6 ar mags, 3 pistol mags and pistol holster, grenade pouch (where I keep my compass), 2 flash bang pouches (one fits my GPS, the other fits a cat tourniquet), radio pouch (on the back left), a multi-purpose pouch, usually I have a flask (with gatoraide concentrate) a small notebook, a pen and two pencils. On the other side, I have a double 40mm pyro-pouch with two 37mm parachute flares.

    My ultralight/refill rig, is a tac tailor MAV bib, that I put a shoulder strap on, it holds 6 more ar mags, 6 more 37mm pyro rounds (3 more parachute flares, and 3 smoke rounds)
     
  20. natef

    natef Gresham OR Active Member

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    AMProducts....let me know more about what you are looking for and maybe we can work somthingout in getting you a custom designed plate carrier that fits you. I desinged and built a few that are for bigger guys already and they have been well recieved (and put through some serous hell)

    the thing i cant stand is when the gear has set positions for things on the carrier/lbe. I want to be able to customize what I have and where it goes.