AR15 Mag Chest Rigs or Vests

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    AR15 Mag Chest Rigs or Vests

    Question folks, I recently purchased an AR15 and would like to get a simple, minimal chest rig or vest to hold 3-4 mags for when I go to the range, take a hike, or in case I would ever need to go into a defensive mode.

    I'd seen 1000's of vests of every description and most of them are TOO much for a guy like me and my needs. I did find a small chest rig called a mini-mav by Tactical Tailor that seem perfect as it holds 3 30 round mags close to the chest, however, they no longer sell them. I did find one guy on Ebay selling them but it would put the combined cost (the chest rig + the seperate 3 mag pouch) at nearly $100 with shipping.

    I've looked at belt rigs but haven't found anything either.

    Have any of you found a simple, minimalist type chest or belt rig to hold a few 30 rounders? If so I'd love to hear your solution.

    There's a place near me that gives AR15 training and i'd like to take a class just for fun but they require a vest of some kind.

    So what do you use?
    Thanks in advance for your time!

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    I used this chest rig from SKD in a carbine class a couple weeks ago. Worked well and at $79 didn't break the bank. 3 of us in the class had them and they've gotten pretty good reviews from what I've read. It will hold up to 8 AR mags and 4 pistol mags.



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    Eagle gear is top shelf, and SKD Tactical is a good vendor to deal with. They offer several options, along with the one already posted:
    CHEST RIGS

    Diamondback Tactical has some good kit at decent price points:
    Battlelab Tactical Racks - Diamondback Tactical

    I've used both and can report being a satisfied customer.

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    Be careful when using a pistol while wearing a chest rig.

    Saw a guy shoot himself in the leg doing that.

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    BlackHawk's got several. Its good stuff.

    BLACKHAWK ! * Chest Rigs > Harnesses / Pouches
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    Honestly, for occasional use a vest or chest rig from Cheaperthandirt or a similar inexpensive rig should be fine.
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    That SKD rig is nice and relatively inexpensive. I am def ordering one.
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    "Be careful when using a pistol while wearing a chest rig. Saw a guy shoot himself in the leg doing that."

    I'm curous, how did the presence of the chest rig contribute to the shooting?
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    If this is the incident up at Suarez, wasn't it the shooter's own fault for a) flagging himself with the muzzle, and b) having his finger on the trigger?

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    Thanks for the good info guys; that one chest rig looks more than adequate!
    Thanks!

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    The USGI mag pouch with the ALICE clips holds three mags and mounts on a pistol belt.
    The preceding post may contain sarcasm; it's just better that way. However, it is still intended with construction and with the Love of my L-rd Y'shua.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agave View Post
    The USGI mag pouch with the ALICE clips holds three mags and mounts on a pistol belt.
    That's what I was thinking get a web belt in a milsurp store with a couple mag pouches and you can carry 6 30 rounders on you're hips if you wanta suspend the weight on your shoulders get the suspenders with the belt,you can also add a drop leg holster off the belt for being really tacticool
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    Found it. I see that as a training and familiarity issue, or perhaps even a gear compatibilty issue, more than as a chest rig issue. (Even understanding the student's apparent familiarity with the combination.)

    "I thought I would post an event I witnessed at a recent class. A shooter was running his AK which ran dry. He slung the rifle and tried to transition to his pistol. He was using a concealment type holster in conjunction with a chest rig. He drew and got his pistol hung up in the chest rig and discharged one round into his right leg. The pistol involved was a Glock .40.

    I would warn to make sure you can easily acces your pistol and that it is unobstructed during the draw stroke. If you cant reach it easily and have an unobstructed draw then you might rethink your equipment choises."
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    You could get the 5.11 vest or woolrich.
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    I'm still selling the Woolrich Vests for $69.99 S-2XL with FREE SHIPPING. http://www.rogueelite.net/ProductDet...oductCode=4903

    My vest is basically a range bag and I use every pocket in it, but you don't have to jam it full of stuff. I'm hoping that the successor to Woolrich Elite comes out with a chest rig though. I've heard rumors they are.

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