Chest Rigs; do you ever really use one?

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    Chest Rigs; do you ever really use one?

    Got an AR15 earlier this year and I've read a bit about chest rigs to hold some AR mags. Doesn't seem like there's much use for such a rig unless you're in a class or something really bad is going on. But still, I do like how they look and thougt about picking up a minimialist rig. Several folks make them. They hold either 3 or 4 30rd mags close to the chest and you can add some other pouches if you want.

    So do any of you guys own them and do you really ever use them? Any real value in having one? I've looked at the tactical vests but they're just too over the top for me.

    It would be great to hear what you have and what you use it for!

    Thanks!!

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    I think the chest rigs are over the top for the average Joe... I'm not sure why anybody would need or want one unless they are in some sort of class like you mentioned.
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    A friend of mine has one for when we go in the woods and play combat. Other than that, he doesn't get much use out of it.

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    Tape two 30's together...60 rounds isn't enough?
    Don't need no stinkin' vest...

    Would appear, to me, to be over the top. Anyway, my AR is for the home-front...not field maneuvers.

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    Well guys; pretty much what I thought...

    Should have stayed in the military or become a police officer... And your right about 60 rounds! Maybe I'll just invest in a good gear bag instead!

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    It would not be over the top for a true societal collapse SHTF scenario.
    If you want one - don't spend a lot - check Ebay. Dirt cheap on there usually.

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    I prefer the old web belt with mag pouches,in fact when I served we had a lady that sewed canvas pouches that held one mag each so they contoured to our waist and we carried 6 mags that way if we hit and rolled we didn't land on a hard mag pouch
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    I have friends who use em, but we are currently in iraq. For civilian purposes, not really neccessary, a mag clamp or just stick an extra mag in your back pocket, and you should be ok.
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    I use them in the Army - I have a High Speed Gear rig and a USGI rig. Personally, I like the USGI vest better. The vest doesn't stick out as much and is pretty comfortable. For civilians, unless you are a contractor or going to blackwater (or something other course like that) a chest rig/vest is un-necessary in my opinion.

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    I agree with others that a chest rig is too much for civilian use. I do reccomend the 5.11 bailout bag, though. It has 2 external m16 mag pouches, handcuff pocket, hidden side pocket, flashlight holder, etc. It has room for first aid supplies, etc. for the SHTF situations. It is only $20 from LA Police Gear Tactical Gear featuring 511 Tactical, Galco, Surefire and Blackhawk
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    all good inputs. I do like that bag from LA Police gear. It would be nice to have a bug out bag, nothing too radical, just something to grab that's pre-packed.

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    Not helpful when you are trying to be the gray man. Better to have a Bag of Evil you carry every day that you can toss some mags in.

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    Not for civilian use ???
    Just ask Gecko45 ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfl View Post
    Not for civilian use ???
    Just ask Gecko45 ...



    When i take my AR out coyotin i have a web belt with some loop-like holsters for 2 or 3 extra 10-round mags, and the rest of my mags in the truck. As far as a SHTF situation, you aren't going to be running around doing tacticool reloads all the time, so my vote goes to a mag-belt and a backpack. nothing wrong with throwing a bunch of mags in a sturdy backpack, the kind with the waist and chest straps
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    I snagged an Eagle M4 LE Chest Rig for a good price to use in classes. If you're serious about using a weapon, any weapon, for defensive purposes, you need to train with it. Most folks who instruct training courses for AR15s require some form of mag carrier to have at least a few mags on-tap.

    Of course, if chest rigs aren't your cup of tea, TAD Gear has a neat bandoleer with PALS webbing. Slap your favorite mag pouches on there and it looks a lot quicker to get on and off than a chest rig. There's a good review for it here.


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