A new section to show you my own gear creation attempts:
MSM Loop Panel:
I created these due to noticing more and more gear incorporating loop velcro areas for modular attachments, but then there are slim pickings of actual attachments on the market.
In my initial prototyping phase I started with long elastic strips and soon found out they curl up big time once items were placed inside. After slimming things down I then wanted to provide more holding options while taking up near the same amount of space. The result is two, 2" slots on the inner elastic and a 4" slot on the outer elastic. These are sewn down about .5" from the ends to help prevent the panel from curling and detaching when large items are placed inside. As an unplanned perk, these sewn endpoints form elastic loops that are great for holding pens and markers. To prevent curling even further, thick no joke plastic is used for rigidity. Jumping back to the interior, the base is made out of gripper webbing which gives a mean hold. Thus these panels will hold onto items like pistol magazines and keep their placement much more stable than other loop products.
When it comes to uses, the 2" slots work great for flashlights, multitools, folding knives, pistol magazines and more. The 4" slot doesn't have the mean grip, but can hold onto rifle magazines, medical gear, and other soft goods. Since the size is overall small, the panels can be custom placed in multiples to solve more holding problems. An example is mounting 2 staggered in a vertical position to hold screwdriver type tools. A user can also have an item such as pliers fit in the 4" slot of one panel, but a 2" slot on another at the same time. For the final touch, grey and black colors are used to visually distinguish between the elastic loops while still looking tacti-cool.
In hopes to give my customers the best experience of this product and price, I am selling them in pairs. As a result, for every panel unit you add to your cart means you will receive 2 panels.
Panels are approx 5"x2" each
Made in the USA
MSM Patch Panel:
Had a request to make a simple patch panel and added a zipper pocket to stash alternate patches or other slim items. Approx 6" x 4". Will see if I can make a bulk batch if there is demand.
MSM WATCH CAP:
This is pretty basic, but wanted to show something I was up to. I hunted down the Army Issue cold weather / watch cap and modified it to be a solid patch platform. These are quality comfortable caps that are 100% synthetic, microfleece, no-pill POLARTEC 100.
The loop velcro area is 4" wide x 3" which allows for mounting of many patch shapes. The edges are sewn with a serger style stitch so there are no snags when brushing by the velcro. Comes in one size and available in Black, Foliage, and Coyote colors.
ALTERNATE SAFARILAND 6004 STRAP:
Nothing fancy here, just thought I'd show it.
I got a 6004 recently and didn't like the hassle of the default belt strap. Although pretty secure, it takes a while to fasten and unfasten which is even harder while on your body.
Based on other belt connections I've seen work, I came up with what you see here. Made of 2 layers of 17337 webbing and velcro. Used the soldering iron to stab in some holes for the screws and sewed some boxes around them for good measure.
For length I sized mine for a mid-ride. I haven't had comfort issues so have not modded the shroud yet even though using it in 1 leg strap mode.
The velcro seal may seem a little risky at first, but since it goes down so far, the holster itself keeps the velcro flap sealed. I thought about using an SRB, but if I were to do so at the same height, the SRB would be in the way of the rotating hood. The velcro flap makes a nice clean slide for the thumb to use the rotating hood.
Options for further mods:
-Although I haven't had any issues with the screws pressing into my leg, another 17337 flap and velcro could be added to cover the screws.
-Add hook velcro to the inner flap to interface with gun belts that have velcro. This will prevent belt placement shifting.
COMBAT DSLR CAMERA POUCH :
Took forever to get around to this, but finally got a chance to make a rough prototype. Concept on this one was to have a pouch that can hold a DSLR camera and be able to go from secure to in hand as quick as possible. It ended up being pretty honkn' big, but was the size needed to cover the camera and have the 45 degree extraction. The inside is Tricot foam so I can make velcro dividers and holders commonly seen in camera bags. Currently I am just using 1 as seen in last pic. Pockets include simple slim one on top and zipper pouch on the front. An extra opening is on the lower side to access space that is created from the 45 degree placement (as seen on pic5). If I get around to making another one I'll finish up the zipper and binding up propper. Functionality wise it works overall well, but I would make the main opening zippers longer for easier extraction.
MONKEY HIGH RIDE MODULAR DROPLEG:
Due to being <monkey> Sized (5'4" 125lbs) Most drop legs were not made with me in mind and have long connection straps. This causes the drop leg to ride low and hit my kneepads and generally be lower than I'd like. Some other dropleg designs addressed this by adding webbing on the back of the drop leg to mount it to one's belt. Sure this works at getting a high ride, but then you have to bend the whole dropleg just to move your leg. As a result I made this dropleg system to attatch to one's belt and be as high as possible, but the swivi-buckle allows for freedom of movement. The connection can velcro wrap around a standard belt or Malice clip onto a battle belt with PALS. One can also do this directly onto one's carrier/chest rig, but this limits one's lean side to side movement. This is the first run experiment so a little sloppy. Changes planned include moving the 2" leg strap down further and turning the 1" leg strap into a 1.5" strap and rasing it a little. It ended up the way it did since I was trying to get away with just the 2", but didn't work out so added the 1" as an after-thought operation. The buckle size differences are to aid in quicker buckling on reducing confusion which buckle goes where. The back is a sheet of ToughTek antislip material with closed cell foam padding in the middle for comfort. Longer pieces of elastic were used on the leg straps to help in a better fit and elastic loops added to keep extra slack.
-Update: The swivi buckle became squeaky when weight was put in the pouch. It could not be fixed with lubricants. Maybe someday I'll try again with 2 swivi buckles or a classic SRB.
FATTY ADMIN POUCH:
Made this guy with the concept of having an admin pouch that can actually fit something. When less filled the pouch can be as slim as most other admin pouches, however has the capability to expand out and hold approx 6 flashlight/multitool sized items comfortably. The quick ID flap also sets this pouch apart from most. Spaces include the ID pannel area, .5" depth frontal pocket, velcro sealed slim middle pocket for your important goods, and 1.5" depth main back pocket.
HELMETCAM KIT POUCH:
I started off with dumping my helmet cam recording goods in a GP pouch, but even with extra foam, things were still a bit shifty so I made this up. I'd rather have the camcorder upright, but have to do it sideways as shown to deal with the lame AV plug. Top layer is for the camcorder and even has an elastic holder. The mass of wires is a mess, but not sure what else I can do short of cutting the actual wires. There is a middle padded flap to separate the camcorder from the bottom area where the battery pack goes. To settle down the external wire situation I made a simple velcro shoulder wrap as seen in the last picture. Overall this pouch helps keep the recorder padded and recording without skips even with harsh movements. The latest helmetcam trend seems to be slim full digital recorders now, o well.
EMDOM ADMIN POUCH REMIX:
Whipped this one up for an AFSF friend. Basically a copy of Emdom's admin pouch, but added a flap opening rather than open top velcro seal. Flap is slightly shifted to allow a pen to go in as shown. Other changes include no elastic on the sides of the main pouch and lengthening the phone/multitool pouch flap to allow better fit for flashlights.