Reintroducing The MALICE Clip Belt Stabilizer

ImageBecause it was one of the earliest Down Range Gear designs, it is fitting that the new MALICE Clip Belt Stabilizer be among the first featured with the relaunch of this blog.

http://downrangegear.net/Down_Range_Gear_MALICE_Clip_Belt_Stabilizer.html

The MALICE Clip Belt Stabilizer allows the use of a pouch equipped with the Tactical Tailor MALICE Clip to interface with a belt.

ImageTraditionally, manufacturers have had to build separate versions of each pouch for modular attachment and belt use. With the advent of adapters like the MALICE Clip Belt Stabilizer a user can run the same pouch interchangeably to fill both roles.

This capability makes the pouches more versatile, increasing the options for belt gear, simplifying the loadout, and making procurement much easier: don’t worry about compatibility, just buy the pouch you want to run and then find the appropriate adapter. Our job will be to make sure thatImage the search begins and ends with Down Range Gear. For law enforcement and agency users, it opens a whole new world of possibilities for both duty rigs and discreet carry. Now, every pouch is a belt pouch, and not in a superficial, quick fix way.

The MALICE Clip by itself forms a viable belt loop. More than any other modular attachment system, the MALICE Clip is ideally suited because of it’s rigid structure, secure locking system and useful fold over, single piece design.

Taking a closer look: the MALICE Clip slots in behind the pouch webbing, then is bent over the top and folded over. For belt use, rather than weave it into the MOLLE backing, simply securing the end results in a closed, rudimentary belt loop. The problem is that at best it’s a 2″ – 3″ belt loop made of a piece of plastic and not inherently stable.

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The Belt Stabilizer doesn’t actually attach the pouch to a belt. It does provide a channel for the MALICE Clip to feed into behind the belt, giving it a friction hold and stability. The MALICE Clip hugs the Belt Stabilizer against the belt. Then when the belt is donned and cinched down, it also pulls the Belt Stabilizer against the wearer’s torso creating a second contact surface to hold the pouch in place. Those two points of friction are important and you won’t see the full benefit of the design until it’s actually being worn.

The original Belt Stabilizer was surfaced on both sides with a high friction, nonslip liner. The LE Variant was designed with hook and loop to interface with Velcro lined belt systems.

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For 2013, everything learned from constant design iteration and practical use has culminated in an updated, hybrid design with a removable nonslip liner that peels off to unmask an underlying hook and loop construction. This two layer system gives users the best of both concepts in one package: the friction hold with nonslip material and hook and loop, to take advantage of Velcro liners.

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ImageHere’s a walk through of how it works in three simple steps:

1. Run the MALICE Clip through a channel in the Belt Stabilizer.
2. Slide the pouch onto the end of the MALICE Clip.
3. Fold the Malice Clip over and insert the end into the tab at the base, locking it to secure the loop.*

*For greater convenience, it might be easier for some users to install the Belt Stabilizer over the belt and not have to thread it on after installation.

Down Range Gear 8005

Down Range Gear 8017Down Range Gear 8035The current, default configuration for the Belt Stabilizer is a 2 column design which will support the width of a standard rifle magazine pouch or two pistol magazine pouches mounted in tandem. A 3 column variant will be released later in the year. Customers who require a configuration other than what is provided can “daisy chain” Belt Stabilizers onto a belt to achieve the desired width. Combinations of 2 and 3 column Belt Stabilizers should address most needs. For those problems that can only be solved with an off the shelf solution, custom fabrication is always an option.

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http://downrangegear.net/Down_Range_Gear_MALICE_Clip_Belt_Stabilizer.html

Readers are welcome to post comments. The link above takes you to the e-commerce site. Direct email traffic to downrangegear@gmail.com

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