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29 comments
  1. Ken said:

    Do you have pictures of the ATS harness / strap replacement retrofitted to a TT 2pc MAV?

    • downrangegear said:

      No, I’m sorry, we’ve never seen that combination.

  2. Do you see any issues with mating hose two items, or do you have a better option?

    • downrangegear said:

      Difficult to say without more research, which I don’t have a lot of time for. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the 2pc MAV uses a crossed strap harness system for support. That means the back corners of the chest rig pull backwards and up. You should consider what happens when you change the direction and angle the straps pull from. Will it properly support the rig? I don’t know. Size matters. The MAVs are really wide and apt to ride closer to the harness which limits your range of size and length adjustment. It may work fine, but the MAV is a special case and the only way to be certain is to actually try it.

      • Ken said:

        On order number 201012061855 you mentioned doing this upgrade to a 1pc TT MAV, which is very similar to the 2pc. The difference, I am guessing, would be in the overall length between the horizontal back straps, and how much closer the 2pc comes to the wearer’s centerline in the back?

  3. Anonymous said:

    Where can I buy a light cobra 1.5″ belt?

    • downrangegear said:

      I’m sorry but that item was a one time, custom build. Down Range Gear is not in the Cobra buckle belt business. Check Ares Gear and Jones Tactical, they’re both pros in this area.

    • downrangegear said:

      Thank you, eagle eyed anonymous commentator! That does indeed appear to be a genuine case of design infringement. The good news is that I consider it to be the highest form of affirmation: you haven’t really made it in this industry until you’ve been copied by some Asian gear mill. It’s the sincerest form of flattery. It’s not nearly as egregious or troubling as when a more “reputable” American company does the same. And one has.

  4. J said:

    Have you ever modified a TAG intrepid chest rig before? I own one myself but found it to be a pain in the adjustment area.

    • downrangegear said:

      Can’t say that I have but each job is unique and different. If adjustment is a problem, you may find a dynamic strap system takes some of the aggravation out of it.

  5. Anonymous said:

    I have an Eagle Industries RRV and I’d like to add the suspenders and the MOLLE back piece to it for more real estate on patrols and related things. How feasible is that?

    • downrangegear said:

      I’ll try to assist if I can but I need you to clarify your request. Please fire off an email with a detailed description of the work you need done to downrangegear@gmail.com

      Thank you!

  6. Ray said:

    I received my The Chest Rig/ Armor Interface Kit in less than 5-days time. Found out thru tracking item originated at my old stumping ground aka the Stump aka 29 Palms MCAGCC ;-) The The Chest Rig/ Armor Interface Kit is used to integrate Haley Strategic’s D3CR with TAG Banshee. I’m civvie now, so no, I have not put it into paces at local Obstacle Course without freaking out local LEO. Hope y’all come up with a way to secure the D3CR with the MOLLE of the Bansee, maybe [REDACTED.]

    If y’all do, I’ll be ordering it. Again, thanks for the The Chest Rig/ Armor Interface Kit.

    • Yup, we’re in the Stumps! It can be kind of rough but the place grows on you, as anyone who’s served here knows! Turns out the middle of the desert is a good place to think about and work on gear!

      The ‘Armor Interface Kit has been around for a while and, strictly speaking, wasn’t designed to work with any specific product. In fact, it’s only recently that a chunk of the industry has come around to the Direct-To-Armor concept and caught up to the fact that 1″ hardware really is the way to go. We’ve known full well for a while now that bigger buckles and hardware not only aren’t better, they actually make the experience worse.

      A really good alternative to the full Armor Interface Kit is the Armor Interface 1″ Quick Attach Kit which lets you clip in with even less parts:
      http://downrangegear.net/Down_Range_Gear_Chest_Rig__Armor_Interface_1%22_Quick_Attach.html
      Don’t worry if you think the buckles on your chest rig won’t match up, that’s why the extra hardware is provided. The best way to rig your chest rig is with male buckles on the panel and ITW QASMs slotted into the MOLLE on your armor.

      I’ve redacted a small part of your post because it touches on something that’s being actively developed that we’re not quite ready to talk about yet… the part about securing your D3CR to the Banshee. Again, we’re not strictly building for either of those systems but the direction we’re going in will benefit their users the same way the CR/ AIK does.

      Thanks very much for taking the time to drop a note, it’s always a pleasure hearing from users. It goes without saying that if there are any issues, don’t hesitate to notify us.

      • Ray said:

        not sure if y’all be able to see these pictures I snapped with my smartphone
        [img]http://i.imgur.com/BPSLo08l.jpg[/img][img]http://i.imgur.com/jfmEUNPl.jpg[/img] (feel free to use the picture) how I’m using the C.R.A.I.Q.A on my Banshee. Q.A.S.M.s can be seen here for the Haley D3CR vertical connections, but more focused on using the (2 pair) PALS Shock Cord Anchors as a both a side connection for the D3CR and way to connect the cummerbund to the front panel without using the cummerbund’s Velcro, hence, reducing noise that Velcro makes. Its a flexible and snug connection. Kinda like an Ares Armor Silencers, but dual purpose. It’s much easier way to done the Banshee, for me, in this manner, than having to go thru the Velcro every time I wear the Banshee.

      • again, not sure to embed videos, but here goes http://youtu.be/F8zI7rpwsNw, this should show to potential customers how to use your gears with the TAG Banshee and Haley D3CR
        Share away

      • Ray,

        I am very impressed with your one handed gear handling and camera techniques!

        You’re welcome to use the CR/ AIK any way you choose but it seems like you’ve gone to a lot of trouble to work around your gear issues. I’m not clear if your rig is for professional or recreational use but if your setup works for you, then by all means carry on but I’ll leave you with some different ways to think about the problem.

        1. I don’t know if the Banshee’s cummerbund is adjustable for size or not but you seem to have a lot of excess to deal with. I would look at ways to take it off the back rather than folding the front. It’ll be cleaner and easier to work with.

        2. Because you’ve secured the front of the cummerbund with elastic cord, there’s nothing to support it, so if you load it up, the weight and inconsistent positioning will cause problems. Part of the reason for putting a PALS grid on a cummerbund is to support gear along an uninterrupted surface in your workspace.

        3. Since it looks like you’re not running gear (or armor?) on the cummerbund, I would strongly urge you to consider getting rid of it entirely as it doesn’t seem to serve a purpose. Webbing with buckles will be faster, easier, lighter, lower profile and promote better airflow. Most people I tell to do this think I’m crazy, but am I? What is the cummerbund for anyway?
        -Supporting more gear. Since there is no other equipment, scratch that reason.
        -Supporting side armor. If you’re not running any, take that off the list.
        -Secures the sides of your armor carrier. Ok, this is a valid reason, but is there a better, more efficient way to accomplish this? I think there is.

        4. If nothing else, I would strongly urge you to reconsider the buckle layout on your gear. You have all the parts you need for a truly low profile setup if you swap a few parts around.

        That said, I’m impressed with your ingenuity and would encourage you to keep experimenting!

      • 1. I don’t know if the Banshee’s cummerbund is adjustable for size or not but you seem to have a lot of excess to deal with. I would look at ways to take it off the back rather than folding the front. It’ll be cleaner and easier to work with.
        ——— I believe there is a way to pull it the excess towards the back. There are shock cords at the back. I’m starting to see why most people with limited budget tend to get this plate carrier. Modification is a weekly thing now for me. Hope not to make the wife jealous.

        2. Because you’ve secured the front of the cummerbund with elastic cord, there’s nothing to support it, so if you load it up, the weight and inconsistent positioning will cause problems. Part of the reason for putting a PALS grid on a cummerbund is to support gear along an uninterrupted surface in your workspace.
        ——— That’s where the D3CR comes in, if I ever have the need. At the moment, not really. The most I’ll add at the cummerbund is a IFAK. I have a vision of using most of the weight of the gear towards the front, on the D3CR. My secondary gears will be on my pack.

        3. Since it looks like you’re not running gear (or armor?) on the cummerbund, I would strongly urge you to consider getting rid of it entirely as it doesn’t seem to serve a purpose. Webbing with buckles will be faster, easier, lighter, lower profile and promote better airflow. Most people I tell to do this think I’m crazy, but am I? What is the cummerbund for anyway?
        -Supporting more gear. Since there is no other equipment, scratch that reason.
        -Supporting side armor. If you’re not running any, take that off the list.
        -Secures the sides of your armor carrier. Ok, this is a valid reason, but is there a better, more efficient way to accomplish this? I think there is.

        ——- At the moment, when I do not have gears on the Banshee, I’m mainly using it as protection. I’m in a high crime area and a not so gun-friendly city. So wearing the Banshee + Level IV plate gives me assurance I’ll hopefully make it home.
        I’m still struggling to schedule to attend a dynamic rifle class, where I can test the gears I currently have. I’m trying to be friendly with local LEOs just in case I get the time to do drills with my gears, so I can further evaluate positioning, weight distributions, etc.

        4. If nothing else, I would strongly urge you to reconsider the buckle layout on your gear. You have all the parts you need for a truly low profile setup if you swap a few parts around.

        I have plenty of buckles to play around with. I’m even using some of them on my pack vs on the Banshee. Hell, I might even buy more because of the versatility it provides vs duct tapes and electrical tapes.

        One minute into recording I realized this was going to be clumsy. I was thinking of placing the smartphone on a tripod and wear the gear to easier illustrate. Fortunately for everyone’s sake, I have low self-esteem and didn’t want to leave an image of my beer-gut for everyone to enjoy.

        If anything comes up, I will further update.

        Semper Fi!

      • Just a little update. Moved the CRAIGA to my JPC and D3CR and multiple carbine classes and it’s holding up just great. Been referring people to this nifty kit using these pictures…feel free to use btw [img]http://i.imgur.com/1Nf6Dcfl.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/gVkT4nul.jpg[/img] [img]http://i.imgur.com/sVyPqoEl.jpg[/img][img]http://i.imgur.com/6Ph8uDtl.jpg[/img]
        Thanks for making an awesome kit. Can’t wait to see what else y’all come up with.

  7. DT said:

    Question for you. I saw this Velcro’d version of a swift clip attachment you used on this project https://downrangegear.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/today-down-range-gear-46/#comments

    I was wondering if you had ever thought about selling something like this to secure the sides of a chest harness/ rig to an armored vest (or in my case cummerbunds) covered in pile? You’ve made great solutions for securing swift clips to molle, but I need a solution for Velcro pile. I’ve got an issued Mayflower/ Velocity systems LowPro Assault vest with a Velocity systems chest rig, but the cummerbunds we are given have pile Velcro on the outside. I would like to have something keep the sides from flapping. Thanks.

  8. SFC C said:

    How do I get my hands on a couple sets of your National Molding Duralfex 1-1/2″ Swivi-Lockster Male/Female? Hell, how do I get my hands on any of your awesome products? Would love to know….Swamp Devil Daddy

    • We’ll be reinstating ecommerce within the next week.

      Thanks!

      • Paul N said:

        Thanks! Looking forward to its reappearance!

  9. Andrew Sao said:

    Not quite sure if this is where I should asking this or not, but here goes I have a PIG BRIG along with the molle panel. I don’t really like the small amount of real estate I get with it I was wondering if you knew if the Raider Direct-To-Armor Panel Lite would integrate well with this plate carrier if not would there be a way to make it work with it? Thanks in advance.

  10. raf said:

    There might be a significant market for larger than 1″ QASM female vertical connectors. Lots of folks have chest rigs with larger than 1″ connectors which they would like to attach to plate carriers. Your 1″ female connectors are great, but what about the guy with a 1-1/4″ female connector sewn onto their mag carrier? May I suggest that you develop some male and female QASM-type attachment devices which could be retrofitted to folks with existing gear having larger than 1″ buckles, be they female or male types?

    In short, I suggest you expand your line up to include both male and female QASM type vertical connectors, and both types available in 1″ and 1-14″ sizes. Since the typical PALS web stitching will allow admission of a 1-1/4″ wide web strap, this ought to be possible.

    raf

    • Raf,

      DRG has actually built vertical attachment points for hardware larger than 1″ in the past, it’s feasible but less than ideal.

      Large hardware is just a bad idea in gear design. Gear manufacturers who specify larger hardware on their designs are doing their users a disservice and the trend in the industry is away from excessively large plastic buckles. There are many good reasons for this.

      We have designs to support 1.5″ and 2″ buckles. We could be selling them, but they’re not ever going to be a regularly produced or stocked item and the cost to build them to order (the width you want, buckle type and color,) means this is expensive to do for the few people that would actually want this.

      -Chris

  11. raf said:

    I completely understand your approach. You understand your business better than I do. I’ll keep stopping by your site to look for all sorts of innovative stuff.

    raf

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