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Dogbite
08-25-2011, 21:41
Looking for a good quality tactical vest, to carry extra mags, and pockets for misc. gear on my person if needed. If you have links, or brands I should look at, let me know. Thanks for all the info!!!

TangoFoxtrot
08-26-2011, 02:29
Check out Cabelas and Blackhawk.

mes228
08-26-2011, 05:15
Kabar Vest. Not so "tacticool" looks kinda ordinary - just a tan vest. But it is a Tactical Concealed Carry Vest. Love the things and have four. Much more comfortable than any holster. I can carry a full size pistol in either front pocket and multiple mags in one of the inside pockets. None of which print. All are accessible. Way quicker "draw" than any holster. About a thousand times more comfortable than any holster. At any sign of threat, there's no need to "brandish" a weapon. Just hand in the pocket on the grip. With the Nemesis holster the draw in unencumbered and the holster remains in the pocket. The carry pockets are double lined and will not print with any pistol.

More likely than not, I'll carry a Glock 19 or 23 in a DeSantis Nemesis holster, and 2 additional mags. I honestly think the vest is one of my best pieces of gear I own. I seldom even think of holsters any more. I do carry Kydex and leather holsters in the car and gun bag just in case.

ArmoryDoc
08-26-2011, 06:32
Check these guys out too.

http://www.tacticalassaultgearstore.com/

Steff1
08-26-2011, 06:51
How about Tactical Tailor ? I hear they are based in Virginia.

Deployment Solu
08-26-2011, 07:34
Do you want off the rack or custom?? I just got some gear(vest & 3mag drop leg pouch) for my PS90 from

www.thevestguy.com

He makes some great quality stuff!!

He makes for ARs as well (they are not listed, you have to call and ask)

Tell him Bryon sent ya!!

MIJoe
08-26-2011, 07:38
Check out

www.skdtac.com

Excellent gear, low cost and FAST shipping

No connection with them, just a repeat, very satisfied customer

SPIN2010
08-26-2011, 08:03
Spec-ops makes a nice adjustable one called "The Over Armor Vest" and if you look about the net it can be bought pretty cost effectively. I have one and I really like it! It fits winter coats as well as plate armor very nicely. :cool:

Captain Boogie
08-26-2011, 12:48
THere are many good quality vests out there. You really have to figure out what your requirements are. Do you want 3 rifle mags for a class? Do you want to have Level IV plates? Do you want a vest, LBV, or chest rig? Concealable or not? Take a look here http://http://www.ar15.com/forums/f_6/10_Tactical_Gear.html for a good overview on what is out there.

I have used a Blackhawk tac vest, Eagle RRV, Eagle SKD molle rig, Eagle LE rig, SDS FLC, LBV, and Y suspender and pistol belt. All have served their purpose.

humanguerrilla
08-26-2011, 15:01
Molle II issue SDS FLC for a good inexpensive vest, available at surplus stores and ebay, $30 here (woodland,desert,acu)

inexpensive nice chest rigs:
Tactical tailor mini mav
http://www.tacticaltailor.com/minimav.aspx
universal,simple, low profile, i run 3 ar mags and two pistol

little bigger purpose chest rig, very cheap available at lots of surplus stores
SDS ranger rack
http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=57930

G29Reload
08-26-2011, 18:05
Check these guys out too.

http://www.tacticalassaultgearstore.com/


The name alone...:rofl:


I wonder if they have tactical wheelbarrows. :upeyes::wavey:

kirgi08
08-26-2011, 18:14
The idea is ta blend in,not stand out.'08.

FireForged
08-26-2011, 18:53
heck, just get some ole ALICE straps and be classic cool.

glock21xxx
08-26-2011, 19:05
that mini mav just reminds me of a BRO from Seinfeld lol

http://awesomegifs.com/wp-content/uploads/cool-story-bro1.gif

Dogbite
08-27-2011, 09:37
Wow, thanks for all the info guys!

ArmoryDoc
08-27-2011, 09:58
The name alone...:rofl:


I wonder if they have tactical wheelbarrows. :upeyes::wavey:

LOL. I know. But the quality of their stuff is outstanding. Could be a little more mellow on the name though. :)

bdcochran
08-27-2011, 10:19
Tec Apparel took the photographer's field vest and worked from that concept. Multiple pockets, quality zippers.

Some people want "tactical vests" that scream "I am a wanna bee". Other people want a "tactical vest" with which they can lay down in the mud and roll around.

As the man wrote, you need to figure out what you want to carry and why before seeking a tactical vest.

I am in a dry portion of the country. I will not roll around in the mud (too old). I will not carry a lot of weight (too old). So my tactical vests tend to be modified photographer field gear, JC Penny windbreakers. Sure, I carry WWII reproduction paratrooper smock in the car. I will roll around in the possible mud with that one after shtf.

PlasticGuy
08-28-2011, 13:28
My issue vest for the last three years is a Blackhawk, as are most of the vests we issue. I also have a Blackhawk vest of my own for taking private classes, as well as a Tactical Tailor vest (different configurations for running different weapon systems). Both brands have served me well.

RatDrall
08-29-2011, 05:51
Skip the cheap airsoft gear. You'll know it's cheap airsoft gear because it will cost a fraction of price that real gear sells for.

Also, skip the rigs that hold 8 magazines. If you are alone, and have to fire that many rounds, you are pretty screwed. Those are made for soldiers who have 20 friends similarly armed and use completely different tactics than a lone defender ever would, like firing a large number of rounds while assaulting targets.

This is about as realistic as you can get:

http://www.optactical.com/orsoeakm4mir.html

Enough room for 2-4 magazines, and a large pocket for a pretty complete blow out kit.

This would be even more grayman, and is along the same lines:

http://www.onesourcetactical.com/terroristinterdictionbagtib.aspx

Whatever you get, look for something with just enough room for a blowout kit and 2-4 magazines. Once you get past that, not only is the extra ammo approaching fantasy, it gets really really heavy for someone who doesn't wear it all the time.

Might as well add, look here for a basic gunshot wound kit:

http://www.onesourcetactical.com/personaltraumakitptk.aspx

mes228
08-30-2011, 06:56
I like the Kabar vest as it's very practical and doesn't scream "SHOOT ME FIRST" in everyday life. There's a difference between combat gear, and everyday situations. I hope to never be in a combat situation. Nonetheless the Kabar has 6 pockets (3 inside). I can carry a Glock 19, one 30 round mag, two 15 round mags, Benchmade Large Dejavoo folder, Fallkniven PHK fixed blade in a custom Kydex sheath that is 10 inches long (as an aside Fallkniven is telling you the truth when they say the PHK is the best hunting knife in the world. PHK is also good for anything else). Fisher Space Pen, Small Med Kit & 2 QuickClot packs. The vest is heavy with that much in it but no one will ever know that you were even armed. Nothing prints as the pockets are designed to hide contents on the exterior pockets and they are large. Just my opinion but it based on personal experience.

Bilbo Bagins
08-30-2011, 08:12
Tec Apparel took the photographer's field vest and worked from that concept. Multiple pockets, quality zippers.

Some people want "tactical vests" that scream "I am a wanna bee". Other people want a "tactical vest" with which they can lay down in the mud and roll around.

As the man wrote, you need to figure out what you want to carry and why before seeking a tactical vest.

I am in a dry portion of the country. I will not roll around in the mud (too old). I will not carry a lot of weight (too old). So my tactical vests tend to be modified photographer field gear, JC Penny windbreakers. Sure, I carry WWII reproduction paratrooper smock in the car. I will roll around in the possible mud with that one after shtf.

+1

Just go on youtube and do a search on Nutnfancy and tactical vest and you will get a lot of info on how join the mall ninja army.

here is one to start
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbZDH_haCzE

How much ammo do you want to carry. Are you in shape? Do you want to look tacticool or do you want to blend in? If you want to get a rig to load yourself down with 20lb of mags and crap and run around in the desert shooting stuff like Nutnfancy, be my guest. However when the SHTF how much ammo do you think you will need to carry around with you. I have an AR and a Glock 19, SHTF they are loaded and I carry an extra mag each in my pocket. That is 60 rounds of 5.56 and 30 rounds of 9mm. For basic walking around the house post SHTF do you need more? Even if I want to get frisky, I have an old army M16 ammo pouch and a double pistol mag pouch that I can hook on my belt. So that is a total of 4 mags of 5.56 which is 120 rounds and 45 rounds of 9mm total. Seriously beyond zombie hordes do you need more ammo. Also with this setup I can lay flat and still reload. Also most jackets can hold a few mags. If its chilly just put on a jacket, stick a few mags in your pockets and you are set.

Sure I could go all out and carry 210 rounds or more like I did in the Army, but remember each loaded AR mag weighs a pound, pistol mags are about the same. 7lb AR + 1.5lb Pistol + 7 AR mags + 3 Pistol mags + Cheap Tactical vest = over 20 pounds and that is not including food, water and other gear. Unless you are young and in good shape, you will be huffing and puffing when you need to run and move around, making shooting accurately difficult. You will also be a slow and easy target.

I'll be honest with you, I got a small 5.11 molle chest rig that I bought for $25. Its collecting dust, but if the world goes all Mad Max, I promise I will wear it to the Thunderdome.

Bilbo Bagins
08-30-2011, 13:17
I like the Kabar vest as it's very practical and doesn't scream "SHOOT ME FIRST" in everyday life. There's a difference between combat gear, and everyday situations. I hope to never be in a combat situation. Nonetheless the Kabar has 6 pockets (3 inside). I can carry a Glock 19, one 30 round mag, two 15 round mags, Benchmade Large Dejavoo folder, Fallkniven PHK fixed blade in a custom Kydex sheath that is 10 inches long (as an aside Fallkniven is telling you the truth when they say the PHK is the best hunting knife in the world. PHK is also good for anything else). Fisher Space Pen, Small Med Kit & 2 QuickClot packs. The vest is heavy with that much in it but no one will ever know that you were even armed. Nothing prints as the pockets are designed to hide contents on the exterior pockets and they are large. Just my opinion but it based on personal experience.

Another option to that is the 5.11 tactical vest.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/policestuff_2173_56213589

http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Outerwear/Vests/511-Tactical-Vest.html

Supposedly developed for the FBI, its basically a somewhat casual looking photography/fishing vest that is geared toward concealed carry and police work. It has a concealed carry holster built inside. It has two AR mag pouches with enough pockets to carry plenty more mags and stuff. Here is a vid review of a prison guard with his vest filled with tons o' crap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TibEYwFOIMc&feature=grec_index

Thanks for starting this thread. Originally I thought this vest would make a good dayhiking alternative instead of a backpack, since the two back pockets can each carry a 32oz water bottle. The only deal killer back then was the fact that it was only made of heavy 100% cotton canvas. Now I noticed they have a new lightweight 65% Poly/35% cotton blend version.

http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Outerwear/Vests/TacLite-Pro-Vest.html

That should be more lightweight and will dry quicker when wet. Now I might have to break down and get one. This way when I'm hiking I have something that can carry a "woods gun" concealed, and enough pockets for gear along with food and water for the day.

And if the SHTF I guess now I will have a proper vest. :rofl:

LawDog2006
08-31-2011, 07:40
I've recently been looking at a vest too. Defnitely don't want the "tacticool SHTF I'm out of shape but this vest will see me thru" kind of deal. This would be for hiking, travel, photography and concealing my firearm in an OWB holster. I had almost purchased a Woolrich vest and the EOtac ones looked relaxed enough (but they're outta business and at 6'5'' with a 38" waist, the sizes are all gone), when I found this site http://www.scottevest.com/v3_store/New_Travel_Vest.shtml

Although more pricey I think I'll be purchasing one here shortly as it really doesn't scream "I'm armed" or "I can protect this mall with my ninja skills." My only concern is that it might be too fitted, if anyone has one please let me know your thoughts.

bdcochran
08-31-2011, 08:21
google scottvest.com

Can you conceal a pistol check
Can you conceal magazines check
Does this unit have a lot of pockets check
Are the closures and zippers of quality check

A vest, tactical or not, is just a piece of gear.

Real world - danger is usually at grappling distance.
situational awareness obviates most dangers.
quality of life is enhanced by having the simple things with you - pen, paper, handerchief, leatherman tool, small roll of toilet paper, change, knife when you knock about before shtf AND after shtf.

LawDog2006
08-31-2011, 08:37
Well said bdcochran! +1

RatDrall
08-31-2011, 08:57
I love my scottevest jacket, but a tough piece of gear it is not. It has something like 30 pockets, but they are mostly for yuppy gear, not magazines and firearms which are quite a bit heavier and rougher on material than an ipod.

Seriously, people use a strong belt, holster (IWB or OWB) and a magazine carrier for a reason. 2-3 lbs dragging down on your shoulder will look funny (no jacket has the support built in for that) and be much less comfortable than the weight bearing on your hips.

LawDog2006
08-31-2011, 09:04
Rat - how has it held up without firarms and gear in it? Would you recommend it? I didn't mean to ask if it was good to hold the gun but more for concealment of a belt holster. Also for travel.

RatDrall
08-31-2011, 12:33
Rat - how has it held up without firarms and gear in it? Would you recommend it? I didn't mean to ask if it was good to hold the gun but more for concealment of a belt holster. Also for travel.

It works fine for concealment. I've had mine for a couple of years and it is a great jacket, I appreciate it most when flying and I want to have things handy. I've packed with full sized magazines, water bottles, etc. but the weight hangs funny on the shoulders, not to mention a water bottle in a pocket looks pretty stupid and gets in the way.

bhart89
09-01-2011, 17:48
Depending on what you need a vest for I think a properly outfitted battle belt is just as useful. I have a pistol, knife, 2 AR mags, 2 Pistol mags, nalgene bottle and FAK on mine.

And it can all be covered with a tshirt except the bottom of the pistol holster and knife.

LawDog2006
09-02-2011, 13:44
Depending on what you need a vest for I think a properly outfitted battle belt is just as useful. I have a pistol, knife, 2 AR mags, 2 Pistol mags, nalgene bottle and FAK on mine.

And it can all be covered with a tshirt except the bottom of the pistol holster and knife.

Outfitted battle belt??? What do you need 2 AR mags and a nalgene bottle on there for? I'm talking normal real world ccw blending in. FAK??? Focal Adhesion Kinase?