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Introductions / Re: New to the forum, Shaw Concepts
« on: May 25, 2019, 11:00:34 AM »
Welcome dude! This place is a wealth of knowledge. I've been following you on IG for a little while now and I'm definitely impressed with your work.

Everything else / Crye AVS with Eagle cummerbund
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:53:25 AM »
I wanted to consolidate my original post and images so it makes sense to everyone here.

I was issued the AVS and while it's a great carrier, there were some things I hated - mostly the side plate pouches and how they attached. My solution? Modify an Eagle cummerbund to work with the AVS. The original idea was not mine but I think itís worth sharing.

The Eagle cummerbund has the ability to carrier side plates comfortably in the right spot without sagging. It can also hold a radio. Win-win.

I used a seam ripper to remove the elastic from the cummerbund and simply stitched it closed. I then ran some heavier shock cord through the MOLLE and through the d-ring loops on the AVS (where the skeletal cummerbund attaches).

The Eagle cummerbund is the perfect length at this point and is easy to adjust if you need to.

Pictures. While not awesome, you get the idea.

AVS harness and Eagle D-PC cummerbund

Attachment - elastic removed from cummerbund

Side view


Pouches / side pull pouch
« on: August 31, 2018, 08:17:40 PM »
I've been wanting one of these for awhile and finally was bored enough today to whip it up. The elastic isn't really necessary...and I didn't make it tight enough anyway.

This is meant to fit inside your rear plate pocket.

500d coyote brown and 3/4" multicam webbing

Pouches / Ugly aid bag inserts
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:39:46 PM »
I bought a ctoms aid bag while they were on deep discount and didn't want to spend $35 per insert so I made my own using scrap I had laying around. My binding technique is f-ing terrible - I used 2 different binder attachments that I either 1. need more practice with, or 2. just suck on their own. I ended up just using binder clips and and pinching the tape the best I could...

Anyway, here they are - simple quad fold pockets that velcro into the interior of the ctoms bag. They have a little handle with loop to label and remove from bag.

Dimensions are 6x9x3

Lessons learned:
1. plan out the assembly of pouches
2. binding sucks
3. plan out the assembly of pouches

If I would have just added 1 inch to the dimensions I could have saved a lot of ass pain and just folded the edges together and had a much cleaner product. But, since these are for myself, I really don't care to much as long as they hold up and work.

Platforms / Re: Chest rig project
« on: November 12, 2017, 04:15:56 PM »
Updated and fitted. Again, still a couple more tweaks ahead. I think I'll cover the entire back in hook and increase the width and length by 1/4 inch so I can top stitch the bottom of the pouch and overall have a nicer fit.

Platforms / Chest rig/placard project
« on: November 09, 2017, 09:24:38 AM »
Well, since I found a ton of free time I'm embarking on another project. I came across an S&S Precision Gear Retention Track system and thought I could turn this thing into a sweet chest rig. I originally thought I could make this work as a placard for my JPC, which I still could, but I decided a chest rig would be cool.

Here's what I'm thinking -

Idea #1 Make two side panels that are 3 rows by 4 columns and an adapter of some sort to work with my existing h-harness. The issue though, is creating the side panels...the GRT has two slots that are about 1 1/4 inches wide and spaced 2 inches apart. I originally thought I could simply "wrap" the MOLLE through the slots and velcro to the back of the side panel but then it wouldn't line up quite right and I'd probably end up with 4 continuous rows of webbing.

Idea #2 is to essentially make a "kangaroo" pocket for the GRT and basically create a standard looking chest rig.

I'm looking for any ideas or if you've done a project similar to this.

Main goals - GRT can be used independently as a placard and also be used as a chest rig. Must integrate with current h-harness (EGL/mayflower style).



made the first sleeve prototype today. nothing crazy here but wanted to show you the direction i think I'm going to take. basically, i'm going to make this into an AVS style flap that I can insert the GRT into. A few more tweeks and I think it'll be good to go.

Everything else / grocery bags
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:27:54 AM »
So Christmas is less than 50 days away so I thought I'd make my family and friends something easy that says, "I'm tactical, but also environmentally conscious". So, I grabbed what scrap I had laying around and made a few bags. These first couple were for a friend who will gift them to his family.

These were super easy to make, no real pattern required except a few rectangles. The bags measure about 18x12x7.


Everything else / Re: chalk bag
« on: September 23, 2015, 08:19:59 AM »
Round two - same idea, just used some 3/4 inch webbing to finish the top, added some hi-vis yellow for style.



Everything else / chalk bag
« on: September 18, 2015, 11:02:25 AM »
I watched TwoWayTrauma's video on his suede chalk bag and thought I could rip one out - so I did. It's a really simple design and I dig it. I used a pattern size I already had laying around - 7.5in x 15in.

I added a different style loop on the back (2in webbing) and used WTF's shock cord things  to cinch the pouch. Came out awesome. Here's a shitty picture but you should get the idea. They look great in person and have an old school look to them.

Edit, materials - this is 500d ranger green, lightweight black fleece from JoAnne fabrics, 2in ranger green webbing, coyote WTF things, coyote shock cord, black cord lock

Packs and bags / gym bag test
« on: March 18, 2015, 04:40:10 PM »
I destroyed my gym bag working in the crawl space under my house so I decided to give this a shot to replace it.

It's a medium size gym bag/duffle bag at 21 inches long, 11 inches deep (overall diameter of circle), and 18 total inches tall. Nothing complicated or complex, this was my first attempt. No liner, non binding, nothing fancy, just used up some odd shaped material to make this.

The side panels are "tear drop" shaped to allow a better roll. I already know what I'll do next time, if you have any ideas or tricks, shoot them my way!

Platforms / Re: small chest rig
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:58:27 PM »
I like doing this style for a shingle. It's not any more or less convenient to do it this way. I like it because it keeps it nice and flat as well as keeps the open portion a bit stiffer.

I forgot to grab a photo when I finished it because the customer happened to stop by mid build. I didnt build a harness for it; he has a set of swift clips for his plate carrier.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Pegboard and you
« on: March 01, 2015, 07:41:30 AM »
Looks awesome - but I'm in the same boat as some of you guys, my wife would kill me if the living room was any more destroyed than it is now!

Packs and bags / Re: messenger style backpack
« on: March 01, 2015, 07:37:58 AM »
Well, finished the backpack! You learn something new after every build it seems. This was no different. I wanted a large bucket for the kiddo so he could stuff whatever he could into the bag. I definitely succeeded at that point. There were some minor hiccups along the way but overall I'm super happy with it, as is he, which is more important anyway.

Front of the bag - I should have move the bottom buckles up a little bit so they didn't pull the bottom of the bag so much, the webbing on the male portion should be a little longer also.

Sides - I put the reflective material along the seams thinking it'd be more visible. I could have moved it closer to the front (anterior lateral of the seam for you medics).

Back and straps - I was going to add a small flat pocket here to put a frame sheet but forgot. No biggie. The straps, oh man...I knew I wanted buckles to release the straps so I could add different pads or lengths as he gets bigger. I never built straps before so this was a shot in the dark. I just built some pads using the inside out method and slid 1 inch webbing through the channel. It works fine but will definitely need to be revisited in the future. If you guys have any ideas, feel free to toss them this way!

Inside - Nothing special, just a big open bucket with a small flat pocket for folders and homework. There are two velcro panels on either side for adding  divider or small organizers or pouches etc...The front pocket is just open, no organization. A little clip for keys or whatever.

Platforms / split front chest rig, 5.56
« on: February 22, 2015, 06:32:41 AM »
Here's a split front rig I made for a friend of mine. Zipper front with g-hooks.

Holds 4 magazines, two large GP pockets, a pistol/multitool pocket on the right GP pocket, 2 smaller GP pockets on the front with a small MOLLE grid. The larger one on the front has a d-ring sewn inside to tie down a GPS or whatever. Fairly simple build but a lot more work than I anticipated. Also has velcro one wrap next to the top buckles for routing cables.

I don't have any other pictures of it, which is a shame. I get so caught up sewing I never stop to photograph the process.

Concept, design, and engineering / Re: Backpack Straps
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:46:35 AM »
The Tactical Tailor Super Straps are 3/4 inch foam and those are pretty thick. You could do 1/2 - 3/4 inch closed cell foam with 4mm spacer mesh on top of that and that should be plenty.

I haven't made any shoulder straps besides h-harness's and padding for gym bags.

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