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Discussion on Issue #78 is now open.
What kind of magazine pouches do you recommend for my chest rig?
I’ve been using the HSGI taco pouches for years and they’ve been great. Blue Force Gear is good, but I would run pouches that will retain the mags even if you fall or take a tumble. Avoid anything with velcro, obviously, just because of the noise.
Just curious – if you have to go for a mag in your pouch, isn’t noise already reaching high levels to where it doesn’t matter?
Not necessarily. You might be trying to change mags while hiding. Never make assumptions; plan for every eventuality.
Is body armor worth buying, or do you think with the kinds of weapons we would be facing it wouldn’t make a difference?
Definitely worth it. There’s a reason why the military runs ballistic plates, they work – to a point. I think if you were guarding something in a stationary location you would definitely need some kind of body armor. Fixed defenses get targeted first and usually by snipers or designated marksmen. If you were on patrol then you might not want armor because of the extra weight. It depends on how far you’re trying to travel. In a vehicle – always have armor on. Vehicles are a primary target. Soft armor is best for concealing, or in places where your more likely to run into small caliber weapons. Ballistic plates are best for everything else. Expect prices on armor to continue climbing as well, and if you are in a blue state then plan for armor sales to be banned eventually.
A piece of equipment I would be something to protect the groin. I’ve seen some protective cups by a company called Nutshellz that claim to have a ballistic rating of 2-3A even one model that’s level 3. That one’s a bit pricey though.
Also something for the shins, even it’s just soccer shin guards. A knock on the shins can be almost as painful as one to the groin.
The big one is knee protection, because you’ll be hitting the deck often and your knees will take a beating. I like pants with the built in cushions. The knee pads with the straps are a pain because they tend to move around too much and fall off. They also restrict your circulation while hiking.
What do you think of AR10 style rifles as primary rifles?
I actually like AR10 variants, and I love the .308. The problem is that the ammo is heavy and you won’t be able to share mages with other people on your team. It’s a good fit if you are in a designated marksman role or you need someone with extra penetration to shoot through think cover. You can do a lot of damage with a 5.56 out to 600 yards or more, so the range advantage on the .308 is not a great as some people will claim. The biggest difference is penetration on hard targets.
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