Yeah, that puts things a lot lower.
Hawkeye's UW gear is freaking great. I tested his Swamp Fox rig at an NC Scout's AK training course. It's excellent kit. Light, strong, and fitted just right.
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I think that would depend upon how much you want to carry, and what the mission at hand is. I like both the chest rig and the FLC, and have both set up. I have two TacTailor chest rigs, and and three MilSpec FLC's set up for three different weapons platforms, .308, 7.62x39, and 5.56. The only difference in the three are the magazine pouches. Everything else is set up exactly the same way. The chest rigs are set up for 5.56 at this time.
I leave the front center of the FLC uncluttered by anything so as to be able to go prone easily, but the FLC allows me to carry two 1Q canteens, a butt pack, an IFAK, a knife, a compass/pace counter, and a radio. I can ignore the center zipper and use the fastex buckles on the FLC to allow it to open it up should I need to, or keep it zipped. It allows me to carry the requisite amount of kit for a more sustained op than a chest rig. The FLC seems to distribute the weight pretty well. Mine weighs in at 36# with six loaded mags, 2 full canteens with cup/stove/fire kit/trioxane/water purification tabs, rain poncho, poncho liner, four freeze dried meals, IFAK, compass, Ka-Bar, and a BF1701. The weapons weigh in with a loaded 30 rd mag (actually 29) at 9.5# for the AR, 9.5# for AK, and 11# for the M1A. Say 45# all up on average.
The chest rigs that I have are more oriented to the "grab and go" type scenario. To do a more extensive op with a chest rig, I have found that it requires a belt system. I dislike belts as they place a good portion of the weight on the hips, which is uncomfortable to me without some type of suspenders to place weight on the shoulders as well. If I'm going to do that, then the FLC makes more sense-to me.
I have been wearing both rigs over the last few months around my property, and have found that both have their place. The chest rig by itself is orders of magnitude more comfortable than the FLC, but it will not carry the same amount of kit on its own. The FLC is less comfortable, but it does allow for a one to two day op. Different systems for different operations. Just my opinion based upon having used both. YMMV.
I run a belt with suspenders under the chest rigs, which is where I carry all that other stuff. It gives me the option of wearing one, the other, or both depending on the situation.
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The Brushbeater rig has 4 pouches which hold 2 mags each and has 2 rows of molle on each side for an additional pouch of choice. Hence the limitation if you will. Any additional equipment must be carried on a belt and/or a patrol pack, depending upon how you are setup. Like SharpShooter, I run an older web belt with butt pack/suspenders, canteens, pistol, knife and a few other goodies under my chest rig. It allows me to go over night (possibly 2) without carrying a back pack/patrol pack.
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