Great video. I have no military or law enforcement experience nor does my work require me to don any of that gear. But last year I ran (more like jogged) my first 10K Run n Gun biathlon. I was required to carry all my ammo, water, pistol and rifle on my person throughout and over and through obstacles before and after each shooting stage. I’d like to do more of these endurance/shooting events. So learning about this kind of gear interests me.
Anyway, one thing I noticed about using a battle belt is that when weighed down with a pistol and a bunch of mags, it would always drop down while jogging, causing my pants to also drop down no matter how tight I’d cinch the battle belt and my pants’ belt. Also, by dropping down, the battle belt kind of dug into my hips, throwing my stride off and causing me to exert more on my hip flexors, which quickly became sore and wore me out.
Others have mentioned using a harness to keep the battle belt from drooping down. Does your chest rig offer some kind of clips that’ll attach to your battle belt to prevent it from drooping down like that? Or do you know of a good chest rig that does offer that?
I’ve never used a chest rig but am interested in trying one. Do you find your chest rig gets in the way when crawling down low on your stomach? One of the obstacles required us to crawl through a relatively narrow, muddy steel culvert. I was on my stomach for a good 10-15 yards at least. I was wondering if a chest rig might interfere with that. My battle belt didn’t interfere, but that was because I placed most of the mags and other stuff along the sides and back, not in front. Everything got real muddy anyway, though.
I also used a cheap “tactical” backpack with a water bladder from Academy that actually held up surprisingly well considering all the mud it went through. I stored my extra ammo in the backpack along with the bladder. But I noticed that when I slung my rifle, it was hard to move it from front to back and vice-versa. It kept getting caught somewhere on the backpack. Others have advised to keep practicing with it, which I have to no avail. I’ve used two different types of adjustable slings, but they both keep getting caught on the backpack or backpack’s shoulder straps. Without the backpack, I’m able to easily pass the rifle front to back, etc., with no problems, though. Have you come across this problem or have any tips for that?