Criteria for the rig:
- Carbine support + IFAK and water
- Single-stack only & comfortable when prone
- Able to wear with/over a vest or plate carrier
- Compatible w/ an 'Assault pack' for a scout/overnight load or extra gear
Components (pattern is PenCott Greenzone):
- Tactical Tailor Rudder RAC H-Harness
- Tactical Tailor Fight Light Single Mag pouches
- Tactical Tailor Enhanced Admin Pouch serving as a lo-profile IFAK; SOF-T bungied onto the bottom
- Tactical Tailor Fight Light Hydration pouch w/ Source 2L bladder
- Camelbak Hydration Tube
- ESEE-4 knife; factory sheath mounted with MOLLE-locks. Worn on the left side to aid in weapons retention.
- Black Grim-loc
- MHI patch
- The assault pack is a Grey Ghost Gear Lightweight Assault Pack w/ Dead Coyote Tactical pouches on the sides. At present, it is worn with the shoulder straps versus directly attaching to the rig.
- In-line Sawyer water filter on the hydration pouch + chlorine dioxide tablets. I have the old style Sawyer, but would probably buy the $20 Mini now.
- The RAC has small velcro pockets on either side - they contain spare batteries (Aimpoint battery, CR123As), Bic lighter, SAR signal mirror, cordage and a couple other odds-n-ends.
I really like the Greenzone pattern for my area (woodlands), though at present, the selection of pouches is more limited. Very effective. These pouches are available in a variety of patterns if you prefer/need something different.
In my opinion, the RAC is a good starter/all-purpose rig that can grow with you. A few reasons:
- Full MOLLE, so you can figure out what load works for you or change things up as needed, versus being stuck with a single pouch layout. Can be scaled up/down as needed.
- Designed to be worn over armor, so it will still work if/when you get a plate carrier down the road
- Very adjustable, very comfortable and stable even with a good amount of weight on it
A pistol could be added to the chest rig (lose a carbine mag) or carried separately on the belt line. At present, a drop leg holster is needed clear the med pouch.
Tinkering is of course part of the game. The med pouch may be moved and a head/helmet light may be integrated. The mag pouch pull tabs will likely be switched out for the S&S Precision tabs. Black plastic will be rattle canned something brown/greenish.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the rig. The RAC is probably the best chest rig of this type today and Tactical Tailor in general is hard to go wrong with.
A very comfortable, versatile and functional set up, and (as far as tactical rigs go) fairly affordable for high quality, made in America gear.
Note: To see more pictures/discussion of battle rattle and tactical nylon, check out the Fighting Load contest over at TSLRF.