Molle Belt

molle - rifle

I wanted a utility belt that I could quickly put on and load up, and it had to be adaptable. That meant molle. You gotta love the flexibility that the platform and corresponding equipment provides. I’ve moved some of the items on my belt to other molle items with ease.

The belt sits under my backpack well, and can be used by itself or with other equipment. Having the weight centered on my waist (instead of my upper body) lets me move pretty fast. You can see me guarding my house siding while wearing the molle belt in the picture above.

belt layout

I’ll list all the items in the picture above and link them so you can further investigate if needed. The overall base starts with the Condor coyote molle battle belt, with the Fireforce 2 inch web belt inside.  Then the loadout from right to left is as follows:  OneTigris tan molle Grimlock D-ring, HSGI multicam pistol taco mag pouch, 2 HSGI multicam rifle taco mag pouches, Condor multicam dump pouch, Condor multicam gadget pouch, Blackhawk Serpa holster (painted), attached to Blackhawk molle adapter (also painted), and a second Grimlock D-ring

Keep in mind that I’m going for functional and affordable. Not interested in the best of the best (until I’m raking in the millions).

I’m considering switching a couple of these items out for something else. The gadget pouch (for instance) is great if you can see it, but since it’s behind me on the belt, It is hard to get in and out of it by feel. Will probably replace it with something that is simpler.

I originally decided to go with multicam on everything, but that version of Condor’s molle battle belt was not structurally sufficient. The webbing was not made of nylon, and was sagging and stretching under minimal stress. I also started with the Condor Tactical belt inside, but it was so thick that everything was a quarter inch out from my body, and rolling down off the belt. Additionally, I first had the HSGI Double Rifle, Single Pistol taco mag pouch, but it was so big and heavy in one concentrated area, that it impeded my arm movement, and felt like a brick was bouncing around on my side.


Rattle Can Camo


For several years now, I have been intrigued by spray paint camouflage projects that have been floating around the web. Works of art on a tactical canvas using paint, stencils, and imagination. People paint everything from vehicles, to rifles, to even smaller items.

I decided I wanted to try my hand. For spray paint, I went with Rustoleum’s Camoflage 2x Ultra Cover in Khaki, Earth Brown, Army Green, and Deep Forest Green. I cut shapes into cereal boxes for stencils, and I also used an old fishing net to break up the patterns a little.

My first experiment was on a Blackhawk holster. I wanted to create something that would blend with MultiCam. It turned out ok.

pouch and holster

For my second attempt, I purchased 2 plain black Pmags. I used the same MultiCam pattern on one, and experimented with a arid/desert pattern on the other.

spray paint mags

With both patterns, I first laid down a light base color. Then I covered the mags with the net, and judiciously used the stencils in different positions, with different colors to create a viable camouflage. It was an enjoyable experience for me to experiment to find the look I was going for. I’ll  post if I paint anything else.

Army Switches to SIG pistol

sig 320

The U.S. Army has announced that after 6 years of trials for 9 different handguns, they are choosing the modular striker fired SIG Sauer P320 to replace the 30 year old Beretta M9. The moniker that will be attached to the military version is”M17″, denoting the year it was adopted into service.

The SIG is revolutionary in that it is an interchangeable system of barrels, frames, and slides that revolve around a single trigger housing module. That trigger housing is the actual legally defined firearm.

For our army men, the fiberglass-reinforced polymer frames will come in 3 different sizes for the diverse hands out there (small, medium, and large), as well as frames for 2 different length barrels (full-size and compact) . If I’m not mistaken, 3 x 2 is 6. Have fun armorers.

The 320 pictured above is the compact commercial version which has a 3.9 inch barrel. The army will purchase the compact version along with the full-size, version which has a 4.7 inch barrel.

One difference between the current commercial version and the model(s) that the army will buy is an ambidextrous safety catch. The one pictured above has no safety.

Another interesting little facet is the fact that the caliber of barrel can be changed out in each pistol. The commercial versions currently offer barrels chambered in 9mm, .40S&W, and .357 SIG. Publications are now saying .45 ACP will be added for the M17.

Our servicemen have been voicing their opinion on the 9mm’s stopping power for awhile now. Hopefully the different caliber options will address some of that. I would imagine the 9mm will be the initial way they go, but with a modular system like this, they can change any time they want.

I actually looked at this gun for myself when it first came out. It is a great idea considering that the trigger assembly is the only thing that I would be given a background check for. The problem was, when I started to look at the overall price, I couldn’t  justify the cost (it’s still a SIG). That being said, the fact that the government will be buying a butt-load of these, and that they are reporting the individual unit cost at $207, makes it much different.

I give the Army a thumbs up for this choice.

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Tactical Christmas Stocking


Here’s a cool gift from my wife. A tactical Christmas stocking. She got it online from . They fill it with a bunch of cool stuff and send it off to you. $33 plus $5 shipping. Not bad. the camo stocking itself features MOLLE attachments, clips, a velcro area for patches, and a pouch. Included inside the stocking are: a wire saw, spring assist knife, a metal and flint fire starter (with lighter fluid and wick), emergency whistle, para chord bracelet, lensatic compass, emergency Mylar blanket, tactical flashlight (with focusing lens), and a little multi-tool that is the size of a credit card. If you are interested in getting this for someone (or yourself) for next Christmas, there is a months long waiting list. Follow the National Parks Depot company on Facebook, and they can get you hooked up.



I thought this would be a fun picture. I grabbed different types of empty brass that I had lying around and lined them up in ascending order. They include from left to right: .22 LR, .32 ACP, .380 ACP, 9mm Luger, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .45 Long Colt, .50 AE, .500 S&W.

The last (furthest to right) is the bottom section of a 30 x 173 mm fired from the GAU8 Gatling style cannon. This is the round used in the A-10 Warthog tank killer. Given to me as a gift, it apparently was coated in a lacquer, artistically painted upon, and intended to be used as a shot glass. Considering that this particular round fired depleted uranium projectiles at a velocity of somewhere around 3,300 ft/second and at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute, it’s no wonder they called the A-10 a tank killer.