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Category Archives: TGR Survival Gear Reviews

MTM Air Stryk II watch review

If you are in the market for an awesome tactical watch that is made tough and can withstand the harhest conditions you need to take a serious look at the MTM watches.  Today we cover the Air Stryk II.

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British “Northern Ireland” Patrol Pack

Anyone who’s ever seen Contact has wanted a British “Northern Ireland” (or NI) Patrol Pack. Of course, it’s not just the fact that it’s an interesting piece of foreign military gear. The pack is inimitably practical. Officially known as the Patrol Pack, 30 Litre, DPM, IRR, it has a few features worth mentioning. The camouflage pattern is DPM, or Disruptive Pattern Material, great for use in the woods. The capacity is large enough to be useful, but small enough to force the user to prioritize gear. I find this very desirable in a patrol pack, as larger ones provide the temptation to cram all the gear you may “need” into them, resulting in a heavy burden.

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British PLCE Webbing Set

PLCE Webbing 02

I’ve wanted a set of PLCE webbing for years now and have always balked at paying huge sums to get one from the overseas. This set of webbing is a great deal, since just a single PLCE utility pouch from Amazon costs $40 itself. For anyone who has ever wanted to own an interesting piece of British military history, this is a great find.

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BLS Eagle IFAK

BLS Eagle IFAK

Almost everyone dreams about being the hero in an emergency, being the right person, in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment.  But what is the right equipment?  There are thousands of first aid products on the market these days, whether individual items or sold in kits.  How many of those products are actually useful and which products will in reality mean the difference between life and death. Let’s face it; putting a ban- aid on someone isn’t saving their life.  While they might appreciate it, it’s not the same as keeping that gunshot victim from bleeding out.  

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DevilCat Pack – Upgrade your ALICE!

What is a DevilCat mod? It’s what happens when you take some new USMC hardware and upgrade an ALICE pack.

I’ve been playing around with ALICE packs for a while now. I love the Medium ALICE, especially the woodland pattern radio pack case version. However, it isn’t big enough for an overnight hike, especially in the winter.

As part of a large purchase from Lee Surplus Outlet, I got a used FILBE main bag. It’s part of the FILBE rucksack the Marines now use. The interesting thing about this new rucksack is that it fits on a Down East 1606 airborne assault frame, which can also take an ALICE pack. In fact, these frames have been used for a while by ALICE enthusiasts as a lightweight alternative to the hold frame.

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British Tactical 3-Row Hippo Belt and Yoke – Field Testing

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been testing British Tactical’s 3-Row Hippo belt. I’m continually impressed at how much I can put onto the Hippo belt and Yoke Webbing system. At present, it’s about 30 pounds. When I pick it up, I think, “Damn, that’s heavy.”

Then I put it on. The Hippo belt and yoke spread the weight so well about my body that I hardly feel it. Mostly, it stays on my hips, but the yoke helps redistribute some of the burden to my shoulders, especially when I’m moving.

 

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British Tactical 3-Row Hippo Belt and MOLLE Yoke – Initial Impressions

British Tactical Hippo Belt

After my review of the Multi-Purpose MOLLE Panel, I’ve been coveting a Hippo belt. The fine folks at British Tactical sent me one of their Three-Row Hippo MOLLE Belts and a matching yoke. The Hippo belt is the similar to the battle belt concept, but there are significant differences. This product combination is what put British Tactical on the map with soldiers of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. As covered in the previous article, the Brits have long carried their kit about their waists, usually in their PLCE webbing. The PALS-covered Hippo belt is the latest evolution of this concept.

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Load Carrying Equipment – Theories and Practice

Blue Force Gear BELTminus

As part of a continuing series, we’re going to be looking at  Load-Carrying Equipment (LCE) and different philosophies and methods of use. Modern American forces tend to use their armor carriers, such as the IBA, IOTV and Scalable Plate Carriers as platforms to mount their gear. We’ll look at the pros and cons of this when compared to a more traditional belt-centric system.

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Long Back British PLCE Bergen – A Military Classic

I’ve been lusting after a British Short Back PLCE military bergen for about 9 months now.  Just a clarification of terms, “bergen” means the same as backpack. PLCE stands for Personal Load Carrying Equipment. Think of it as the British equivalent of our old ALICE system. I’ve tried everything to replicate on, from a medium alice to a ILBE Marine pack.  Nothing has worked quite like I wanted to. The ILBE is just too damn long, meant to be carried like an alpine rucksack and transfer the weight of your load to your hips via its padded hip belt.

The ALICE is decent, but the frame is a bit too long to sit on top of webbing. When I try to The MOLLE II rucksack came close when I shortened it up, but I didn’t care for the external plastic frame. As for the ALICE? Well, I’ve tried a mixture of MOLLE and ALICE parts, including chopping up an ALICE frame. No success just yet. I needed a Short Back PLCE bergen.

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British Tactical MPMP – Adaptability from the Isles

MPMP micro chest rig

We usually think of the British Isles as a place of tradition, but the family-owned company British Tactical is developing some interesting and innovative products.  Their flagship piece of piece of kit is called the Multi-Purpose MOLLE Platform, or MPMP for short. It is designed to be used in several different configurations. You can wear it as a satchel, as a drop-leg platform, or as a chest rig.

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3 Surplus European Backpacks You’ve Probably Never Used – But Should

Kampfrucksack

If you’re looking for an alternative to the standard ALICE Medium backpack, you might want to consider European military surplus packs. They range in price from moderate to extremely cheap. Let’s look at three of the most commonly available, the German Kampfrucksack, the large Austrian ALICE-type bag, and the Polish Leopard-pattern rucksack.

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7 Utility Pouches for Your Consideration

Utility Pouches

If you’re going out to the square range for some super-cool tactical operator operations, you probably only need your rifle, handgun, plate carrier and sunglasses. However, if you’re going to go hiking, zombie-hunting, or even do decent training, you’ll need to carry along some basic necessities. How will you carry them? Backpacks are fine, but if you want to compartmentalize, a MOLLE utility pouch is a great way to go.

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