When I was deploying I was constantly searching for a good load bearing solution. I wanted a chest rig that allowed me to carry everything I wanted, was easy to pull mags from and didn’t interfere with shooting from the prone or alternate positions. I tried a lot of options but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.

Last year I picked up 2 Velocity Systems/Mayflower R&C chest rigs and decided to run one as a dedicated LR loadout and one for 5.56 carbine use. The Gen V UW Chest Rig Split front is the closest I’ve seen to exactly what I wanted and the surprising part is it’s not intended as a dedicated precision rifle rig. The modular design allows me to swap between FN SCAR 17 mags, Magpul Industries Corp. AR10 mags, and with some adjustments I can run AI style .308/6.5C 10 round steel mags. Additionally I can carry a Terrapin LRF, Kestrel Ballistics device, med kit, multi tool, basic survival / emergency items, a flashlight, pistol mag and there’s still room for note taking materials, snacks and a water bottle. Basically everything I would need for a short term patrol, back country day hunt or a precision rifle class.

I can unzip the front and easily drop to the prone position or alternate positions without it interfering and it’s small enough I can stow it in a backpack with room for a jacket or wet weather gear. It’s a slick setup that has earned a permanent place in my go to gear list at this point. If you’re looking for something similar I’d definitely recommend taking a look at it.


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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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