Tactical Vest

Eagle Industries Chest Rig M4 Molle LE Style


Whether you are a competitor or a first responder, you need a way to carry magazines and essential gear securely and in a position thats quickest and easiest to access.  For me, I need a chest rig for competitions that require multiple guns. Where I live, the matches are usually scheduled for the spring or summer with a desert environment, so its hot and dry. Full molle vests are a bit overkill I've found, as they tend to hinder range of motion, and some stages only require 2-3 carbine magazines and 4-6 pistol magazines.  I've found that using a simpler M4 chest rig is best.

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Some call it a recon-style harness, others may refer to it as a "Rhodesian" chest rig. The one I use is an Eagle Industries Chest Rig M4 Molle LE Style (currently discontinued but newer models are available) and it is just enough to get me by.  With molle strapping on the left and right sides as well as over the top of the carbine magazine pouches, its perfect for adding handgun mag pouches. The pouches themselves are rigid, reinforced with some kind of thin composite board and then lined with a softer material for magazine retention without surface wear. The straps are adjustable and use large M style buckles.  They go over the shoulders and cross at the back and attach to the bottom of the rig on both sides. There is a single strap that goes laterally across the back and attaches via a smaller buckle.  I let it hang just below my pectorals. and am able to have 3 carbine mags with a pair of pistol mags on each side via molle pouches for a total of 4 mags. Alternatively you could attach 3o round carbine mag pouches on either side to increase to capacity to 7 mags, and attach pistol mag pouches to the front of the rig's pouches.

The advantages to this style of chest rig are lightness of weight, ease of mobility, and simplicity of use. Another perk is the kangaroo pouch with a wide hook-and-loop mouth that is easy to access even with carbine mags holstered.  Its wide enough to stow more magazines, loose rounds, papers/documents, or a couple packs of beef jerky. I often will stash a couple of Glock 33rd magazines in the pouch for the longer, no-capacity limit stages.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: The Eagle Industries Chest Rig M4 Molle LE Style is designed for active shooter scenarios that require your equipment to rapidly adjust to the unfolding events.

Target Market: Competitive shooters or Law Enforcement

FNBs (features & benefits of this product):

  • Three open top 30-round M4 magazine pouches
  • Two large side release buckles
  • Full length interior pocket
  • MOLLE webbing for custom rigging
  • Fully adjustable for height and girth
  • Lifetime Guarantee

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black, Khaki, Ranger Green, & Universal Camo

What others are saying?: 

  •  "I love this product. The mag pouches hold the mags very well in their Kydex liners. No need for a flap. I bought 2 more pouches for 2 more mags. My only complaint is the harness straps could be longer for big guys. I may have problems with a coat on. I'll just get another harness. GREAT product."  Optics Planet Review

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  Used online, in Army Surplus stores or find close alternative from Eagle Industries

Our Rating:

+ Lightweight and simple, no unnecessary bulk. + Inner pouch pocket is full width and makes for extra storage. + Pouches are open-top with no flappy covers, mages speedy mag changes easier. + Sits high enough to no interfere with a belt and holster, no issues with carrying a carbine with single point sling.

- Kydex lined mag pouches may be tighter fit for certain mags, PMAGs and other polymer bodied mags until expansion with use. - More "ample-bodied operators" may need longer straps.

 Score: 8.080


BLACKHAWK! Omega Vest Cross Draw/Pistol Mag

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The BLACKHAWK! Omega Vest Cross Draw/Pistol Mag is an outstanding product.  Besides Blackhawk's legendary attention to quality and durability, is the ability of the user to custom fit this vest to their needs.  From the shoulders to the girth, you can adjust this vest just the way you see fit.  As you can see in the picture above, you have 4 pistol mag holders all adjustable to the size of your mags.  There 3 above the attached holster and 1 on the holster.  You can't really see in the picture, but in each one I had a Glock 19 magazine.  The holster itself is nothing too fancy, but has an adjustable back-strap with a clip to hold your pistol in place.  Also attached to the vest are 3 rifle magazine holders.  Each of these holders are also adjustable and will secure the mags with ease.  I read a review that these magazine holders were designed to hold 2 each, but I really don't see how that is possible.  I attempted to put 2 mags in each holder and it was a tight squeeze to say the least.  Above the rifle magazine holders is a catch all pouch with Velcro on the outside for patches.  Use this pouch to hold keys, cell phone, compass, etc..  As you can see, I dressed mine up with a Velcro flag patch.  D rings and padded shoulders work great.  I wore this vest and shot 100 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun with no bruising at all.  Inside the vest are 2 zippered pockets, 2 open top pockets and 1 large pocket on the back to hold a bladder bag.  My only complaint about this vest lies in the fact that the MOLLE webbing is only located on the back.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: High quality and durability.

Target Market: Military, LE Officers and the tactically prepared.Blackhawk vest 2

FNB's:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Exterior MOLLE webbing
  • 2 large interior zippered pouches
  • Interior pocket for Blackhawk Hydration System
  • Heavy-duty nylon mesh for maximum breathability
  • Adjustable for length and girth for a custom fit
  • #10 YKK zippers and side-release buckles
  • Belt loops secure vest to any web belt
  • Cross-draw holster secured by an adjustable side-release buckle
  • 4 pistol magazine pouches with adjustable flaps for tall or short mags
  • 3 rifle magazine pouches
  • 1 horizontal accessory pouch
  • Padded HawkTek Sniper Shoulder for a fully ambidextrous vest

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  This vest is available in black, coyote tan and olive drab.

What others are saying?:  Blackhawk vest 3

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or Blackhawk.

Our Rating:

+ Extremely durable + Fully adjustable for a custom fit + Budget friendly + Pistol magazine pouches are adjustable + Nylon mesh is breathable + Big zippered interior pockets + Blackhawk Hydration pocket

- MOLLE Webbing on backside only

Score: 9.0 Amazing90

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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