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Load Carriage

2024 Guide to Load Bearing Equipment: History, Tips, & Misteps

This post continues our look at load carriage by focusing on more traditional load bearing equipment. Before we get into my personal setups, I want to talk a little bit about how load carrying gear evolved over time.

Complete Guide on Setting Up Your Battle Belt: 2024 Edition

The battle belt is a sort of modern iteration of the classic ALICE gear that served the US military from the 70s through late 90s. But there are some significant differences, particularly in the type and amount of load that the belt handles. In this post, we're going through some basic guidelines and a suggested layout for developing your own minimalist fighting kit.

The General Purpose Patrol Harness: Run & Gun Kit

I'm rounding out descriptions of my load bearing equipment configurations. We've covered the MInuteman Harness, the Rifleman Rig, and now the General Purpose Patrol Harness-otherwise known as the Run & Gun rig that I'll be using for tactical biathlon competitions and other things.

The Beginner’s Guide to Ammunition Management

A while back, I did a primer on magazine pouches, and one of the topics I mentioned was managing your ammunition supply. This is the follow-up where I get into some specific advice for beginners about working through your equipment and positioning your magazines.

The Rifleman Harness: Old School is New Again

As part of revising my load bearing equipment, I've continued building on previous versions to create something I've dubbed the Rifleman Harness. It's a heavier load bearing equipment configuration for longer duration away from home.

Evaluating Your Gear for Real World Use

A series of recent events reminded me of the importance of actually checking your gear for fit, function, and purpose. It doesn't have to take long, and it pays dividends when you actually have to use your stuff for competition, personal defense, or worse. Unfortunately, many people just don't know where to start, so they begin and end with mounting pouches on their kit, snapping a few photos, and saying "Good enough!"

The Magazine Pouch Primer: Access, Security, and Ergonomics

In this article, we're diving in on the topic of magazine pouches. We'll go over my classification system, the tradeoffs between them, what you should prioritize based on your uses, and some basic rules for configuring your ammunition load.

How to Carry the Load: Marksman Live!

In Marksman Live session 004, I talked with Brent0331 all about various load carriage methods. Brent is a US Marine with a popular YouTube channel teaching basic infantry tactics, and the conversation wandered over a lot of topics. Enjoy!

Chest Rigs vs. Belt Kits: Don’t Fall Into the Trap

This post continues what I started in my introduction to load carriage. In that article, I talked about the ongoing battle between weight and capability. It turns out that up until very recently, the average weight carried by soldiers remained shockingly stable. When it comes time to fight, the recommendation is to stay less than 30% of your lean body mass or about 50 lbs for the average person.

Let’s Talk About Load Carriage

It's time to start talking about how we carry our stuff. This series of articles is not focused on competition or marksmanship. Instead, we're going to talk about showing up for a fight.
tactical chest rig

The Tactical Chest Rig: What You Need, and What You Don’t

Today we're talking about the chest rig. Whether it's standalone or a plate carrier, putting stuff on your torso has become the de-facto "cool guy" way to do things. So what do you need to know about doing it?

The Tactical Belt: Minimalist Duty Loadout for Everyday People

Today we continue our discussion of load carriage options by talking about the tactical belt. You might also know it as a duty belt, and it's a great method for carrying gear when you do it right.

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