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Old May 17th, 2013, 17:26   #1
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Tac Vest vs. Carrier Plate

Hey guys, I wanna be able to maneuver quickly with an M4, but I have to carry my mags around with me too. From any ones experience, which would allow you to be more agile? Tac vests, or carrier plates? I mean this in regards to CQB. Also, is one kind of more practical than the other to play in both CQB and woods? What is a price range I should be looking at as well? I've heard some guys say about $200 which I am willing to invest for.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 17:45   #2
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I would definitely go with an RRV, Its a mix of both plate carrier and chest rig. I would look into that.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 17:52   #3
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The simple different between a Tactical Vest and a Plate Carrier
MOLLE real estate, with the Tactical vest, the zipper limits the MOLLE strips that encompass the vest, while the Plate carrier, have a uninterrupted strip of MOLLE so you can mount pouches any spot on the vest itself

Weight, with a TacVest, weight is next to none, due to the fact that it carries nothing, some were designed to go over a armor carrier and for speed. However a Plate carrier sacrifices speed and weight for protection, each side can carry a panel of Kevlar or a ceramic plate, weighing up to 20 pounds per plate, and gives the carrier stiffness/rigidity and reduces sagging that all vests suffer from pouches but since the weight sometime does not matter to each person, one can substitute the plate with foam
Now if you wanted a light weight, with speed in mind for CQB, I will have to put out a chest rig. Light weight but carries limited amount of pouches for spare magazines, and you might add a battle belt for even more MOLLE re-estate

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Old May 17th, 2013, 18:09   #4
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Okay yeah, that all makes sense. I like the idea of getting a set up that you can progressively add pouches to. I can always rearrange, and add/remove pouches depending on the weight I want.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 18:52   #5
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I strongly suggest an RRV too. It can be scaled up to a full plate carrier and down to a small chest rig.

I have 2 myself and they make very polyvalent setup.

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Old May 17th, 2013, 19:44   #6
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+1 for the RRV. Very versatile type of vest with the back panel / MAP / Hydration Pouch combinations, plus the foldable dib like FOX mentionned to make it a chest rig.

I own one and i'll honestly the best purchase of gear so far.

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Old May 17th, 2013, 19:46   #7
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WSH is a good choice too if you running m4

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