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Shotgun vest

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by sambeaux2249, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. sambeaux2249

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    I've been looking on and off for years for a good shotgun vest. I have yet to find anything that is quite what I want. Most tactical/assault/LBE vests center around having a couple of shotshell pouches holding 12 shells, and then an array of other pockets. I'm pretty unimpressed with the shotshell pouches.

    The clays/trap/hunting vests are not quite what I'm after, either. They usually have a handful of shell loops, and a couple of huge bellows pockets for hulls.

    Ideally, what I'd like is either a vest with lots of shell loops, or a few shell tubes similar to Cabela's RapidLoader vests. The RapidLoader vests look pretty good except for incorporating blaze orange for safety, and I've heard that the bit of plastic at the end of the tube is VERY hard to pull a shell through.

    If anyone knows of something better, I'd love to hear about it. I'm thinking about designing my own.

    Sam
     
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  3. m24shooter

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    The Original SOE Gear might work for that. It has the cards with loops for 24 rounds in the two pouches, and then the large pocket that you can stow additional rounds or whatever in. With the cards you pull the shells out, and then rip the front pair off and let them hang below. You then pull the second pair from the pouches and flop them down on the Velcro that is on the front of the pouch.
    This is smaller and lower profile than a full vest, but still carries a lot and has a lot of utility.

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    12 Gauge Micro Rig

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    Front cards off, second pair on front

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    Pocket contents

    ETA: You can use the 3 Gun Gear or Vang sidesaddle Velcro panels on it as well if your shotgun is set up for those.
     
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  4. sambeaux2249

    sambeaux2249

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    Yeah, that was one of the better ones I found, and one of the FEW that seemed dedicated to shotgun shooters. On the other hand, I really don't think I like the shotshell pouches that they are using. My limited experience with that type of pouch indicates that they are hard to load, impossible to load quickly, and not terribly convenient to pull ammo from.

    I really liked the RapidLoader idea that I saw on some Cabela's vests, but I've heard they are VERY difficult to pull ammo from.

    I haven't really seen anything that looks all that well suited to actual use. *shrugs* Maybe I'm the one that's off my rocker. I plan on working up my own vest in the near future. We'll see how my project turns out.

    Thanks. :)

    Sam
     
  5. To be honest, the best setup I ever used was the old ALICE pouches...then again that is what I was originally trained with so I'm probably biased.:whistling: The ones I used weren't difficult to pull shells out of and I prefer the lift-the-dot snaps on the lid. Today we see a lot of pouches using velcro to secure the flap but I'm not a fan of this method. Loading shells one at a time into a magazine tube one at a time with a flap falling back down after you removed the shell leaves you with a ripping sound with every shell you load into the magazine. The flap on the old ALICE pouches gets away from this problem.
     
  6. sambeaux2249

    sambeaux2249

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    Yeah, I'm not a fan of velcro either. I have one of the old alice pouches, too... but it's probably a chinese ripoff... it sure feels cheap.

    Sam