Archive for December, 2009

Custom Alice Packs

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20, 2009 by dtacnz

Probably one of the first things I started sewing.  The Alice pack is not the most comfortable but it works and it;s relatively cheap.  The pouches it comes with stock are not enough to haul around 7 days worth of kit so you need to add some more.

These are packs I have customized in the past.


Custom Gear Report

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 by dtacnz

Mike the owner of DIY Tactical also runs the Custom Gear Report a blog dedicated to custom gear and exciting new products.  Mike is a former Sniper with the 101st and spent time in Iraq as a PMC so he knows what to look for in a piece of gear.

Stop by and check it out.

Quad shingle

Posted in Pouches on December 16, 2009 by dtacnz

I made this for a US Marine who was having problems using Pmags with other pouches.  If you didn’t know Kiwis carry the Steyr Aug and the mags are a bit different to M-16 mags so any pouches designed for them are perfect for Pmags.

It’s constructed with double layer 1000d solution dyed Cordura and solution dyed webbing.  I prefer to double layer my magazine pouches as there is no give in a magazine and they tend to wear out (for me) quicker than other pouches.  All the seams are folded inside so there is nothing to fray out.  The PALS is triple stitched in the center of each mag slot and at the space between each mag.  This is to make it easier to weave pouches onto the front.  The double layered Cordura also provides a great anchoring point for the PALS.

Having problems with main site

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 by dtacnz

Having problems getting the main site up guys, the curse of being a Grunt and not a computer geek.  Until its up and running please email me at with any sales queries.

Custom Gear Report reviews the Snurse

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 by dtacnz

A video review by Mike, owner of DIY Tactical and Custom Gear Report.

SNURSE musings…

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 by dtacnz

I decided to put some info on why the Snurse is the way it is.

I have spent a lot of time creeping around the jungle and learnt quickly that anything that can snag will.  Trying to tactically unsnare yourself from jungle creeper, maintain control of your weapon and watch your arcs of responsibility is a super human feat.  The solution is to remove anything that can snag in the hope of minimizing it, you will never avoid it completely.  Well not unless you coat yourself in teflon.

That is the reason the Snurse doesn’t have side release buckles permanently fitted to it, if you have it mounted to the patrol pack of your choice and turn to cover your 3 o’clock there is less possibility of it catching onto a creeper.

I prefer “clean” looking pouches.  On my personal kit I don’t normally have external PALS on my GP pouches etc as I know what the pouch is going to carry and size it for that.   I’m also not a fan of stacking pouches on top of each other till you end up patrolling with your arms up around your ears, it’s unnatural and you look like a fag.

The strapping system is not the quickest to install, you pass the two open ended vertical straps up through the PALs columns on the rear of the Snurse and then using the ITW repair buckles pinch the loop and feed it on just like you would when replacing a broken buckle.  I accept that some users might want a system that is almost instant but I don’t foresee anyone under fire deciding “hey I might choose this time to convert my Snurse from chest rig mode and mount it on my pack”.   The messenger bag option is for when you have to low crawl in, you can mount it off to your side so the pouch isn’t chafing your sensitive nipples or stabbing you in the chest.  You can also mount it low  in case you get found and need to get a magazine out yesterday.

I played with putting “ears” inside the Snurse so it would stay up.  I found it a debacle to try and write info on the sketch pad so that feature got f***ed off at the high port.  At the customers request I can install two HDPE reinforced lengths of 1″ webbing that will do the same job.  They fasten to the bottom with press studs that allow them to be turned to face in and allow the pouch to close properly.  I’ll try to get some pics up of that soon.

One of the thoughts behind the Snurse was to give the user a platform that allowed you to break away if you had your OP remoted forward or where conducting a CTR.  When I use my one I carry three thirty round shingles and 4 x 40mm HEDP and an M-18 smoke screening on it.  In the bad old days I used to patrol around with a set of belt order and a small chest rig that allowed me to carry enough to break back to my team when I had to get real sneaky in places I shouldn’t be and my belt order would have hampered my movement.  This was before MOLLE reared it’s head.

I found it worked well for me and wanted to replicate it as an option with the Snurse.


Posted in Pouches on December 14, 2009 by dtacnz

One Handed Trauma Kit

I made the first version of this 1 1/2 years ago.  The idea being that you could apply pressure to a bleed with one hand and tear off the pouch, manipulate the zipper and release it with the other.  Having one of the zipper pulls “leashed” to the PALS platform allows you to turn the pouch around and open the zip at the same time.

I’m about to begin work on improvements for it.  Sizing will be to fit the following:

  • 2 x 4″ Israeli bandages
  • 2 x H&H Compressed Gauze
  • NPA
  • OPA sz L
  • 14g Angiocath for ND
  • Nitrile gloves
  • ACE wrap
  • 2 x ACS
  • Roll of 1″surgical tape
  • Casualty card

Our SOP for TQ is to have it mounted accessible by with either hand on the vest.  I carry mine in a 215 Gear TQ holder if you haven’t seen one before I highly recommend you check them out.

So far my intent is to have a set of elastic “pussy lips” in place of the PALS on the front of the pouch for the gloves.  I’m going to investigate the possibilty of making an easier way to open the pouch as a casualty in shock may have problems with the fine motor skill required to manipulate the pouch open.  This may be a an exposed 1″ strap that sits between the zipper pull and opens with a yank.

Stay tuned…

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