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Improved Alice packs

Posted in Packs on January 5, 2011 by dtacnz
OK been a while so I decided to post something.
The NZDF recently decided to conduct some pack trials and all the big names were represented.  Talking with the organisers I kept hearing about this “quantum leap forward” they wanted.  WTF is that?  Its basically a sack you put on your back and carry heavy stuff around that hurts.  I don’t know about the rest of you but that is my experience with a pack and  I’ve spent 11 years in the Light Infantry.
I sat down with some other  NCOs and Officers in my unit from across the Rifle and Weps Platoons and we talked about what we wanted and what we liked and didn’t like about the current Alice we were using.
This was the result.  Its made out of 500d Cordura and uses a DEI 1606AC frame with shoulder straps.belt pad I designed for the frame.
I learnt a lot from building this and the changes I will make to the next model will be discussed in a future post.

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.


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…

Comments have been left activated for readers to put forward their ideas.

Snurse Generation 3

Posted in Pouches on December 14, 2009 by dtacnz

This incarnation of the Snurse was built using feedback from deployed Snipers and SOF.  The front Velcro pocket was changed to #6 coil zipper which allowed me to remove a layer of 1000d Cordura.  All the internals were built with 420d pack cloth to further reduce weight.  The zipper was changed to a single puller for ease of use and another 2″ x 3″ clear slot was added.


Posted in Accessories on December 14, 2009 by dtacnz

The Comms Cable Retention Strap (Vertical) was designed to secure the users MBITR down leads and still allow them to be removed from the vest etc as opposed to cable tying them on and then having to cut the cable ties to remove it.

7″ long with 3 x 1 1/2″ elastic loops for routing.  You simply weave the strap under the PALS grid on your vest, place the pouch of your choice over the top and then feed your radio cables through.

Testing has been completed and the CCRS (V) has performed to expectations.  It will soon be offered for sale and thank you to everyone who helped with the T&E.

Snurse Generation 2

Posted in Pouches on December 14, 2009 by dtacnz

The Snurse (Sniper purse) was originally designed to give the Shooter/Spotter or Recon Patrol member a versatile admin pouch that could be used for recording and referencing data and also double as a modular platform for affixing pouches.

It can be mounted on a vest or pack via Malice clips or carried as a chest rig or messenger bag via the innovative harness. It features a front pocket for storing equipment, 3 rows of 6 columns of PALS for fixing pouches and internally it has an HDPE reinforced back for writing on, pen and pencil slots, quick reference card slots and a 2″ x 3″ clear window for range data with a removable clear sheet for displaying panoramic sketches or overhead imagery.

It is sized to fit 2 x NZDF commanders notebooks or most commercial data sheets including the NSN model.