Comega and Lee
Pictures of MOD courtesy of Ramraid.
With the R.A.C.K you
can configure it as YOU wish. The Complete Blackhawk system ships with
the following components :
Chest Harness includes a stash away bib that provides additional space for
pockets; attaches on the shoulder straps D-rings; D-rings also act a base
for attaching any Blackhawk removable day packs, fins, radios packs etc.
Mesh pockets behind bib holds ANPVS-7D, M-24 mini binocular.
4 x Mag Pouches
each holds 2 M-16/M-4 magazine and two 12-gauge shot gun rounds.
3 x Grenade Pouches:
each holds a fragmentation grenade.
1 x Radio Pouch
(saber or similar).
1 x Utility Pouch
accommodates AN/PRC-126 radio or general purpose items.
1 x Canteen Pouch,
one quart with stash-away flap holds more frag, 40mm grenades, or NVG.s.
1 x Leg Pouch
snaps on/off via 2 side-release fasten adapters provides storage for protective
mask or general purpose, can also be worn on a sling.
The pouches are extremely easy to attach, and once fitted they sit extremely
snugly and can easily stand up to the fast mag pulls or used mag dumping
that you usually encounter in airsoft or for that matter real combat. My
current configuration is as follows :
chest rig where all this attaches too can be worn in a H-harness style,
which I personally found to be VERY uncomfortable as it feels like its going
to just slide off.. or crossed on the back, which sits extremely well and
doesn’t move at all once locked into place. Opening up the bib allows for
the addition of more pouches, these can be full sized pouches or the small
grenade pouches. There is a zipped up document stash on the inside of this
which Blackhawk says can hold the “ANPVS-7D, M-24 mini binocular” however,
I find anything bulky in there gets quite uncomfortable especially if you
hit the ground hard. Documents, maps, perhaps a chocolate bar are what I
normally have in there.
saber pouch can take any pistol and can lock it firmly into place, this
is a Radio pouch however and not a holster so don’t expect any quick pull
features and if you don’t lock it down firmly then you will find it falling
out. I use my WA 92f in the pouch without any problems. While the leg pouch
swallowed up a PASGT helmet easily along with 2 military smoke grenades.
If you want you can load it up with just smokes, it takes about 6 of the
Smoke Generators. It’s also good for dumping used mags into when you don’t
want to mess around with finding the pouch on the chest rig.
we come to the mag pouches, As said earlier these can take 2 M16 magazines
or 2 G3 mags, no P90 mags in here like some of the standard Blackhawk vests,
however they could be dumped in the Leg pouch if you really wanted to use
the P90 or the Utility pouch I am informed, however not having a P90 anymore
I cannot verify this for you. Don’t let this put you off however, the amount
of pouches included with this vest means you can configure one of the large
pouches to go on your chest instead of the M16 pouch and you can easily
hold larger mags – for example the saber pouch holds 2 AK mags quite comfortably.
or fast release buckle ? Well you decide, the mag
pouches are held close by the velcro while the leg pouch and the saber pouch
has both, however you can choose which one to use as they come with a male
cover for the velcro should you not choose to use it and only use the fast
release clip. I personally use both for the extra added security and comfort
knowing what I put into the pouches stays in there. The grenade pouches
closed with press studs.
build of this vest isint as good as the Blackhawk’s,
some place do feel like they would rip after pro-longed rough use and could
have done with double stiching. The fit isint as comfy as the Blackhawk’s,
the bib feels a bit loose and a bit flimsy on the chest once attached to
the D-rings and just isint snug enough for my liking. The pouches lock in
a similiar fashion as the R.A.C.K – velcro and quick release tabs.
can swap the pouches between the R.A.C.K and as a matter of fact the MOD
is fully MOLLE Compatible, which is not bad considering the prices of MOLLE
of the quite obvious difference is the presence of Shotgun shell loops in
the Blackhawk Ammo pouches and not there in Guarders. The Above is me generally
just looking for the smallest faults I could find because this is that good
a replica ! In reality in my opinion this would last just as long as the
Blackhawk if treated well.
of you might feel that I have not mentioned much about the M.O.D and concentrated
more on the R.A.C.K, the only reason for this is because there is not much
difference between the two, and could easily be mistaken for one another
if, you did not see the other one or if the everpresent and now infamous
badge of Blackhawk wasnt present on the inside of one of them.
thing you might want to keep in mind before doing any future purchases,
which I certainly will is that Guarder
are set to release a whole bunch of products which are identifical to Blackhawk
and other major products on the market at the moment, one thing which certainly
takes my intreset is the M.O.D body Armour, which is a replica of the current
issue Interceptor vest.
note the above prices are the RRP from the manufacturer’s websites and do
not reflect how much you could get the vest somewhere else or on sale etc,
and they dont include the shipping costs either.
as mentioned earlier, Blackhawk Kit is not too expensive but can get a bit
pricey, also it’s next to impossible to get hold of without a wait. A good
example would be my vest, I picked it up thru a source in the states for
$220 including shipping which gave me a considerable saving, I did order
one directly from Blackhawk and it has just arrived after a 2 month long
wait. However, If you are in the UK, and dont wish to order from the states
directly be it for whatever eason, then give Extreme Procurement a try.
As for the Guarder version, Airsoft Dynamics have been getting a lot of
the Guarder kit in, and they can supply this vest for £120.
: So which one to choose ?
you are on a budget and want to get basically a similiar-ish (not quite
the same) quality kit, which most people wont be able to tell the difference
between then go for the Guarder.
nicely built and to be honest – very good for the money. Sure there is no
lifetime guarantee but I can not see it ripping anytime soon.
The grenade pouches and the leg bag ? You could always buy some MOLLE issue
grenade pouches (usually retail for $5 on ebay) which will fit, since this
is MOLLE compatible like the Blackhawk version. Alternatively you could
just go for Guarders version which are a bit more pricey, $24 for a Grenade
pouch and $45 for the leg bag.
I would go for the Blackhawk kit. Why ? Simply because I have used their
kit for a while and am very satisfied with it, also if there is EVER a rip
or a tear or someway the kit is letting me down I simply return it to Blackhawk
– be it now or 20 years down the line and simply get a new one.. Blackhawk
are that confident this kit will last that they give you a lifetime guarantee.
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM copyright 2001 ArniesAirsoft