BDS was nice enough to send us their new Modular AK47 Vehicle Operators Chest Rig to review. Being M4 fans, we were excited to check this out as an excuse to use an AK. But, it just so happened that during one of our team’s training days, TGL ran into Calvin, AKA Earthquake (6’6″ @ 285lb). When we showed him this rig, he was so excited to check it out that we were more than happy to let an loyal AK user at it.
Here is Calvin’s review of this new AK Chest Rig from BDS Tactical:
I know most groups out there are fielding the M4 platform but there is a major call for the AK as most of the Opfor forces you will encounter on the battlefield are wielding the AK. This chest rig could fit in a variety of rolls from CQB to a full Milsm event.
First, lets look at the fit and finish:
This is what I love about chest rigs: adjustability. The adjustments on this rig will let it fit a variety of body types. I am 6′ 6″ and around 285 lbs. and I was able to make it fit me perfectly. I then I took it and put it on my 11 year old son who is 4′ 11″ and around 76 lbs. and I was able to adjust it to almost fit him perfectly. The mag pouches have Velcro adjustments so you can make the mag retention tighter or looser depending on your preference.
As to the finish, I find the material to be very nice and I can see it holding up to years of play. My only concern is that I find the material to be a little shiny (compared to my other coytoe brown rigs).
Next, let us look at the pouches on this AK47 Chest Rig:
This rig is made to hold 8 AK mags (double stacked), and also has 2 large pouches on either side for carrying items such as grenades, pens, first aid gear, or a leatherman. Those of us who use a chest rig know that storage can be limited, so having the extra pouches are a great advantage. The pouch on the left side (as you are wearing the chest rig) has a nice elastic restraint which fit my Airsoft Innovations Tornado greande perfectly. the other side is an open pouch with plenty of space.
On the front of the mag pouches, you have MOLLE webbing, that will allow you to add more pouches if you choose to. The pouches also have metal grommets, that act as drainage holes. Right behind the magazine pouches is a large Kangaroo pouch that gives you plenty of space for documents, maps, or small items.
Overall, I found this to be a quality piece of gear. Not the smallest rig on the market, but if you team it with a hydration carrier, you have a great all around Chest Rig that can be used for CQB events or larger, 24 hour Milsim events.
– Calvin (AKA Earthquake)
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