When you want a Modular Assault Pack or zip on pack but have a taste for the retro or are just poor, slap a musette pack on it.
What’s old is new again. Quick attach small packs are tactical hotness. But the idea has been around. Take the good old musette bag. The function was pretty much the same as the modern ones in that you could don and doff it quickly.
Here’s my first version, it actually fit pretty good. I just did this as a lark one day while bored so the attachment wasn’t the best. If I was going to do it for real I would put some D rings on the shoulders and fix the grimlocs. The grimlocs work well with the PALS webbing but don’t interface with the D-ring on the bag that well.
Thought I would redo it a little more purposefully. So I picked up some D rings and snap hooks for a few cents each. More low profile than grimlocs and more in line with the original M1936 pack and suspenders set up. I put a small cut in the D rings to slip them on. I think if I was to do this more seriously I would pick up some of the adapters in the last picture. But it was really fast and easy, just loop the D ring and snap hooks through the appropriate spots and clip on. Took five minutes
I do like how low profile these snap hooks are, and the flat back keeps them from moving around but I would maybe switch them for small carabiners (the type you usually see being used for key) if I was planning on doing a fair amount of donning/doffing. It might be a little easier to clip and unclip from being the back, these are pretty stiff.
Here’s some close up of the hardware I used.
It actually works pretty well. Not counting shipping the whole set up cost me about $42. A lot less that the $100-$200 tactical packs. Sure there’s no MOLLE or velcro but you make up for it in style points. I like that it allows you to keep your hydration bladder attached or whatever else you might have back there. And does allow you to add a good amount of storage without completely reconfiguring your plate carrier in just a few seconds. And if you’re dexterous enough, do it without even removing your carrier. You can also make it more permanent by running the straps through the pads/straps on the carrier shoulders. So yeah. I dig it. Thought maybe some of you out there might want to try it too.