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Tactical Tailor/Mil Spec Monkey Adapt Pack

In the past my go to general use back packs have always been the Eagle AIII and the ATS/Lightfighter RAID but they were somewhat overkill for what I usually needed. With that in mind I recently started looking for something a bit smaller, lighter, and cheaper.

In my search I came across the Adapt pack produced by Tactical Tailor and available through the Milspec Monkey website. The pack is a variation of Tactical Tailor’s Fight Light Removable Operator Pack and priced at a reasonable $99.00

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The Adapt features a 17” tall x 9.5” wide x 5.5” deep main pocket and a 14” tall x 8” wide x 2.5” deep side zipper front pocket for a total volume of 1178 cubic inches.

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Here it is with a .50 cal ammo can placed inside to give you a rough idea of interior size.  There was a bit of room on all sides to put more stuff into the compartment.

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The large main compartment has two elastic pockets built into the sides for holding things like water bottles.

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The smaller front compartment is lined with Velcro for attaching Velcro backed pouches inside.

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The exterior of the pack features MOLLE webbing on the front and sides, the front being four columns wide and three rows tall and the sides being three usable columns wide and three rows tall.

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The front of the pack also has a Velcro portion for attaching patches, and length adjustable elastic cord for securing things like jackets.

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The top of the pack has the industry standard carry handle and two Velcro closure ports for routing cables or drink hoses.

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One of the main features of the Adapt pack and its Removable Operator Pack cousins is the ability to securely attach the pack to a larger ruck sack or the back of a plate carrier and quickly attach or remove the pack. To that end the Adapt comes with two MALICE clip adapters that attach to the host equipment that then clip into fastex buckles near the pack’s shoulder straps.

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There are a second set of fastex buckles designed to have MOLLE webbing threaded through them mounted on the lower sides of the pack to secure the bottom of the pack to its host equipment.

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When being used in this fashion the pack’s shoulder straps can stowed in an internal compartment to reduce clutter. This compartment can also be used to hold a camelbak style water bladder.

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Given that I bought this pack for its compactness I haven’t had a reason to attach it to any sort of larger load carrying equipment, but have found another use for the shoulder MALICE clip adapters. I run a carabiner through the webbing on each and then use those to clip the pack to the head rest posts of my truck seat that way the pack is secured, easily accessed and up out of the floor and seat.

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My main criticism of the pack is that lacks compression straps on the sides to cinch it down.  My only point of concern with the pack is the stitching for the MOLLE webbing on the front of the pack doesn’t seem very substantial. It’s not been an issue so far and there are no signs of the stitching pulling out yet, I just wonder if it may be an issue in the future.

So far I’ve been quite happy with the pack. It’s proved to be a useful grab and go type pack for day trips. Given that the main Loose Rounds test area is on a fairly remote mountain top I usually throw a change of clothes and misc other personal items it’s nice to have on hand in the pack. Clipped to my headrest it holds what I need and keeps it out of the way. I also used it at the recent NRA annual meeting to hold my camera, a second lens, rain jacket, etc. The pack is a nice mix of just big enough to hold what you need for an active day without being overly bulky or heavy.

Wolf Gray Color Comparison

Gray colored gear has become a bit of a thing lately for those looking for tactical gear that doesn’t give an overt military/LE feel.

But is all wolf gray created equal?  We’ve gotten a few pieces in to try out so we figured we’d do a color comparison.

Here we have a Blue Force Gear triple mag pouch in their wolf color along with a Emdom USA utility pouch in their SDU gray laying on top of an ATS Tactical RAID II pack in their wolf gray color.

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Getting colors exactly correct can be a bit tricky over the internet as camera and monitor settings all play a part.  It may not completely come through in the photos but in person the RAID II pack gray has a strong green tint to its color, almost a foliage green.  The Blue Force Gear gray has a darker more blue tinted color.  The Emdom USA SDU gray has a more brown/tan tint to it.

For further comparison here are the above three pieces of gear along with a coyote brown mag pouch, an OD green canteen cover, a woodland camo buttpack, and an ACU mag pouch.

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Frank Proctor Way of the Gun Sling

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In looking for a sling for my Colt 733 clone I wanted something that had both modern two point adjustability and an appearance that didn’t look out of place on a quasi retro AR. I hadn’t had much luck finding anything that really suited me until I stumbled across the Way of the Gun sling from Frank Proctor. Liking what I saw, I ordered one in ranger green to try out.

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The sling itself is the absolute definition of minimalist. A basic 1” nylon strap, two buckles, two paracord attachment loops, that’s it.  Total weight of the sling, including the paracord attachment loops, is 1.98 oz.

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Close up of the para cord attachment loop.

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The length adjustment slider. Push forward to lengthen, pull back to shorten.

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The only stitching on the entire sling.

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Comparison photo of the Proctor sling next to a Magpul MS1.  Note the slings opposite function.  On the WOTG sling push the slider forward to lengthen the sling and pull back to shorten, while the Magpul slider pulls back to lengthen and pushes forward to shorten.  Not that either way is good or bad, just something to keep in mind.  Earlier I mentioned the WOTG sling with paracord attachments has a total weight of 1.98 oz, in comparison the Magpul MS1 with two quick disconnects has a total weight of 7.71 oz.  A 5.73 oz difference.

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Comparison of the length adjusters and attachment methods.

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Difference in width between the slings. 1” for the Proctor WOTG sling vs. 1.25” for the Magpul MS1.

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Proctor WOTG sling mounted on my 733.

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Here are a couple of photos of the sling mounted up on other AR’s to show the versatility in mounting it to different weapons.

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I’ve been using the sling for a couple of months now and have been pleased with it.  I’ve found the sling to be simple, lightweight and efficient.  The strap doesn’t bind up or get in the way, and the length adjuster slides smoothly.  It gets the job done with no fuss or drama, which is all I ask in a sling.

My only suggestion for improvement would be to, due to its small size, make the serrations on the sides of the length adjuster more pronounced to give the hand something to really grab/lock onto.

One bit of caution, the strap is thin and the material is flexible, I can see the potential for the sling strap to dig in and become uncomfortable if carrying a heavier weapon slung for long periods of time.  Given I’ve mostly run the sling on a sub 6 lb SBR it’s never been an issue for me, just something to think about.

All in all if you’re looking for a lightweight minimalist sling that won’t get in the way, a sling that can easily be switched between weapons that don’t have provisions for quick disconnects, or a sling that gives modern two point quick adjustable function with an old look the Frank Proctor Way of the Gun sling is a solid choice.

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Don't Purchase Bates Footwear

Pictured are single examples from two pairs of Bates footwear I have.  A Leather Durashock Oxford on the left and a 5″ Tactical Sport Boot on the right.

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As you can see both have had serious issues with their soles.  The soles on both of the Oxfords have begun to disintegrate and crack, leaving chunks behind if walked in.  On the other hand, while the Sport Boot sole is intact, it decided to completely separate itself from the rest of the boot.  The sole on its left foot twin is still, barely, holding on, but has some serious gaping and is not likely to stay on much longer.

While it would be one thing if both pairs of footwear had miles and miles of wear on them, that is not the case.  The Oxfords have been worn only sparingly, probably less than 25 times since I’ve owned them, and strictly to formal occasions.  Now the Sport Boots have seen more outdoor use, but as you can see by the lack of treadwear on the now independent sole and the lack of wear on the boot leather, they’ve not seen that much use.  Certainly not enough time to justify the sole falling completely off.

In short, I do not recommend Bates footwear.

We here at Loose Rounds have had good luck with Merrell, Danner, and Salomon brand footwear.  I would go that direction for your boot/shoe needs.

-An addendum from Howard:

I’ve owned many Bates shoes and boots.  Bates were what I was issued in the USMC and the soles would quickly wear out and stitching would come undone.  Prior to going to Iraq I bought a pair of Bates Lites to use for Iraq, they came unstitched and were unusable after two weeks.  Bates boots are the most comfortable boots I have ever used, but they don’t hold up at all.

Magpul PMAG17 vs. factory Glock 17rd mag Photo Comparison

We recently acquired one of the new Magpul PMAG17 GL9 mags to try out and see if it equals a factory Glock mag.  As the flash flooding pics Shawn has put up on the Loose Rounds Instagram account show, the weather hasn’t allowed us to get any range time on it yet.  I have however taken some pics comparing the two.  Here you go…

Note, in all of these pics the Glock mag is on the left and the Magpul mag is on the right.

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