A lot of people have a ton of tactical gear with no decent way to store it. It is hard to find hangers that will support the weight of plates and mags already loaded plus all the extras. After seeing a few versions of this handy system me and my Dad put a couple of them together ourselves to hang gear on. It keeps it ready and not tangles up.
The first is the one I keep my TAG Banshee on.
It holds the Banshee loaded with plates and armor, three 30 round mags and 3 ten round 1911 mags. Also it holds my warbelt with x2 ar mags, 1 1911 mag my pistol holster, IFAK and dump ouch and GPO pouch. On top rests my ACH MICH helmet. When making them if you want it to hold a hat or helmet you have to remember to have the main support be tall enough to hang the head cover on.
The beauty is you can make them as tall and wide as you want. And they are strong enough to hold every bit of gear you own if the gear has a way to hang off of it. It does not cost much to make them either since all you need is a few 2x4s and some paint and nails.
Be sure to make the base well enough to keep the stand balanced when loaded down.
The base is the one part that you can not make too small. But you do not need to make it huge. Make it big and you can always trim it down. We always just make them a little bigger then we think we will need just to be safe.
The second lacks the helmet stand but holds a full riflemans kit MOLLE II FLC and a Source WXP. This is quite a bit of weight but the stand handles it with ease. This one was made a little smaller but with wider “shoulder” so to keep the weight even across the vest.
On a side not the MOLLE II FLC is an excellent fighting kit that is often over looked. they can be found in coyote, ACU, Woodland and DCU all over the web at very affordable prices. They are made my gov contractors for the military> They are not the coolest new stuff but they can take a ton of abuse and hold more then you can stand to carry. They do not hold armor but can fit over armor carriers just fine and the vest area is mesh so it is much cooler then a lot of chest rigs. it can also be configures as a chest rig as well as the vest system. I will do another full article on the FLC later.
The only downside is the gear tree does not easily fit into a closet or hide as well, but it is a safer way to store you armor and it is always ready for you to don in a hurry. Nothing gets tangled and your gear is not laying in a corner getting peed on by the family cat. Another bonus is if airs out and drys faster when wet or sweaty with your manly funk.