Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Random stuff

Here's some random stuff that I picked up recently.

Hemostats, which I bought to do some paracord weaving with. And some Sharpies, practically impossible to get in Belgium. Both items will be used as props for pics as well.

Paraclete pouches

For a while now, I've been wanting a Paraclete RAV. What better way to start off the strings of purchases than with the acquisition of a few pouches.

These are Paraclete pouches in smoke green. I am planning to put together a CAG (Combat Applications Group) loadout with some Paraclete smoke green stuff. I'll have some more stuff coming in soon.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Something completely different from the FSBE II stuff is this London Bridge Trading 1961a. A chestrig that is used by many SOF operators including SEALS. This is the latest and most simple version without quick release and zipper (LBT-1961A-R) or flotation device storage compatibility (LBT-1961G).

It's usually used in combination with some kind of plate carrier, like a slick LBT-6094, Veltye Hugger or just a PACA as shown above.

Color of this rig is tan and as such it's the very first piece of gear that I own in tan color. I have to admit that I am a bit tired of my coyote brown gear. I am not selling the FSBE II collection though, as I cannot bare to part with it yet. :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pistol Leash

Just got this for my FSBE loadout: a weapon retention lanyard, called Pistol Leash.

I only have some rather small and blurry pics of this in use. But I think it's this one.

Here are some reference pictures that I found.

And finally here's my more or less completed first line for my FSBE kit.

I could always use the old dump pouch that the Marines used, but I can't seem to find them anywhere. Ordnance1980 made some replicas, but they don't sell them anymore.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I just received my latest piece of gear. It's nothing spectacular, just a flash hood made by Koman Inc. a DoD contractor. I thought this might be suitable for my FSBE loadout.

I already bought another hood before from another FSBE II collector. He used it for his contemporary FR look. The hood is made by Fire Brigade Mfg. It's a nice piece of kit, but it's a heavy hood, made with thick material. I must say that the Koman hood is much lighter and more comfortable to wear.

The following hood is a CVC hood or a Combat Vehicle Crewman hood. This hood is even thicker than the Fire Brigade one and is too small for me unfortunately. I bought this to replicate the look of the Fire Brigade one. But as it turned out, it wasn't only too small, but it didn't look anything like it. So I kept it for the "collection", as they're not even worth selling.

Then the Marines started getting their FROG (Fire Resistant Organizational Gear) gear. So I bought a first gen FROG hood.

And also a 2nd gen FROG hood with mesh top for extra comfort when wearing a helmet.

Last is my Under Armour Heat Gear hood. Unlike the other ones, this one doesn't offer any flash protection. It's more for looks than anything else. I bought this one first, just to match up with the CB color of the FSBE II gear.

I do have some more hoods, but they're the nameless airsoft type of deal, not worth posting.

Family picture for color comparison!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Same shit, different day

Got bored and decided to take some pics of the FSBE II setups and the Orc Industries PCU lvl 5 jacket combo.