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Plate Carriers & Helmets
10 Feb 2017
Plate Carriers & Helmets
Hello to all the Outlaws, friends, and friends from
Africa. This time I would like to talk about plate
carriers and helmets for use in airsoft. Real military
plate carriers are heavy and hot - no way around
that. When I get back I will only be running with
real plates, purchased through Bennett’s Military
Supplies, to further enhance the MilSim experience,
from a personal perspective. It seems to provide a
better simulated experience by opening your eyes to
what it’s like to wear armor for hours, or even a
whole day, for service members and your local PD.
Plus, wearing plates gives you a good workout never skip leg day!
For those that cannot purchase, or do not wish to
purchase real steel plates, a way to get the feel is to
cut a hole in the top of a plastic plate and fill it with
sand. I credit a teammate, Brad Pitts, for this idea. I
do not advise water because it moves around a lot
more than sand. Once you have filled it, repair the
hole in your plate with gorilla tape, or something
similar, to keep the sand inside the plate.
Plates have a front, back, and two sides. Just like the
selector switch, only the spec-ops and special force
communities use a different style plate carrier. Now
what you attach to your plate carrier is a personal
preference. I personally carry six m4 mags on my
chest, with 3 pistol mags, and to my left side is my
radio and an “oh s+#*” mag. On my right I have my
glock, in a Blackhawk molle holster. On my back I
mount a hydration pack for long ops, and I always
carry my medical pouch on my back.
When you go to build your rig, think about what
your role is and what all makes sense to do. I have
seven mags on my person, because I mostly fill the
role of an infantryman, and due to my aggressive
style, I often get myself into bad situations where I
end up using quite a few rounds. If you are a sniper,
my rig wouldn't make any kind of sense. I do
suggest putting your name or call sign patches on
the front and back so someone who doesn't yet know
your name can call out to you specifically. I also
wear a helmet for protection, and because that's
what all divisions of the military wear. It is rare
even for the special forces community to go in
without helmets. The helmets Bennett's sells are the
model that the advanced teams wear; they are great
and breathe. On my helmet, I mount my camera on
my right, a US flag on my left, and my name on the
back, again, for rapid identification.
I hope these simple tips help improve your game.
Keep it safe – keep it MilSim.