A recent commenter asked, in essence:
Where do folks get the quality gear they will be needing for the upcoming North American war games?
Here's a few suggestions; as with all WRSA vendor recommendations, there's nothing being received from anyone in order to generate the plug.
1. Charley's Surplus: A long-time advertiser in Shotgun News, Charley's also has a website and has been reliable in my dealings. A few key items:
-- New LC-style load-bearing equipment components, including H-style suspenders;
-- New LC mag pouches capable of holding 4 30-rd M16 mags or 3 30-cal M14/FAL mags;
-- New LC mag pouches capable of holding 3 30-rd AK mags;
-- New butt packs for attaching to your pistol belt/suspenders/2 canteens plus covers/two mag pouches combat harness
While you're at it, go read this post on the issue of load-bearing equipment and its sequel.
2. Coleman's Military Surplus: Another quality dealer in my experience; its offerings range from:
-- Current-issue USGI sleep system; used in good condition at $149/ea;
-- M35A2 Cargo Trucks, 2½ Ton "Deuce and a half".
3. Major Surplus & Survival: All kinds of gear; check out their affiliate Voodoo Tactical as well.
4. Sportsmen's Guide: Soup to nuts, including ammo deals.
5. Cheaper Than Dirt: Another classic for gear and ammo, but watch the shipping charges.
6. Tactical Tailor: High-quality bags and related items; you'll pay for it, but it will last.
7. Raven's Wood Enterprises [distributors of the III and Threeper flag patches] advises as follows:
Raven's Wood can also provide Condor brand field gear...much less expensive than, say, Tactical Tailor, and every bit as good.
An entire modular vest set up with about 8 or 9 different pouches that can be moved anywhere on the vest in standard OD runs about $150 or so.
And the gear takes a beating...use this this web site to see what you're after and then send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org for a price.
I'm betting RWE can provide a decent price for decent gear.
Finally, don't forget Ranger Joe's, a full-service outfitter as befits its location near the main gate at Fort Benning.
PS: If you want more equipment advice, just click here to go to Sipsey Street's "Praxis" columns.
That'll give you enough quality input to keep you usefully busy for quite a while.