I’ve had this chest rig for going on three years now. It was a gift from my father when I started law enforcement for me to keep in my trunk as a “go vest” (no plates) simply to go over my patrol vest. In the second picture it was worn during some overtime I worked trying to catch some dudes stealing tractor equipment. When I was given the AR500 vest (with plates) I began using this for military training and it has served me very well. It’s not a big name brand but it has surprised me time and time again with how reliable it has been through all kinds of rain, mud, and all out abuse it’s been through. I’ve used it for hunting occasionally and again it has done well. It works and it’s easily adaptable. Oh and when you see a steal on a flashlight at the PX you can’t help but snag one. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
@gerbergear fixed blade dive knife and multi tool
@sogknives trident assisted open knife
@magpul light mount w/ @streamlightinc flashlight
@mechanix_wear multicam gloves
@3m_peltor hearing protection
Now that I've gotten some time on the range, in the field, in the gym and even behind the wheel over the last month, here's the skinny on the Spiritus Systems LV119. When worn with the recommended plates (sapi/esapi) the fit and wearability was great, using plates not cut to sapi spec the wearability was nominal. No complaints there, Spiritus specifically stated that the carrier was designed around the sapi cut. It certainly shines when using sapi/esapi plates. The elastic cummerbund attachment is well thought out, and not frustrating to install. The pockets hold most items in place even during dynamic movement, and maintains that "just right" amount hold and stretch around the torso to allow freedom of movement without binding. I'm looking forward to the upcoming configurable parts. This platform is making a serious run at the Ferro Slickster.
My wife took this picture last night, as I was leaving for work. My daughter came to the door, slamming her hands on the glass and looking at me with those deep blue eyes. No tears, but our eyes were locked, and in that moment I was weak. AJ was born 3 days after I became a Trooper, and now she is nearly a year old. I wonder how fast it all flew by, and wonder how much I've missed of her development already. AJ used to sit quietly as I put on my uniform, not really understanding what was going on. But now, as I put my gun belt on and check my gear, I feel the pull of little hands at my pants. I have no choice but to pick her up after she gets my attention. She talks to me, and likes to touch the warm metal pf my collar brass. And then I get a stare from a small face, almost confusion mixed with sadness. As she grows older, you can tell that the uniform now means "daddy is going to work," it's not just blue cloth. I hope as she grows she knows that I do it for her, and her mom. I hope she knows that she is what I think about when it's late, and the paperwork is deep, and that drunk driver pulls slowly to the shoulder with my lights behind him. She is the reason I will always come home, and she is the reason I love being a daddy.