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I don't write a review or feature every single item
I have/use - not enough time, inclination or incentive. But often, visitors
will notice something in photos on the site that's not mentioned in that section,
and ask 'Dude, what's that?'. I also modify or tinker with gear, and people
will write and ask me "How did you mod that?". So, I've created
this section to help briefly answer some of those questions which are asked
most freqently, and share to add any tips I might discover.
Helmet Light on Ops-Core Helmet rail
I've received quite a few emails from visitors who read my writeup
on the Wilcox NVG mount
asking how I attached the SureFire helmet light to the side rail on
the Ops-Core helmet. I used a TangoDown ballcap helmet light mount
(which used to be sold separately but now comes on the EOTAC
operator hat) and attached it to the Ops-Core
Idrilled an extra hole through the Wing-Loc adapter
and used the two screws that came with the ballcap mount to attach
them together. I also trimmed part of one 'wing' as clearance was
needed between it and the mount (see pic below). No modification to
the SF Helmet light was needed. The Helmet light or Wing-Loc mount
can both be removed from the rail, or the mount left on it.
Hat mount and Wing-loc
Attached to side rail
5/24/06 - I've received quite a few
emails inquiring about the holster in the first two photos below.
It's just a standard Safariland 6004 for a Kimber Warrior/TLE/RL with
Surefire X200 that I modified to single strap use. The only reason
I wear a drop holster is to clear my vest as my torso's too short
to have any clearance between a belt holster and the bottom of any
vest I wear. I dislike having a drop holster sit all the way down
on the thigh especially when running or moving around - the lower
down they're mounted, the more flopping there is. I'm not the first
to modify my 6004 this way, others have done it, and in fact I was
inspired by my buddy Diz, after seeing pics of what he did to his.
Trimming the thigh panel to convert the 6004 to single-strap use isn't
absolutely necessary - you can remove the upper strap and just wear
it higher. However, it's not as comfortable as having the corners
trimmed, so that's what I did. I unscrewed the holster from the panel,
and removed the thigh straps. I marked out where I wanted to trim
the corners off, and drew lines with a marker. I used a small saw
to cut away the plastic close to the line. I then used a dremel small
sanding wheel to round off any sharp corners and edges, and to do
the final shaping. Next, I used sand paper to smooth and blend all
edges (starting out with 200 grit and going up to about 800). Since
the holster now sat higher, I had to shorten the belt hanger strap.
I figured out how much to trim off, cut it, and melted the cut edges
with a lighter. I used a soldering iron to melt 3 new holes where
the strap bolts to the thigh panel/holster. It's a great improvement
(for me) on the original 2-strap configuration.
I also attached my Trident
Knives TCFM02 to the leg panel, alongside the holster. It's a
convenient place for the small fixed blade - very unobtrusive and
easily drawn (once I figured out the grip) and sheathed. The TCFM02
kydex sheath has some holes in it, and I drilled a couple of matching
holes in the 6004 thigh panel - one at the top hole on the sheath,
another at the bottom (the elastic leg strap is just routed over the
sheath - it doesn't hold it in place). I used a couple of chicago
screws to secure it rigidly in place. In no way does it interfere
with the draw of the pistol or operation of the holster.
Attached to rig using EMDOM hanger
Modified thigh panel
sling is in this pic?
5/16/06 - I haven't used a sling for a while now
- I've been using the simple setup shown below for over a year and
a half. I've tried single, 2 and 3 point slings, and while single
point slings worked best for me at the range, they still got in the
way sometimes. They'd never seem to sit right over my gear, end up
against my neck, and get in the way of my mags sometimes. All I wanted
was something that would take the place of a single point sling and
attach to my gear. I experimented with a few home made variants using
buckles and hand stitching, and finally settled on the one you see
below, sewed up by Tim at Practical Tactical. A female SR buckle is
sewn to a loop of webbing. The loop passes through a sling plate on
the rear of my receiver and cinches up. Another length of webbing
with a loop has a male SR buckle on it. This attaches to the rig on
the weak shoulder/upper chest. The length is adjustable (the loose
end hangs down, out of the way) and the weapon can easily be detached
from the rig. Since it's attached to the weak shoulder, the weapon
hangs on the weak side. It works in any position - strong or weak
shoulder, prone etc. It's simple, and it works for me.
On STRIKE rig
On Crye chassis
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