We've previously discussed about fancy options of gear that were originally made for 'real operators' , which we received comments that there was not enough 'green info' in it, hence we decided to write a dedicated paragraph on something more practical and not click baiting.
Today we are going to discuss about weight balance and weight distribution of your gear, we all know gym time helps one carrying more gear, but what if you are carrying the wrong gear or carrying them the wrong way? So let's say it's a short milsim game you are attending and you should be carrying on you more or less the list below:
6x Mid cap magazines (to say the least, some carry more than 6)
1x Pistol backup magazine
2x Smoke grenade / Sound device
1x Speed Loader
1x Bag of BBs
1x Bottle of Gas / Co2 capsules / HPA air tank
Snack bars / energy supplements
2L of water
1x Simple medic kit / IFAK
Question is, how should one distribute the weight of these item across the body so it doesn't become front heavy or overly cumbersome?
Place items where they could be easily reached
Carry only what you need
Carry water and food
Distribute weight evenly across the setup
Over stack of items on each other
Carry items that have questionable purpose in the field
So lets say we have a standard Molle plate carrier and a Molle belt, where should we place our items to make it balanced and not cumbersome? (This could vary from person to person!)
*The key concept is to keep the weight distribution centered and balanced on both sides, stacking magazines on top of each other might let you carry more magazines on one side, but once you are on an unstable platform or hitting the dirt, it's gonna affect your balance and ability to get back to the standing stance.
On the plate carrier:
3x Rifle magazines
1x Rifle Magazine
1x Smoke grenade / sound device
Back (Kangaroo pack / Hydration pouch):
2L of Water
Snack and supplements
1x Smoke grenade
1x HPA air tank (if you use HPA)
1x Pistol magazine
1x Rifle magazine
1x Speed loader
1x Medic Kit / IFAK
1x Bag of BBs
Green gas / co2 capsules / backup HPA tank
Extra food / water
(One may ask: If you count, there's only 5 rifle magazines in this list? The last one is on the rifle....duh?)
At the end of the day, each person might have different preference as to where to place their gear, we are only trying to introduce to the concept of keeping the weight distributed across the body and having them centric to the body, as your arm could only reach so far and having to find your piece of equipment under stress often leads to unpleasant results.
We do also suggest using pouches that keeps retention without using flaps as it may slow you down in the process of a firefight. Hydration pouches are also great ideas as it eliminates the need to access to your bottle and the need to unscrew the cap.