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Near Sighted Sniper
April 13, 2004, 21:41
Anyone ever buy one of the "EL CHEAPO" TAC VESTS that people post for sale on ebay?Just curious of the quality,good fit,good thought out design??Or a big waste of cash???

Like this one
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=52489&item=3671046704&rd=1

Or this one [I kinda like this one]
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=53294&item=3808304370&rd=1

longhunter
April 14, 2004, 10:53
I got one for AK mags and it works OK for FAL mags. Actually I was pretty surprised at how well it was made. The item # was 2216586444. My only gripe would be that the buttpack that was supposed to be perfect for field rations was pretty darn small. Only about 6X8X1.5 I'm thinking about modifying it with tabs to take a pistol belt but haven't done it yet. For $20 I'm happy.

PS - the second one you have listed sure looks a lot like the one CDNN Investments is selling now. Shotgun news did a review on it a while back and said it was pretty decent quality. I'd check CDNN first because Ebay stuff tends to go for a lot more than it's worth.

Near Sighted Sniper
April 14, 2004, 19:44
Thanks Longhunter.I just checked out CDNN's site,any hints as to where it might be on there?I can't find it.DOH!!!

longhunter
April 14, 2004, 21:41
Sniper,
I looked at their site too and couldn't find it. I doubt they discontinued it already so perhaps an email to them will get some answers. Maybe it was too new for their catalog at printing. If I recall correctly it was around $60-$70 from them. I'll check around and see if I can fin the Shotgun News I saw it in and let you know.

Near Sighted Sniper
April 14, 2004, 22:54
Thanks Bro,I'll give them a call.

Krummlauf
April 14, 2004, 22:59
Centerfire (http://64.226.66.194/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CSI&Category_Code=TACS)
Clearview (http://www.clearviewinvest.com/search_results.asp?txtsearchParamTxt=Solutions&txtsearchParamType=Exact&txtsearchParamCat=ALL&txtsearchParamCat2=ALL&txtsearchParamMan=ALL&txtsearchParamVen=ALL&txtFromSearch=fromSearch&iLevel=1)
SG (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=131625)

longhunter
April 15, 2004, 07:41
Krummlauf,
You hit it! They all appear to be pretty much the same and I believe the manufacturer is Leapers. I know the drop leg holsters are made by them and they're not too bad. I have not managed to find a website for Leapers. Does anybody know of one?

Near Sighted Sniper
April 15, 2004, 10:28
Originally posted by Krummlauf
Centerfire (http://64.226.66.194/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CSI&Category_Code=TACS)
Clearview (http://www.clearviewinvest.com/search_results.asp?txtsearchParamTxt=Solutions&txtsearchParamType=Exact&txtsearchParamCat=ALL&txtsearchParamCat2=ALL&txtsearchParamMan=ALL&txtsearchParamVen=ALL&txtFromSearch=fromSearch&iLevel=1)
SG (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=131625)


Thanks dude.
What do you guys think?Are these worth the money or should I stop being a cheap @ss & buy something from Eagle or Tac Taylor?

milhol
April 15, 2004, 17:13
They look pretty dam good. Depends on use, but I think they'd make a good all round vest. If I had the cash I'd go for the buy three deal with you.

Near Sighted Sniper
April 15, 2004, 22:42
I think I'm gonna buy one of the drop leg holsters to test the quality before I buy the Vest.I'd rather be a gunea pig for $15 instead of $60!!!

squeek7
May 03, 2004, 23:24
hi - In the 80's before I lost my health,I manufactured tac gear/vests - A small company, but the gear was made to your order/placement/ pouch size etc. Eagle was my competition,he was also one of the few people in this industry to offer advice & knowledge to help me get started. He is rare, & his product is strong enough to hand down to your children. The question is hundreds or under one hundred,(which is WAY below normal cost for labor/material) - You could buy EAGLE (waiting list) -Or lower cost unit would serve you well if you don't plan to live in your vest for months (you & I should survive a long term hostile enviroment) -- You *can* repair with sewing machine,& if the gear makers want repeat business they will use at least some GI spec materials.Their web site was in the $70 range & thats cheap enough considering Walmart sells cheaply made cloth vests for $20. You can reinforce stress points by melting small holes(a nail) & purchasing small hand/set rivet/grommet kit. The materials they use are available to you also (check ebay)........... In my opinion the pistol should be out of the weather either in flaped/holster (mounted lower hip) or in *vertical* shoulder holster - I think bottom of vest is for rifle mags!! - also.this theigh holster habit everyone is into is for *SHOW* only - if you have ever *ran* with such a holster you would understand(try it) - one more small point = if your gear is uncovered *at all* your gear/metal is *WET - WET - WET* regards - AL

Jen
May 03, 2004, 23:33
If you don't want it falling apart on you when you need it - buy quality. The $$ you spend now will be worth the savings in fustration at your gear failing later because you went cheap.

Some places will have the quality gear in stock if you look around, but Eagle's gear is worth waiting for if no one has what you want on hand.