I’ve already mentioned that I’m trying to strip my AR down to the bare minimum, and that I’ll probably ditch all extraneous gear other than my iron sights and my 12-o’clock-mounted Inforce WML. After doing some reading (including this post at PDB), I’m going to likely dump my current 25-meter zero for a 100-meter zero to minimize close-range hold-overs as well, again focusing on the KISS principle.
I’m also giving some thought towards the same sort of simplification with my ammo-carrying gear.
I’ve had various chest rigs and vests, and have come to like a few and despise a few more. The simple fact of the matter, though, is that I’m not prone towards getting into firefights here in central North Carolina (yes, I’m aware of Durham; no, I don’t go there when I can help it). Even if the fecal matter hits the fan and it becomes necessary to set up neighborhood zombie patrols, I’m not likely to run into any sort of conflict needing more than couple of 30-round magazines worth of ammunition.
Because of this, I’m giving some thought to stripping down to a “minuteman” kit of a simple magazine bandolier. No, I’m not talking the Vietnam-era kits that held 10-round stripper clips, but bandoliers designed to hold 4-6 30-round magazines with a minimum of muss and fuss.
There are Army surplus versions floating around eBay for $15 or less, and at the other end is Blue Force Gear 10-Speed Six-Pack. I’ve recently found that Grey Ghost Gear has an even-more minimalist bandolier, though I’m not sure I like the feed lips of the magazine being exposed.
The upside of the bandolier is that it is lightweight, minimalist, quick to either don or ditch, cooler in hot climates (since it isn’t cinched right up on the body) and rather easily concealed under a jacket when it is cool. The downside is that it flops around and can be noisy and in the way.
Frankly, I’m not sold on the concept as anything other than a get-out-the-door-now bit of kit or last bit of E&E gear for your bug-out bag, but I’m willing to entertain your thoughts and theories.