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Pantac LBT 1961a

Posted 02-13-2010 at 08:18 PM by sticks
Updated 02-15-2010 at 11:06 PM by sticks
Why did I purchase a new rig?
Hey guys, I sold my Eagle Industries RRS-V to a friend (Red) not to long ago. It was a great vest, however I really needed a multifunctional vest. With the RRS-V fully loaded it would need a first line to handle all the stuff I had(and keep the bib folded down as I liked). So I set out to look for another chest rig that fit my needs. While searching through some photo's of Seal's on I found that allot of them had 1961a's with a crap ton of stuff stuck inside. This intrigued me as it almost totally fit my needs. So without further adieu' here is my review of the Pantac LBT 1961a.

As you can see the vest looks very "busy". It is a static vest with no MOLLE retail, but do not let that fool you into thinking it is of poor design and build quality! It is contructed from 1000D Cordure and double stitched. All of the pouches have quarter inch drain holes on the bottom. Beyond being well thought out it somehow incorporates 4 double magazine pouches in the middle, a double pistol mag pouch and 3 VN sized mag pouches on top of the 4 large size mag pouches. Flanking this badass array of holding cells are two large GP pouches that sit on top of 2 large MBITR(radio) pouches. The GP pouches have a Frag pouch sitting on the inner side of the rig. I know this is probably hard to understand, so sorry lol.

Thats a look at what I have dropped in the vest so far. I still have to use up one GP and two frag pouches. Right no I am using one mag for the large mag pouches, and one mag in the shorter VN mag pouches on the front. This way I do not have any "mag stick" while retrieving a mag. The large mag pouches can easily fit 2 M4 style mags though. I plan on picking up 4 Kydex inserts so they retain better.

The vest is flanked by 2 very large MBITR pouches, one I use for a holster and the other is used as a normal MBITR. The vest came with comms channels as well. For those who don't know, these are pictured above, and designed to fit radio or any other small wire that you may need. It just helps with the streamline, and creates less of a hassle for the user.

The Pistol mag pouches fit 9mm mags(M9) with a little extra room(about 2mm), I assume these were made to fit P226 or Mk23 mags. The pouches could fit 2 1911 mags in one pouch. The cover for the pouch covers both pouches so when you open it up you have access to both mags.

The 1911 is in the left MBITR, it utilizes both a buckle and elastic to keep the contents in place. However it does not have a flap. I am using the same pouch on the other side to hold my radio, it also fit my M9 with no problems. There is no wiggle with either sidearm in the pouch as long as the buckle and elastic are in place.

The GP pouches come with a button on elastic square covering. This allows extra retention and cover for the more expensive things, such as a GPS unit, or if you wanted to use it as a mini dump pouch the elastic would keep the mags in place. I removed the elastic on the side that I store my BB's in. I have not removed it on the other side, when I find out what I'm putting in that pouch I probably will. Unless its something that could fall out easily.

Here is a pic of the other pouch with my BB's, it does not have the elastic cover, although it still has the main pouch flap to keep the BB's inside.

The top picture shows how the vest can be pull open for the whole length of the vest, what I found interesting is Pantac attaches two strips of velcros in the middle to reinforce the closer and what I assume as a way to segregate the internal vest into 3 large compartments. This is handy because you can now use any of the three compartments as a map pouch/ADMIN pouch without having to look throughout the vest for your stuff.

The vest has a permanent H-Harness that is easily adjustable and a lower back retention strap. It is very similar to my old RRS-V except the H-harness has a 90* angle that attaches it to the back of the rig, whereas most rigs and my old RRS-V had curving straps that likes to ride on one edge against the back. There is no problem like that on this rig and I'm very happy about that.

Overall I would give this vest a 9/10, as it is not modular in any way(however you should know this before buying the vest, so its no big deal). The H harness is fixed in place, so taking the vest off can be kinda weird because the H-Harness sits to high or low depending on the size of the user. But besides that it is a great vest. I would recommend this to anyone with a STANAG gun or similar mag size. The build quality is awesome as I have come to expect with Pantac, so I'm sure I will have this vest for many years to come.

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  1. Old
    Nice review, and nice looking rig.
    Posted 02-15-2010 at 12:23 AM by Behindyou Behindyou is offline
  2. Old
    D_Man's Avatar
    I would have liked to see a MBITR/radio pouch added
    This rig actually has two MBITR pouches, the ones benhind the GP pouches, where you have your pistol and gas can...
    Posted 02-15-2010 at 11:56 AM by D_Man D_Man is offline
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    sticks's Avatar
    Thanks D, i'll fix it.

    They are F-ing huge though!

    Posted 02-15-2010 at 05:29 PM by sticks sticks is offline
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    Falcon's Avatar
    I like "Pnatac" gear too

    Edit: good jorb correcting, you know i less than three you.
    Posted 02-15-2010 at 06:24 PM by Falcon Falcon is offline
    Updated 02-15-2010 at 11:08 PM by Falcon

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