AK Rifles banner

1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
53 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
This past weekend I went through a 2 mile 'Run&Gun' here in Okieland. It was a good chance to wring out and validate both my gear and myself with some lessons learned on both ends. Lately I've been shooting my AKs almost exclusively due to the cost and availability, or lack thereof, of 5.56 by comparison. As the new SLR-107CR I had just finished setting up for this event went T/U with a bad FCG that Arsenal is refusing to replace I had to run the course with my SLR-107UR. This was entertaining for some folks but more on that in a bit.

In preparation for this event I had ordered and paid for a multi-purpose chest rig that will work with AK mags nearly seven weeks ago. Unfortunately, despite being listed as in stock it didn't get here until yesterday. As such I had to improvise a bit. I found that Blueforce Gear's Helium Whisper double M4 pouches work damn well for holding single AK mags. Even with the flap on first reload pouch tucked back for quick access I had zero issues with the mag coming out while crawling under obstacles, climbing gullies, working through brush, hopping fences and sliding around like a fool in the mud. I was pretty tickled with how well they worked. The gear used and not shown includes a small pack for a water bladder and criticals, EAG dump pouch and a Safariland paddle holster/ Comp-tac mag pouch to support a Glock 19.




This is a now a pretty consistent setup that I'm using for classes, matches and 'general preparedness'. To further break down what's in the picture above...

Gun: Arsenal SLR-107UR - equipped with an Ultimak rail, T-1 micro on a LT-661 mount and a SF FURY on a Thorntail. I'm still trying to find a good way to sling this thing as it's so short that it doesn't hang well, not that the standard sling mount locations help in this. So far the VTAC is working well but I need to add a quick release. When it comes down to it, calling this a 6-7 MOA gun would probably be generous. The barrel is 8.25" and the twist rate is 1:9.4"... I would say that my initial thoughts of suppressing this obnoxious bitch are on hold until I can have it rebuilt into a different format.

Armor: Mayflower LPAC, VelSyst Dyneema panels and VelSyst P-34 Lvl III plates.
Comfortable and works well for it's intended purpose but I was really wishing during the event that I had a basic plate carrier to drop the weight of the soft armor and get some extra air. Gotta run what ya brung. Other than myself only two other fellows wore armor, both plate carriers. I was the only person foolish enough to wear a brain bucket.

Brain bucket: BAE TC-2001, Team Wendy pads and X-Nape harness. This helmet is finally dialed in right for me, stays securely in place and interfaces well with the behind the head Sordins. That being said by the time I acquired the helmet, added pads, harness and found rails to fit (thanks LF!) I probably would've been ahead to just save a few hundred more and pop for an Airframe. I think they make one in XL now.

Chest rig: Mayflower UW QD, this is the plain MOLLE tactical bra that from left to right has a BFG smoke pouch, BFG Double M4 pouches x 3 and a BFG Trauma Kit Now. Normally this will have three AR mags in and if I need to do so for a class or something I can plus up to 6 mags; everything stay in balance. Normally I have a booboo pouch on the far left with lube, earplugs and a compass but I had scavenged the pouch for something else prior to this event and hadn't had time to replace it.

It was 95° and 83% humidity on the day we had this event. I was not properly in shape for this event and my only saving grace is that I was well acclimated to being out and working in weather much hotter than what we had this day. Overall the scores were a composite of the shooting and running scores; I came in 9th. I was fairly satisfied with this given all the crap I was hauling over hill, over dale and under barbed wire. The fourth stage of the match this past weekend involved getting three hits on a 18"x20" steel plate at 400yds in under a minute. Interestingly enough, of 65 competitors I placed 3rd using thirty seconds (including loading and assuming my firing position) and I used 10-11 rounds to get those hits. I also placed fourth in the next and last stage advancing from the 400yd berm to several other shooting stations up to and including the 200yd berm shooting at the same target. Not that the field of competitors was terribly deep but I was still rather tickled by that.

In addition to emphasizing that I need to get back into a regular workout routine this was a bit of a gut check for me. I also need to work my shooting a carbine from awkward positions a'la the VTAC wall. That was especially a pain and the toughest shooting stage for me because by getting the muzzle device and the bezel of my SF that's the same length through the narrower slots my optic would then be cocked off to the side and I couldn't see the target with either eye. I need to ponder that. I also really want to slim down my armor even further to just a PC with the Lvl III plates fore and aft with maybe some soft panels on the side.

Things for me to think about.
Ek :twirl:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
805 Posts
Blue Force Gear posted this pic up on their FB page a few days ago, sweet little rifle you have there.
I guess those pouches worked well for you, so that's good. I primarily run HSGI Tacos, they work really well for 7.62x39 AK mags.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20 Posts
Did you end up filming this? I am going to most likely run my AK in NC Recon which is a 2 Day event. All equipment, ammo, and weapons must be on your person the whole match, and you must walk from stage to stage. Similar to Trooper Division at the MGM Ironman.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
53 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
I did not as I've been having issues with my Contour ROAM. Several other fellows did and one of the vids is here.

We had similar rules in place that if you dropped anything, mags during a reload for example, you could not leave the station and continue the run until you had policed all your crap. I just shoved everything into a dump pouch and then backfilled my mag pouches from that while I was on the run between stations.

Ek
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,600 Posts
I just wanted to compliment the paint job you did on your 107UR, that looks fantastic!
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top