Gunfighter Tip of the Week: DIY Chest Rig for Suppressed Pistol

A chest rig is one of the best ways to carry a suppressed pistol.  BTW, that’s a Gemtech GM-9 on a Glock 17.

Suppressed pistols are a ton of fun.  Sure, they may not be the preferred “toy” for an extended range session, but for plinking or hunting in the backcountry they’re great.  You get to leave those pesky earmuffs at home while you enjoy the outdoors.  The only problem with a suppressed pistol is carrying it.  Today we are going to solve that problem.

Obviously, the extended length with the can attached makes conventional belt carry less than ideal. You could still get away with it if you were just on a walkabout, but it really gets in the way if you are cruising on an ATV or snowmobile. Also, finding a traditional holster for that setup is a bit of a pain as well.

Crye Precision has found an innovative way to solve the holster dilemma.  It’s called the Gunclip.  The good news is it’s a solid product.  The bad news is it’s only available for Glock pistols.  But I bet wee see that change in the future.

The Gunclip closes over the trigger guard like a clam shell, which means it doesn’t require a lot of material and space. One holster fits any double stack 9mm, .40, or .357 SIG Glock, with any suppressor. To deploy your pistol, you press a release tab with your trigger finger, and pull the gun out instead of up. Pretty simple motion to master with just a few practice runs. And at $40, this won’t break the bank.

The best place to put the Gunclip is on a chest rig.  It makes the gun easy to reach but also out of the way when your snowmobiling or ATVing through the wilderness.  The rig also keeps it from banging you in the knee if you decide to hoof it.

The problem with chest rigs is that they are pricey. When I was in the Army, we ended up with a gaggle of Eagle Industries products. One of the rigs I used a lot was called the Rhodesian Recon Vest. Fantastic piece of gear, and tough as nails. But they cost like $240. Way more than I was looking to spend for this project.

However, the surplus models in ACU camouflage pattern are widely available for $30.  I am cheap, but I also wouldn’t be caught dead in ACU. It represents probably the single worst decision the U.S. Army has ever made. I refuse to run around in the woods looking like a Confederate ghost. I have a reputation to uphold.  I’m glad I never had to wear that tripe when I was in the Army.

Fortunately, for my penny-pinching heart, there is a solution to ACU garbage. Standard Walmart- issue clothing dye.  Thus begins the “Assaulter Arts & Crafts Hour” portion of this article:

  • Step 1 – Get a bucket
  • Step 2 – Put water and a cup of vinegar in the bucket
  • Step 3 – Place vest in bucket
  • Step 4 – Add dye
  • Step 5 – Stir it around for a bit with broom handle

That’s it.  Problem solved.  If you are too lazy to use cloth dye, rattle can will also work. It is amazing what a couple cans of Krylon can do for tactical gear.

Total money spent, including the holster: $80.  And it’s just in time for Prarie Dog season.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Nick August 19, 2017, 8:07 am

    Hey, cool video! This will be my next project 😉

  • BMT June 3, 2017, 12:03 pm

    I prefer the ACU pattern especially if it makes me look like a Confederate ghost.

  • Dewey June 3, 2017, 12:04 am

    As a gunfighter, carrying a pistol with a can mounted has always been a problem for me. Mall ninjas are go!

  • Sterling Hawkins June 2, 2017, 4:18 pm

    This is retarded.

  • kane June 2, 2017, 11:31 am

    I live in Illinois where a “suppressed pistol” is more of a political threat than a tactical circumstance I can enjoy. So I have little first hand experience at this point with suppressors. The author states that “the only problem with a suppressed pistol is carrying it.” Maybe that is true but I thought that a suppressor and appropriate ammunition can increase the likelihood of pistol malfunctions, at least to some degree. Is this a wrong conclusion on my part?

    • clay martin June 3, 2017, 1:03 pm

      it is less reliable, no question. a good suppressor and ammo run pretty well, but no matter what, adding a 1 pound weight to the end of your barrel does increase the odds of a screw up with pistols. in most applications you want this combination for, however, that doesn’t really matter. 1 out of 100 would be an acceptable ratio for malfunctions in my opinion.

  • Andy T Knote June 2, 2017, 10:04 am

    iDye products (find it on Amazon) works excellent on old UCP. iDye for synthetic fibers works great on nylon gear. Mix 1 package of iDye for synthetic with 1 of iDye for natural to do ACUs. I’ve experimented with several products and this gives a solid end result.

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