I have been running a BCM Chest Rig for a couple of months. All signs point to it being a winner, and I am really impressed with it's design and quality.
In early 2003 I rode into Iraq loaded to the gills with 16 M4 mags, 6 M9 mags, 4 frags, an M203 with 16 rounds, a big-ass knife, 2 canteens, NVGs, IFAK, MBITR and God knows what else that I can't remember. I was young and strong then. As I have become older and wiser my kit has slimmed own considerably to 4 M4 mags (2 on the vest, 2 on the gun), a Glock and a spare mag (maybe), an MBITR, and a tourniquet.
Th rig you use to carry your gear...be it a conex-full like in 2003 or a pocketful in 2010....is crucial to your efficiency. The BCM rig is a great one for the well-prepared user. It carries 4 mags integrally, has a removable bladder pocket for hydration, has MOLLE webbing for an IFAK or pistol mags, and has split front so it's easy to put on. It's made of lightweight 500D nylon. Everything you need, nothing you don't.
The great thing about it is it's grab-and-go setup. Let's say you are a cop called to the scene of an active shooter, in a mall, a school, a large industrial complex, etc. You may be working off of your body for a long period without resupply or assistance. With this setup you are guaranteed 120 rounds of carbine ammo in addition to what is carried on/in your weapon as well as a hydration system. It can be put on without sacrificing movement or visibility the same way you put on a jacket, and rides very securely in the event you need to run. Another often overlooked feature is it's thickness-it will allow to you maintain an extremely low profile if you are in a prone position. In addition, this feature allows it to be worn under a winter shell or fleece with minimum bulk.
This rig was designed by noted shooter, Law Enforcement professional, and former Marine Jeff Carpenter at 03 Design Group and is sold by Bravo Company Manufacturing. I recommend anyone in the market for a low-profile chest harness take a look at it. **Pics to follow shortly**
03 Design Group
Bravo Company USA