|Geocaching in Cyprus|
|Getting my bearings...|
The Mystery Ranch 3 Day Assault really is the last word on assault packs. It has enough room for sustainment gear, ammunition, medical gear, and other mission specific items. As a bonus, the internals will support all the man pack-able tactical radios types currently in service with the NATO Forces . The removable Bolstered Ventilation and Stability (BVS) system is designed to give more stability to a pack when worn with body armor. The Bolsters are made of an incredibly robust injection molded EVA that are the removability allowing the bag to be adjusted for when body armor is not used.
|Right side:Live Wing Waist belt and BVS System in place.|
Left side: Live Wing Waist belt and BVS System stowed
Integral storage panel is secured with a buckle system during use.
|MR Flip Top Box Pouch|
|MR Flip Top Box Pouch |
with thirty 2 3/4" 12 gauge rifled slugs
The rear of the pack has daisy chains bisecting the panels of the 3zip allowing you to attach any required mission mobility kit such as ropes, carabiners and harness. A necessary addition in mountain, urban and helo operations. The hardware and zippers in this pack are of the highest quality and will give you years of hard service. Each compression strap has Webkeepers sewn onto their ends; controlling trailing ends of webbing getting caught on your environment when making movement.
The top flap of the pack is divided into two pocket with access facing towards the wearer, rather than facing out to a team mate. The top pocket is graduated into a medium sized pocket with and integrated organizer panel that allows you to store one square or rectangular items, about the size of a digital camera, GPS or IR Strobe, and two tubular items, about the of a large Sharpie marker, tactical flashlight or pen flare. The lower pocket is a large pocket with a mesh floor. This area would be large enough to store admin items, gloves, SSE bags, and the like. Sewn to the top of the flap of the pack is a 10cm by 10cm (4" by 4") Velcro loop panel for IFF or ID patches. Just below the top flap, on either side of the yoke, are zips that open to allow antenna, comms wire or a hydration tube to be attached to the shoulder harness by a Velcro hook and loop holder. This Velcro holder called an Eggroll by Mystery Ranch can for left or right access depending on the operator. Also, in between the top panel and yoke, is a larger zip access to allow manipulation of communications equipment.
|Top Panel is divided into two pockets |
with a Velcro loop panel on the top.
Below the Top panel behind the yoke
is a large zipper access
for communication equipment.
|There are zips on either side of the yoke|
for hydration tubes or comm wires.
The Eggroll can be moved to either
left or right shoulder strap easily.
I am a true believer in the 3Zip design. It allows you to get into your pack fast and have full access to gear without completely unloading your bag. The 3Zip design permits the operator to pack with lighter bulkier clothing and gear at the bottom of their bag; keeping heavier objects higher so the weight can be split over the shoulders and hips. But, you still have instant access when required.
|The 3Zip design combined with the internal pockets, sleeves and|
MOLLE Panel allows you to customize your load to the mission or adventure.
There is PALS web on the sides and on the inside back panel increasing the modularity and versatility of this pack. The side compression straps compress the bag down when not fully loaded and when combine with the side pockets/ panels can be used to secure longer items such as tertiary weapons systems, telescoping poles or antenna.
|The side of the the pack has PALS to expand the loadout|
|Use the PALS and sleeve behind the side pocket |
to secure longer mission essential equipment.
In this case, an MoE tool.
|Using the compression straps, |
you can make the bag
into a small package for tighter spaces
This is a well-constructed pack with a well thought out design that will give you years of service; whether in military, police or first responder applications. The single improvement that I have done to the pack is removing the paracord loops on the zipper pulls and buckles; replacing them with paracord Solomon bars. I do not like loops of cord on my kit. They have a nasty habit of getting hooked or hung up when trying to rapid exit a burning vehicle or making entry in to a hostile compound.
|Some bouldering in the Catacombs|
My MR 3 Day Assault Pack acts as my geocaching and bug out bag when not being used for tactical work . It is being used constantly and has yet to fail me.
It can be purchased in Canada through the distributor Rampart International. The pack comes in Scorched Earth, Mud Hut, Feld Grun and Multicam. There will be further posts regarding this pack and various loadouts, primarily tasked based.