What to attach to a Plate Carrier

I’m thinking of getting a plate carrier and some level III+ body armor, but want to plan out what gear I will attach to my plate carrier because that will heavily influense which one I get. 

I want to have a small ham radio, at least two AR15 mags, and two glock mags attached. 

What do you have attached to your plate carrier? What does your ideal setup look like?

I’d love to see pictures of your setup if you could snap a quick pic.


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      I recently received the Shellback Defender active shooter kit that I ordered from LA Police gear at the start of July. It’s a pretty simple carrier that came with a pair of Level IV ceramic plates. It doesn’t have a cummerbund, just straps on the side. It features a kangaroo pouch and came with a velcro insert with two dedicated mag pouches and a third pouch that’s supposed to contain an included tourniquet holder, which is really just a loose flap of material velcroed together. I’m not sure exactly what purpose it serves.


      Here’s a bird’s-eye view:

      All I really want on this carrier is a couple of mags, a tourniquet, maybe a complete level one IFAK, and a BaoFeng. I’m considering dumping the tourniquet holder, just putting my BaoFeng in there, and then attaching a tourniquet to the laser-cut MOLLE with a ranger band. I could slip a third mag in there, but I think I’d rather have a radio. For my purposes, if I need more than ~90 rounds, I’m probably either screwed or need to run for the hills.

      The BaoFeng fits in there pretty well. The antenna looks like it’s going to poke me in the face, but it’s actually pretty far from it. The only downside I see to this setup is if I take a hit, my radio is wrecked, and I need to call for help. But there’s no guarantee it won’t get shot anyway.


      I’m considering mic and headset options. The BaoFeng radios come with a decent little headset, part of which you can see in the first picture. But I’m considering just attaching a hand mic to a shoulder strap and keeping the radio with the PC. That way I can throw it on and have comms ready from the get-go without messing with wires or having anything attached to me.

      I don’t want to stack too much on the front, and I don’t want to put anything on the shoulders (because it could get in the way of wielding a rifle), and I don’t want anything on my back. The only exception is possibly putting my hydration bladder on my back, because I wouldn’t have to reach around and fool with it, I could just run the tube through a shoulder strap.

      I recommend running a light setup. The plates themselves are pretty heavy. Professional soldiers need to carry a lot of gear and train to do so. Neither is really true for us civvies.

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      Many plate carriers are designed/intended to run three rifle mags. Might be hard to run two rifle + 2 pistol, depending on the design.

      Here’s a good video from a military pro: