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Old 02-01-2012, 12:39 AM
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Handmade Summit Pack and Rifle Carry System

Got board in the off-season so I have been making some equipment for this falls backpack hunting trips.

First I made a rifle carry system. It is lightweight and will attach to all of my packs. It is made of tacked nylon webbing and attaches with two lightweight biners. The hole system weights about 4-6 oz. It uses a single detachable upper strap to attach and center the barrel.

I also made a small waterproof summit pack. It doubles as a stuff sack for a sleeping bag and also weights less than 8oz. It has a small foam back panel that can be removed as a seat for glassing. I will carry enough minimalist gear for a day of hiking and hunting. It also has a top strap and bungee to carry extra or wet gear on the outside of the pack

Who said that sewing aint manly!
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:07 AM
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Re: Handmade Summit Pack and Rifle Carry System

Nice work!
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:05 AM
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Re: Handmade Summit Pack and Rifle Carry System

I like the looks of that rifle carry system. Looks secure. Several questions:

Have you tried it? Does the butt end swing back and forth when you walk?
Can it be attached to the side of a pack and accessed without removing the pack?
Just bought a new Kelty pack and looking into a carry system. I like Kifaru's GunBearer but probably wouldn't be actively hunting when carrying this pack. You design may just work but I would prefer it on the side of the pack.

Good woor BTW! Looks good!
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:39 PM
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Re: Handmade Summit Pack and Rifle Carry System

That is awesome! Where did you find the waterproof camo material? I'd like to make a rain cover for my backpack out of that.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:17 PM
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Re: Handmade Summit Pack and Rifle Carry System

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Originally Posted by Snubbie View Post
I like the looks of that rifle carry system. Looks secure. Several questions:

Have you tried it? Does the butt end swing back and forth when you walk?
Can it be attached to the side of a pack and accessed without removing the pack?
...

My experience has been less than stellar with side of the pack scabbards. My current system is setup that way & I'm not super happy with it.

Pros:

Can ride my ATV w/o having to remove my rifle or pack.
I can pull it from the scabbard w/o removing the pack. (Read Quick)

Cons:

My rifle is ~10lbs, too much weight on one side of my pack.
Can throw you off balance while on rough terrain.
Seems to get caught on more things sticking out on the side, where, if it was in line with your head, I would tend to think it would be in a more "natural" place.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:09 PM
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Re: Handmade Summit Pack and Rifle Carry System

Nice work! The biners cold also server doubel duty for other things if needed.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:39 PM
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Re: Handmade Summit Pack and Rifle Carry System

Not a lot of commercial options out there. Better get yourself a patent on this or soon they'll show up on some outdoor/hunting gear website for sale.
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