REVIEW: Bulldog Molle Webbing Set -
UKMCPro were kind enough to send us this rather fantastic piece of kit to review (and to subsequently give away).
In a world where most airsofters (myself included) use chest rigs and plate carriers, it is rare to see a PLCE style load bearing set up on anything other than airsofters obsessed with an old school british loadout.
I own a rig very similar to this one, but before I took this out for a spin I hadn’t had a go at running it as a stand alone rig. On being handed the rig by Leon at an airsoft game I was immediately impressed by the quality of the rig. The pouches seem well constructed, and the buckles and other hardware looks and feels solid.
The rig was supplied fully assembled, so without further ado I filled it up with four rifle mags, a couple of pistol mags and my glock, popped my rifle over my shoulder and headed off for the next game. Having adjusted the belt, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the rig was rattle and shake free. Over the course of an hour’s game I didn’t lose a single mag (or my glock), which is the first requirement for any rig/pouch that I use.
The rig performed well, reloads were not the easiest they have ever been, but I put that down to a lack of familiarity with the pouches, and a lack of time to tweak things such as the tightness of the elastic bungies on the mag pouches. So, onto the individual components:
The Rig Itself
The rig itself is very solidly built. It breaks down into a 2″ belt threaded through a heavily padded belt with two rows of PALS webbing. This overbelt has steel D-rings that allow the user to attach the yoke for carrying heavier loads, and is quite stiff, though that may be down to it being new. The yoke also allows the user to fit a water bladder carrier, additional pouches and route radio cables if you need.
The side release buckle that secures the belt is very solidly constructed, and features a third safety release on top to prevent accidental opening. Unlike other 3 point side releases that I’ve used, this one doesn’t start coming undone as you shake it, which is a big improvement – I had to replace the buckle on my belt rig as it was that unreliable.
The yoke snaps are moulded out of polymer and have no play in them at all. They are also easy to clip on/remove from the belt. Moving up the straps, the excess webbing can be stowed using the velcro stitched into the ends of the straps, minimising snags and easing crawling.
Rifle Magazine Pouches
The rifle magazine pouches are loose fitting on M4 mags, and will also take AK74 mags quite comfortably. The shock cord straps that loop over mags are quite loose as supplied, but can be easily tightened to the magazines you use most. I suspect that you could squash G36 magazines into these mag pouches as well, but I lack any to try it with!
My one gripe with the rifle mag pouches is the attachment method. They utilise a strapless system, where the entirety of the back of the pouch is covered in PALS rows. A loop of webbing is supplied to feed through the pouch/belt and assemble them together, sadly though it is too long, meaning the pouches fit to the rig quite loosely. If I was going to use these pouches I would use either MALICE clips or (my preferred option) Molly Stix to attach the mag pouches to the rig.
Pistol Magazine Pouch
The pistol mag pouch is a good solid magazine pouch, very well made but there isn’t particularly anything to set it apart from any other velcro closure pistol mag pouches. It mounts firmly to the rig, and holds pistol mags – job done!
The radio pouch is a rather neat one – it is heavily adaptable, and can be modified to fit almost any PMR446 style radio. A velcro tab allows the user to adjust the depth of the pouch, and another allows the user to adjust the length of the paracord retention strap, meaning you can choose how your radio sits in the pouch. Once again, the pouch mounts firmly to the rig.
For players who bring the kitchen sink, this is the pouch for you. Taking up a stupendous six rows of PALS, you can carry a tonne of stuff in this pouch. In fact I think it is a bit too big for every day gaming, but I could happily fit say, an MP9, a bunch of mags, some gas, BBs and a sling in there, so it would make an excellent pouch for holding everything you need for a secondary weapon on a bigger rig.
To conclude, this rig is a very good bit of kit. It offers a “lighter” loadout than a plate carrier/chest rig, and can be cut right down to a belt for high speed low drag games. The hardware is solid, however the mag pouches are a little loose on AR15 mags, but that does allow you to hold AK mags as well! This is a good series of offerings from a company that I had not heard of before, and as with all products that do not cost the earth, it does have slight drawbacks. However, they are readily overcome by the quality per pound of this rig. As always, I’ve attached more photos below to show you some more detail on the rig: