Spec Ops Pack Rat review and Pics

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I just got this in a trade and I've wanted one for a while. I had no real idea of the size and useability till I had it in hand.
It is a goodly size and will fit in a pack. It is ~ 7 3/4(20cm) wide x 10 (25cm) high.
It will NOT fit in a Fatboy.
Only one negative, for me, is that it does not open flat. Probably for structural strength. It seems bomb proof. :)
Here it is next to a Maxpedition Condor
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The front has a mesh pouch ~ 5 3/4 inch or 14 cm deep fastened by a velcro patch in the center. I can fit my beefy hand inside :) There are two military quiet zippers on the main pouch.
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The rear pocket is about the same size as the mesh with no fastening. Just a slash pocket. Here it has a Blockbuster DVD holder inside for reference. You can see that the top has a carry handle and two D rings to attach a strap. There was no strap with this piece.
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Inside is a bright yellow nylon that makes it easy to find stuff. There are two large pockets on the walls. Same size as the outer pockets. One has a velcro strap as a hold down.
There are plenty of pockets for all sorts of things and a clear window pocket that fits business cards well. There is a key leash with nylon clip that is permanently attached to the wall. The leash is 10 1/2 (26.5cm)long.
All together eleven pockets inside and two outside.
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Tom
 
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curious... will a Glock 23 and two extra mags fit comfortably inside without taking up all the room?
Thanks!
 
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Doomonyou...Posted a review of the Condor and Vulture HERE

And there's posts on the Fatboy and M2 pouch
HERE

and HERE
Joeshredd, I don't have a Glock but here's my S&W 3913TSW for size reference :)
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i have a pack rat, great item, great review also, good pics too, mine is black though.

as far as the glock imho its a little too small for a glock 23 or 27, while it will fit it is just almost too big, esp. if ya already have a bunch of stuff in the thing, my 33 and an extra mag will fit though FWIW. i usually carry my small REI backpack with the pack rat inside, and the glock/kahr in the pack vs in the pack rat, unless its on my belt anyway.

great item though if ya have a pack w/a lot of little stuff in it like most of us do, it replaced 3-4 smaller 1 item containers.
 
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oh i see now ya have the S&W in the back flap part, i keep wallet/credit card case in there, w/a smaller pistol that would work though, i have never really thought about keeping my pistol in the thing, good idea my kahr PM9 fits well, but were to put the wallet now lol??
 
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Always a puzzle about where to put stuff
hahahaha

The Pack rat would make a nice standalone carry too!
But you'ld have to have the right strap so it doesn't cut/chafe the neck.

Someone told me that he uses the Rat Pack turned inside out, when he has it in a pack. This way he has access to the pockets at all times. I haven't tried this tho.
Would seem to work well if it's a sling bag type carry.
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Do the internal pockets have fasteners? It doesn't appear so in the photos. I would be worried that many items would slide out of the pockets while moving the bag around. I have experienced that with some of the OR products.

--Dizos
 
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Dizos, Nope no fasteners cept the one you see. It is possible and likely that stuff can fall out depending on how full/empty the pack is and upside down.
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TOB9595 said:
Always a puzzle about where to put stuff
hahahaha...

Someone told me that he uses the Rat Pack turned inside out, when he has it in a pack. This way he has access to the pockets at all times. I haven't tried this tho...

Tom

Tom, based on your pics and review, I went ahead and got one... and I use it inside out in my daybag with a G27 and extra mags... It'll fit my G23, too, with no problems.
I also find it functions adequately inside out, so I can carry other stuff in the now roomy center pocket...

Good stuff! My thanks!
 
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TOB9595,

Just wanted to mention that I've seen several threads now where you took the time to post some good pics. I appreciate that, since it shows things that we otherwise miss in the commercial pics on web sites. Thanks.
 
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I'm glad they're informative.
In my neck of the woods we don't get to handle stuff like this before we buy so I enjoy reviews folk post with their experiences and PICS
I just love pics.

Thanks
Tom
 
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