ghost792 wrote:I looked at one of the MOLLE II manuals the other day, and it sure seems like the Assault pack was able to connect to the FLC. Then, I looked at some photos of the Assault pack and it has its own shoulder straps and waist belt. I have to admit that I'm really confused about how these two pieces interact.
I agree that I'm not sure that having an LBV/FLC take the place of shoulder straps for a pack is a good idea.
I think I know what your talking about that is so the assault pack can connect to the ruck sack while being worn by the user. When it all first came out we all thought it was shit hot and the coolest idea ever until we wore the damn things and the ruck yanked on your shoulders in a very painful way do to the center of gravity being displaced by the assault pack.
Like I said though I do know some of the medic stuff does link in to the FLC like is being described. One thing to keep in mind though is that these are very mission specific. For example in my assault pack this year I carried 1 MRE, 6 water bottles, 6 extra loaded M4 mags, 1 200rd drum of SAW ammo, 2 slap flairs, 1 red smoke grenade and 2 extra frags. We're talking about 20-40 pounds of gear depending on if I dropped some weight or some such.
Now a STOMP medic bag which is what most of my medics did use, and is made so it can hook into your FLC (Tough I've never seen it used this way) contains all types of medical supplies needed to keep some one alive till better help can arrive how ever it is important to note that a fully loaded bag according to manufactured specs only weighs 18lbs and most medics will drop even more weight by getting rid of redundant items or things they won't need based on the TTPs of the area.
So again is it a bad idea to strap a bag to your FLC maybe yes maybe no, but it is a bad idea to stick a heavy bag on your FLC because that isn't what they are designed to do.