AOR1 NSW GEN1 PROTECH TACTICAL ARMOUR PLATE CARRIER
First of all, I would like to apology to all the readers of my blog and was not able to keep the promise of the updates on the blog.
Now I am back and I will be putting more review on the NSW gear in the coming year of 2011. Cheers to all and now lets get started.
The photo below indicates the vest which will be putting on for review in this page
When I first saw this photo, I realize the there is something special about the NSW operator’s vest cause it was digital desert so called AOR1 but at that time I did not know which manufacture made this vest and there is no other details on this vest, but after 2 years of time I was lucky enough to get one to my hand and when I receive this plate carrier the memory of that photo just appear in my mind. I was glad to see the actual vest and it even comes with extra bonus which is the level 3 and level 4 protection soft and hard amour.
“Now let’s take a look at the front of the plate carrier”
The cutting may look like the E.I CIRAS but actually the cutting of this vest is actually a lot more comfortable then the CIRAS cut specially the shoulder straps it may look thing and does not have the padding like the CIRAS and usually we think it will give more pressure to the operator’s shoulder but magically it doesn’t give any uncomfortable feeling to the shoulder. It has 7 lines of nylon molle strap and 42 molle blocks, the stitching of the molle blocks is very precised and can easily put in the pouches.
“SIDE PANEL OF THE PTAC”
The side panel is similar to the land version of the CIRAS, it has the double layers of the side panel, the first layer on the outside just simply carries molle pouches and other accessories. From this photo below you can see that it gives a bigger space for the operator to move their arm during any mission and the back side of the carrier is longer then the front side which means it will help the operator to get less weight in the back.
“SIDE INNER PANEL”
The inner layer of the vest also has the molle for more pouch attachments.
There is a 2nd inner layer of the side panel, the 2nd layer which can carry the SOF side plate for more protection.
“BACK VIEW OF THE PTAC”
The design is very impressive from the plate insert, usually plate carriers insert the plates from the bottom but this PTAC is the other way around to inset the plate from above, this helps the plate to be more secure and wont fall off during most of the the combat situation, inside the plate holding layer it also has a hydration bladder insert space so you dont need to carry another hydration pouch out and save the back molle for other tactical purpose items such like flash bang, extra magazines, door charge and ect.
SET UP WITH THE AOR1 LBT-2586A M4
CONFIGURATION A- Leaving the front of the PTAC clear so during pron position the pouches wont press against the chest front.
Putting the Admin pouch in the front center and one utility pouch and the left side and one radio pouch at the right side.
Conclusion, this is a very good plate carrier for direct action mission, it is compact and the same time it can carry out the stuff that fits your mission and also can have protection from Level 3 soft armour, Level 4 strike plate and side strike plate, I would say this will be a good choice for the operators out there and will have the Gen 2 PTAC review coming up next.
Thank you for reading, cheers to all