I had the privilege of spending some one-on-one time with the new 5.11 Tac Tec Plate Carrier that the maker of fine military & law enforcement tactical gear is in the process of releasing in or around September 2012. As I noted in the title, this is a pre-production sample and is, therefore, subject to change by the time it hits the shelves, so don’t get too attached to this design in its entirety just yet, as some features may change, include the material. This is actually a different version than the one I saw at Shot Show 2012 this year, and that wasn’t even very long ago.
I was told at Shot Show 2012 during my interview with Dave Rhoden, Director of 5.11’s Strategic Business Unit, that they worked with, among others, former Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle, owner of Craft International. Mr. Kyle is perhaps most well-known in the mainstream for authoring the best-selling account of his exploits as a sniper overseas, during which time he racked up enough confirmed enemy kills to net himself the title of “deadliest sniper in U.S. Military history.” Since I don’t pretend to be an expert on his background, I would encourage you to do your own research on his accomplishments. It won’t take you long to see that he’s a rare breed, and the fact that he had his hand in the development of this plate carrier along with 5.11 leads me to the belief that it’s going to be absolutely incredible. The pre-production sample I got to hang out with (twice now) certainly seemed so. I should also point out that, as I alluded to at the top of this paragraph, Mr. Kyle was not the only member of the Special Forces community that had input on this design. There were a number of others involved who, in true SF fashion, wish to remain in the shadows, and I have that on good authority.
Anyway, I’m still getting used to the formatting process with my new blog here, so I do apologize for the layout as it is, in the event it bugs you. I will continue my attempts at making this site a more user-friendly. In the meantime, you can click on any image in the gallery below to see much higher resolution photos of the 5.11 Tac Tec Plate Carrier, along with a little description of what’s going on in the photo, located at the bottom of each image. You can also scroll through the entire gallery while in the lightbox viewer by simply clicking on the left or right side of any photo or simply using the left & right arrow keys on your computer.
I hope you enjoy looking at this amazing new plate carrier as much as I enjoyed photographing it.
At the time of this post, 5.11 has not activated a product page for it on their website, but when they do, I’d wager a sizable bet that it’ll show up here:
While still too early for official numbers, I have been told by Mr. Rhoden that the 5.11 Tac Tec Plate Carrier price is projected to come in somewhere around the neighborhood of $200. Not a firm number, but at least we* have a ballpark number to work with for the purposes of saving our pennies.
*I say “we” because, seriously, who doesn’t want one of these other than EI snobs (you know who you are)?
Special thanks to 5.11 Custom Shop Sales Manager, Thomas Solomon, for getting me such intimate access with the new 5.11 Tac Tec Plate Carrier.
I will have additional high-res galleries featuring more of 5.11’s new stuff coming shortly. Thanks for stopping by.
– Tom Harris