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EvanWilliams
August 30, 2009, 08:17 PM
I have a buddy who is always bustin my chops. He buys Blackhawk and TruSpec etc. If it ain't high dollar it must not be any good. I have bagmaster bags as well as stuff from Condor (LA Police Gear) which is much less expensive. I don't know if it really matters as I am not a bleeping level 5 spec ops sniper on TDY with the SAS.

Any of you guys wonder if the same Chinese factories who make the Blackhawk and Maxpedition stuff also make the Condor and Maratac stuff?

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wheelgunslinger
August 30, 2009, 09:59 PM
Some of the more hardcore public and military gear is/was made by a US company named Diamond Brand in Fletcher NC.
They make tents and gear for a number of brands in their own factory.

Surprising, I know.

I suspect that a lot of the Chinese stuff is sourced from the same material suppliers and either made in the same factory or others similar over there. However, there are still US companies making product in addition to factories in Honduras, Mexico, and Argentina.

PandaBearBG
August 31, 2009, 03:28 AM
Not completely sure about blackhawk or Maxpedition. I got an Eberlestock and although I think it's based in Idaho, it is manufactured in Viet Nam, but it's one of the highest quality packs I own, incredibly durable and over the top solid construction!

I honestly don't care if a pack is made by so and so, not a brand whore, but when it comes to packs I may choose the name that has a long solid history of good design, durability, able to carry the weight of heavy loads w/o ripping. I've seen cordura based packs that are solid material but the stitching was horrible and just ripped.

For me regardless where it's made, I look for strength, durability, solid design, and great customer service. I do own a few old surplus packs: $20 alice pack, $10 surplus swiss mountain pack from Sportsmans guide, and a $20 Israeli knock off duffel bag off of CTD. Old cheap but incredibly rugged, and I usually just throw a bunch of filled ammo cans in them to take to the range out in the desert, toss em around and beat them to hell and they are the ones I use all the time b/c I know they will stand up to the abuse! I got an old-beat-to-hell-back-in-the-alice clip days LBT Jump pack that is faded to nothing and still is solid as a rock.

So what I guess I'm saying is that if the company has a good reputation for quality products, use em. Maxpedition is relatively new but I beleive they have solid quality in their products as does Condor. Tell your friend to have fun being a mall ninja with all his "tac" stuff.

EvanWilliams
September 1, 2009, 12:39 AM
Thanks guys. I am ordering a 36 inch gun case from LAPG made by Diplomat. 19.99. I ain't carrying it to Iraq but to a local range. The Blackhawk one is MSRP 99 or on sale 59.

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