Plate carriers (PC) with removable external cummerbunds can sometimes be a little annoying to don when the cummerbund is slipping to one side or the other. This is especially true when the cummerbund slips far enough that the ends catch on the sleeve that retains it, making it nearly impossible to correct without removing the PC and starting over.
Some manufacturers, like Diamondback Tactical, have provided solutions to this problem on their PCs in the form of cummerbund stops. These stops physically block the cummerbund from sliding too far in the sleeve that retains the cummerbund on the back of the PC. In this installment of the Tactical Handyman, we will look at some easy ways to make your own cummerbund stops with materials that you probably already have around your Tactical Handyman workshop.
One of the most common methods to prevent cummerbund movement is to lash it in place. Para-cord or zip-ties are commonly used for this. However, I prefer to use shock-cord. Shock-cord is similar to para-cord except it has elastic inner strands that allow it to stretch like a rubber band.
You simply weave the cord through the MOLLE webbing on the cummerbund and the MOLLE webbing on the retainer sleeve, lashing them together. You can close the ends of the cord with a cord-end as I do or use a simple knot. If you are using a static lashing like a zip-tie or paracord, you will want to leave some slack to allow for how the cummerbund stretches when you don the PC. If you are using an elastic lashing like shock-cord, you can weave it fairly tight and rely on the elasticity of the shock-cord to provide the stretch needed when donning the PC.
The advantages of the this method are that it will typically allow you to still utilize the MOLLE webbing that you tie together so you don’t lose any MOLLE real estate. However, the biggest disadvantage is that it is not as easily adjustable as our next method…
I typically just use MALICE Clips as cummerbund stops. You simply place the MALICE Clips on the cummerbund on both sides of the retainer sleeve so that the tabs of the clips prevent the cummerbund from sliding through the sleeve.
The disadvantage of this method is that you lose the use of a couple of columns of MOLLE webbing but they are in a location that you can’t really reach anyway and if you need to put a pouch there, the pouch itself will serve as a cummerbund stop. The advantage is that it is easily removable and can be easily adjusted.
Give it a Try!
Installing cummerbund stops can help ensure that you are able to quickly and easily don your PC. They are extremely easy to make with materials that you probably already have. Give it a try.