One of the best things about smaller gear companies is that they can take on less mainstream projects. Beez Combat Systems (BCS) is a shining example of that with their SVD Chest Rig.
The SVD Chest Rig is a collaboration between BCS and Marco Vorobiev, a Spetsnaz Dragunov marksman who has emigrated to the USA and teaches DMR tactics with Behind Lines. This rig will work with many different ComBloc DM (designated marksman) type rifles like the the SVD, PSL, M76, and the Saiga 308. It draws some very obvious inspiration from the well known Russian Chamelion SVD chest rig but it is far from a stitch by stitch copy.
The design of the BCS SVD Chest Rig replaces the spotting scope pouch of the Chamelion with PALS webbing so that the wearer can add pouches like a blow out kit or radio pouch. The magazines are retained via an elastic pull tab system that will hold one or two magazines per pouch. You can choose between a 6 and 10 magazine version of the rig and choose your harness style (“X” or “H”). The 6 magazine version replaces the pouches with additional PALS webbing.
The biggest improvement is the construction quality. BCS uses far better materials (1000D nylon) and attention to detail than the original Chamelion rig can ever hope to have. BCS also offers a wider array of colors including all the standards as well as A-TACS, A-TACS FG, and even Russian Surpat.
The SVD Chest rig is available on the BCS website. You can read more about it and see a video review on the BCS blog. I don’t own an SVD, but this chest rig makes me wish that I did.