Hilo Laser Recon Rig


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5 Reviews
The Hilo Laser Recon Rig is designed to be a scalable load bearing kit that holds 7 rifle mags in the front pockets + 2 (1 on each side of the right) or combination of mags and accessories.  Easily scale to hold up to 14 mags stacked expanded with our GP Pouch on the additional MOLLE to either side of the front panel. (see Configuration options below) This flexibility gives you the control on how you want to run the panel, pick between the MOLLE or Laser Harness, attach and scale up to your mission needs. The Recon Rig also has a built in zipper pouch right behind the mags BEFORE the buckles giving the ability to store items you need on the go by quickly zipping and unzipping the top pouch; this is an exclusive feature to the Recon Rig as most rigs have their zipper pockets BEHIND the straps. HARNESS & BACK STRAP ARE NOT INCLUDED - Please see options here https://midwestarmor.com/hilo

4 Rows x 14 columns
Overall 26″ Width by 6.25″ Height

What's Included

Recon Rig
Elastic Mag Inserts


Easily stacks up to hold more mags or gear, example configurations:

9 Mags Configuration:  This is the default setup, holds 5 mags in front and 2 in back on either side 
12 Mags Configuration, stacked:
 Hilo Laser Recon Rig + Hilo Triple Elastic Panel
16 Mags Configuration, stacked: Hilo Laser Recon Rig + Hilo Triple Elastic Panel + (2) GP Double Mag Zipper Pouches (or buckle)

Can also be used with Placards from Shaw Concepts, Spiritus Systems or with any velcro attachment or One-Wrap attachment system placards.  Can stack both forward and backwards facing depending on the mission.


The Hilo Laser Recon Rig works with any of our own Chest Rig Harness (MOLLE & Laser) as well as any Chest Rig harness (H or X), no specific hardware required.

Can use any rifle, mag or pistol inserts that have velcro on both sides (inside of panel is LOOP/LOOP)

Works with any velcro attachment system (loop is on front)


Front – Laser MOLLE webbing + Loop (Optional)
Back – Elastic on either side + velcro in center
500D Cordura Construction + Squadron
Reinforced stress points
Loop front laser panel ( 4 Rows x 14 columns)
Overall 26″ Width by 6.25″ Height
Back side 2 velcro strips
Laser MOLLE made of Squadron on 500D Cordura
4 Point attachment + 2 harness attachment
Back hidden pockets can hold up to 1 rifle mag on each side + 1 ancillary item such as a SOFT, CAT or any other venue
Made from 500D / Squadron
Berry Compliant
Made in USA by Midwest Armor

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  1. Great price for a very competitive chest rig. There is not much on the market like this and at a great price point. Very innovative and versatile rig.

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  2. This chest rig is fantastic. I purchased this rig in preparation for a run and gun. The run and gun was 9.5 miles in the Texas Hill Country. In the rig I carried 9 AR mags, 4 pistol mags, and two Tq’s. The rig was outstanding, it was comfortable, snug, and durable through woods and cactus. The zipper pocket was a huge plus to carry my phone, snacks, and keys. I highly recommend this rig.

    The only down side, I wish it came with the rear strap. That’s sold separate. I would prefer to just add it in the cost and it comes with the rig. I found out I needed it after the rig got delivered. I didn’t read the fine print.

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  3. I got this specifically for Gun Run and Brutality matches. Although a micro rig would work, I would rather carry more ammunition and stuff (e.g., use it more like an actual recon rig) to more closely simulate a combat or patrol load. I only had two issues, both very minor. First, the velcro on the front is coyote brown instead of matching the multicam. It’s not a big deal, but I like to match patterns as much as possible. The second issue is getting magazines back *in*. This is a competition issue, where you need to drop a mostly full magazine and show clear; I don’t want to drop them in a dump pouch because I’ll need them again, but getting a magazine back into the sides of the rig while still on the clock is a challenge. Adding the Haley Strategic MP-2 will probably solve that issue for me. Magazine retention is fine without them, it’s only about holding the slot open enough to get the magazine in quickly. Comfort is good, and I never noticed the minimal configuration I’m using disrupting any shooting positions. I have not tested it with a plate carrier yet.

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    • Thanks so much for the feedback Seth! We hear you on the multicam loop and we finally have that now in production and the Recon rigs in Multicam will have matching loop (even M81)! And as far as the indexing issue we are working on inserts that will add a rigidness to help with keeping it open and we also play well with others so your recommendation on the Haley Strategic MP-2 is great, we have also seen folks put Esstac kydex inside.

  4. Works perfect for military law enforcement rifle range qualification and moving and shooting drills

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  5. She F¥€&$ bois! In all seriousness, this is a solid rig that rivals some of the other top grade A brands out there. I’m even going to say better than one I paid more than twice as much for and wait months of lead time to get. I am pretty stoked with this one. I’m hoping Midwest makes some variants, or adds some options upgrades to this so I’ll feel more inclined to give them more of my money “hint hint” i can’t recommend this enough. Buy it, the only thing you can regret is what color or what pattern you get. And at the price it’s at, just get another one. 

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