Thanks for the input. I had heard those criticisms, but most of those I saw were directed at the Gen. 1 version. The Gen 2 packs have larger and heavier constructed buckles. I thought it was a great meat pack. They are heavy, but much of that comes from the internal frame.Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but they are not well loved by our Marines, and will be replaced at some point soon with Mystery Ranch packs. I am an Army guy, but from talking with some marines it sounds like the design is good (Arc'teryx) execution/quality/materials is poor (Propper). Lots of broken buckles, heavy, etc.
I bought a Badlands 2200 on Camofire, which was an okay pack, just not conducive to handgun hunting for me. I think this ILBE is going to be okay. I bought the first one which is a Gen 1 on the last day of a gun show for $40. It was in very good+ condition, but the belt was a non-matching Gen 2, and it did not have a lid. This is going to be the down and dirty meat packer. Bought a brand new Gen 2 with new belt, new lid, etc.; plus an excellent condition assault pack as a combo deal from Blackstar Surplus for $140 on E-Bite. Considerably than one of the current model "designer" packs. I am anxious to put it to use this year.Hey Sawfish,
I have one and it's a good sturdy pack as far as I'm concerned. I put 2 boned out pronghorn does in mine and packed them out in one trip, glad I didn't have to pack them too far! I ended up with an Eberliestock X1E too it's a good pack for handgunning as well, won't carry as big a load as the ILBE and not quite as versatile but doesn't weigh as much either.
I am speaking of larger scoped handguns like the Savage Striker, Rem. XP-100, and T/C Encore. The issue that I had with the Badlands 2200 was the same as I have had with others, pack was too short and lacked attaching points where I needed them. The IBLE is considerably longer, and has a perfect arrangement for carrying larger handguns on either side, with plenty of attaching points.i have a question what is it that you need in a handgun hunting pack since i haven't done any but i do have an intrest in it
... i dont know what pack would make the job easier