Let’s look at Plate Carrier Placards, also sometimes called Front Panels.
First of all, what is a PC placard?
It’s a modular front panel meant to be quick attached (or detached) to the front of a plate carrier (or “PC”).
Why modular? This let’s you quickly and easily swap load-outs.
For example, you can have a placard for the range, one of low-visibility, and another for patrol.
Swap it out based on your mission needs – without a whole lot of time wasted reweaving MOLLE straps through webbing.
You might also be able to swap between a chest rig and a plate carrier – depending on your needs for the day.
First of all, you’ve got to find one that is compatible with your Plate Carrier.
There are a variety of attachment options include: “G hooks”, side release buckles, and other attachment methods – some of which are proprietary.
Here’s what a G hook looks like, in case you don’t know.
Most of these placards are roughly three M4 mags in width – or about 6 MOLLE columns.
The Esstac Daedon Plate Carrier can accommodate a variety of Front Panel options.
The Daedon front panels are removable via velcro (they act as the cummerbund flap) and use two ITW QASM Buckles at the top.
Simply pop the two buckles and swap panels.
By the way, that PC show above is in MultiCam camo pattern.
And that’s an advantage of some front panel setups – they remove some excess typical of Plate Carriers. This is because you no longer do you need a mounting system and front flap. It removes some weight and gives a thinner, more streamlined profile to the front of your PC.
The KYWI quad 5.56 front panel is shown above. These are similar to the regular KYWI mag pouches – but they have hook velcro on the back instead of MOLLE webbing. And of course the unit has the two buckles at the top.
esstac also offers a pure MOLLE front panel – this would be great to use if you already have the mag pouches – or prefer a mag pouch other than KYWI.
Placard for London Bridge Trading Plate Carriers
As one example, here’s the Triple HSGI Taco Modular Panel (Buy on Amazon).
You can see this has room for 3 M4 mags, plus 3 pistol mags – or other gear – like a flashlight.
This is meant to work with LBT-6094 (London Bridge Trading) or LBX (London Bridge’s budget line) gear.
What you can’t see is how this attaches – it uses “tuck tabs” that work with MOLLE webbing.
Condor Vanquish Armor System Accessories Kangaroo Mag Panel
The is another example and meant to work with Condor’s Vanquish Armor system.
You can see the buckle system used for attachment – of course your PC must be compatible to use this.
Danglers for Plate Carriers
Here’s another item that might be useful along with a plate carrier.
Ferro Concepts created the Dangler.
What is it? It’s a “Fanny Pack” style add-on that you can use in front or back of a plate carrier.
It “dangles” down – get it?
These are also sometimes called abdominal pouches or a sack pouch – see if you can figure out why…
Use the loop velcro to attach to your cummerbund – it will work with just about any plate carrier.
It’s shown above with the Ferro Slickster – but it’ll work with the Crye JPC too.
It is also available in Coyote, and other camo colors.
Modular Front Panels (Placards) for Plate Carriers – In Summary
Modular front panel placards for your plate carrier are a great idea.
They let you swap out kit quick and easily – and mean you can customize your rig according to the mission.
These modular panels can be attached and detached much more quickly than threading MOLLE webbing.
However, you must get placards that are compatible with the attachment system on your plate carrier.
Last update on 2020-06-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API