I had often wondered why things you write resonate so well with me... and !! Ah Ha !!! Your a former Marine, as am I !! you live in Montana, as do I ( usually) and you shoot an AK !!!! These are all positive things!!I've gotten to where I don't use much mil.surplus gear. It's tough, but heavy. When I was young and in the USMC it all seemed much lighter!
Load bearing vests aren't bad and there are enough variations to suit most any need. I've gone to carrying my AK magazines in a sachel and everything else fits on my belt or in a backpack. I have several different sizes/styles depending upon what I'm using them for. Sorry It wasn't more specific.
It a QD type and I'll have to get out to the truck in the am and get it out, I'll get the Lady of the Manor to take a few pics and post them.. may as well do the Saiga also...it's a cool piece too...HB: What kind of mount do you have for the scope on your AK?