Early 2000s. If I was doing something late 80s - early 90s, I'd need either a really old school LBT/SOE rig, such as an 1195A, or something simple like ALICE suspenders/LBV88/Grenadiers vest + ALICE belt line. Along with an M727 instead if an M4 RIS. I didn't post the kit list next because I don't know if anyone is interested in it.
I just picked up an old Blackhawk STOMP I in OD, sage flight gloves, and a new blade (Not sure whether to mount them to the rig on one of the shoulder straps or run it off my belt). I was looking into the gucci stuff (M18 smoke, Mk13 flare) for later, along with rocket fins and the UDT life preserver once I get some more money. I was planning on rubber-banding the Mk13 to the blade sheath and the M18 in one of the mag pouches.
And Thor, I know what you mean. I'm not sure if I can move them back further and have it look a bit more streamlined without restricting space to any other pouches, or making it look off-balanced or odd.