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#228783 - 07/29/11 05:41 PM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
bacpacjac Offline
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Registered: 05/05/07
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Canteen cup and a pair of mid-90s Canadian military issue wool socks. Those things were like boots in their own right. Super warm, really thick, came upto my knee, had ties to hold them up. There wouldn't fit in my regular boots so I used them as camp slippers. Unfortunately the famly dog chewed them up. I've been on the hunt for another pair ever since.
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#228788 - 07/29/11 06:57 PM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: NightHiker]
Paul810 Offline

Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 1428
Loc: NJ, USA
Looking at my gear, the only thing I actually use nowadays that is a true military surplus type item, is 550 paracord. Everything else is a commercial based item.

With that said, many items owe their lineage to lessons learned through military gear. Some are obvious (like AR-style sporting rifles), while others, (like Nylon), aren't as evident.

#228791 - 07/29/11 07:39 PM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: Paul810]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 1748
Loc: Ocala, FL
Originally Posted By: Paul810
With that said, many items owe their lineage to lessons learned through military gear. Some are obvious (like AR-style sporting rifles), while others, (like Nylon), aren't as evident.

A lot of innovations and practices we use today have a military history. Just to name a few, plastic surgery was developed in WWI to treat soldiers who were shot in the face. Sanitary napkins were developed by nurses in the field in WWI. Modern dentistry was first used by American soldiers in WWII.

Jeanette Isabelle
"A grain of wheat must fall to the ground before it can do any good. New life springs from fallen grain." -- Fleda Claes Johansson

#228794 - 07/29/11 09:05 PM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
Regulator6 Offline

Registered: 11/12/07
Posts: 7
My military kit in Iraq was a water source connected to my body that was always full (I drank out of a camel back that was attached to my vehicle seat) and every signal/commo device I could fit on my vest/body. Every fiber of my being was going to be focused on re-establishing contact with friendly forces. I actually didnít have very many interesting items. Just PLB, signal mirror, whistle, smoke grenades, pen flares, buzz saw (chemlight with 550 cord attached to swing around for a larger signature) strobe (with IR capability) and a VS-17 panel. I did carry some water purification tabs, but I figured that even if I did find a water source, I wasnít hanging around long enough to filter it with anything but a bandanna, drop in some tabs and keep moving. There were a lot of other little things I carried, but those stand out as being the most critical. I also tried to always keep a MRE main course in my cargo pocket, but otherwise I donít think I had any food or food procurement items, just electrolyte mixes.

Not trying to hijack the thread or anything, but I would say that one of the most important items in my kit was a picture of my family, some religious psalms embroidered on a handkerchief and the ranger creed (Iím not a Ranger, but itís a great creed). I looked to these items daily for inspiration/motivation and Iím sure they would have come in just as handy in a survival situation.

Another interesting item for discussion is the blood chit. Their these documents that are written in several languages that basically say that Iím an American Soldier, circumstances beyond my control have led me to ask you for help and that if you aid me you will be compensated by the US govt. Iím not suggesting that the ETS community is in need of evasion aids, but it just occurred to me that having some basic ďthis is who I am and I need your helpĒ documentation in a few languages could come in helpful if you were going to be traveling in an area that spoke a language you did not know.

#228798 - 07/29/11 11:14 PM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: ]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6369
Loc: southern Cal
Before WWII, manila climbing rope was state of the art. Nylon rope, developed because of the unavailability of manila during the conflict, superseded natural fibers after the war with startling improvements in strength, utility, and safety.
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#228802 - 07/30/11 12:45 AM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
MoBOB Offline

Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 1219
Loc: here
The U.S. Air Force aircrew helmet bag - two external pockets, two internal pockets and the main compartment.
"Its not a matter of being ready as it is being prepared" -- B. E. J. Taylor

#228813 - 07/30/11 10:17 AM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 1160
Loc: MN, Land O' Lakes & Rivers ...
Two OD wool blankets and a couple of full-sized OD canvas duffel bags
The man got the powr but the byrd got the wyng

#228817 - 07/30/11 12:50 PM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: MostlyHarmless]
Montanero Offline

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1307
Loc: North Carolina
How do they size those boot bags? I like them and would like to get a pair.

#228836 - 07/30/11 07:31 PM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2184
Loc: Deep south... Carolina
I still think my favorite is the good ole fashion triangle bandage. I had one from my dad as a kid as far back as I can remember. Pulls duty as scarf, headband, "do-rag," dust filter, pot holder, bandage compress, tie-down strap, snot rag ...

All the same one! It's amazing how durable it is. It's actually fraying at the edges finally, but that thing has probably been camping with me at least 150 nights and probably close to 1,000 miles.

Yes, I wash it!

#228894 - 08/01/11 04:30 AM Re: Your favourite Military kit. [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
Aussie Offline

Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 205
Loc: Australia
I have a few bits which I like, but something not metioned is a FRED. Australian Army Issue. Its like a p31,but much better smirk

It fits very nicely in a wallet too!

Here's a picture incase you don't know:

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