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by Crimson Phoenix
Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Camo Stencils
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: Camo Stencils

I always liked that one as well, mostly as a kid building model armored vehicles. All I've camoed are small things, like the blade of my Woodman's Pal, my Gerber Sport Axe, the sheath of my SRK, an ALICE pack, and my ALICE belt rig. The hard gear I used masking tape and paper to do a DIY MultiCam u...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Camo Stencils
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: Camo Stencils

This may go a little beyond the topic, but has anybody had experience camoing things other than guns? I'm not going to go and paint up a vehicle in camo, but for things like tarps, outbuildings, etc. come to mind. I'm really digging the 1970s MERDC camo the US military used for vehicles and equipmen...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How will you make your fort?
Replies: 28
Views: 2415

Re: How will you make your fort?

This topic reminds me that if we had better walls and the foresight to get preset mounting brackets and cut plywood sections to size to bolt on and cover our windows for hurricane prep, like we should've done years ago, that would be step one. If we had time to really prepare, I'd probably get with ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Do I let Alice move in with me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1337

Re: Do I let Alice move in with me?

Unless you're certain you'll make a good pack mule, don't buy the large MOLLE II ruck as your first rig. I own both the large MOLLE II ruck and Spec-Ops Brand's version of the medium ALICE pack, and I can say right now that though the medium ALICE may end up on the small side if you're carrying your...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Homeschooling
Replies: 24
Views: 2563

Re: Homeschooling

From my public school experience now viewed from a university educated perspective (I don't mean to sound condescending. If you guys get that vibe, sorry in advance), I really don't think everything you need to learn from K-6 should take seven years to learn and everything from grades 6-12 should ta...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:31 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Homeschooling
Replies: 24
Views: 2563

Re: Homeschooling

All things considered, if it was something that must be done, my mother has taught grade school English, language arts, and reading for the past 12 years, and I've taught for about a year total as a university teaching assistant with a background in Earth science and geography, was a team trainer at...
by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Do you IP your gear?
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Do you IP your gear?

I still de-cable (Texas A&M Corps of Cadets terminology, I guess) all my new uniforms and gear with scissors or nail clippers. I've never taken a lighter to my nylon though, since we were never allowed to have any fun burney/melty things in the Cadets after the building I was housed at caught fire t...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Cheapest ALICE packs...
Replies: 122
Views: 16077

Re: Cheapest ALICE packs...

From his little bio, he's a parachute rigger, so if he hasn't seen or done it himself already, it sounds like he'll be able to figure it out quick enough. Did you measure an existing ALICE pack for dimensions, or did the two of you work out a "good size" for the main compartment, three outside pouch...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Cheapest ALICE packs...
Replies: 122
Views: 16077

Re: Cheapest ALICE packs...

crimson, moab and kutter- What you guys have brought up in those last couple posts, pretty much nails it. I mean, I really like the simplicity of the ALICE... and even more so with the hellcat / 1606 frame. When you add the 1606 frame to the old ruck, it becomes a hybrid sort of deal, bridging the ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Cheapest ALICE packs...
Replies: 122
Views: 16077

Re: Cheapest ALICE packs...

What I think we need to do is find a guy who knows what he's doing and make medium ALICE packs out of 500D cordura or 420D pack cloth with a heavier weight bottom and have MOLLE webbing replace all the ALICE webbing. I like my Spec-Ops Brand Recon Ruck, but it has no storm collar with drawstring, no...
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: power free tools!
Replies: 10
Views: 1256

Re: power free tools!

Do you know a good current manufacturer of hand-powered drills? We used to have a couple from stuff Dad inherited from Grandpa, but all our tools got left, including the anvils and silversmithing stuff, when we moved from Arizona in 2000. :(
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:52 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: best pants?
Replies: 109
Views: 18511

Re: best pants?

Those look like the cargo pants I used to wear in the late 90s/early 2000s when I was still in the Boy Scouts. They fit great, but the fabric would wear through at the knees and back pockets or crotch within a year and I had to always get new ones every summer. Also, that's a real shame on those zi...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: best pants?
Replies: 109
Views: 18511

Re: best pants?

I'm a fan of these Riggs ranger pants: http://www.amazon.com/RIGGS-WORKWEAR-Wrangler-Ranger-Loden/dp/B000A2KDNC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345579018&sr=8-1&keywords=riggs+ranger+pants" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I actually started out with the shorts version I've been wearing them h...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Sometimes it is just the little things.
Replies: 26
Views: 2858

Re: Sometimes it is just the little things.

But dammit, I need my twigs! For the time being, I've got an esbit stove, canteen cup, and twigs and tinder to satisfy my tea cravings. That and hot sauce have been my go to comfort items in the field. If I found some good 1 or 2 oz. bottles that are unbreakable for the hot sauce and soy sauce (assu...
by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: best pants?
Replies: 109
Views: 18511

Re: best pants?

I've been wearing Propper BDU pants in solid colors since '06 and had few good experiences with much else I could afford that could pull me away from them. I've found TRU-Spec BDU pants to be not as forgiving or roomy in the seat or crotch, and though I like the price, LAPG's $17 BDU pants seem to h...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: multicam experience?
Replies: 15
Views: 2469

Re: multicam experience?

Do they ever give you guys proper sewing kits or patches of matching fabric to make repairs, or do you learn to cut up your crapped up cammies to make patches for the better ones as they wear out? Back on topic, how are the BDU cut multicam uniforms made by Propper Intl. and Tru-Spec/Atlanco? I thin...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: A little leather magic by Gun_Nut_2k1
Replies: 24
Views: 2303

Re: A little leather magic by Gun_Nut_2k1

I hate to ask, but what brand of Kukhri are you running? I've not found a set to get super excited about, though Dad still swears grandpa's is lurking somewhere in storage...we think. I really want something like one of those. Is there something at the base of the pouch to protect the tip inside the...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Cheapest ALICE packs...
Replies: 122
Views: 16077

Re: Cheapest ALICE packs...

So what's the consensus on the recommended waistbelt and shoulder strap setup to go with an ALICE pack and DEI 1606 frame? I can get surplus woodland sets of the MOLLE ruck straps which are comfortable enough and come with webbing along the sides I can attach my 2 quart canteen carriers to. Then aga...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Goretex size question
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: Goretex size question

The only issue with the one I got years ago was the sleeves ran really short on mine and I passed it on to my dad when I got tired of it. I guess it's not a big deal if you wear medium-short or medium-regular BDU, but I wore medium-long, so the sleeves would be halfway up my arm if I raised my arms ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:38 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: New hydration bladder: Camelbak vs PLatypus
Replies: 24
Views: 3589

Re: New hydration bladder: Camelbak vs PLatypus

I've had the same surplus Camelbak Ambush carrier since 2005. At the time, I bought a 3L blue Camelbak bladder, and it worked well, but molded once due to improper storage. And by improper storage, I mean hanging the empty bladder still in the carrier off my doorknob for almost two weeks before real...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: MRGS Maps
Replies: 6
Views: 623

Re: MRGS Maps

I had to learn MGRS, UTM, and Township and Range grids (PLSS) when I started my GIS training. To the best of my memory, UTM is the only one I still use, with rare encounters with Township and Range grids when looking at old county maps.
by Crimson Phoenix
Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:53 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: SPEC OPs Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1155

Re: SPEC OPs Sale

Just like the deal with the Recon Ruck, why are they discontinuing this? They seem to make solid packs. It just doesn't make much sense.
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: My ALICE Hellcat Pack...
Replies: 39
Views: 14855

Re: My ALICE Hellcat Pack...

Since I'm keeping my MOLLE II assault pack as my daypack until I get something like a Camelbak Hawg or Mule, I'm considering setting up my Recon Ruck as a Hellcat once I get a frame and new belt for it and piggybacking the assault pack, if possible. I know I've done it with the large MOLLE ruck, wit...
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: My ALICE Hellcat Pack...
Replies: 39
Views: 14855

Re: My ALICE Hellcat Pack...

If it causes problems, I'd suggest moving the SAW pouch and canteen carrier to the webbing on the belt, assuming you have enough clearance between the pouch and the pack not to cause problems. Doing this would have the additional benefit of making those items closer at hand without needing to remove...

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