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New Leather

 

After a bump-in the night incident that ended in wrestling a dog to the ground last year, I have been looking for a way to have a holster handy in a hurry for my night stand pistol. I think I have found it in this reproduction pilot’s holster for 4″ S&W k-frames. There is one shoulder loop that goes over your head and lies across your chest making it quick to put on with or without pants. Spare, if very slow to load, ammo slides along the shoulder strap. A belt loop keeps the weapon from shifting when worn properly, but I’ll use it to strap a light and phone to the rig. The whole rig can just hang off the post on my bed’s head board and be ready to go.

Fuddy, decideldy not high-speed-low-drag, but I’m enough of a dork to love it.

By the way, Clint Smith, mine is classier than yours:

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The Walk Home Bag

Jay G has himself a spiffy new BOB, and wants to know what he should put in it.

I had one similar back when I was a graveyard shift equipment operator on a mountain. I didn’t have much room for stuff in my rig and I still needed to fit a lunch box, but I wanted to be prepared for a walk down the mountain while banged up a bit. The kit was cannibalized for a break-down kit in the car now that I commute farther to work, but I threw it back together for a photo-session.

I feel the urge to explain the contents:

Fire: I have waterproof matches, strike anywhere matches in a water-proof match case, a mini-BIC, a swedish fire-starting jobby, candle stubs, a film canister filled with vaseline soaked cotton balls, and a refill container of naptha for the zippo that lives in my pocket. Fire makes you warm, dry, visible, purifies water, and cooks food, I like redundancy in my ability to make flame.

First-Aid: I have assorted gauze pads, a roll of cling, assorted band-aids, hand sanitizer pads, alcohol prep-pads, benzalkonium pads, a roll of bandage tape, burn gel w/ pain relief, and baby aspirin. I often work and travel with people with heart conditions, thus the aspirin. The bandages are self-explanatory. There is a spare pair of wool socks in the corner of the picture because I assume that my feet will be wet and dry wool socks are nice to have.

Light & Signaling: I have a 2AA Mag-Light, a couple of chemical light sticks, and a whistle. The light sticks are nice for a variety of reasons, like low level light without wasting flashlight batteries. I forgot to throw the spare batteries in the picture. A lenght of cord also appears in the picture.

Survival Type Stuff: An old-style survival guide put out by NHF&G, a space blanket, and a poncho. I like the old “You Alone In The North Woods” better than the new guide Fish and Game puts out, so I use it in my kits. The poncho keeps me dry, and although I don’t care for space blankets, they make nice reflectors for fires, are shiny and flashy to get attention, and they beat no blanket at all.

Water: I have a canteen and water purification tabs. A sealed store-bought water bottle tied to the pack is what I actually had, but the canteen is what I had handy for the picture. The tabs are easy to use, make the water taste funny, but I don’t care, and the expiration date should be checked periodically. Water, warmth, and not bleeding will be your priorities if you need this kit.

Assorted Stuff: A small fixed-blade, a blue sharpie, a pencil, notepad, and a sturdy water-proof bag. The bag is nice to tote or catch a little extra water, store non-waterproof stuff, store foraged berries, and so forth. The pencil and notepad can leave notes behind, itemize my list of stuff to do to get home, doodle on a sleepless night, and the paper can make for emergency dry tinder.  A fresh sharpie marker comes in handy all the time. I like blue ink, black can go unnoticed, red can be mistaken for blood, a rash, or a smudge of stuff, blue seems to catch the eye better. With the marker I can leave notes on stuff like a person, piece of metal, wood, anything.

The Bag: Nothing special here, just a little shoulder bag I got at Wally-World. It has a shoulder strap, belt loops, a connector for other gear in the line, a clip to hang from stuff, and a few pockets.

Left out: My watch cap, spare batteries, a few assorted zip ties, another length of cord, and food bars. There is still just enough room in the bag for these, but they are burried in a breakdown kit in the car right now. You lose most of your body heat from your head. Even during the summer up here, if you get caught in the rain overnight with no fire, hypothermia will find you, so the wool watch cap is nice to have. The zip ties save cord on small connections, and you can never have too much cordage. The food bars are to keep my stomach happy if my walk home turns into an overnight. A small bite to eat before bed will give your metabolism something to turn into body heat while you sleep.

There she is, feel free to comment good, bad, or indifferent.

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