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The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« on: March 08, 2008, 23:53:03 »
OK, I had to do this. Glass half full folks...

C7 and C9. Excellent weapons, and acknowledged as such by armies around the world

CADPAT fleece jacket and pants

The Gerber multi-tool. Awesome. And it's precursor the C5 knife - incomparable...

Thank You Canada!  :-*

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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2008, 00:17:35 »
I'm not a C9 Advocate but Id have to agree about that fleece top. Number 1 piece of issued field kit. Have you got the issued Gerber or the issued SOG? SOG has got some major crushing power.

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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2008, 01:01:05 »
- The new goretex Cbt Jackets.
- All of our parkas, except the 1974.
- Thermal underwear.
- Muklucks!
- Windpants.
- The MagLine magnesium/aircraft cable snowshow (And yes, it WILL ignite if placed on a hot stove element).
- The bivy bag.
- The MG C6 (since 1979!)
- The Coleman Lantern and two-burner stove.
- Five and ten-man arctic tents.
- One and two man toboggans.
- All things John Moses Browning!!!
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2008, 01:04:02 »
The LAV 3. There's something the army did right.

I like the fact that its wheeled. Without having much experience with tracked vehicles my impression is that the loss of tracked mobility is worth the survivability (will still roll with wheels blown off, but a slipped track is a mobility kill) and the less time spent doing maintenance.

The 25mm Bushmaster is THE Taliban killer in theatre. Its hard to back this one up with statistics, but I think guys most would agree that when you compare small arms, 155, or 105, the 25MM dishes out most of the punishment. These weapons systems have a role and are needed, but IMHO the 25MM is the backbone of the firepower we bring to the table.

The comms are decent. The systems we use arn't perfect, but you can usually get them to work. I'm not an expert on this stuff, but I don't think upgrading would be too much of an issue - provided that the money was there.

Plus you can carry the rest of the section in the back. It might be a tight squeeze with all the gear, but welcome to the army - if its not a tight squeeze then you're probably forgetting something behind.

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The C9 is IMHO an awsome weapons system. There are better variants of the minimi out there, but it's still a solid LMG.

No one ever complains about the C6, unless you're the guy carrying it. Everyone else in the platoon loves it.

C8FTHB - a few bells and whistles would be nice, but its a great base to build on.

The Parka Shell is the most underrated piece of kit ever issued. Worn with with any combination of the fleece, stealth suit, softie, and polypro for 3 seasons of practical field wear.

Thats it for now...
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2008, 03:34:24 »
C6 and C9 should have had the hydralic buffers of their US versions...

I like the SOG tool issue version way better than the Gerber.



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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2008, 07:48:03 »
The thermos canteen muahahaha... Hot coffee any one?
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2008, 08:35:37 »
Ziploc bags ...

Yes, there are indeed ziploc bags in the system that us suppies get to use for packaging etc ...

By far, the best little goodie I've had in the field (well second best -- the best goodie was the polaroid I was holding when a certain Major AJ fell into a latrine during one of those end-ex smokers).  >:D

SOG!!?? -- Is this the very same SOG that was brought into the system for the Field Engineers (and rolled out to all posns within 'entitled' UICs)?? You know -- the SOG with the crimping tool that the engineers aren't allowed to use for crimping (I know plenty who just continue to use their teeth instead due to the "no-crimping with the crimping tool message")?? Just goes to show you that as with every piece of kit --- some love it/some hate it ... and it doesn't always suit the purposes for which it was originally intended.
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2008, 09:06:15 »
 Size 14 goretex socks, when worn over your duffle socks in your mukluks keep your feet nice and dry in the winter when it get a little wet out.
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2008, 09:18:34 »
The ranger blanket.  ;D
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2008, 09:31:38 »

LWT Balaclava, AKA. Ninja Mask...  GOLD.   Perfect for wearing under helmet, bush cap or even under the winter balaclava for extra comfort. It may not be the "best" piece of kit,  as most of the top pieces have already been mentioned, but I think it's pretty damn good.
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2008, 12:07:36 »
KFS... no kidding. Some armies don't even provide them. And ours fits together in a nice little package!
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2008, 12:29:22 »
Mortar and AFV Gloves.
The role of Cavalry is to add dash and colour, to a otherwise drab event called war.

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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2008, 12:39:20 »
64 Pat Rucksack
Goretex socks
Cdn IMPs
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2008, 13:06:35 »
- polypro thermal underwear
- neck gaiter
- mortar gloves
- cadpat leather gloves
- black leather logistik unicorp gloves with wool liner
- cold weather socks
- mucklucks
- arid t-shirt
- bivy bag
- black beauty air mattress
- cadpat camelbak
- goretex windpants
- goretex socks
- canteen, cup and stove
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2008, 13:10:02 »
Black beauty air mattress? - Pneumatic air mattress?
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2008, 13:59:10 »
The old "Black Betty" air mattress, one prior to the self inflating one.

Lucky if you still have one. Their worth their weight in gold IMHO.

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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2008, 14:28:35 »
Pneumatic air mattresses are / were great... xcept when, at half past very late, the plug would pop out & everyone in the tent would wake up & rock back & forth ..... checking to see if it was theirs that had shed it"s plug
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2008, 14:46:57 »
agree with mostly everything here except i can honestly say i like the American IMPs allot better their the Canadian ones.

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C9 LMG love this weapon
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LAV 3 and the 25 mm to go with it, probably best piece of kit we have
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2008, 15:27:29 »
My old waffle pattern combat scarf - so many things you could do with it!

Anything fleece & anything gortex!

And 'Black Betty' - so multi-functional - air matress, toboggan, whatever....it was great

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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2008, 16:33:01 »
I would say anything clothing wise is a huge improvement over the crap I was originally issued with all those years ago. How did we survive without a bivbag or gortex? ;) ;D
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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2008, 19:10:21 »
I would have to agree about the combat scarf, I still use my faded and tattered one here, as I do with my 'rubber lady', the 'Uniroyal' air mattress (when it permits, usually use my swag, as it protects one from the creepy crawlie things, and there is lots of them here).

As much as there is lots of negativity about the 1982 Ptrn ruck, it beats the Aussie issued backbreaker we have. I still ue my ruck, although faded beyond a joke, repaired here and ther, including welds to the wire crap frame.

See the pic of my swag, zipped in tight at night, no snakes, no ants, spiders, scorpions, centipeds, disease carrying mosquitos, etc. everyone has got one of these.

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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2008, 19:15:54 »
Well, maybe I should look into army surplus next time I want to replace my camping tent
or any camping stuff...

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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2008, 22:48:04 »
I would have to agree about the combat scarf, I still use my faded and tattered one here, as I do with my 'rubber lady', the 'Uniroyal' air mattress (when it permits, usually use my swag, as it protects one from the creepy crawlie things, and there is lots of them here).

As much as there is lots of negativity about the 1982 Ptrn ruck, it beats the Aussie issued backbreaker we have. I still ue my ruck, although faded beyond a joke, repaired here and ther, including welds to the wire crap frame.

See the pic of my swag, zipped in tight at night, no snakes, no ants, spiders, scorpions, centipeds, disease carrying mosquitos, etc. everyone has got one of these.

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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2008, 23:02:50 »
Its water proofed canvas, so it can handle a shower, but on a wet night we have tarps up in an area which will fit several of us, If its a monsoon, no luck, sleep in the cab or the pod, back of a LAV,as there is usually 4-6 inches sitting on the ground - everywhere.


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Re: The stuff the Army issues is Excellent!
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2008, 23:34:31 »
25mm...
Um that reminds me of another peice of kit which I think is the best thing ever issued.

Leopard 2A6.

25mm that.... ;D