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Originally posted by Dark Vengeance
Ditto to both colec & NR's posts. We all want quality that is cost effective. Military surplus is generally good stuff and by virtue of what it is, is available 2nd hand more so than civvy stuff.
I still have a full set of 58 webbing & GS Bergen for my sins. (No Im not a rambo type thank you).
Rather have a 7.62 than a 5.56, 7.62 makes baddies a lot deader
Originally posted by waterdoctor
Thanks for the input. My "bug in" rifle is a FAL. Cost and utility is what I was trying to get across, all of you have done that. Requirements in a truck,
BOV, a bow or cross bow, how good of a knife do you really need. Water purification can be done with fine sand and charcoal you do not need a $700 hand pumped RO. Does a person need a 70# compound bow when a 35# re-curve is lighter, easier on arrows and will still take a deer?
Originally posted by reluctantpawn
As I have always state it is what is in your head, not your gear that will get you by. Learn to improvise. Study primitive living skills and modify them to fit your need.
I'm pretty practical when it comes to my personal gear. I want something that's durable, well-made, and will get the job done. I could care less if it's fashionable or name brand. Mil Surplus in my experience usually fits the bill. Everything I buy I rigorously test out under the condition for which it's intended. If it's a poor fit, I try something else.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
reply to post by LLoyd45
There's some stuff you just shouldn't cheap out on, things that are absolutely vital to survival. But that doesn't mean you need lots of bells and whistles. I like the KISS way of survival - use the tool that has the fewest moving parts and the least complicated operation/maintenance, whenever possible.