MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

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MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby kmussack » 04 Aug 2017 03:08

When I'm riding the Tiger, (Don't you love that expression?) my motorcycle, my ability to carry gear is limited. The following is a "Junk On The Bunk" description of what I carry in one of the panniers.

All the gear is packed inside and on a Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack for organization and ease of carry when dismounted. Wet weight is 14-pounds.
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Here's the "Junk On A Bunk" display of the contents:
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In the main compartment I pack a Gortex Parka.
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Yes, it's camouflaged. The everyday wear of camouflaged clothing in my area is common and unremarkable.

In a zippered compartment intended for this purpose I carry a G17 with two spare magazines.
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This weapon is equipped with tritium night sights and a Surefire X300 weapon's light. The ammunition is Federal Premium 124 grain Hydra-Shok JHP.

A one liter Nalgene bottle of water is included along with some water purification tablets.
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Included are a few snacks.
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Also carried are several means with which to light a fire. (The Bic will eventually be replaced with a specially prepared Zippo and all the matches are the Life Boat type.)
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A Gerber Suspension multi-tool and a Rat-3 knife are also carried.
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In addition to the weapon's light a general purpose light is also packed. In this case it is a Multi-Function Streamlight Sidewinder with IR capability.
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I've included a change of batteries as well. I've made an effort to reduce the variety of battery types required by my gear. In this case the flashlight uses AA batteries.

I also pack a NUK-Alert radiation monitor/alarm.
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For emergency communications and information I carry a handy talky (Baofeng BF-F8HP) programmed with several local repeaters.
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It is equipped with a long whip antenna to enhance performance. In addition to its rechargeable power pack I carry a battery pack, again powered by AA batteries.

Finally, I pack two compasses; a Silva wrist compass and a Suunto orienteering compass.
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There's also a hank of 550 cord thrown in for good measure.

I know there are a lot of items missing from this kit.
Sadly, compromises must be made for space and weight.
I must remind myself; Perfect is the enemy of good enough.
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Re: MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby Ekiwinox » 05 Aug 2017 08:17

"I've made an effort to reduce the variety of battery types required by my gear."

Which battery sizes are banished? For me it is the "C's".
Which battery sizes are anointed? For me it is the "AAA's".
Any thoughts on the 9 volt battery?
9 volts are used in smoke detectors, so i guess we are stuck with them.

How do you feel about the coin shaped batteries?

Hearing aids also have their own battery issues.

Anybody have any battery storage methods they would like to share?
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Re: MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby whls4legs » 05 Aug 2017 09:35

While I have a couple C batt torches I love, I agree about the Cs. Fortunately companies are moving to the AA. 9V batts live in ceiling fan controllers, smoke detectors, some garage door openers, and we're stuck with them.

The sooner CR123s are phased out, the better.

Weapon sights and lights are a huge mish mash of batt types. Coins, buttons, CRs, solar patch on hat wired to plug into gun sights.

My ATN takes AAs. Finally. (I can aim with my phone, and that's just stupid.)

As it is, there's an ocean of rechargeables, chargers, and ancillary battery crap to keep sorted. It's hard to upgrade/pare down/consolidate types, as that requires you retire functional, expensive stuff. Ouch.
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Re: MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby kmussack » 06 Aug 2017 04:20

With grandchildren about our supply of batteries is substantial. So many toys require batteries and of course each toy requires a different type.

We haven't banished any type or size of battery yet. It's become my habit to purchase in quantity via Amazon even the most obscure battery type/size.

I wish it were not so. I long for order instead of this battery chaos. But alas battery nirvana eludes me.
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Re: MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby whls4legs » 06 Aug 2017 06:46

kmussack wrote: I long for order instead of this battery chaos. But alas battery nirvana eludes me.


As it will all of us.
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Re: MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby Pilgrim52 » 27 Aug 2017 21:19

Very nice pictorial. Thank you for posting it.

If I may, I'd like to make a suggestion. Get rid of the sheet metal spark scraper (or keep it for a backup) and replace it with a Corona or other brand carbide garden tool sharpener. It scrapes ferrorod sparks much better and can be used to touch up the edge on your knife, machete or axe blade with a little practice. You can buy them at most lawn and garden stores, hardware stores or on Amazon for just a few dollars. Recycle an old, thick walled non-child resistant medication bottle by filling it with cotton balls and Vaseline. They come in so many sizes that you can pick one that closely matches your needs.
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Re: MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby kmussack » 28 Aug 2017 03:54

Corona Carbide Sharpener, Qty: 3, On order with AMAZON.
Thanks for the tip.
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Re: MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby Pilgrim52 » 12 Sep 2017 19:41

kmussack wrote:Corona Carbide Sharpener, Qty: 3, On order with AMAZON.
Thanks for the tip.


So, what do you think of the carbide sharpener? In another post, I wrote of my experiments in sharpening carbide. I noticed that the corners would eventually round off after several years of scraping ferrocerium. I was told that it couldn't be done by some friends who work in fields where they use carbide cutters. I proved them wrong with a diamond dust file. To bring back the corners, lay the file flat and moisten with a few drops of water. Set the carbide flat on the file. Set your index finger on the plain steel spine of the sharpener and press down slightly as you move the carbide in circles on the file. In a couple of minutes, depending on how rounded the corners are, you'll be able to feel them noticeably sharper. The proof will come when you are able to throw a much bigger shower of sparks from your ferro rod.

If you want to be ubercool, set both your ferro rod and your carbide scraper in matching antler handles with five minute epoxy. You'll have to trim the steel handle of the carbide sharpener and dig out a rectangular hole for it in the antler but the envious looks from your woodsbuds later will make up for it. Bend some heavy gauge copper grounding wire into two staples and epoxy them into the antlers to serve as tiedown points. Copper and antler looks much better than just drilling holes through the antler. Use your own artistry and imagination to make a fireset that reflects your own style.
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Re: MY ABREVIATED BOB/KIT

Postby kmussack » 12 Sep 2017 22:21

I got the Corona tools and gave one to my son.
He looked at it and said, "Dad, it's a carbide cut-off tool with a vinyl handle."
Sure enough he's right.
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It works as advertised. Thanks for the tip.
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