I attended a fieldcraft weekend put on by 1 Shepherd and the Operation Eastwind staff. This was not a fieldcraft class, it was more of a “put what you know to the test and learn from each other” event. This is exactly what ended up happening and it was one of the most valuable training events I’ve been to.
Here is a video I put together to show what I would pack for a notional 3 day mission as provided by YouTuber Brent0331. This is both a snapshot in time for how my kit is put together and an entry into a giveaway. I hope you guys and gals enjoy this and let us know if we should continue making YouTube vids.
Below are tips referring to the ALICE Load Bearing Equipment (LBE), or belt and suspenders kit a soldier wears into battle. Please note, I do not take credit for all of the modifications listed below. I’ve collected them from various sources including the “Ranger Digest” series of books by Rick Tscherne. Also thanks to local Milsim player Dave for his first hand insight into this topic.
Below are tips referring to the ALICE rucks. Please note, I do not take credit for the modifications listed below. I’ve collected them from various sources including the “Ranger Digest” series of books by Rick Tscherne. Also thanks to local Milsim player Dave for his first hand insight into this topic and Davis Winborne for his photos.
I’ve recently been on a quest for an improved medical bag system capable of providing an appropriate level of care for the various outdoor activities I enjoy. As with most facets of life, I’m not an expert and so I begin my research into the topic by locating those who are and doing my best to learn from them. Through my quest I located the following articles written by former special forces medics, which I found particularly informative. They echoed many of the tips I’d found elsewhere and expounded on them to explain the “why” behind them. I hope they are just as informative to you as they have been to me.
I originally took these photos to illustrate my load carry system for a friend whom was disusing the details with me (photo quality excuse!). Since then I’ve had enough people ask similar questions that I just decided to toss them up here so they are easier to share online. What follows is my load carry system as of March 2016:
One Shepherd has a pretty significant required and recommended equipment list. However, it is all there for a reason. Below are their equipment lists and the one I put together for myself. Mine is a bit more involved simply because I know what I need to keep myself going in a field environment (mostly due to attending Operation Eastwind).
Looking for an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) can be a major pain in the you know what! With so many options, scrolling through different pre-made kits can get your head spinning. Below is a list of the medical kits offered by AR500 in a grid format showing what each carries. Hopefully this will help you chose the one that will fill your need the best! Never forget that just because we aren’t using real guns in Milsim, serious injuries still happen and it’s up to you to be prepared!
For this final installment of the METT-TC series, I’ve enlisted the help of local milsim player and National Guardsman Dave. Many thanks to Dave for sharing his experience! I’ve included a few comments and my thoughts are in italics. Part 2 will include a more itemized list on the items I bring into the field.
I’ve heard many people gripe about the amount of equipment required to attend Eastwind. Attached is my packing list for Eastwind 2014 along with notes on how I used or didn’t use each item. Overall I felt I brought the right things and didn’t really want for anything over the course of the event.