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Made a Small Get-Home bag/Overnight bag. MOLLE Yucca pack

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by CamoDeafie, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    Since I wanted a pack that was in between the standard "Assault/3-day patrol packs" and the "buttpacks/waist pack/lumbar pack" sizes... I looked through my fabrics drawer and found some Tri-Color DCU material in 1000D Cordura....and went and got the tan webbing straps and some other things...made some rough measurements, and whipped up a modernized MOLLE version of the classic Boy Scouts Yucca pack.
    Dimensions of base pack;
    12" tall
    9" wide
    5" deep
    MOLLE slotting is as follows;
    12x9 panel; 6 rows and 6 slots
    12x5 panels, 6 rows, 3 slots
    9x5 panel (bottom), 3 rows, 4 slots.

    It is a little bit bigger than the Recon butt pack, but more versatile and flexible owing to having 4 panels of MOLLE with which to attach MOLLE equipment to.
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    Clean pack, with flap over

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    Side view of clean pack

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    Bottom of pack, the MOLLE is for attachment of compression straps for gear, OR a MOLLE waist pack.

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    Back of pack, without shoulder straps. 4 D-rings to attach straps to, or to lash pack to whatever you want to lash it to.

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    Stuffed with T-shirts. it was laundry day for me...

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    Overlapping "ear" flaps, for keeping most of the weather out

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    Flap moved out of the way, showing full panel

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    With 3 Coyote Brown pouches, 2 DCU canteen covers, stuff sack with sleeping bag and coleman inflatable bed roll all attached.

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    Showing the canteens, and the USGI LC-2 pack straps

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    Comparison picture of pack without stuff sack and bed roll, next to a Recon pack. MOLLE Ka-Bar adapter used to mount small bowie knife sheath to upper utility pouch, and shotgun ammo box pouch on side

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    Detail of side, showing how the CB pouches effectively double the volume of the small pack..

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    detail shot of the black shotgun ammo pouch's attachment..since it is an LC type with belt loop, I used another MOLLE ALICE/M1910 Adapter on the side MOLLE.

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    With green stuff sack mounted under the flap, next to the small Recon pack.

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    Next to my large green hiking backpack that I made for myself.

    Hope you guys enjoyed this post!

    Gear kit load is as follows as of today;
    Main compartment;
    1 pair of BDU style pants
    1 long sleeve Polyester jersey shirt
    1 acrylic fleece shirt
    2 pairs of socks
    1 pair of underwear

    Top Coyote brown utility pouch (wide one);
    4 tarp stakes
    4 6' lengths of guy lines
    1 deodorant stick
    camp soap
    fork
    spoon
    4 granola bars
    Lower Right Coyote Brown utility pouch
    2 packets of Idahoan Instant Taters
    1 packet of Tyson Foil packed chicken
    1 packet of Wise Food company's dehydrated pasta entree
    1 packet of Uncle Ben's rice
    2 packets of hot chocolate
    Lower Left Coyote Brown utility pouch
    Individual First Aid Kit; my own mix of items I use most of the time and items I am trained in.
    Black shotgun ammo pouch;
    small bat-wing tarp, it is silnylon and in grayish green camo..it is approximately 9 feet long ridge line with a 7 feet wide corner to corner width; I usually use this with a hammock, but can use it as a ground based shelter. I might look into getting either a Coyote or DCU USGI MOLLE Waist Pack, and a belt pad so that I can put the Kelty topquilt into the bottom and use the top for the sleep pad.
    Not shown in the pics, an IDF small revolver round pouch thats holding my compass and small LED light.
    Obviously, I also have a knife attached to the pack.
     
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  2. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Are you open to recommendations? I think a cover of camouflage over your pack and gear would give you greater concealment. Set up in colors for where you are but also thinking about where you are going. When you travel people see color or movement, it's really good to blend in.o_O
     
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  3. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very professional, Camo! Do you have your delicates in sealable plastic?

    MOLLE Yucca! Sounds like Sacajawea's girl friend!;)
     
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  4. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    yea thats a plan eventually..or use a garbage bag..

    i do have plastic bags to use if needed :)
     
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    tedacker South Salem Active Member

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    I think, he meant to say Lewis and Clark's girlfriend! Sacajawea was the girl that accompanied them!
     
  6. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    Some more set ups, and gear laid out!
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    with ALICE Buttpack holding my Kelty topquilt.

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    Woodland Camo USGI MOLLE Sustainment Pouch in place of the three coyote brown pouches.

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    On Coleman PEAK 1 frame

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    On ALICE frame.

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    Stuff laid out.
    All this kit can fit the entire pack and its 3 Coyote brown pouches, black pouch, IDF small pouch, two canteen covers...and the Buttpack. the sleep pad is obviously rolled up and under the flap when packed..This gives me around 3-4 days of food and clothes, I just need to add more water, or a water filter to enable going 3 days with the two 1-qt canteens.
     
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  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I must have missed where you showed that knife off and told us what it was:rolleyes:
     
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  8. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    oh, its a 70s, maybe 60s 4.5" carbon steel bladed bowie shaped knife from Imperial. (Think it was before it became Imperial Schrade or something like that), marked Providence, R.I. I picked it up in a pawn store I think for relatively cheap :) I don't tend to show off knife/blades in this forum though lol
     
  9. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Nice post. I just got my machine set back up in my new shop. Now to decide what I need to build next.
     
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  10. edison bulb

    edison bulb Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Major coolness factor and craftmenship on making that bag OP! :cool: In a more urban environment, I don;t think that would work though. It's big, camo, and attracts a lot of unwanted attention IMO.

    My ideal get home bag (48 hour bag at most) would a simple and very common Jansport because it would not be out of place in Portland:

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    Inside would be:

    LifeStraw
    Small LED Flashlight
    Bic Lighter + 5 firestarters
    Small first aid kit (rubbing alcohol, scissors, gauze, bandages, antibiotic ointment)
    3 Mountain House packages
    3 Power Bars
    1 package of trail nuts
    Ruger LCR .22
    100 rounds of ammunition
    Emergency blanket
    Fixed blade knife
    Twine
     
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  11. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    It isn't big. it is only 9x5x12; or slightly smaller than a normal Jansports. The extra pouches and stuff though, does increase the size of it....Out here in my AO; many people use ALICE packs, ACU equipment, or civilian hiking bags...a good number of the homeless have military bags, along with camo equipment, possibly based on military designs.
    I however do have a slightly larger, 12x17 travel tote that is in bright red, for more urban situations...and a normal sized small duffel bag for similar situations.
     
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  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    What machine? I just hand sewed a pull over from a wool blanket (pictures after Santa brings me a camera) and thought it would save mucho time with a machine.

    Hey Camo,doesn't matter if it's good or bad for urban environment,you took the initiative to put it together.:s0151:

    Some need to bring a negative attitude to the thread when one did a cool project like this.Had an aunt like that
     
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  13. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Nice skills!! I don't have a sewing machine stout enough to stitch webbing like that (or enough time) to craft my own, so I have to be happy with my woodland camo small ALICE pack (w/o frame) that I keep in the work van for my GHB. I keep cans of tuna as the main food source as it's one of the best protein/energy bangs for the buck IMHO.
     
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  14. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! :) I myself use a 1960s Singer 328K sewing machine. It's a heavy duty home machine, not necessarily "Industrial" but compared to the 90s plastic geared Singer I had, it is heavier duty!

    Tuna huh? I've found that peanuts, raisins and M&Ms give me a great caloric count for the weight....along with candy bars...however, I usually have that in my pants pockets instead of the pack.... Rice and the foil packed chicken also gives me a decent amount of calories for their weight, as well as the freeze dried entrees, in which I only need to boil water then add water.
     
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  15. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Just watch the sugar and salt contents.Salt mostly in winter cause you'll need it when sweating hard in summer. But there are better ways to get calories than sugar,especially for long term
     
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  16. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    Right, That's also why I only have maybe 2 bars of candy in my pockets, I usually pack more granola bars than candy.... Thanks for the heads up on the winter salt thing! :) Winters here though is mostly rainy/wet.... thats also why I don't have as much winter clothing as some people do....I've been thinking about getting a food dehydrator unit for myself so I can make my own freezer bag meals....
     
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  17. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I have a Juki LU-562. It is a commercial machine with a 1/3 hp motor. I picked it up second hand at a local sewing store fully refurbished.

    This is not mine, no pic of it right now, so I stole this one off the net.

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  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Priced around $400 used?
    I'd ask my sister but she would convince me to buy some real fancy BS
     
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  19. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I have not been on the site for a while, not since the update, but here is one of the goto sites for tac sewing, http://www.diytactical.com/blog/

    I paid much more then $400, but it was fully referred, with limited warranty and motor/table. I had looked at a few other similar machines but by the time I got all the parts I would have been close in price. Being my first machine I wanted to buy where I knew I could get answers if I had problems.

    This was a popular contender at the time, http://www.sewinggold.com/TT111-155.html not sure what is currently out there though. I did find some good deals on CL, if I had known what I was looking at. What was a "good deal" could have easily cost more if it had problems and I needed to take it in to get fixed......

    I really like my machine but if/when I do it again I would spend the money for the servo motor vs clutch. I would also look for one with a bit higher foot. At 3-4 layers of webbing it gets tight for space.
     
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  20. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I was wishin'
     
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