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Posted: 5/2/2013 7:30:53 PM EDT

1st Line:  Watch, pocket knife, compass, signal mirror, pen flare gun with extra flares, emergency radio, strobe light, pen and paper, signal whistle, matches, signal panel, and water purification tablets.

2nd Line:  Carbine with 21 magazines, six M67 frags, three mini grenades, poncho, two 1-qt canteens, smoke grenade, gas mask, 1911, and bandages.

3rd Line:  Explosives, detonators, machete, Claymore mine, smoke grenades, one gallon of water, zip ties, alice pack.  











Photo caption:  Explosive Laden:  RT New York One Zero John St. Martin carried a claymore mine in his chest pouch and a chain-like detonation cord covered with steel washers for quick explosive ambushes.  





Photo insert:  Golf ball-sized V40 mini grenade.
I scanned these photos out of my copy of SOG:  A Photo History Of The Secret Wars, by John L. Plaster.  It's my favorite book about Vietnam, an absolutely great read.

 
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:35:38 PM EDT
You know you're a bad motherfucker when you wear a claymore like a necklace.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:39:02 PM EDT
Interesting stuff.  Thanks for sharing.  
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:43:54 PM EDT
I have an autographed copy of Secret Commandos: Behind the Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG by John L. Plaster.  Great Pics thanks for posting.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:45:31 PM EDT
I first heard Plaster on G. Gordon Liddy's show. Great books.



I miss the G Man's show. He kicked ass in the 90's.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:47:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:49:50 PM EDT
Quoted:
I first heard Plaster on G. Gordon Liddy's show. Great books.

I miss the G Man's show. He kicked ass in the 90's.


Agreed. Off topic, do you know why he went off the air? I had sirius for about 3 years and didnt listen much to AM radio, when I started listening again he was off the air.


Edit, just googled it up and I guess he just retired.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:50:57 PM EDT
V40 mini grenade, I just doubled my knowledge today
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:53:10 PM EDT
That det cord with washers and those mini grenades scream fun as well


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You know you're a bad motherfucker when you wear a claymore like a necklace.


Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:54:13 PM EDT
Dig those 20 round mag pouches.

It looks like alot of gear but it distributes well.

Det cord and washers? Love it.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:55:32 PM EDT
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You know you're a bad motherfucker when you wear a claymore like a necklace.


This.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 7:58:08 PM EDT
Quoted:
Dig those 20 round mag pouches.

It looks like alot of gear but it distributes well.

Det cord and washers? Love it.


FWIW, St. Martin was wearing what looks like an old BAR belt. I've heard it worked well with 20rd M16 mags.

Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:01:59 PM EDT
21 mags? 420rds if all filled to 20rds. I wonder why there is no cross load of belted ammo, Batteries for radio ect.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:21:15 PM EDT



Quoted:



Quoted:

I first heard Plaster on G. Gordon Liddy's show. Great books.



I miss the G Man's show. He kicked ass in the 90's.




Agreed. Off topic, do you know why he went off the air? I had sirius for about 3 years and didnt listen much to AM radio, when I started listening again he was off the air.





Edit, just googled it up and I guess he just retired.


Age caught up with him. Hard to be virile, vigorous, and potent in your eighties.



He had some of the greatest guests of all the nineties talk radio shows in my opinion. I remember Mark Bowden pitching Black Hawk Down on his show as well as guests like Plaster, Ken Shamrock, Sonny Barger. Fuckin awesome. I miss it.







 
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:23:17 PM EDT
Un-possible that you could fight a war without optics and a bunch of magpul accessories.

4073
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:24:20 PM EDT
Quoted:
Quoted:
Dig those 20 round mag pouches.

It looks like alot of gear but it distributes well.

Det cord and washers? Love it.


FWIW, St. Martin was wearing what looks like an old BAR belt. I've heard it worked well with 20rd M16 mags.



Thanks. Buddy has a few BAR's, will have to see if he has an extra belt.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:30:37 PM EDT
I'm not the type to idolize people, but he's one of a handfull of guys I look up to. Dude was a bad ass mother fucker amongst bad mother fuckers.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:34:34 PM EDT
Good stuff, thanks for posting.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:35:07 PM EDT
Those photos from a book?
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:35:34 PM EDT
I can hear his balls clang from 40 years back.  
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:40:09 PM EDT
I'm going on 20 years in the military and have yet heard anyone refer to gear as 1st line, 2nd line, blah blah blah
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:40:43 PM EDT



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Those photos from a book?


An expensive book. The paperback seems to be running + $50. I remember the hardcover going for eighty bucks at one time and passed on it.



http://www.amazon.com/SOG-Photo-History-Secret-Wars/dp/1581605978



 
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:41:45 PM EDT



Quoted:



Quoted:

Dig those 20 round mag pouches.



It looks like alot of gear but it distributes well.



Det cord and washers? Love it.




FWIW, St. Martin was wearing what looks like an old BAR belt. I've heard it worked well with 20rd M16 mags.





Yep. Very popular with SOG, SF & SEALs.

 


Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:48:27 PM EDT
IIRC, we used to have a member from MACVSOG quite a few years back.  What ever happened to him?
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:49:34 PM EDT






(Photos courtesy of TexasRifleman.)
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:49:55 PM EDT
Is that a 30rd magazine in the carbine?
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:53:51 PM EDT



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Is that a 30rd magazine in the carbine?


Yes. They were used in Vietnam, in limited numbers.

 


Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:55:58 PM EDT
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Is that a 30rd magazine in the carbine?

yup
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 8:59:20 PM EDT
this thread is full of awesome
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:03:06 PM EDT
I think the grenade next to the smoke is a Willy Pete.  It's the shape of one, but I could be wrong.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:06:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:07:05 PM EDT
Quoted:
I first heard Plaster on G. Gordon Liddy's show. Great books.

I miss the G Man's show. He kicked ass in the 90's.


Yes, he did...
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:10:26 PM EDT
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I think the grenade next to the smoke is a Willy Pete.  It's the shape of one, but I could be wrong.


Correct. In the last pic, Armson OEG?
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:15:31 PM EDT
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Un-possible that you could fight a war without optics and a bunch of magpul accessories.

4073


Oh the irony, see those para-cord loops on the mags, thats where the concept for the original Magpul came from

The improvisation and problem solving on a soldiers gear is always interesting to study
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:17:52 PM EDT
If you wanna get yer SOG on, read "Reflections of a Warrior".

Autobiography of Franklin Miller.

Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:18:10 PM EDT
In the first line gear, to the left, under the watch and pocket knife, they don't list what those are.  They look like they are morphine syrettes.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:19:09 PM EDT
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21 mags? 420rds if all filled to 20rds. I wonder why there is no cross load of belted ammo, Batteries for radio ect.


Typical, a basic load would only get them through the first immediate action drill in an ambush.  Been awhile since I read Plaster's book, but I don't immediately recall any belt fed weapons being used on the SOG recon teams.  Maybe cut down RPDs though?
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:22:43 PM EDT
V40's.........
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:29:34 PM EDT
Holy shit, them boys liked the go-booms!



I want that detcord, looks fun!
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:32:42 PM EDT
That pistol looks like a Hi-power.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:35:15 PM EDT
Quoted:
In the first line gear, to the left, under the watch and pocket knife, they don't list what those are.  They look like they are morphine syrettes.


I'd wager you'd correct.

Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:37:30 PM EDT
He retired July 27, 2012

Quoted:

Quoted:
Quoted:
I first heard Plaster on G. Gordon Liddy's show. Great books.

I miss the G Man's show. He kicked ass in the 90's.


Agreed. Off topic, do you know why he went off the air? I had sirius for about 3 years and didnt listen much to AM radio, when I started listening again he was off the air.


Edit, just googled it up and I guess he just retired.

Age caught up with him. Hard to be virile, vigorous, and potent in your eighties.

He had some of the greatest guests of all the nineties talk radio shows in my opinion. I remember Mark Bowden pitching Black Hawk Down on his show as well as guests like Plaster, Ken Shamrock, Sonny Barger. Fuckin awesome. I miss it.


 


Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:37:51 PM EDT
A real scary guy wears a claymore as a necklace. Fake wannabe scary guys wear hood ornaments as a necklace.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:43:09 PM EDT
Quoted:
Quoted:
In the first line gear, to the left, under the watch and pocket knife, they don't list what those are.  They look like they are morphine syrettes.


I'd wager you'd correct.

http://www.mtaofnj.org/content/WWII%20Combat%20Medic%20-%20Dave%20Steinert/wwii_files/syrette.jpg


Yea, it looks like they are.


I'm not sure what a normal dose is, but it seems like having 4 is quite a bit of morphine.  Then again, maybe it's like pain pills where they say "take 1-2."  Gives them enough for 2 separate dosages to hold out for 8-12 hours if wounded.  Anyway, just speculation.


ETA:  It's kind of funny the difference between IFAK's now and then.  All they had were narcotic pain meds, no dressings.  Now, they don't trust the average guy with heavy pain meds.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:56:02 PM EDT





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He retired July 27, 2012








He began dropping from syndicated markets way before that. I have some of his shows from 2011 on itunes. They aint the same.





Lingenfelter ZR-1 driving, Harley riding, Clinton bashing Liddy was a thing of beauty.





 
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 9:59:23 PM EDT
XM-28 gasmask, straight up POS.

Link Posted: 5/2/2013 10:06:19 PM EDT
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
In the first line gear, to the left, under the watch and pocket knife, they don't list what those are.  They look like they are morphine syrettes.


I'd wager you'd correct.

http://www.mtaofnj.org/content/WWII%20Combat%20Medic%20-%20Dave%20Steinert/wwii_files/syrette.jpg


Yea, it looks like they are.


I'm not sure what a normal dose is, but it seems like having 4 is quite a bit of morphine.  Then again, maybe it's like pain pills where they say "take 1-2."  Gives them enough for 2 separate dosages to hold out for 8-12 hours if wounded.  Anyway, just speculation.


ETA:  It's kind of funny the difference between IFAK's now and then.  All they had were narcotic pain meds, no dressings.  Now, they don't trust the average guy with heavy pain meds.


If I'm not mistaken one dose was pretty heavy around 16mg.  2-3 was enough to kill someone.
Link Posted: 5/2/2013 10:12:41 PM EDT
What is the device laying on the notebook? Reminds me of an emergency locator thingy.
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