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Posted: 12/30/2003 1:21:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2003 1:23:44 PM EDT by BigMHoff]
Two of the guys from my Volunteer Fire Department just got out of Boot Camp and will be going to Iraq in a couple of months after some more training.  I think I want to get them each a Cold Steal push knife, the Safe Keeper II.  Its kinda like the blade Tom Behringer used to cut Charlie Scheen's face with in Platoon.  What do you guys think?


http://www.coldsteel.com/fixed-blades-safe-keeper.html



Link Posted: 12/30/2003 1:37:01 PM EDT
[img]http://www.mstn.biz/images/Knives/gberet03sm.jpg[/img]

This is what I sent with my best friend to Afghanistan on loan.

[i][red]Product ID: CRK-GB7    Category: Edged weapons
Chris Reeve 7-inch Green Beret Knife
Description: The "Yarborough" knife of the Green Berets. Designed by Bill Harsey and manufactured by Chris Reeve Knives, this knife is presented to each graduate of the Special Forces Qualification Course. Available to civilians as the Green Beret Knife.
Price:  $299.00[/red][/i]
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 1:38:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2003 1:39:50 PM EDT by SHIVAN]
[url]http://www.coldsteel.com/fixed-blades-safe-keeper.html[/url]

[img]http://store1.yimg.com/I/csstoreonline_1767_4421341[/img]
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 1:55:05 PM EDT
They would get more use out of a good lock blade folder, or even a SAK or Multi-plier.  Plus encounter less problems in their travels.

Personally I would buy them a Good 1Watt LED Flashlight, like an Arc LS, Surefire L1 or L4 and some spare batteries.

The military is issueing [b]some[/b] people the Inova X5T, Inova Microlight, CMG Ultra-G, Inova 24/7, & CMG Sonic-G.  But the main issue flashlight remains the awful GI Angle head, and most people in the military seen to supplement that with a Mini-mag.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:03:18 PM EDT
They each have gotten Ka-bars from thier Dads'for full sized blades.  The flashlight idea is pretty damn good.  You guys dont think the push daggers would come in handy at all, huh?  Any other ideas?
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:04:17 PM EDT
I'd suggest a camelback and some shit load of handywipes (like the ones KFC gives ya)
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:07:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BigMHoff:
Any other ideas?
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When I deployed to Somalia to single most usefull personally owned items I brought along were my swiss army knife, leatherman, and a copy of Red Storm rising.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:14:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AR15fan:

When I deployed to Somalia to single most usefull personally owned items I brought along were my swiss army knife, leatherman, and a copy of Red Storm rising.
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What AR15Fan said. Get them a leatherman/Gereber mutitool. Best all around utility tool they'll ever use...Other things to think about: A SW radio, a good pair of wind goggles (the issued ones suck), good books (the longer the better), Surefire flashlight w/ red lense....
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:16:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2003 2:44:48 PM EDT by eodtech2000]
Go over to Cold Steel and get some factory 2nd's.  Who cares if the finish isn't perfect(thats what krylon matte black is for), their knives are G.I. tough!
[url]http://www.coldsteel.com/seconds.html[/url]

If you are true friend buy them some logs of steel  capped Copenhagen snuff, if your friends don't chew they can us it for trading or making a little cash when their buddies who chew run out!!!  Trust me, it is worth it weight in gold when supplies run out!!!!
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:37:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2003 2:42:06 PM EDT by warlord]
eodtech2000: Ditto on the factory Coldsteel 2nds. I have 2nds in their Trail Master 9". The blade may have a few blemishes, but its the cutting the counts. But they are heavy. If weight were an issue consider a Ka-Bar.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:42:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2003 2:44:41 PM EDT by not_by_works]
I don't know about good luck. but...

get them a large-print bible (the Life Application Bible, NKJV comes to mind[:D]).

"For the Word of God is living and powerful,

and sharper than any two-edged sword,

piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,

and of joints and marrow,

and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Hebrews 4:12

besides, ANYTHING else you might buy them is temporary at best. The word of God is eternal and so is the result of applying it to your life .... eternal !!


-praying for you and your buddies - Kennon

Link Posted: 12/30/2003 2:58:35 PM EDT
One of my co-worker currently has a son in Iraq and I bought him couple of items before he left which he said were very useful.  The most useful item is a good solid multipurpose tool (Leatherman or Gerber kind) with a needle nose plier that I gave him.  Second most useful item he said was a small lock blade knife with sharp 3” blade.  Other items that I gave him that were useful are Surefire P6 with red filter (spare batteries too), a battery powered shaver and water proof sea bags (I gave him 2 each of small (1/2 cu ft.), medium size (1 cu ft.) and large (2 cu ft.).  He said the Oakley sunglass was good for a while but the lexan lens got too badly scratched by sand after just few weeks so I sent him a Rayband sunglasses with glass lens.  
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 3:12:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By not_by_works:
I don't know about good luck. but...

get them a large-print bible (the Life Application Bible, NKJV comes to mind[:D]).

"For the Word of God is living and powerful,

and sharper than any two-edged sword,

piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,

and of joints and marrow,

and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Hebrews 4:12

besides, ANYTHING else you might buy them is temporary at best. The word of God is eternal and so is the result of applying it to your life .... eternal !!


-praying for you and your buddies - Kennon

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Great idea... but Christian items are verboten!  Don't want to offend the locals. Atleast, when we were sending care packages, the info we got from the Red Cross said no Bibles or "religious material"

Damn stinking travesty.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 3:12:56 PM EDT
Everyone here has good ideas but I'd be inclined to ask them what they need or check out some of the threads here on what the guys already over there are asking for.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 3:17:22 PM EDT
an AK-47....

Fidel
Out

Link Posted: 12/30/2003 3:38:17 PM EDT
Great ideas, thanks guys.  Im leaning twords muti-tool and a good flashlight.  I'll bring it up at the next firehouse meeting that when they get there to send care packages with wipes, dip, and reading material.
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 4:40:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2003 4:42:54 PM EDT by not_by_works]
Originally Posted By Langadune:
Originally Posted By not_by_works:
I don't know about good luck. but...

get them a large-print bible (the Life Application Bible, NKJV comes to mind[:D]).

"For the Word of God is living and powerful,

and sharper than any two-edged sword,

piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,

and of joints and marrow,

and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Hebrews 4:12

besides, ANYTHING else you might buy them is temporary at best. The word of God is eternal and so is the result of applying it to your life .... eternal !!


-praying for you and your buddies - Kennon

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Great idea... but Christian items are verboten!  Don't want to offend the locals. Atleast, when we were sending care packages, the info we got from the Red Cross said no Bibles or "religious material"

Damn stinking travesty.
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Don't send through the Red Cross,then [:D]

try Samaratin's purse (Franklin Graham's ministry).

Oh. one other thing;
the locals won't find out about your care package unless your friends are (Heaven forbid !!) overrun, right ??

What am I missing here ???

Link Posted: 12/30/2003 4:45:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2003 4:48:57 PM EDT by Da_Bunny]
Handheld GPS, Surefire flashlight, Leatherman, Cav Arms furniture.

Edited to add: BATTERIES!
Link Posted: 12/30/2003 5:06:14 PM EDT
Brown Paper Bags!!!
Spray On Deodorant (stripper scent)!!!
Rubbers!!!!

If they are single... eventually even the NATIVE poon will start to look good. They need to be prepared.
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