A Different Look At Gear Influenced By The Experience Of The French And Indian War

Mason Dixon Tactical just recently posted an interesting article on lightweight basic gear options to consider. His ideas and suggestions definitely have merit. JCD tests out his ideas and designs.

I noticed that at the end of his post, JCD mentioned the following:

“By the way, the idea for this kit came from some things I’ve seen (F&I war reenacting, it is similar to the kit I have for that) and read about that the long hunter/riflemen of the F&I and Revolutionary era carried. They usually carried a rifle, rifle bag and horn (bandoleer in this case), “Possibles” bag (battle bag), a belt knife, canteen, and some carried a sidearm. Hope this helps with figuring out your gear selection and implementation.”



As a former Civil War reenactor, I can appreciate his looking back, while at the same time looking forward. Military kit goes in cycles, and there is a marked difference in what “fresh fish” will carry at the beginning of a war and what a seasoned vet will carry later on. Just how much do you really need to carry?

The Global War on Terror and its contributions to the tactical gear are no different. While the survivability rates of wounded soldiers is very high, the amount of weight that the average warfighter carries has gone up as well. Speed and agility is life and I can personally attest that wearing the full “required” gear in the Army, you have neither. Too many warfighters are getting broken down by the amount of gear that they are being required to wear.

Different situations require different kinds of kit. Ask any 19D (scout) in the Army today and you will get a rolling of the eyes and the deep sigh about having to wear excess kit. At most for body armor they would like to stop at a plate carrier with some pouches attached.

What kind of gear do you run? What kind of gear do you want to run?


Clayton Shackelford