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    Default The McKinney woodsman pack

    This is a two to three day pack depending on how good you are at packing, what you attach to it, time of year and/or how minimal you want to go.
    It's a small pack influenced by the World War Two jungle pack that rides high on your back.
    It was named in honor of John McKinney, an U.S. Army infantry soldier who by himself killed over a hundred Japanese soldier while serving in the pacific. For his actions he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
    You can read his official citation here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._McKinney

    If you want to read the whole story you can check out the book "Phantom Warrior". It details about every minute of John Mckinney's actions that day, I highly recommend it. It's an awe inspiring story to say the least.

    These packs will be available in materials other than camouflage in the future also for people who don't want to look too military.
    Here's a video I did on some of the features of the pack and the reason for them.


    A picture of the front of the pack. The arrows point to two of the four attachment points on bottom for the yet unmade cinch bag that will go there.


    A clearer picture of the points on bottom.


    Side view showing the pals grid that's on each side. The side pockets measure 6x6x3 and have slide through backs.


    Side view showing the Flash/Thunder axe carrier attached with the axe handle slide behind the pocket


    Back view showing the axe on one side slid behind the pocket and the Raider side pocket hooked up to the other side. The Raider is loaded with a complete one man shelter. When loaded with a trailblazer saw and tent poles (or similar low profile equipment) it too can be slid behind the side pocket.


    This is the optional Raider side pocket. Named in honor of the 1st Marine raiders who distinguished themselves during the war in the Pacific and paved the way for many special operations to come. You can read more about them here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Raiders
    The pocket is about 25" long without the lid.




    Finally this shows the Miller chest rig hooked up to the McKinney pack and used as a cinch system to suck the pack to the wearer's body.


    Future changes in the pack:
    All pockets will have side skirts, risers will be added, no drawstring, all buckles will be 1" instead of 3/4", will have the Turley logo on the top lid, a strap sewn behind one side pocket to be used to secure the Raider pocket when loaded with a bulky shelter, possibly adding pals webbing to the inside top of the main pack to be used as hang points for cinch sacks with toggles.

    As always, I hope you like it and let me know if there's anything you think should be incorporated in the design.
    Last edited by Iz; 08-05-2012 at 01:31 AM.
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    When I saw your earlier thread I was thinking what I would need is exactly that Raider side pocket you show now. To carry a bucksaw, a chair, and possibly a concealed hatchet through the city. I'll watch your site.
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    Awesome, man. I like the idea of a long pocket, not a lot of places to carry a saw or poles otherwise.
    Thanks, bro.
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    WOW! You have been a busy man!

    This is really looking great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy View Post
    WOW! You have been a busy man!

    This is really looking great.
    Thanks, bro!
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    That's just crazy man. Nice work Iz.

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    Hey Iz,
    That Raider side pocket looks like it could be modded a bit with a padded 2-sided pocket insert to accept a take down rifle...
    Fantastic work buddy!

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    I am impressed. Looks like a updated and refined Becker Patrol Pack but with woodsman specific features. I think you should have called it the Hardwoodsman pack but that's just me Nice work Iz!
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    I need me one of those Raider pockets....

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    Lookin good Turley. I am glad you are going with pockets and less Molle.

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