What are your favorite military surplus items to use for bushcraft?

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  1. x1hunter89

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    I was just wondering what people have that is military surplus. Im thinking about buying a big order just wondering what people have in their packs thats military surplus. please only list if you like to use it. thanks
     
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    I'm sure a lot of peeps will mention it, but definitely the USGI poncho for me. It's pretty much the only shelter I use anymore when I'm out solo. A terrific multipurpose piece of gear. I have a genuine one and a knockoff that I use for different purposes. But if you can get a genuine one, it's really superior to the knockoffs in many ways.

    I've also become a believer in the standard USGI canteen. I love my basic Nalgene bottles, too, but recently discovered the GI canteen is a much more useful shape for some of the packs I use.

    Oh ... and also the USGI Sustainment Pouch. They work great as a possibles bag, an auxiliary pocket on a larger pouch, even as small panniers on a bike!
     
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    My medium ALICE pack, my USGI ICW sleeping bag and my USGI wool blanket. I also use a swiss bread bag for day hikes. I have a German rain camo rucksack for my car EDC. My bush boots are USGI black leather combat boots also. :)
     
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    ALICE Pack for sure, they are hard to beat, old style 1 qt canteen and a 2 qt bladder style canteen. I also use a Pistol Belt and ammo pouches. About anything Military Surplus is a good place to start, well built, dependable, and easy to acquire.
     
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    +1 on Medium ALICE pack.

    Two others worth mentioning:
    550 paracord
    Trangia cookset
     
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    all my wool clothes
     
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    Wool blanket definitely. Saved my butt once!
     
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    Forgot about the Italian wool blanket and Swedish sleeping bag.
     
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    ALICE pack would be my first choice, pistol belt with pouches including compass pouches, I have a russian bread bag for day hikes. Military 1qt canteen usgi cup and cover.
    military items in themself are great they go through war or used alot more than some of us will use them so there proven. but those are the items i own and like.
     
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    USGICanteen cup
    USGI Meatcan
    USGI Goretex Bivy
    USGI BDU pants
    Finn Army Gas Mask Bag
    Brit Crusader Cup
    USGI Alice Medium
    USGI Butt Pack
     
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    + 1 on the poncho and the wool blanket. I'm not a fan of the Alice packs though. Also, the allure of the Sportsman's Guide "buy 4 for the 19.99" is sometimes a mixed bag. Sometimes those deals are for great gear, sometimes you get total crap. I bought some Czech canvas work clothes that lasted exactly one week before they fell apart. Also the SG deal on the "windproof" lighters is not worth it. They fall apart and are beyond fixing.
     
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    ALICE and Woobie.
     
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    USGI wool blanket and molle ruck, love them both!
     
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    all my molle gear. french or german canteen cups. canadian poncho. wool scarf in the winter.
     
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    Alice pack, poncho, e tool, Italian army wool blanket, sleep system bivy (so glad the army let me keep it!), that's all I can think of. I love the canteen cup paired with the stove, but I don't like using a plastic canteen. Anyone know where one might find a ss army style canteen?

    Aw man! Forgot my arctic mittens and my wooly-pulley sweaters! Saved my bacon on sub-zero arctic nights already!
     
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    Hmmmm, let me think...

    Shelter half tents: four so far, WWII to recent.
    Dad's SS canteen, several canteen cups, covers
    USGI mess kit
    M1956 H suspender rig with butt pack
    Alice pack and frame
    BDU sets in woodland and desert, boonie hats to match
    Several ponchos
    Woodland bivy, cotton sleeping bag cover
    arctic shell from earlier issue feather-filled sleeping system
    surplus therma-rest pad
    various pouches and bags
    entrenching tool
    one-pint survival flask
    various match safes, P-38 can openers
     
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    Poncho, woobie, sleeping bag, wool blankets. Woobie is my fav.
     
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    USGI poncho liner (I have several of these and they are awesome!)
    USGI wool socks ( I wear them everyday, seriously!)
    550 paracord (Use it for everything)
    USGI 1 quart canteen with cup and canteen cover
    USGI 2 quart canteen with cover
    USGI E-tool
    USGI ALICE Med. pack with frame
    Swiss Army AlphenFlage Poncho
    USGI boonie hat
    U.S. Army black web pants belt
    German stainless steel knife, spoon, fork, can opener
    USGI Electrican's knife
     
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    Boonie hat, canteen cup, pistol belt, and icw bag
     
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    USGI trigger mittens with inserts. LBE with web belt and butt pack. I need more gear.
     
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    The only surplus item I carry with me to the bush is my wool blanket, so I guess that is my pick.
     
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    I use a usmc ILBE pack. All my pouches are military and also my day belt kit is all military. I use the usmc digital bdu shirt and pants. I also use the usmc bates 85502 goretex boots. My rain gear is goretex. Other than those everything else isn't surplus. And I also NEVER dress in the full bdu uniform.
     
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    Numerous wool clothes
    2-pairs of combat boots. One pair of old style paratrooper boots and a new pair of Bates.
    2-3 day assault packs. One i use as a B.O.B. The other is my gym bag and get home bag.
    Canteen cup with stove and trioxan
    Literally more then I can remember. The Military stores have always been my favorite place to shop, even as a kid.
    Always found something I had to have.

    ALWAYS. LOL!!!!
     
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    I have so much Military surplus stuff I am not going to go into it all. One of my hobbies is airsoft Mil-sim games, so it does double duty. Really about anything that isn't directly related to combat (munitions, mil spec radios, etc) is adaptable for bushcraft use..

    To me bushcraft gear is "anything that works" with an aim on simplicity and minimalism.
     
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    p-38
    canteen
    canteen cup
    alice pack
    mess kit
    boots
    poncho
    e-tool
    The very best thing I ever got from army surplus is the faithful MRE!!! I love them things and snag them up whenever I can.:4::4::4:

    And let us not forget that SPAM was at one time mil. surplus!:dblthumb:
     
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    It’s hard to pick a favorite but if I had to pick it would be the Canteen with cup, stove and pouch.


    Some of my other USGI stuff follows.

    Medium Alice pack and frame.
    Extra ammo and canteen pouches.
    Sleeping bag.
    Pistol belt with suspenders and ammo pouches.
    Pilot survival knife.
    Butt pack
    BDU pants and shirts.
    Poncho
    Mess Kit
    Folding shovel.
    Boonie hat.
     
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    ALICE Pack (overnight)
    Poncho & Liner
    LBE-belt, suspenders, buttpack, SAW pouches (day hike kit)
    French Aluminum canteen/ US canteen cup/MOLLE canteen pouch
    Boonie hat
    Air Force Survival Knife
    P-38/P-51 openers
    US GI Hammock
     
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    I have tons of military surplus stuff. Way more than any one person should. The things I use most frequently are:

    USGI canteen and canteen cup
    USGI gortex bivy bag from the ECWS sleep system
    USGI poncho
    USGI CFP-90 pack and patrol pack
    USGI medium ALICE pack
    USGI BDU pants
    USGI M-65 field jacket
    USGI LC-1 suspenders and pistol belt
    USGI buttpack
    all kinds of pouches that I can put on the pistol belt depending on what my needs are for the outing

    While the above may seem like I am into the "tacticool" look, that's not the case. I just like the old military gear as it is durable and I can get it very cheap at a mil surplus store about 5 miles from my home.
     
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    USGI Canteen/Cup/Cover
    USGI Cammenga Lensatic Compass
     
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    USGI Extreme Cold Weather Boots (white Mickey Mouse boots)
    USGI Trigger Finger Mittens w/ Inserts
    USGI Canteen Cup and Nesting Stove.
     
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    Of course I've replaced alot of my old GI gear for lighter equipment. But like so many here know there are just some things that are just hard to beat.
    My total favorite or most used would have to be my Field Jacket.
    I got my last GI Wool Blanket stolen, But that would be a definite pick and one I'm going to replace soon.
    Medium ALICE pack
    Canteen and canteen cup
    Mess Kit. (I sometimes still carry it when distance or weight isn't a big deal)
     
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    I've got quite a lot of surplus kit actually. But you asked for my favorite so I just limit it to two items:

    1. ALICE pack & frame (large)
    2. Field Jacket (M65)
     
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    You nailed it.
     
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    i'd call that "practi-cool"
     
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    1. USGI canteen cup
    2. USGI Half Shelter
    3. USGI Med ALICE
    4. USGI Bivy (Goretex )
     
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    Hands down, my favorite and most used piece of surplus gear is the USGI Poncho. GREAT multi-purpose piece of gear, and i'm seldom without it.

    2nd is my old Bundeswehr assault pack.
    3rd is a USGI canteen cup.
    4th is a USGI wool shirt, the OG 104. My next purchase will probably be the wool field pants.

    I also like the US casualty blanket, but i'm not sure that's 'surplus gear'.

    I think that about covers what i have/use regularly. Not a big fan of most military uniform items, boots, or LBE. Partly it's because i used them for many years, and partly because i have found civilian substitutes that suit my needs better. My biggest complaint is that they're generally "joe-proof", built like a brick outhouse and therefore too heavy. i'm not hard on my gear, and being a bit past the halfway point to my own personal shelf-life, i like lighter gear these days. For younger guys who can handle the weight, the price is usually good too.
     
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    For me, I own a lot but don't use all of it regularly. My must-have stuff would include:

    1) Med ALICE/Hellcat Mod (for cold trips, long trips). I can add sustainment pouches, my MOLLE butt pack, whatever to it so that it can carry 10 days no problem.
    2) 1 qt canteen, cover and cup. This is the most basic kit I ever use. I fold some aluminum foil under the closed handles of the cup for cooking, fire starting etc. I stick a lighter in and water tabs in the pocket and rig it with braided 550 for a shoulder strap. This is a great day hike kit. I use the old cover but I'm thinking of picking up a MOLLE cover, too. I've resisted for a while, but they look a bit more versatile.
    3) Compas pouch. This is the most useful little thing I've ever seen. They can hold an amazing amount of gear, including a COMPASS!
    4) Molle butt pack. I usually add this to the canteen for a day hike if I'm thinking of 'getting lost' and staying out longer than planned. I can fit a bivy/tarp, food, whatever in there.
    5) Bivy from the MSS. I love this thing. It's indestructible.
    6) Woobie (poncho liner). Add this to the bivy and you've got a great sleep system for almost any day in FL. Also great as a Hammock. I think I've given up on sleeping bags (at least while in FL)
    7) 2 qt canteens. I'm not a fan of camelbacks for various reasons. I love these for carrying loads of water and, if needed, they strap to the ALICE.
    8) M65 jacket and liner. For cold days (especially when hunting in GA or the Panhandle) I love this jacket.
    9) BDU pants. These are last but probably my most used and most favorite. I've got half a dozen pair and buy more every now and then because the USGI version is getting a little rare.

    [edit] I forgot to add my Ontario Pilot's knife. I know it's been maligned for various reasons but I love it. It's my Florida Axe and Machete.
     
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    USGI poncho liners
    Swedish gas mask bag for day hikes

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    Camenga Compass
    Wool Blanket
    Field Jacket (Desperately in need of a new one)
     
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    So far, ALICE pack, USGI canteen with steel canteen cup and stove, and a USGI steel mess kit. I think that is all the surplus I have at present.
     
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    Med. ALICE pack w/ frame.
    US knife.
    Finn bag.
    Poncho liner.
    Boonie hat.
    Various ALICE and MOLLE pouches.
    BDU cap w/ earflaps.
    BDU pants.
    Paracord.
     
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    Med ALICE
    Canteen, pouch, cup, stove.
    US Army Bivy
    US Army Poncho
    Tropical weight woodland BDU's
    Paracord

    My poncho liner also gets enough use to start wearing out.
     
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    Med Alice
    USGI Canteen and Cup
    Sweedish Rain Poncho
    BDU's
    US Knife
    USGI Pistol Belt
    USGI 20 Rd mag pouches
    USGI Gas Mask bag
    1949 Mountain Mummy Bag
    Wool Blanket
    East German folding shove
    WWII Martin Machette
    Para Chord
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    I've got a ton of surplus gear to much to list here.
    Three of my favorite and most used items are the lowly P-38 (John Wayne) to us USMC Types, US GI Canteen Cup, and the poncho liner.
     
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    Medium ALICE pack
    1944 vintage mess kit
    1964 canteen cup
    canteen cover (one as a cover, one as a pouch) But I use a Nalgene canteen...just don't like the GI ones.
    P38 can opener of course
    E-tool
    (3 ea) shelter half: shelter, tarp, bedroll, ground sheet, blanket.
    GI suspension gear/pistol belt/waist pack as a day hike rig.
    MOLLE/ALICE adaptor as a tommyhawk carrier for the pistol belt.

    Wishlist:
    Poncho liner
    M14
    M1911A1
    M35A2
    M38A2
    M38A1
     
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    My canteen cup !!!
     

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