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Lets talk about greying out military gear

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by WilyCoyote, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. So this is a spinoff thread from a consideration I had about cutting off spare PALS from my MAX bag. The question is whether Maxpedition or other gear can be modified enough to keep it's great attributes while appearing less or not like such an obvious military or police bag.

    This kinda begs the questions about what make Max/5.11/Blackhawk gear readily identifiable as such. So make a list:

    -Product emblems
    -PALS webbing
    -Boxy looking pouches
    -Military color schemes: Black, Tans, Greens, ACU
    -Are there others?

    To grey out gear like this every one of these factors must be modified in some way, which is why I'm considering stripping the PALS in the first place.

    Please list any other attributes about this gear that makes it not grey and provide suggestions on how to camoflauge these attributes.

    A couple ideas I came up with include blatantly misidentifying the product by sewing on a Jansport or similar product tag or putting a frayed 4'5" strip of duct tape on the corner of the bag tomake it appear low quality or totally abused.

    Let's hear some other ideas

    W
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012
  2. Devans0

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    I keep some items of value are in a garbage can, under a plastic bag with faux garbage plastic bag lid in the basement. Plastic garbage bags with the good stuff and a layer of salvation army garbage will hide about anything. An old furnace shell hides a safe. I thought about a fake cold air vent coming off the rafters of the basement, but haven't done anything about that yet. There are too many options for a built out shell-wall that seem easier.

    Then there is the crawl space under the addition to the house that will become the vault room. I'm waiting for warmer weather for that. The house is old and the addition was built before I bought the house.

    There is a safe buried under my basement. The house was flooded and the safe wouldn't open after that. There was nothing of value in it but the crane company wanted a grand to haul it away AFTER I got it out of the basement. (It was huge and extremely heavy). I jack hammered out the floor, dug a deep hole, pushed the safe in, buried it and re-poured the floor. Getting any ideas yet?
     

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  3. racerford

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    Who did you say was in the safe? Do you know the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa :whistling:
     
  4. wjv

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    Or you could start out with something that looks like this:

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    Asolo Sorcerer Technical 33 Liters (~$90)

    Instead of this:

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    Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon-II 23 Liters (~$65)

    OR

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    Final Approach Medium 41 Liters (~$70)

    It still has:
    - attachment points
    - frame to keep it off your back
    - built in rain cover
    - straps on the bottom to carry a bed roll
    - large side pockets
    - multiple sections
    - waist belt
    - side compression straps

    And doesn't scream TACTICAL
     
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  5. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

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    ^ That's the solution, IMO.

    Here's my GHB, a Kelty Redtail. Not much to look at.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

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    Best advice to being grey... start grey.

    Check this one out. <$25 at walmart. Skyline 8.0
    I picked it up over a year ago now. Totally held up to everything I've done with it.

    Says it's 1849 ci, but it carries extremely well.
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    Specs.
    Removable aluminum stay
    Hydration Bladder pocket
    Port and clip zippered top access main compartment
    Vertical main compartment zipper access
    Vertical Front pocket
    Waistbelt pockets
    Side compression straps
    Side water bottle pockets
    Load lifters
    Sternum strap
     
  7. the outdoor products bags at walmart actually hold up a bit better than i would have imagined. i keep mine stuffed with edc stuff and college text books and it gets dragged through my truck full of tools and thrown around the house and school etc.
     
  8. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    OP: I went to China-Mart and purchased a weather-proof cover that goes over my Blackhawk Raptor bag for like $5.

    The $5 cover looks something like this:

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  9. I do have some grey, non name brand packs, but they just arent as user and CCW friendly as my Noatak. I like the ideas for a cover, but I want to do something more with that than just cover it up. One idea was to scrap my Jansport to make a Jansport mask cover for the bag. I also wanted to try and find some multicam fabric to make another cover in case I need to stash the bag and return to it.
     
  10. Raiden

    Raiden C&R Fun!

    I start gray, but have some supplies to go grunge. I've done some hobo treks, where everything was repurposed junk and 2nd hand stuff. Wasn't too bad. My pal and I were the ugliest guys on the trail, but we also seemed to be no less comfortable than the guys with $1000+ strapped to their backs.

    I've since done similar trips, but I cheated a little by bringing a few more modern amenities. But, with a little burlap and a few contractor bags, I still looked like a vagabond. As long as I wasn't acting up, or trespassing, I practically disappeared while walking around a fairly populated suburban downtown area. A lot of people go out of their way to ignore such elements of society.

    Hey, you know who seems move around really well, while still carrying a lot of gear...? Press photographers and cameramen. On numerous occasions, I've seen folks slip in and out of restricted trade show events and rallies without credentials, because they looked the part. I've seen tan photography vests and equipment backpacks that would put some tactical gear to shame - pouches, webbing, compartments, strapping, and rings galore. And yet, they rarely get paid any mind, in a crowd. It's funny how many people are actually conditioned to actively ignore cameramen and press. That's some nice plain-sight camouflage, right there.
     
  11. Devans0

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    Along with second amendment rights, I believe in fourth amendment rights. Ya want any answers, talk to my mothpiec... legal representation.
     
  12. Devans0

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    I like, really like the Great Wall mart cover bag. Photog stuff is great but screams expensive gear to steal IMO. Better for urban. I'd rather go rural.
     
  13. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

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    Although I can seldom bring myself to do it, intentional defacement of one's own gear is an option. Such as, spray-painting part of your bag, or a sewn-up rip, etc.
     
  14. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    Yeah the cover is the easiest way to go 'grey man' with good tactical gear. And my opinion no outdoor backpack that you plan on extended hiking etc is complete without a weather proof cover.

    I guess you could go without a cover if one enjoys inclement weather and wet/soggy/cold/frozen equipment. Besides the equipment is heavy enough than the added weight of a soaked bag. And the $5 Outdoor cover really cinches over the bag w/ draw string for a good tight fit.

    Anyway, I have beaten this subject enough. It's not like folks here haven't been backpacking before.

    :wavey:
     
  15. 20South

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    I believe you may be over thinking this whole gray bag thing. If things are so bad that you are actually using your GHB to get home then any full backpack is going to make you a target. Women get knock off purses robbed with regularity in todays world with some semblance of law and order. Now imagine a whole slew of even more desperate people spotting some guy with a full <insert name of backpack here>. Tactical or not, you look like you have stuff they don't. As far as tactical goes, I see everyone from campers and college aged kids to businessmen in airports and corporate office spaces nowadays with packs that I know good and well have nothing in them but laptops and paperwork but yet they are covered in webbing, tiedowns, para, etc. good luck in your planning and hopefully you land somewhere you find comfortable.
     
  16. Akita

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    Add a large 'Hello Kitty; sticker/patch?
     
  17. WolfNotSheep

    WolfNotSheep Tackleberry

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    It might just be the local climate here in Richmond, but I see an awful lot of people carrying milsurp and camo/tacticool bags...just slap a few buttons or patches from Hot Topic on it and you're libtard camo is complete.
     
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  18. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Why not.

    [​IMG]

    :supergrin:
     
  19. ray9898

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    I don't see what "greying out" will do to help anything in a true crisis situation. If it really gets that bad no one is going to be lugging backpacks around with books and such so there is no one to blend in with.

    Anyone with a pack full of stuff will stand out and anyone with common sense will know they are probably transporting something of value if they are going through that trouble.
     
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  20. racerford

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    I work at a large global corporation in an office that is a "pencil pushers". Everyday, coming and going I lots of people, almost all men that are carry backpacks of many shapes and sizes. Some also carry laptop bags is ballistic nylon. They do not have as many pockets as a County Comm bail out bag, but is you carried one, few would look twice except maybe ask where you got it.

    So as long as you stick to basic colors, especially black, and are a man I don't think many will pay attention.

    Now if you go with camo or a 5000+ cubic inch internally or externally framed backpack you will likely be noticed. :)