A Soldier's Kit Through the Ages

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by chelloveck, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

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  2. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    Looks like the kit has enlarged over time. Is there any idea of average kit weight?
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Methinks the heaviest load would be the 1645 musketeer, with that armor.
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  4. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    From the top, 35 -40 lb, 35-50 lb, 15-20 odd lbs, 45-60lbs, 20-30 lbs, 25-35 lbs, 30-45 lbs, 35-50lbs, 50-100lbs, 60-120lbs, approximately, according to my research.
  5. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Very interesting look! Weight estimates seem about right. For me, A normal combat load out would be about 68 pounds with primary weapon only! From there, my load out could go as high as 110 pounds with specialized gear and or weapons!
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  6. GrayGhost

    GrayGhost Monkey+++

    That's one helluva collection! Good post!
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  7. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    If barry had his way this may have been the new kit.
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  8. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    There's no shame or dishonour in a man wearing a skirt......


    or women wearing pants....

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  9. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    How about high heels?
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  10. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Old school Roman foot soldier
    (The Marching Pack)

    Roman Combat Engineer tool set

    BTW the "boots" are authentic.

    I'll stick with my ALICE gear, thanks anyway
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  11. marlas1too

    marlas1too Monkey+++

    IMHO I think the Vikings had the least as they only had ship food one way then they would invade and get what they needed
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  12. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Probably impractical combat footwear for either gender, unless the Taliban are competing with the US military in "So You Think You Can Dance" ;)
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  13. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    A roman with greaves?? Must have been one rough campaign. I'm guessing late century western or auxiliary.

    And what is wrong with leather footwear? Haha.

    It has really been the need for anti-chemical equipment and modern electronics that has upped the load, combined with the "you need more bullets" and "well, they are mostly riding on a truck" mentality. Judging from long term medical reports, we have probably been pushing the weight limit above peak for long term soldier effectiveness.
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  14. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    To damn heavy sir!!!!
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  15. Mountain mama

    Mountain mama Monkey++

    My soldiers rucksack weighs 100 lbs and they go on 20 mile marches carrying them for practice during a ruck March. That does not include their weapon and other gear weight. My soldier is my son who is currently in Iraq.
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  16. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    My Building collection of Revenue Cutter Service boatswain uniform and personal gear and arms total weight is up around 60 pounds, and this was Circa 1865 ish! The Alaskan sailors would have an additional 40 to 50 pounds of skins and furs on top of this, so yea, gear weight has been pretty steady from the earliest days to present! My time in the service had us pushing the limits, with disastrous results, so they went the other way and found ways to remove gear and crap with out taking away our body armor and other essential gear! We also did "Load Splitting" where heavy gear would be divided up to lessen the total load weight of the individual! Sure cut down on sprains and strains, as well as lessened the risks of serious injuries with out a loss in mission capabilities!
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  17. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I hope your soldier survives intact with his ruck to be reunited with his @Mountain mama when his TOD is done. (y)
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  18. Mountain mama

    Mountain mama Monkey++

    Thank you @chelloveck . This is his 4the tour. He has had 3 to Afghanistan. Hope this is his last. His wife wants to have kids now and wants him home to be a part of it.
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  19. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    God speed to his safe return from down range!!!!
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  20. Mountain mama

    Mountain mama Monkey++

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