JC Dodge: The Fighting/Survival Load for Mounted and Dismounted Operations

Food for thought and then action.

Get your gear squared away.

The Bad People aren’t going to give you all the time you want.


19 responses to “JC Dodge: The Fighting/Survival Load for Mounted and Dismounted Operations

  1. Opps. Fix link Pete.

  2. Thanks CA!

  3. MtTopPatriot

    This is a sound realistic basis for setting up your load. I run essentially on the same general idea, with personal mods and preferences.
    Important thing here it works excellent for bush whacking and the stability/ease of getting to your gear under stress, without having to take eyes off target or objective. Running, gunning, diving into cover, sliding down a ravine, etc, noting is flapping or slapping you throwing your balance off. Load is either high and tight, or low and nonrestrictive to moving.

    Best thing you can build it from mil surp and reasonable commercial price parts. You can buy the super nice American made high speed bits as you go too if your on a tight budget.
    Best of all it works and compliments your combat training and rifle. No conflicts there I’ve found..

  4. Dangling straps everywhere, catching on shit and making noise.
    Tuck or tape them straps!

  5. SemperFi, 0321

    40 yrs ago, I carried the basic canvas m1956 belt, and H-harness setup with 4 M-14 pouches, 2 canteens, an Army buttpack (verboten in the Corps) and WW2 jungle first aid kit. Worked well, except for my bony hips being bloody, especially when we were wet and sandy alot. (What Recon Marine isn’t covered in sand and seawater?)
    Several yrs ago, I got several Brit molle vests and set them up like he has, never thought of combining the 2 systems. Going to the GI holster may make it easier to carry my S&W 10mm also.
    Very interesting concept I shall work on further.

  6. Walter Estep

    Try the Agilite Tactical Hi-Vest, the result of several years of development within Israeli Special Forces units. Go to U.S. Cavalry online. I bought the Agilite Modular assault pack to go with it. Made in the USA.

  7. Reblogged this on disturbeddeputy and commented:
    organizing your kit is important.

  8. But what’s with the CSKs (Crew Served Knives)? Like any of us I loved big ass hunting/survival/fighting knives since I was a boy and have looked for reasons to carry one. Truth is– I’ve never really figured out what they were for–? Now, when I do carry a fixed blade, it’s of a sensible, working design and it’s buried IN my pack as a camp or admin tool.
    What am I missing?

    • SemperFi, 0321

      I still have a nice WW2 Navy UDT Kabar I carried 40 yrs ago, hanging behind my right hip from a separate belt. Today I carry a RAT-3 ( I have 4 ), which I have gutted several elk with also. It’s the perfect knife, for almost everything. If you want something big, get a Kukri, carry it on your pack. (I’ve used these things in Jungle survival school, they are truly awesome tools)
      Some guys just can’t get over the Rambo look, carrying their knife upside down so it falls out at the first opportunity for gravity to work. And maybe slicing them on the way down, if it’s anywhere near as sharp as mine are. The only thing dumber is this new tomahawk craze, next to worthless for anything. Carry a good hatchet, but a tomahawk? Most won’t cut a sapling, or good kindling, but instead they’re for close combat? Yeah, right alongside that Rambo Special.

      • I agree with your recomendation about the upside down knife carry, unless you use a failsafe retention device, in cojunction with a fitted kydex sheath. That blade will not come out, unless I want it too, period.

        • Ive used the Kukri and IMO they are junk and over rated junk at that. They are romanticized by the British Kukri warriors and their fierce reputation as fighters so ppl get all Mall Ninja over them and think they are awesome choppers. If you have never chopped around, one might not know any better and think they are great choppers. I actually tossed mine it was such a piece of junk. It probably still sitting in the bottom of that swamp right now.

          Nothing wrong with his knife placement. Technology has evolved since the 1950s when all there was were leather & canvas straps and snaps. Now there is all sorts of appliances that help folks get by and customize gear how they want/need it to me. Nothing Rambo about it unless you just dont get it.

    • If I have to explain it to you, you need to do more woods work. Of all tools not to have redundancy in, a mid sized fixed blade knife is not one of them. Also, do not compare what you did in the field in the .mil, with what you’ll do in the field, post SHTF. Most of the time in training, there was no call for one, like there will be when your on your own.

  9. I carry a Marine Raider on my LBE/Belt Rig or what ever, religiously and have carried the same one for nearly 10 years. I cant count how many times its came in to use. Its a bridge between a large knife and an axe but its neither and, IMO, a more useful tool. Its a huge fuken knife that will lop the head off a bison or would serve as a convincing Gladius in a f2f fight if it needed to.. If you only carry a pocket knife, its cause you only do pocket knife shit..Big knives are for big boy shit. If you lose your pack, you lose you tool. Survival is the mitigation of risk and its about thinking ahead..Having it strapped to your LBE is a sound thing to do. He is not camping, bird watching, geo-caching, picking flowers, walking his prized poodle….he is a fighting man.

    I carry both of these and made the sheath for each myself. I wore out the originals…

    Large knives have no use.yeah right..

    Dont look now but you can cut ice blocks with a big knife too..

    If you think a huge knife has no use or purpose Its simply because you haven’t been out in a situation where one is needed and your opinion is inaccurate..


  10. “If you think a huge knife has no use or purpose Its simply because you haven’t been out in a situation where one is needed….”
    Hey, carry around whatever you want–