So as some of you might have noticed me mention in passing, I’m in the US armed forces, specifically the Air Force (and as one of my drunken room mates has just reminded me: Contrary to popular belief, Airmen are not, on average, significantly more intelligent than Soldiers or Marines. At least based on my experience.)
Anyhow, I think I might be turning into a Geardo. I recently bought a new chinstrap for my helmet that I can fasten, tighten, and loosen all one handed, instead of having to use both hands to tighten and loosen things. I even got the little three inch long extension strap to let me fasten the thing over my gas mask without nearly choking myself unconscious again.
Meanwhile, after talking to a couple of the guys, I have decided to purchase a single-point Gear Rig Sling, basically something that will strap my rifle to my kevlar vest so that the weapon will hang by my side when I’m not using it, rather than having to figure out how to get a three-point sling off and on while wearing a helmet with assorted junk clipped onto me.
I considered buying these cool ballistic helmet pads that are supposed to disperse force and hold their shapes better than the pads they issue the helmets with. Nevermind the whole thing about wearing hats that other people have worn, and my doubts that I’m the first person to wear this helmet. In any case, I decided to hold off on that for a while at least.
So yeah, I think I’m turning into a Geardo. I don’t think it’s getting out of hand yet, but I can’t help but remind myself that I haven’t actually ever deployed to the mid-east and I’m already starting a collection of this stuff. Thoughts? Suggestions on more cool/useful stuff to buy? It is worth noting that I tend to be the same way about computer stuff and camera stuff.