To start the 3-part series, it’s only logical to start with my 1st Line!
All lines are used to complete certain tasks.
My first line is used to survive, escape & evade and fight. The “fight” part isn’t common for a 1st line but I have included it because I carry 2x 5.56 and 2x 5.7 magazines on my belt.
Where do I put the items to survive, escape & evade and fight?
All the survive and escape & evasion items are in my clothing. The reason for this is that my pants and smock/combat shirt will be the last things I will drop.
although I really want to control naked one day…
My “fight” items are on my belt.
Survival, escape & evade
|Survival tin/ E&E Kit|
|Razor blades x2|
|Sewing kit (strong needles, cord)|
|Fishing kit (hooks,wire,weights)|
|Magnesium & ferro rods (fire lighting)|
|Medication (anti-diarrea, headache, …)|
|Notebook and pencil|
|Small Air Marker Panel|
|1:250 000 Map of Belgium|
|Sawyer Water Filter|
|Magnets (to hold up maps, air pictures)|
|Extra Petzl headlight|
|Emergency Strobe Light|
|Belt (HSGI Suregrip)|
|5.7 Mag x2 (HSGI TACO)|
|SCAR Mag x2 (HSGI TACO)|
|Dump Pouch (WAS)|
|IFAK (HSGI)||NAR Field Dressing|
|Chest Seal x2|
|Flat Duct Tape|
|Compressed Gauze x2|
|Leatherman (WAS pouch)|
|GP Pouch (Spiritus Systems)|
|Chem lights (x2 IR, x2 Vis)|
|Krill Light IR (Not shown)|
|PRC-152 Batt (Not shown)|
|Spare Batt (AA, AAA, CR123) in container|
Escape and Evade
Escape & Evade
So that is my current first line. The dump pouch is a new addition to my belt and I will see if I like it. My first impression is good, so I’ll let you guys know.
If you guys have any questions, please let me know.
Update on FMB: I have some exiting news! After becoming a contributor to Spotter Up, an amazing community of writers from all backgrounds, I might start working together with a tactical gear company in their T&E program.
In due time I will keep you guys updated!
If you have any questions, remarks or advise, you can always leave a comment here or on my IG.
“Tom is a Belgian JTAC who loves to go shooting, hiking and drop bombs. In his free time he can be found hiking with his two blondes: his fiancée and his labrador. He started his military carreer in 2006 and before qualifying as a JTAC, he was an Artillery Platoon leader.
He has always had an interest in quality gear and wishes to spread his knowledge and interest to others.”
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