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Random bits of civvie junk can be usefull...

#1
Tuppawear box from Wilkinson's...3 pounds
Various bits of coloured ribbon from a textiles store...6 pounds
4 permanent lumi pens from partners...4 pounds
A giant telescopic pointer...9 pounds
Florescent label stickers...2 pounds
Elastic bands...1 pound
various sized plastic plant pot labels from garden centre...7 pounds

The vacant look on shopkeepers faces when buying these random things together
...Priceless!
 
#2
Not as good as buying 24 tubes of KY jelly, 2 dozen condoms, a pair of nail scissors and a mirror. Apart from the look on the assistant's face, more fun was to be had presenting the itemised expenses claim to accounts. Especially being in the construction industry. :)

No, I'm sorry. It would take too long to explain.
 
#4
I had 'the talk' from my mother, who works in Boots, when I went in and baught a tub of alcahol makeup remover wipes. She had no idea what I was talking about when I said it was for wiping ink off of tams.
 
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Green_Garfield

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#5
my mrs once sent me out for jonnys and while i as out at the 24 hour garage i though i'll get some porn for after shes f$%ked off,
and it really didn't twig what i was doing untill after i had paid and the old bloke behind the counter said "have a good evening" then i looked at what i had bought and realised what a perv i looked.
 
#6
Ha, at least you bought them for their original purpose.

What else is out there on the high street that is useful in the field...hardware stores are a god send, but camping stores I find just have expensive, bright coloured versions of what we are already given.
 
#8
Parky_boy said:
Ha, at least you bought them for their original purpose.

What else is out there on the high street that is useful in the field...hardware stores are a god send, but camping stores I find just have expensive, bright coloured versions of what we are already given.
Fray Bentos steak and kidney pudding tins. Remove the lid, tip the contents into your mess tin (break up and stir), and perforate the top edges of the tin with one of the old church key can spanners, curving the pierced edges beyond the lip of the tin. Pour a healthy amount of meths into the tin, ignite and put the mess tin on top. Semi-instant home-made Trangia - and much faster than the original.
 
#10
Wetwipes for things like wiping off cam, cleaning mess tins and wiping orders out of tams, bits of ribbon and some of those small houses from a monopoly set to put in a model kit
 
#11
Aloe vera wet wipes from sainsburys. Come in a plastic resealable box.

Don't bother with soap and water on a weekend ex. Just wipe your sweaty and smelly bits with one of these and you stay comfortable. You can use them as toilet paper too. Much nicer than issued Army Form Blank.

Much smaller and lighter than a washkit

I also use a dab of acohol gel (Greenheat) to clea my map case/tams etc. Removes permanent lumopens (or the cheap tesco DVD markers I prefer 69p for 4+1 free at the mo!)
 

maguire

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#12
I'm a sucker for those 'everything's £1' type crap emporiums - I think theres something like three different ones in the shopping centre near me.
However - led maglite copy - a quid. a twin pack of those led keyring lights (red and white) - a quid. (as you would guess by the name of the shop).
worth having a trawl though if you have one near one.
 
#14
The same goes for cheep multi-tools from hardware stalls at the local market. Just copies of leathermans and victorinox but you wont be afraid to scratch the hell out of it on a warrior's back door or lend it to the scab in your platoon who never returns your kit!

Another good source of usfull (and very very cheep) kit is from toys. I have a Picatinny rail for a torch mounting for my '80 i nicked from an old BB gun i had. Works just fine.
 
#15
James51234 said:
Wetwipes for things like wiping off cam, cleaning mess tins and wiping orders out of tams, bits of ribbon and some of those small houses from a monopoly set to put in a model kit
How about a set of binos for trying to see the houses/hotels on a model!
 
#16
Insulation tape and Humbrol green model paint always comes in handy. I got a small, thick wire brush from a hardware store that is far better than the issued one for cleaning gas parts. Dentist tools (if you can get them) also come in handy for weapon cleaning.
 
#17
Rugby kits good too. I had a KooGa thermal undershirt which was awesome (had to bite the bullet and get a green Helly Hansen when the KooGa became too smelly after actually using it for rugby but to be honest there is little difference in the price there.
Another bit of rugby kit on the other hand which is really usefull are the fingerless gloves (also made by KooGa). They are neoprene so keep your hands warm when wet and have really good grip on the palms. Awesome for on the ranges.
 
#18
I know someone who went round a diy store getting bits for booby traps
(was on the assault pioneers carde) talking very loudly about fragmentation effects and getting anxious glances from other shoppers .
Wind taken out of their sails by staff member overhearing them with a cheerful "Oh you on the dems course? For anti personnal devices we recomend the 1 inch nail and is there anything else you need" :D
 

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