The De Luxe Sniper Mat / Instant admin area / roll mat - with porn pocket

#1
I'm currently starting the process of getting sniper mats made, best known for being a very useful instant roll mat / admin area rather than a soft spot from which to shoot people.

Rather than just the very basic thin zig-zag mat, it struck me that the humble sniper mat was worth a bit of thought - should it do / have anything else? Here's some thoughts, mainly around the use as an admin area:

- one of the benefits is quick use. What about four side release clips (like on your bergan lid), one of each corner of the folded mat, and include four short webbing straps so that it can be set up for snap-on attachment to a bergan or daysack, particularly a MOLLE one with ladders to fit the straps to.

- what about a pocket? you could easily make a couple of pocket-size holes in the foam insert and turn them in to a small bit of storage in your mat, perhaps for matches, razor, bits of cleaning kit. These would probably go either side at the foot end of the mat. Large enough for some A5 reading material?

- PALS ladder. This will normally be carried on the outside of a daysack / bergan. Should it have a strap ladder? That way you can fit a light pouch containing your admin stuff. Or pointless as too much swingy stuff on your back?

There are some more obvious and basic improvements to the ones I've seen so far - for example a reflective foil layer in the lower side.

Any ideas welcome, including just 'who cares - it's a ******* mat. If it doesn't include a robot tea maker I'm not interested'. Oh and of course we'll send a free one for anyone who contributes a feature that gets included.

Picture is a Dixies Corner's one.
 

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daywalker

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#2
If it were to be used for weapon cleaning a couple of small see through pockets would be a must and Possibly a hardened area to provide more stability for items.

Also some way of folding up and securing in a hurry, maybe just a couple of folds and a big zip around the outside so anything that has been left Inside isn't going to fall out if you have to do one in a hurry.
 
#3
Zip around the outside is a very good idea - giving a less than ideal zig-zag foam filled grab bag, but better than losing / leaving things. Would a zip be too prone to getting blocked up with crap though? It would lay in mud and dust as soon as the matt was put down.

Also a hard area is a interesting idea - particularly with slightly dished edges to stop stuff rolling off. If you put it at the foot end it wouldn't affect comfort.
 
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Mark The Convict

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#4
Velcro openings down one long edge, so that part or all of the padding can be removed/added to/replaced with something else (for whatever reason) Would weigh nothing, have very little to go wrong, wouldn't get in the way, and wouldn't add much to the unit cost (I assume)

Edit; an eyelet in each corner, so it can be staked down/lashed to objects?
 
#5
If it were to be used for weapon cleaning a couple of small see through pockets would be a must and Possibly a hardened area to provide more ...
Why not have the hardened area slightly glow in the dark, for ease of locating the parts?

Edited to add:
Glow in the dark panel could also be used with range card/map illumination.
 
#6
I'm no tailor, but would it be beyond the wit of man to include a thin bivvy bag type cover over the length, so it was more of an "all in one" type affair?

That way, it could contain any lose bits (as above) plus all you would have to do to sleep is throw a doss bag inside.

Or am I over-complicating things? :)
 

daywalker

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#8
Zip around the outside is a very good idea - giving a less than ideal zig-zag foam filled grab bag, but better than losing / leaving things. Would a zip be too prone to getting blocked up with crap though? It would lay in mud and dust as soon as the matt was put down.
If you got a decent enough zip I can't see it being to much of an issue, if it was offset so not actually on the edge it would be kept off the ground enough to stop the build up of mud etc.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#9
Add a strap that runs the length of each side with a handle in each corner to help as a makeshift stretcher to aid casevac. Strap handles can also be used instead of eyelet to help lash it down.
 
#10
Bloody hell. I wasn't expecting so much so quickly. I thought abuse was more likely to be honest.

Glow in the dark - not convinced yet.

Casevac handles a very good idea although need the mat to be stronger than the very lightweight dixies one [edit: or just have reinforcing webbing straps running across/along it]. I was wondering about 600 dernier cordura on one side anyway, a little bit of extra weight but much more rugged, and this would fit well with that.

Bivvy bag - that's a whole different story and I think a useful bivvy bag would add so much weight and complexity as to make the mat useless for instant, lightweight use. The geek kit tweaker hidden deep inside had previously wondered about a kit to improve the issue bivvy bag based on crossed poles at one end, but that can wait until another day / thread!
 
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PrinceAlbert

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Casevac handles a very good idea although need the mat to be stronger than the very lightweight dixies one [edit: or just have reinforcing webbing straps running across/along it]. I was wondering about 600 dernier cordura on one side anyway, a little bit of extra weight but much more rugged, and this would fit well with that.
A strap down each side, and possibly one running the length in the middle will add strength without too much weight.
 
#12
How about making it slightly wider as its a bitch to sleep on if you are larger than the average Gurkha!!

Constantly waking up having slid off the bastard thing!!
 
#15
Would hardened area be a good thing? If it is on a slope it is just a faster slide off area...

perhaps a sort of bowl with 1 inch high sides, these would be floppy so fold down easily, but can prevent loss of bits and bobs.

Like the idea of a sort bivi affair though, for a quik shelter. My mum made me a bivi bag in the '90s from some sort of breathable matierial. Top 3 ft or so was mesh, with a hood/entry that could be folded to the rear if you wanted.

A coupleof strong loops for carriage/hammock making?

Just a thought...
 
#16
Squirt some Helium in it and it can lighten your load!.
 
#17
Have a circular hole in the middle-'sniper glory hole'

Add shackles to the corners, whilst the sniper is using the 'glory hole,' his spotter is smashing in his back doors.
 
#20
Full length central flap to conceal a Dayglo identification panel.

Omit the idea of a zip but amend the idea of straps on each side so that there's one strap running round the perimeter, the ends fixed at one end of the mat and running through loops. The idea being that you pull the handle to concertina the mat for a fast bug-out. Add a couple of clips to prevent the strap being pulled and you have an emergency stretcher (using the side portions of the strap) or travois (using the end portion of the strap).

A large patch of the loop side of velcro and a pocket containing variously coloured shapes backed with the hook side of velcro to provide a wind resistant model kit. Or chess/draughts.
 

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