What is line gear? Line gear is the items you carry in your different layers (lines).
• Your line 1 gear is your EDC, the items you carry on your person on a daily basis.
• Line 2 gear is your war belt. Usually carries a holster, a couple rifle mags, a spare pistol magazine, maybe a canteen and canteen cup, potentially an IFAK and/or a multi-tool.
• Line 3 gear is your chest rig or plate carrier. Usually carries your basic fighting load-out (described below).
• Line 4 gear would be an assault pack or rucksack with your long term gear.
These layers are used to meet differing needs in different scenarios. For instance, your EDC (every day carry) suffices for the potential needs of your every day life. Your line 2 gear may be used in a training environment, or in situations where stressful conditions
drive a need for heightened security, such as periods of civil strife, or perhaps in a camp environment during more turbulent times. Basically an enhanced version of your line 1 gear. Your line 3 gear would likely be your choice when that civil strife turns to civil unrest, or a natural disaster lessens or removes the presence of law enforcement. And your line 4 gear is the gear you would rely on for survival if you were forced to leave your home. It may be used temporarily during your travel to another safe place, or it may be more long term, depending on the situation. Your line 4 gear would be your bug out bag/get home bag/INCH bag.
1) EDC gear. Line 1 gear
A) Day to day clothing, including any rain gear or cold weather gear you may use in the different seasons.
B) Any gear or implements that you carry with you on a daily basis. These may include your keys, wallet, pocket knife, concealed handgun and spare magazine, multi-tool, cordage, lighter, medications, tourniquet (TQ), other medical items, etc. Those most useful and oft used items we choose to carry daily
2) Fighting load out. Line 2 and/or Line 3 gear. When you put on your line 2 gear you would often move your handgun and other items from where they are carried during line 1 use, to the places they are carried during line 2 use if they interfere with the war belt.
A)Firearms, ammunition, etc.
•Rifle – AR pattern rifle in 5.56 is suggested for parts and ammo compatibility.
•7 to 10 magazines for the rifle, 30 rds each.
•Ammunition suggested is M855 or similar.
•Service pistol – generally a full size pistol in 9, 40, or 45 caliber.
•Minimum 2 magazines for the pistol (1 in the gun, 1 spare). Suggested to carry no more than 3 magazines for the pistol (1 in the gun, and 2 spares).
•Ammunition suggested for pistol should be hollow-point/defensive type ammo.
B) Food and water, and means to purify or prepare it.
•Minimum one canteen or hydration bladder attached to your line 2 or line 3 gear.
•Canteen cup or other metal container for boiling water or light cooking use.
•Water purification device or chemicals (or both).
•Incidental calories (trail mix, nuts, dried fruit, jerky, protein bars, etc.) to sustain you through one day. This should be attached to your line 2 or line 3 gear.
•More substantial food products for overnight/multi-day maneuvers. An MRE or other type of meal that requires minimal preparation. Good choices for this may be tuna/salmon/chicken pouches, peanut butter pouches, more trail mix/snack type foods. High protein, high energy choices. May want to include powdered individual serving drink mix pouches.
•At least one method to make fire. Probably best to have 2.
C) Other gear.
•Cover – Poncho or rain gear. Maybe a poncho liner as well.
•IFAK/Med gear. This should at least consist of a trauma kit to stop bleeding and plug holes (tourniquet, pressure dressing, chest seal, z-fold gauze, rolled gauze, some tape). You may want to include a boo-boo kit which might include some band aids, moleskin, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads (2x2 and 4x4), OTC medicines (ibuprofen or naproxin sodium, imodium, claritin, omeprizole, etc), maybe a few days of any daily medication you may take.
•Spare glasses or contacts if needed.
•Some basic cordage. Bankline and 550 cord.
•A knife or multi tool if you don't have it in your line 1 gear.
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