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Dummy cording works by tying a line from your person to the said piece of gear, or can be as broad as tying in a motor in case a rouge wave knocks the motor off a Zodiac.
Imagine navigating at night when a branch sneaks up on you and knocks your compass out of your hand. It falls to the ground just as the man behind you conveniently steps on it.
Hopefully in that situation you’d have a backup, “two is one and one is none,” right?
To circumvent the possibility of even letting yourself fall into that position, take a few seconds and dummy cord that compass!
What to use
We now carry Mil-Spec Type 1 Paracord in the ITS Store. It’s the same cord used in pilot’s vests, the GI issue strobe light pouch and the dummy cord in the leg pocket of flight suits.
Type 1 Paracord has a tensile strength of 100 pounds, and a diameter of 1/16″.
Shot line is connected to a projectile housed in an adapter at the end of an M14.
The projectile is then fired by a blank round in the M14 and received by the opposing ship’s crew.
The simple act of tying in critical items could mean the difference between life and death in certain situations.
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Just be sure, when you're tying down essential gear, that you don't leave any little loops hanging out. Nothing makes you look less cool (or feel less cool) than getting yanked off your feet by your dummy cord as it snags on something solid, immovable, moving in a different direction than you or all three.
Update - Shipmates, I recently purchased eight rolls of genuine Navy shot line and plan to keep three. If anyone is interested, I'm willing to part with the other five rolls. It's exactly like the line shown in the bottom two pictures - very nice stuff.
I used it to re-cord my dog's retractable leash after the original got melted over a campfire while I wasn't paying attention. Smooth as silk now and I was able to add an add'l two feet.
Update - Shipmates, I recently purchased eight rolls of genuine Navy shot line and plan to keep three. If anyone is interested, I'm willing to part with the other five rolls. It's exactly like the line shown in the bottom two pictures - very nice stuff. I used it to re-cord my dog's retractable leash after the original got melted over a campfire while I wasn't paying attention. Smooth as silk now and I was able to add an add'l two feet.
Genuine Navy shot line is like a mini-paracord. It has and outer sheath with three inner 3-ply strands. It's treated so that it will float on sea water for 24 hours and strength tested at 125lbs for 10 minutes. I called rocknrescue.com and they told me their line is braided, but has no inner core. The only place I've found that sells it is the manufacturer (Consolidated Cordage) in Florida, and they only sell to businesses and have a 17-roll minimum purchase requirement. I received a sample and it matches the shot line I have from my Navy days back in the early 70's. I'm considering ordering from them, but I only want a few rolls and would have to sell the rest.
I should have added that you have to call them, or establish direct email contact with their sales team to purchase just the line or canister, etc. They have respooling tools and all kinds of things available for sale separately, but they don't advertise it. FYI, they don't use 550 cord, its just a nylon (maybe 7 strand?) line. Nothing special. You can buy standard 550 at cabela's by the foot.
You can thank me later
http://www.rocknrescue.com/acatalog/Bridger-Line-Gun-Kit.html You can thank me later
AAron, I really wish I knew! We looked all over when writing this article and no one seems to carry it. The type 1 cord through Supply Captain is the closest thing we can find that's commercially available. Perhaps one of our readers knows how to track some down? ~ Bryan
@Bullfred I know im a cpl years late on this thread but do you have any of the shotline left? if so id love to get some from you.