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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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