Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Matt Deckard, May 22, 2006.
Its the Ruger Vaquero I can't afford yet!:rage:
If you aren't agin' taking "baby steps" you can get into a used Uberti for less than half the cost of that Ruger.
It'll handle all but the "Ruger-only" .45 Colt loads and any people or animals in your vicinity. Better more shooting sooner than less shooting later, that's my motto.
There's always time to trade up when resources permit.
But this isn't a gun forum. (my natural habitat)
What a woman that Osa Johnson ! ! !
Not sure they make 'em like that any more...
Safari, A Chronicle of adventure
It just arrived in the mail. From flipping through it, I can say it looks great. It‚Äôs the history of African safaris from the 1830‚Äôs to the present. Tons of period photos and drawings (from the days before the camera). It describes clothing, gear and guns. There‚Äôs also a chapter on classic films and Hemmingway.
Thanks for the heads up on that one! I just ordered a copy...should be a great addition to my library.
Looks excellent. I just put a copy on hold at the library.
I just finished reading Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger. Not safari, but an incredible account of the trips he took crisscrossing the Rub al Khali (The Empty Quarter) in the Arabian Peninsula. This is Exploration with a capital "E". It would seem tough to make endless days on a camel across open desert interesting, but Thesiger does it very well. Highly recommended.
I just picked up one of these L.L. Bean waxed canvas rucksacks (gotta love gift certificates). Overall it's a nice pack and has a vintage look to it. Except...
The entire back panel is made from black nylon mesh & foam. Rather than a matching canvas or perhaps leather, this modern synthetic material really turns me off. I don't know if it is possible, but can the back be replaced with something more vintage looking, e.g. leather or canvas? If so, who would I go to for alterations? The other options are bite the bullet and deal with the non-vintage aspects of the pack, or return it to L.L. Bean.
Try contacting a local tack shop. If they don't do work themselves, they should be able to refer you to someone locally. The bag looks great from this angle!
Remember, our forebearers, the ones who actually used that stuff, would have killed for modern fabrics and such.
Mike, I had that pack for a relatively short time, too. I'm not so turned off by the back panel, but the zippered pockets really were a pain, plus the organizer pocket in the flap was just about useless. I just didn't think it was a good blend of modern convenience and vintage look and feel. The synthetic sheepskin strap padding didn't help matters! Overall I was disappointed. It seems like if you want more than a big canvas sack like a true vintage pack (e.g., Duluth Pack, Frost River, or the ubiquitous surplus Swiss salt-and-pepper rucksack), you have to go with a modern pack, nylon, dayglo colors, and all.
Since my last adventurer outting was with the Marine Corps and it became a little too exciting I recently found an article of clothing that is quite flexible in use. I found an L.L. Bean vest at the thrift store for $3 in virtually new condition. These things are very handy. You see photojournalists in them when they're on assignment in the field. There are various branded styles on the same theme but the end result is the same- lots of pockets. It's light in weight and not meant for warmth. It goes with almost any other garb, mine is tan. They're great for travelers, full of zippered and Velcroed pockets to keep passports and valuables in.
I use a vest in the field a lot, too, and find them very handy. Mine is an Eddie Bauer vest that has multiple pockets, but not too many. I've found that I really don't like the zipper, though. Especially here in the desert it is a little too constrictive. I'd rather have buttons that I can fasten just one to provide a little more air circulation. I like the Working Man vest offered by Duluth Trading, though on their summer weight version they put a zipper. D'oh!
I'm also intrigued by their Moleskin Vest for cooler times of the year, but at $89 I doubt I'll pick one up. If I'm going to spend that I'll just buy a Filson.
I've never been very fond of the way Filson cut their moleskin vest, but they recently added a Mackinaw Wool Western Vest that looks interesting. I've been thinking of getting one for when cooler weather finally arrives here. I tried it on at my local Orvis store and liked the way it fit. But I won't buy direct from Filson or from Orvis, as I can get it $10 cheaper at David Morgan.
A new Lounge member, Havana Joe, just posted some nice pics of his adventuring gear in The Steamer Trunk. It has certainly inspired me to photograph my collection. While this thread remains the definitive place to discuss adventuring gear, we should all do a little 'show-n-tell' by posting some pics in The Steamer Trunk don't you think?!
Thought I'd give this a bump and show some new things in the new orvis catalog.
Twill explorers Jacket
Drill cloth shooting jacket
Lambskin munitions jacket
and finally the Navy seal boots are back
The munitions jacket is very nice; pity I just exhausted all of my available funds. :eusa_doh:
I've had a pair of the Seal boots for years (variously called Israeli Commando Boots, French Foreign Legion boots, etc.), but they are a different brand than the Palladiums. I bought a pair of the Palladiums from Orvis last spring, but they were disintegrating after only about a month of wear. I don't think I'm that much harder on footwear than your average archaeologist, but they just couldn't hold up. The sole was coming off along the sides of the boot, and big chunks were coming off the sole. It's a pity because they are absolutely perfect for wear out here. In fact, I still wear my seven- or eight-year-old threadbare pair regularly in the warmer months. They're light, comfortable, have good traction, and are tall enough to keep out the sand. I did once have a guy in Riverside ask me why I was wearing wading boots, though! :eusa_doh:
Incidently, Brigade Quartermasters has the Scorpion boot, which is very similar. I had a pair of those, too, but they weren't as comfortable and I didn't like the black sole on a desert tan boot. The top collar attaches with a zipper, which is a really awkward arrangement. I ended up sending those back, too. Jeez, I'm a picky SOB, aren't I?
Aren't we all!!! Out of curiosity, what brand were your original boots...the ones that actually held up well?
I wish I knew! I got them from some little surplus store or something and they were about $20. After wearing them non-stop every summer since, I've recently worn a hole through the heel of one of them. Right at the sole, so there's no way to fix it. The Palladiums from Orvis were an attempt to replace them. I shoulda bought 5 pairs back in '98 or '99!
I know the ones Jack is refering to, in the 90's they all over in catalog, like US Calvary and Sportsman Guide. They all called them Isreali Commando Boots. or French Foreighn Legion boots depending on wher you looked. I really wanted a pair in Khaki but never go around to it and now its too late.
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