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Friday Gear Report: 8/26/11

Pocket Grappling HookTo go along with your grappling hook launcher from yesterday, you may want a pocket grappling hook.

CountyComm, purveyor of random military/survival items, often showcases products that appeal to the adolescent would be ninja in all of us. Although the EOD Robotics pocket (must be a big pocket) grappling hook was not intended for this purpose, it definitely fits into that category.

All kidding aside, the pocket grappling hook was built with a purpose – snagging trip wires. However, it could also be used for retrieving things from a body of water or leaving out to get a rise out of your girlfriend, “Haven’t you broken enough bones?”

From CountyComm:

The pocket grappling hook was originally built by EOD Robotics, Inc. at the request of a desert warfare operator. He explained his need for a light weight, reusable grappling hook that could be used to snag trip wires or command detonation wires on IEDs in a combat environment. Soon other members of the military saw how useful they were and ordered another production run.
Features include:

  • Pocket size: stowed size: 1″ x 5.5 ” (also fits in your collapsible mine probe pouch)
    Weight (without water or sand ballast) 5 oz.
  • Collapsable: The spikes unscrew and are stored in the water resistant O-ring sealed body.
  • Variable weight: by adding sand, dirt or water into the body of the grappling hook you can increase the weight of the hook for more effective throwing range.

The disclaimer reads:

These hooks are not certified for life support activities and should not be used for any life support function. They are designed to pull trip wires.

Yes, I tried it even though it is not meant to support a person. Yes, it did hold all 180 lbs of me. No, I do not think anyone should test it. If you do, it’s at your own risk.

In his free time, he enjoys hogging the remote, surfing, scotch, mental masturbation and debate over philosophical topics, and shooting stuff--usually not all at the same time.

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