While I was a LRRP going on local ambushes I carried:
20 mag’s of 7.62 duplex in 3 collapsible canteen pouch’s and bandoliers
1 white phosphorous grenade
6 or more fragmentation grenades.
1-2 claymore mines (varied)
1 old style Canteen of water
Panel marker in my hat
All of above +
Water in collapsible canteens
Pancho (if needed)
Socks (if needed.)
I never carried a smoke grenade or anything I considered excess baggage. Usually I had more ammo and grenades than any other two guy’s on the team combined. The extra weight going from 5.56 ammo to 7.64 (duplex) just meant that the chronic pain in my shoulders got there quicker. In the end it probably saved my life when I got shot because at least one pouch took a hit.
Jack served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and Gray Matter Splatter. His memoir, "Murphy's Law" is due for a 2019 release and can be pre-ordered now.