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    Default military shelter idea

    Dear Patrick and company,

    I have been catching up on the message boards and decided that I feel kind of bad for you guys! After reading it seems like you are too busy to even sleep. I don't want to add to your frustrations or have you think that there is "yet another" urgent thing to produce but I wanted to leave one idea in your pocket for the future:

    Would it be beneficial to either soldier or hunter to create some sort of glow in the dark piece for the zipper handles of things like the tipis? I don't mean anything superbright, obviously. I'm thinking of that tritium based marker in a military compass, or the type of dayglo stuff on the front sites of most muzzleloaders. I thought that a real subtle glow on the zipper handle would aid in getting out in pitch dark. It seems like it would prevent a guy from fumbling in the dark or having to put on nods. Maybe there is no way to apply it to a tactical scenario afterall-I don't know if this material would glow "too" much to an enemy night vision. For hunters, I thought it work. I realize that most people get used to their own equipment and have no problem finding the zipper. But if you went hunting/camping with friends that were not used to your setup, they would benefit. I have an EMR right now. I thought this same tritium zipper handle would work for the zippers to the cargo chair pouch, the chamber pocket, and maybe even the pullouts. Hope there is some merit to this. I mentioned it to Mel the other night and he seemed to think it wasn't entirely stupid!! Take care.
    copper

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    Default Re: military shelter idea

    I have some Traser Glowrings that would fit the bill - exactally what you are looking for I think.

    Click here for a link to their website.

    GlowRings are quite simply amazing. They will glow without charging and can be clearly seen from as far away as 30ft in complete darkness.

    These light sources are produced by using highly specialised technology. Each GTLS is a small hollow glass tube, which has been internally coated with a phosphorous material, injected with a special gas and then sealed by a laser. The gas inside the tube excites the phosphor, which creates a cold light that will glow for ten years without any external power source.

    Now - on the website it states that only residents of the IK can order these due to shipping restrictions. Well - I got some, here's how.....Just go to Bladeforums.com and do a search for them. There is oftem a guy there selling them to raise money for scouts back in the UK - great guy to deal with but I can't remember his handle for the life of me.

    But - back on topic, these work great for just such things as you said. A little tape around them - leaving only a small part exposed) and they work great with nods. No batteries and the last for a decade.

    Have fun!

    Dan

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    Default Re: military shelter idea

    ]Copper[

    You can buy the glow in the dark zipper pull tab from REI.

    The North Face Glow-in-the-Dark Zipper Pulls

    Tadgear zipper pull with glowcord.



    Tadgear zipper pull tab

    You can also buy a roll of luminous tape available from BQM & use superglue to fix it to the paratipi or to the zip cord of the zipper pull.

    I've used the glowring at home and it is good as advertised. But I'm not sure if the plastic vial that contains the tritium can handle the abuse.

    HTH

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    Thanks for all your help! I'll check the stores for them next weekend. Take care guys.

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    Default Re: military shelter idea

    Another thing to consider is using the light reflective tape sold for joggers. Not glow in the dark but picks up the slightest beam from a flashlight. Might be the best compromise for tactical environments but only useful when light sources are not a problem. I also use small tags to mark tent guylines, keeps people (including me) from tripping over them.

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    Default Re: military shelter idea

    I love my traser keyring. I bought 4 off ebay back in November or so. The entryway of my last apartment was very dark I could find the keyhole with that little piece of tritium. I gave 2 of them to friends and one to my wife and they love them too. During an FTX at OBC my buddy had his traser out during the night right before the opfor hit us, during the AAR an OC said they would have had a difficult time seeing us and finding our perimeter except for a green chemlite someone had out. I had seen it too and I knew it was no chem lite, it was my stupid ass friend with his keyring hanging off his LBV.

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    Default Re: military shelter idea

    Checkout the new Traser glowring X2



    http://www.traser.com/cgi-bin/produc...;id=1031938063

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