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Old 07-19-2010, 10:01 PM
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I have seen a lot of posts on what to wear if there is a fallout, and how to look together without looking like a unit. Now a lot of Spec Ops use shemaghs in the sand box and was wondering if maybe they would be a good idea to get and use it keeps us from looking military to the untrained eye and could be useful for the climate or if we are moving brush keeps it out of our shirts and off our face. Just an idea what do you guys think or would it just make your team look like terrorists?





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I think shemaghs are one of those new "tacti-cool" devices. Im not saying their not useful, if i see one i'll probably pick it up too. But I think alot of people have them in their BOB just as a fashion accessory.

Are you saying all survivalists should maybe wear them as a sort of "uniform"?
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Are you saying all survivalists should maybe wear them as a sort of "uniform"?
No not necessarily everyone wear one. Just have seen a couple of threads as to how to have a uniform but not look too military or "up to something." I think as a unit it could be something as an identification with the same color or design to tell who is who the leader would have a slightly different one. This was just a thought so everyone is not wear BDUs or something similar. Just wondering.
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Ok i see. Yea i have a few pairs of woodland BDU from my JROTC days, and i dont plan on wearing those. Way to obvious/not neccesary. I see what your saying about the unit though.
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Ok wasn't sure if I was being unclear or what.
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Useful as an emergency bandage, bind a foot/ankle, over your shoulders/ around your neck and stay warm, cover your head and keep the sun off, cover your face against a sandstorm, use it cause you like it and you never have to wrap it around your head and face just because people in the middle east wear it that way. We have three of them and better than bandanas which seem to have become smaller.
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Ive had mine since 95, its a useful bit of kit I usually break out in winter. I guess it depends on how you wear it as to whether you'll look like a terrorist. There are certain scenarios I can imagine I'd not wear it though.

I didn't realise they'd become trendy............ might have to rethink it
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Hey, it works for the crips and the bloods,so why not armchair rambos.

I think fashion statements are going to be the least of your worries., if we have an Anarchy type situation. IMO
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I saw a kid get stoped and taken away for questioning in an airport because he had one on and was sleeping in a chair. He was maybe a year older than me 19 or so.

Its been steriotyped as terrorist garb in America for now. But if you are over in that part of the world its quite handy.

Even multi wraps and ski masks will look out of place and may lead to questioning unless its blaze orange or something.
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I'm sure in a crisis situation.. no one is really concerned about what you would be wearing..

Understanding people coming and going.. cloths ragged and dirty.. people hungry.. etc..

Doesn't seem realistic to ponder a rag on the head or not.. or what color the cloths you would be wearing.. in that situation..

If it is cold.. I assume everyone would have some type of head wear on.

If the fly or bugs are everywhere and a head wear is necessary to protect the head then..

Maybe it's very hot sun.. protecting the skin from being burned..

Maybe you are trying to hide from and X lover..

So terrorist garb.. is what?

In my opinion.. It's funny how people's religion or concepts of religion plays into terrorist garb.

I find the same is true with FBI, SWAT, etc.. wearing black clothing.. they are ninja.. LOL..
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In Arab countries it's a shemagh. In Cambodia it's a krama. In winter countries (Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia) it's a plain old scarf.

There's nothing "tacticool" about a scarf. It's "tacti-useful".

You can use a decent sized scarf as a temporary/makeshift:

- sun shade (protecting your neck/face/head)
- towel
- sling
- dust mask
- bandage
- headcovering to keep heat in/cold out (keep those ears from falling off from frostbite)
- bag, or whatever to carry stuff in
- clothing (replace a sock, underwear)
- camouflage
- shooting rest
- particulate filter for water before purifying
- rifle sling
- shroud
- restraint

And that's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are a few things I've missed.
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I don't know about wandering around wearing a shemagh, but if the girl comes with it, I'll take one. She is very good looking.
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If the girl comes with it, I'll take one. She is very good looking.
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I have one in my bag, I have used it for a blanket, laundry satchel, head wrap in a dust storm, LOVE THEM for windy winter days here in WI when the windchill reaches -40. You can also drape your pack with them for added camo if your BOB is a non tactical color.

I wouldnt walk around in the city with one, but for suburb/country go for it.
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I like having mine. One use I like is to protect my neck from a abrasions and bugs.
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I too use one when out hiking occasionally, good for sun and bug protection.

Anybody who thinks your a terrorist if you wear a particular head cover is uneducated and sheltered, and thus not a threat.

Your soldiers wear them extensively in the middle east.

Very useful in many types of situations, better than a bandana or hat.
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In a campsite they might help keep the misquitos off of you. On the move in the U.S. forrests and woods, they'll only get snagged over and over again. I'd keep one in the ruck but only to keep bugs of in my nightlogger position.
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Best camping towel I've ever used.
I always think about the people that wear them all the time, when I'm drying my a**.
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Useful as an emergency bandage, bind a foot/ankle, over your shoulders/ around your neck and stay warm, cover your head and keep the sun off, cover your face against a sandstorm, use it cause you like it and you never have to wrap it around your head and face just because people in the middle east wear it that way. We have three of them and better than bandanas which seem to have become smaller.
Crash is absolutely right, when I was a kid, the "multi-purpose bandanna" was nearly three feet. Specifically in the boy scouts we were taught to use them as tourniquets, arm slings, head covering, apply water to the neck, wipe sweat, wipe arse, etc. They were tougher then too. Now they are more like handkerchiefs. Nothing wrong with having a length of cloth around if you wanna carry it. Might be handy if you got some sewing needles and thread too. But as far as a "uniform", you should know your friends without having to have "colors".
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Anybody who thinks your a terrorist if you wear a particular head cover is uneducated and sheltered, and thus not a threat.
I think it depends where you live. For me, living in the buybull belt, those people who be a threat here. I have never seen someone in my city wearing shemagh







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I think it depends where you live. For me, living in the buybull belt, those people who be a threat here. I have never seen someone in my city wearing shemagh







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Since when are uneducated and sheltered people not threats? Those are the kinds of people I am most afraid of...
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