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Old 02-20-2011, 09:53 AM
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I am not to familiar with these. I know they are just bicycle tubing but i am not sure what all they could be used for. I know they call them ranger bands because the rangers in the military use them. (well atleast i think thats why they call them that)

What do yall use them for and what other improtant jobs can they do in a survival situation?
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I had a wad of about 12 of these things that I carried around for a year in my pack and didn't use once. No wait, I take that back, I used one to wrap around my rolled up mosquito netting until it broke at the seam. Either way, I think they're useless.

I think their best quality is that you can light them on fire in the rain, which is a useless quality if you don't know where to get dry wood, and if you DO know where to get dry wood, you don't need to light them on fire in the rain.
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I use them to keep my Flint attached to my knife's sheath, and to keep my spare AAA batteries attached to my LED light.
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Hell, they even sell "ranger" bands at some places.
What, people can't cut up their own bike tube?
What's really funny, is the guy that made a ranger band for his canteen sling.
He didn't make a "ranger band", he made a "rubber pad" out of a bike tube for his sling.
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Yeah I saw some "Ranger" bands for sale. I thought it was a joke though. Let's see a $4 bike tube-- 40 inches long-- cut inch apart-- sell for a buck... hmmmm
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Use tubes from dirt bikes they are larger and you'll realize more uses for them.
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There are sold at u.s.cav . And at Ranger Joe's at Columbus (FT. Benning,Ga.) .
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They are most useful in gathering up loose cordage and the extra ends of straps that hang loose and tangle on other stuff, basically like a heavy duty rubberband. Of course other uses include binding items together that need to be unconnected easily an quickly. Their usefulness is only limited by their size. I have made bands out of various inner tubes for different uses, but I would balk at paying for them. Recycle used stuff is better.
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I make my own by cutting strips from a bike inner tube. I have several :
1) I use them to gather up the loose ends of straps
2) I use them to quiet the metal ends of straps
3) I put 4 of them on the Saw Pistol Grip of my AK74 to soften the grooves
4) I put one around the cleaning kit in my Saw pistol grip to quiet it

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Use tubes from dirt bikes they are larger and you'll realize more uses for them.
Ok what are the uses?
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I make my own by cutting strips from a bike inner tube. I have several :
1) I use them to gather up the loose ends of straps
2) I use them to quiet the metal ends of straps
3) I put 4 of them on the Saw Pistol Grip of my AK74 to soften the grooves
4) I put one around the cleaning kit in my Saw pistol grip to quiet it

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Ok i can see how they would be useful for everyday things BUT i dont usually carry an Ak-47 in my survival kit so how would they be useful in that?
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Dude, they're also known as rubber bands Buy some asparagus a few times, they have the really heavy duty bands around them that are thicker and more heavy duty than inner tubes.
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I can't think on anything that thing can do and 1ft of duct tape won't....
it won't get in my bag...
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I can't think on anything that thing can do and 1ft of duct tape won't....
it won't get in my bag...
They weigh practically nothing, so I have a few in my bag. I have a lot more duct tape though!
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My computer mouse weight practically nothing too, thats not a reason to throw it in my backpack...

This things are useless... Thats why we keep multipurpose stuff in the bag!
Tell me one thing that bands can do and Paracord/duct tape (which we all have in the bag) can't and I am getting a few right now!
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I like inner tube rubber bands; select a tube that is sized for the aplication...
bicycle bands wrapped around (2 directions) a cardboard .22 box will keep it intact even after rattling around in the pack, or glove compartment for several years.
a couple on a knife sheath can help keep the sheath from flopping around after it is attached to a pack harness, or allow horizontal attachment to a belt.
Sections around a knife sheath can help keep accessories (compass, fire steel, etc.) in place.
Sections around a bottle lid will make it more water resistant and help keep it from working loose.
They make fair, expedient, belt keepers.

Sections of larger inner tubes will help keep larger containers closed.

Duct tape is not optimum for most uses.
Velcro one-wrap can secure many things better than duct tape and is reusable.
Use the best tool for the job; duct tape excels at sealing air ducts (at least until it drys out and falls off).
100MPH tape is better than duct tape (but I rarely use either, a permanent fix is better than any number of ghetto fixes).

That said I do not carry extra bands (a couple of extra wide ones can be cut up if I need one in the field), however I do carry a film canister sized roll of rerolled high quality duct tape in the first aid kits (it holds way better than adhesive or athletic tape and can be used to secure splints) over many years hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and four wheeling I have never need duct tape for anything but expedient first aid, and very rarely even for that.

Enjoy!
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Ok what are the uses?
Their uses are only limited to your creativity.
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I think youd find ranger beads more useful
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Poor Rangers. Everything is "Ranger this Ranger that". Coming from experience, when an Army Ranger uses something. He just calls it what it is. "A thingy Ma-bob". It's not a Ranger bar, it's an energy bar. It's not a Ranger tool, it's a gerber. It's not Ranger cord, it's 550 cord.

I understand you don't know what else to call it I'm just doing a Ranger Rant. lol.
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