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Ranger Bands

Back in the days of ALICE gear, soldiers had to get creative in silencing and securing their gear. Rattling ALICE clips or gear falling off at an inopportune time we not good. So, the always inventive Army Rangers came up with their own solution to the problem, which became known as Ranger Bands--basically big rubber bands on steroids.

Like duct tape and paracord, ranger bands have a thousand uses. Mostly, they're useful for securing things, as cushioning on tool or weapon handles, and as tinder (they're rubber and burn quite easily), but their uses are only limited to your creativity.

You can buy "real" Ranger Bands from army surplus stores or you can just make your own. Buy a bicycle or other similar rubber inner tube and cut 'em to size. One inner tube can give you a bunch of ranger bands, and you can cut them to the size that you want.

Dave Canterbury of Wilderness Outfitters is a big fan of ranger bands. Check out his videos on YouTube--he uses 'em all over his kit to secure things down and attach small bits to sheaths and other gear--lots of good ideas there.

They're pretty handy and very inexpensive. I bought an inner tube this morning and have cut out a decent sized section and used it to cushion the grip on a Cold Steel machete and have cut out several smaller ranger bands. Right now, the ranger bands are being used them to keep the lids of my altoid kits  firmly closed and also as a source of emergency tinder. The inner tube that I bought has a smaller inner diameter than it appears the ready made ones have, which is ok, but makes the bands a little tight to work with

If anyone knows more about ranger bands, what size or type of inner tube works best, etc., please share!

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  1. Funny that Dave was never a Ranger though

  2. He was an SRT sniper, Rangers are a dime a dozen

  3. 4thHorstmannJune 23, 2011

    Get thrifty! Go to a local Bycycle shop and ask for old tubes. When riders get bikes repaired from a bent rim to a spring tune up the tubes go away, even when the treaded tire stays, and usually go into a box in the corner for later cutting up or throwing out. I have a very good friend who runs a busy bike shop and fills a milk crate for me every time i see him. These little buggers go a long way but as long as he is willing to give i am willing to take. If the tube is visibly damaged i cut that part out, and i am still figuring out what to do with the nozzle part. it's a strong rubber band with a two inch prick on it.

  4. Survival-R-UsFebruary 23, 2012

    Another use for these that I haven't seen mentioned is for a quick and easy emergency (or long term) flashlight set up for a weapon. Any type of long gun, preferably a shotgun, but I don't see why an AR, AK, or if you are really screwed, a hunting rifle, for short range patrol, building sweeps, whatever use you may have after teotwawki. Wherever you wanted to mount it for your personal preference should work, and I don't think it would obstruct any sights unless you were sticking the flashlight on top of the gun for some odd reason. If I did it on my 870, I would probably mount the light on the left side of the barrel, between the barrel and extended capacity tube so it wasn't in the way of the pump, or back further on the receiver. You may wind up with some shadow from the gun, but it's better than nothing. Good luck out there guys

  5. Mountain bike tubes and roadie tubes. Cut all kind of ways go from sling shots to bungies to bands. Best of luck and have fun surviving.