Drop your cock and grab your socks – Tactical GI Sock Uses

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We all know how useful 550 cord and Duct Tape is. How about socks? If you need any more proof that Communism is the worst idea ever…  Apparently, the Russian Army is just now issuing socks. So comrades the GI sock is your best friend. I would pack at least 6 pairs in a 72 hour kit. They are that important. Your feet are your mobility so taking care of them is the utmost importance. But there is a bunch of things you can use those OD green socks for you got in basic.

Tactical Sniper Sock

If you are a Sniper or Squad Designated Marksmen you probably know this trick. If you want to be here is a good tip. Your shoulder well where you place the butt of your rifle it has a quite a bit of blood vessels in the neighborhood. If you have an AR-15 don’t worry about this. This is something only those who are truly reaching out to touch someone really need to worry about. But you want to minimized your body contact with your rifle.

One way to do that is to take a GI sock… Fill it up with sand about 1/2 to 2/3 and tie a knot on the end. Place that at the butt of your rifle to reduce felt recoil and minimize movement. I have a .338 and my shoulder thanks me for this. Now if you have nylons you can throw them over your scope or red dot and reduce the glare that might give away your position.

Tactical GI Sock Use – Beat someone and leave no bruises

For obvious reasons I am not going to tell me who taught me this but they may or may not have a job that starts with M and ends with P. Sometimes you get people that to be fucked up with no evidence of said beating. Now if you take an Orange and throw it into a sock… Then make like Homie Da Clown. Now as a medic I have never tried this. I am trusting the information was correct give the location and the population involved I can believe it.

If you do need to leave bruises then throw a rock or quarters work goods as a weapon. To make a bolas tie two together and tie the ends where the rock is going to be.

Survival Trick – Hold more water with your GI socks!

Tactical Water SockDo you have one of those survival tins in an Altoids container? Got a non-lubricated condom in there? You know you can use it to store about a liter of water. Well if you put that condom in a GI sock you can double that. BTW has anyone ever found non-lubricated condom? I have never found a place that actually carries them.

Lets say you have a filter for water… or oil or any liquid really. If you have a filter you home made with plastic bottles then you can throw a sock over the opening to filter out leaves or clumps… anything large. Clearly you want a clean sock for this task. Nylons can be used to filter coffee or tea.

Survival Trick – GI Sock Ice/Heat Pad

You fell and twisted your ankle running out the door with your BOB and SHTF. No more Icy/hot, no more bengay, no more tigerbalm. Fill your GI sock with rice. Heat it up or cool it down just keep it dry. Then place it on the injury. Nylons can be used as ACE wrap but is a lot thinner. Which is great if you twisted your ankle and you need to keep wearing your boots.

Tactical Trick – Wear shoes that are too big. 

When the New York Rangers were playing for their first Stanley Cup their coach had to step in and be the goalie after the goalie took a puck to the fucking eye. Only problem was the goalies skates were too big. The coach just threw on some extra layers of socks. We all know why having larger shoes than we normally wear is important.

Tactical Trick – GI Sock Elbow/Knee Pads

Okay so SHTF and you need to be high speed tactical dude and go low crawling or earning that promotion you so desperately need. Only problem is that you forgot to pack your high speed elbow and/or promotion pads. So how the fuck do you turn these socks into pads? Well say goodbye to them as socks. Just cut off the toe and slide them over your elbow or knee. They aren’t as padded but they actually stay on a lot better.

GI Socks – Beer Cozy 

If you have one of those metal Camelbak bottles like I do and you put hot coffee or tea into one of those things Guess what… shit burns your hands. Or lets say you have a nice cold frosty beverage… Those socks you cut up for your promotion pads can be used like those cardboard coffee sweaters they give you at Latte Stand or as a beer cozy.

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About David Black

Trained and Certified: National Registry EMT, Wilderness EMT, US Army 68W, Tactical Combat Causality Care (TCCC), Basic Life Support for Healthcare Workers, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, US Coast Guard Medical Person In-Charge, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support. International Trauma Life Support. HAM Radio Technician. Trained and Certified to Instruct: Combat Life Saver Instructor and Community Emergency Response Team Trainer. CPR, AED, First Aid.

10 thoughts on “Drop your cock and grab your socks – Tactical GI Sock Uses

  1. Interesting comments about socks…..I have a M1A M21 Tactical that I use for “long range” shooting. I have 2 socks filled with rice that I use as a support under the stock where my hand, rifle butt stock and shoulder come together. It helps keep a single cohesive support and makes my rifle settle in nicely into my shoulder, helping make the butt of the rifle, my shoulder and my cheek become one with my rifle.

    And, if I am in a survival situation, I have enough rice to last 4-5 days….the point here is this: creativity is a GOOD skill to have in surviving. Being able to see and use items for multipurpose tasks that might seem “nontraditional” but could be the difference between life or death is imperative…….

    • 1970, Iwakuni, Japan, Marine Air Wing, Communications Squadron, Sgt. Mulkey (who had served in Gitmo guard unit) and I responded to intruders on base alert without weapons. When we hit the sand, he told me to take off a boot, as he was doing. We removed one sock, put the boot back on, and filled the sock with moist sand to use as a make-shift sap. Never saw an intruder, but based on the weight of our sock-sap, I have no doubt we could have done some damage.

    • Extra socks, extra padding, and then fewer chances of blisters, if wearing the extras. More socks, more clothes that do not have to go in a pack. we used to do a lot of winter camping and always wore two pair of pants and several heavy shirts. The inner ones would get sweaty from hiking, but could be moved to the outside to dry fast. Layers keep body temperature level, which is why Eskimos and Arabs all wear layers. Just make sure you’re used to it. And, bigger shoes to someone tracking you means a bigger person, and the tracker would be a little more worried of a confrontation.

  2. I have dealt with a lot of guys that get injuries but don’t want to get waivers or go to the TMC. So if the ankle swells up which I wrap for them and it is too big to fit into their normal sized boots… Sometimes they borrow an extra pair from a buddy. Since the ankle is wrapped I have them wear extra socks. It is not ideal. In fact I recommend NOT doing that. But sometimes you have to do something that is less than ideal.

    One other thing I recently heard of is using socks filled with sand when you are pitching a tent in sand or gravel instead of stakes.

  3. Ok, so this all makes sense and I have heard of most of them. Too big of boot son purpose though? that’s new to me. Why would you do that?

    Another good use for GI socks emergency sunglasses. Just like the bark method or whatever else, cut a sock in half lengthwise. take one of the halves and cut two slits to be centered over the eyes. use the other half to extend the length so it can wrap around your noggin and tie it off. I prefer to wear it “inside out”, but I was alone on that one in my training class…..

  4. Learned this from a Sgt. who had been based at Gitmo back in the early 70’s: sock full of sand makes a dandy black-jack in a pinch.

  5. (same as FB comment) For longer shots while hunting off a bipod or a rest I’ve (i say “I” but I’m sure its common) used a sock about 1/3 to 1/2 full of sand in my left hand under the but of the rifle. If I need to lower the point of impact I squeeze the sock to raise the butt, to raise my aim point I relax my grip and the sock slightly lowers the butt. The sand also acts as a dampener to keep muscle trimmer from my left hand from affecting the shot

    • Got a warm bottle of water? Wet down a sock, place the bottle in it. hang it in the shade for a few minutes…cold water.

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