On the next page I will explain the mechanics of both the Bear Claw, and straight closing pins and their various other uses.
Step 1: Differences in Closing Pins
The bear claw is curved because with new skydiving rigs, the drogue chute does not have a spring to launch it out of the container to catch the windstream. The diver has to pull the drogue from its BOC (Bottom of Container) Pouch. When the drogue inflates, the curved design of the closing pin ends up lifting from its side position, and pulling through the closing loop vertically. This prevents the closing pin from binding aginst the container creating a pilot chute in tow.
the sraight pin is usually used for "oldschool" skydiving rigs that utitilize a spring loaded pilot chute. the diver usually pulls a ripcord that the pin is attached to, thus allowing the pin to let go of the closing loop horizontally.
See the pictures below to get a good idea of what the pins look like when they are pulled
Step 2: Materials
1) Round Paperclips
2) Conical Nosed Needle Nosed Pliars
3) Jewler's Baggies (Optional THerefore NOT Shown)
4) Batteries ( Not shown. JIC Your camera dies...mine did. hahaha)
Step 3: Making the Straight Closing Pin
Now you can take your wire off and measure down about 1/2"-1" and then cut the rest of the wire and...Voila!! you have a straight closing pin.
Step 4: Making the Bear Claw Closing Pin
All you have to do is put a slight bend in the pin. it must be smoot-transitioning...not sharp bends that result in visible angles. this will cause the pin to bind...after you put the bend in the pin...VOILA... you have your bear claw closing pin!!
Step 5: Enjoy