The world has seen it’s share of wars; since recorded history, the world has only had a few years of worldwide peace, where nobody was beating up someone else. In fact, it probably has never seen a year without war.
As wars end, military surplus becomes available to the civilian population, where it is adapted to a worthy cause or peaceful use. Even now, almost 60 years after WW2, some pieces of surplus equipment can still be found in some surplus stores.
This Instructable is to demonstrate various uses for equipment that, when initially produced, only had one function. These are all items I have used or been issued at one time, or that I’ve picked up overseas. I don’t know where you can find them, but perhaps other items you find can be recycled.
Step 1: 1. Cleaning kit for a 9mm submachine gun
This item was intended to hold all the items required to clean a Sterling L1A1 SMG. Now it serves the purpose of holding all the little bits and pieces of an extensive bicycle field repair kit; chain links, valve stems and caps, valve stem wrench, patches, allen keys and all the other little things that can go missing. The oil bottle portion serves better for stowing small items than it does bike lube.
[Note the ubiquitous slice of inner tube to keep the lid closed and prevent inadvertent spillage of bits.]
Step 2: Bayonets
1. The AK47 Bayonet, for the dauntless AK47 assault rifle; I bought one at a gun show for 40$, and strapped it on my web gear for quite awhile, mainly because of the integral wire cutters –which work very well, in combination with the rubber-coated sheath. I liked it so much, I brought a confiscated one back from the wars in Croatia in 1993 [my contribution to the U.N. disarmament plan]. I use mine as a survival knife- in conjunction with the sheath, it can be used as wirecutters or a hammer. I’ve also put a magnesium bar survival fire starter on the exterior. My missus weeds the garden with the other one.