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Old 09-25-2014, 00:19   #1
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Where to mount pace count beads?

I'm an active duty AF officer prepping for a Guard SF tryout, so I don't have seasoned NCOs to ask about this stuff. I have some basic land nav training, but I've never used pace count beads before. Where do you mount them? Do you wear them like a bracelet, attach them to your pack, put them on your belt...? What seems to work best? Or (and perhaps I should have led with this) are they not worth using at all?
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Old 09-25-2014, 07:06   #2
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I wore mine somewhere in the temporal lobe region......

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Old 09-25-2014, 07:24   #3
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Ditto, I remeber however when I went to Basic we wore them on our LBE. The beads tended to always find a way to work down the cord and your count was off. The temp lobe works best or as I saw a senior NCO one time do, he made lots of tick marks.


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Old 09-25-2014, 12:21   #4
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Copy superfluous and ineffective. As to my urban-dwelling tendencies...yeah, I'd say that's a pretty accurate description.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:51   #5
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http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/...read.php?t=446

An old thread but a good one.

Especially, see post number 10...

... that Pathfinder really knows a lot about land navigation ...
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Old 09-25-2014, 13:35   #6
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I just read through the wise old pathfinder's post. The knots would seem to solve the bead slippage problem. I'm going to go get a new base pace count today after work. I've only ever done a single measurement over a 100m track in training, but the scientist in me really likes the idea of taking a larger sample and averaging. I've also never kept DOPE on my body before. That seems like a solid idea, too. Thanks for the advice!!!

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Old 09-25-2014, 14:06   #7
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I just read through the wise old pathfinder's post. The knots would seem to solve the bead slippage problem. I'm going to go get a new base pace count today after work. I've only ever done a single measurement over a 100m track in training, but the scientist in me really likes the idea of taking a larger sample and averaging. I've also never kept DOPE on my body before. That seems like a solid idea, too. Thanks for the advice!!!
Best pace count system I've seen used rubber grommets for the beads. They did not slip around and did not rattle or shine.
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Old 09-25-2014, 14:27   #8
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I use a piece of para cord with 5 spring loaded/locking round beads, like these:

http://i00.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/1...font-Round.jpg

...mounted on my webbing/carrier, easy to reach with my non-master hand.

5 up, 5 down for 1000m

The link on the earlier post to another thread on knowing your pace counts for load carried, dark, up/down hill, close country, etc is solid.
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