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April 14, 2008

Pelican Cases

-Patrick S Lasswell

Things Your Team Needs: Stackable Equipment Cases

What is it? Pelican Cases

Photo (c) B&H Photo

What does it do? Organizes and stores equipment in rolling, waterproof, shock resistant, stackable, and durable packages.

Why do we need it? Old, heavy, breaking, broken, and irregular packing cases cost time, effort, and energy, complicating logistics. The Pelican case lid securing clasps are intuitive and do not tear uniforms or gouge people. New cases allow opportunity to reorganize to meet your team's current requirement and throw out old junk.

Where can we get it? Directly from manufacturer.

What kind should we get? The 1610, 1620, 1650, and 1660 cases should be purchased in quantity. Having a selection of cases allows your team to loadout according to their needs instead of the available boxes.

GSA Contract, Part or Stock Numbers? GSA# GS-07F-0214J
Case #1610: NSN # 6760-01-491-2807 (smaller for heavy items like books)
Case #1620: NSN # 6760-01-491-2816 (holds up to six PRC-117 radios)
Case #1650: NSN # 6760-01-491-2821 (useful for electronic test equipment)
Case #1660: NSN # 6760-01-500-9632 (large for bulky items like printers)
Case #1750: NSN # 6760-01-491-2838 (for tripods and rifles)

How much does it cost? Cheaper than you think or I can post for military. Worth every penny for civilians.

Why is this better than what is issued? Most equipment and gear is stored in random collections of old boxes inherited from other units. Most of these boxes require external support or many hands to move. Wheeled Pelican cases can safely be moved by a small number of people. The cases are designed to be stacked with each other. Sensitive items can be shipped commercially in locked Pelican cases.

What stupid things will be done with it? Overloading. Failure to stencil (or mark with paint pens) will cause lost and stolen boxes. Identical boxes subject to confusion when packed together in large numbers. Gear packed wet will mildew when allowed to sit inside waterproof cases.

Additional supplies needed? Set of dry wiping towels for cleaning gear before long term storage. Paint pens for marking cases. TSA locks. Sensitive material locks.

Note : Retired General Peter Pace, former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff recently joined Pelican Case as its new CEO. It is good to find a company that gives veterans a chance.

Patrick S Lasswell is a member of the Inactive Ready Reserve and would be happy to help your unit get the best equipment for its mission. Contact him at pslblog (at) gmail (dot) com. He will be happy to accept your gratitude in the form of unpaid drill credits. Civilians willing to donate money for the insight provided will not be turned away.

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