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The 'Ranger Rick' idea comes from Special Forces ideas.
The wire saw/drinking tube was common for US military forces, but it wasn't always used as a 'Saw'...
Saw can also be taped inside a belt, or slipped inside the waste band of your pants, or seams of your pants.

Along with razor tape laced into boot flaps and a dozen other 'Weapons' secreted away in different places.

The edges of dog tags being sharpened has been around as long as dog tags have been around.
There are accounts of sharpened dog tags going back to WW-I with US Marines doing it in case they were captured.
It gained popularity in Viet-Nam when rubber edge guards were issued to keep them from making 'Noise', beating taping them up to keep them from making noise or cutting you up if sharpened.

Since most soldiers laced a dog tag into their boot laces, I don't know how many sets of laces I had cut up from sharpened tags, but sharpening a set of tags was almost a requirement when I joined up in the 70's.

The idea of a tag in the boot laces was so if your head was missing, your tags would also be missing and knowing WHO you were, or if injured, what your blood type was a good idea.

If captured, you were usually bound with hands behind your back, on your knees, and having that tag in your boot laces made it reachable.

Most desk pogues didn't do the sharpened tags, but about all 'Field' troops did... And the idea was, when you were captured, your dog tags were always confiscated, but the tag in the boot laces was often overlooked.

Same with razor tape in the lace flaps of your boots, wire in your waist band, Spike nails pushed into your boot heels, ect.
US special forces delivered so many casualties to 'Guards' that the VC and NVA started taking the boots off the soldiers right away...
...Not that it did them any good, they still lost unsuspecting guards right and left when they encountered Special Forces troops.

Later, the troops started wearing 'Survival Necklaces' during training when they were shoved out into inhospitable places to 'Survive' for days or weeks at a time.
Since you never know WHEN they are going to dump you into the Jungle, Desert, ect. for your 'Final' of the course,
You keep the stuff on you at ALL TIMES so it's along when you get dumped.

A compass, a basic cutting tool, the saw is convenience, the tube is actually the mandatory part, the saw is incidental to the tube- but VERY handy,

If you take a look at most SF troops today, you will find a knife of some kind on a lanyard around the neck, the smaller, flatter and more unnoticed the better...

Up until the aftermath of 2001, and for a good while afterwards, I wore a de-magnetized Titanium knife on a lanyard around my neck when I traveled, never once stopped in airport security with it.
They were issued to us for mine probes, de-magnetized so magnetic mines wouldn't be triggered, and metal detectors didn't seem to find them either...

If there is a will, there is a way...
I WILL NOT fly, or travel anywhere UNARMED, I'm not going to be one of the cattle on the next 9/11 that wouldn't do anything.
 
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