Wall Tent Mod to USGI Pup Tent!

Made a wall tent mod to the USGI Shelter Half pup tent similar to what is described in this article from the Boy Scouts magazine;


instead of following the cut instructions in the magazine article, I decided to cut the 6 wall panels from two scrap shelter halves rectangle panels, thus making it simpler and easier to attach to the shelter halves for this mod.


The layout for cutting; bottom piece is full length of rectangle, and 15″ tall while the two corner walls are 16″ tall and 48″ long, the extra width is for making a rolled hem on the bottom of each shorter rectangles.


Set up using tree straps and cargo straps attached to two trees; this is the lightest set up possible (NO POLES!)

DSCN2166View into the unbuttoned end, showing the V line from single stake to the corner loops.

DSCN2167Side view, you can see the W shaped lines from the loops to the two stakes on each side; plus the V lines from the single stake to the corner loops.


Closed up end, with single stake. I realize I could have positioned the tree straps higher so that the 14″ walls are at full height, but this is OK.

DSCN2169End opened up (5 stakes now) showing the Intex Full Size airbed, it is a little over 54″ wide, and approx 10″ tall, and 75″ long, and in this “mini wall tent”; there is plenty of space on the sides and back of the bed, with the corners only just touching the back walls, and still covered completely with the end opened up. THis is also a good set up for being in front of a fire or a small tent heater or tent stove for cold nights. The tent is also pretty heavy, so it is again, NOT a backpacking tent, but it is great for cold weather camping!

Hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂



some things… gun show and bike project

OK post gun show report; sold a few things on Sunday, after having zero sales on Saturday; and got a few contacts for custom gear.  I am now in the progress of building up a bicycle with military gear and bags, so far I am using surplus gear, but I am having some ideas for custom gear tailored to cyclists and bike-packers that is compatible with current military equipment! I also have 8 Woodland pouches for sale; and am making DCU pouches this week!

here is the bike as it sits now

the panniers are MOLLE Sustainment Pouches; here’s how they are attached;

another shot of the rack and pannier with cargo straps

the heavier duty “camping rig”, with seat and without seat (earlier photos)

handlebar rig; a 3 day pack with 2x 2 quart  on front and 2 Medic pockets and a 1 1-qt canteen in middle on back

I’m not sure if I like the green bags orientation, I might flip it around for ease of removing items from the bag… or cut the two smaller pouches on the side to make room for webbing to attach pouches or bags for lashing…