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Swedish army “moose sack” rucksack

Swedish army “moose sack” rucksack

hello there YouTube Devin here again sorry I haven't made many videos I've been busy the last couple days but with 90 to 100 hour work weeks and it was my birthday on Sunday so I just decided to not do Sunday after work so this video was planned for Sunday but I actually entirely forgot it was my birthday until I everyone started calling me to wish me a happy birthday so what we have here is probably one of my favorite World War two ERA rucksacks and that it would be the the Swedish army rucksack this is the m39 model I believe not sure what year this was made but it's an overall very very good pack it is an a-frame pack I really like a frame packs nobody uses them anymore but at one point through like the mid 20th century pretty much everyone used an a-frame pack the Swiss were sorry the Swedes were no exception this is known as the moose sack that's what I call it a lot of Swedes call it the musak that's what it's colloquially known as and it's a canvas bag it attaches to this kind of harness and frame setup it's steel frame and the bag is separate from the bag is connected to this leather kind of cap that goes over the a-frame and then it's held by studs here on the bottom as you can see right there that's the only thing holding the main bag on everything else is the straps and the belt hook to the frame it does have a sternum strap they're not sternum strap a waist strap there to help kind of choke it up on you has a leather waist belt there to support the weight but other than that it's basically just one kind of large canvas pouch it's got little leather thing utility straps riveted directly to the bag to allow you to route extra stuff it has utility strap routing points on the bottom for attaching the Sleep System and everything like that this frame is a little bit bent as you can see it's kind of been flattened out right here but that's easy to bend back these are a very very low-maintenance pack once you get them kind of all in shape they do have leather at the wear points where the frame would rub against it on the pack the pack is replaceable like I said if you do find them these were used from World War 2 through the 70s so a very very long service life on these and I can see why because there are very no thrills pack with a lot of use that you could do to it there there you could beat the absolute crap out of these and they just keep running there's nothing really to go wrong on it as long as you maintain it it integrates well with both winter and summer gear it can be used in pretty much any situation it's pretty configurable with its routing straps and everything like that and we can hold a good amount of weight and distribute it quite nicely I don't know why so many countries got away from the a frame pack well other than they needed to start carrying more stuff in the a-frame just has to get exponentially larger to carry more stuff so like the load today would have to be an ungodly large a-frame so I see why they changed it but the a-frame packs are perfect for basically what I need them for they're all around a medium size they're highly configurable and they're they work a long time nothing ever really goes wrong on them no you might have seen one of my other a frame packs one of my favorite ones and it's right there it's the 1952 pattern pack from America and I salute Lee love that and this is basically the Swedish version of it it's a awesome awesome pack I can't you know sing higher praise about this does need some leather maintenance I probably will replace the Bagon it if I could find a one that's in nicer shape replace the straps that I cannot fix obviously or get some made it's that simple but it's a it's a good pack it's a heavy canvas it's quite waterproof quite nice can't really go wrong now these can still be found they're a little bit expensive but they're there around if you really really want one and I highly recommend you get one if you can find one there that nice so hopefully you guys enjoy this video if you have any questions on the history of this thing any additional information to add to these if you've used one before I'd very much like to hear about that in the comments and it will help all the future readers of the comments and everything like that with possibly buying one of these so please put your user feedback in the comments and I'd very much appreciate it I like to read them too so thank you so much for watching and I'll see you guys in the next video bye

Reader Comments

  1. I have a pack very similar to that but it's missing a shoulder strap. Any idea where I can get a replacement?

  2. These are great rucksacks for a mornings hunt or 24 hour hike,  couple months ago out scouting around with M39 pack on when I decided to make a short cut back to the vehicle, ( big mistake) took over an hour some really thick scrub,  at times  so thick I had to charge at it to penetrate    …. anyway this M39  pack excelled > well balanced when walking on slippery logs  and doesn't get caught up on branches like other packs ! ……………. mine also needs some maintenance on the leather straps …………….lastly there's a Youtube video  can easily remove/ re-attach the frame to carry firewood !

  3. I didn't like the djungle of leather straps hanging around. Like the shoulder straps which are split in two. So I cut open the lower doublefolded part of the shoulder straps and made those flat, then I took them through those hook looking metal things on the end of the upper shoulder strap. I drew them through together with and on the same place where the strap already goes through the hooks. Hope that sentence will be possible to follow. Then i just connected the lower strap in the ordinary buckles again. That way the shoulder straps will stay together as one and not dangle around. Looking sketchy.
    Also. People think the hooks are to fasten in the waist strap you showed. They are really for attaching in the old ammobelt. To help hold up the weight of all that ammo. I tried to have them in the waist strap but it gave an unatural pressure to my back and gave me some good ole' back pain after just a couple of minutes. It's a really nice bag you got there!

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