Gear Tasting 44: Diving into SCUBA Gear and PDW Stocks vs. Folding Stocks

Today on Gear Tasting, Bryan answers a question on SCUBA equipment and walks through the different levels of gear he uses when diving. He also discusses his preference between PDW stocks and the Law Tactical Folding Stock adapter for his AR’s.

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Scott in Colorado says:

Never wear a B. C. It’s like wearing a life preserver under water. Stupid.

Spearfisher1970 says:

I’m surprised that you didn’t go the Hogarthian route (BP &W) for your dive gear that so many of us Floridians have. A horse-collar is simple, I suppose. Sorta. Doesn’t look very streamlined though.

Scott in Colorado says:

Use a back plate and a wing… Check out D. I. R. diving. Do it right. It’s much more streamlined and is actually retro. Simple. You can transition to cave diving without buying all new gear and retraining yourself.

Pepperoni Express says:

so… you are officially a fish!

Shep Whiteshepherd says:

I guess I just pissed myself!

MMR Tactical says:

Bahaha…that joke was way too funny! Simple things amuse simple minds. Thx Bryan

Scott in Colorado says:

Use a back plate and a wing… Check out D. I. R. diving. Do it right. It’s much more streamlined and is actually retro. Simple. You can transition to cave diving without buying all new gear and retraining yourself.

Stevie Gunz says:

I laughed way too hard at that

Logan Taylor says:

no hd ?

Nathaniel Rudy says:

What length barrel is on the pdw gun ?

escapemechanic says:

check out aqua sketch minno slate if those suck

SuperSecretSquirell says:

You’re an asshole…………..I laughed way harder at that joke than I should have.

Dittrich Jonas says:

Could you show your mlcs kit at gear tasting?

TheGearLocker says:

Backplate, Wings, Hogarth/DIR Style Diving. PADI – Put Another Dollar In. For Training, look at NAUI, NSS-CDS/NACD for Cave Diving.
No need for a massive knife on the leg. A good line cutter/small knife on the waist strap is all you will need.

lifeguardktm says:

Hey love the gear tasting series, quick question. I recently joined the Marines and have begun to surface fin, any tips on lap swimming with fins, sore ankles and feet from the fins, breathing techniques etcetera. I know you did a lot of fin work in BUDS much appreciated.

Fernando Cordeiro says:

what kind of sheath are you using with your SOG Seal Pup at 7:21 ? Tks

crawdad0711 says:

I use a kids manga doodle for a dive slate. Swear by it and no need for a crappy pencil that breaks

JCarrollTV says:

That joke was great… Lol

Scott in Colorado says:

To get more speed in the water, use the overhand side stroke to get where you’re going quickly and get out past the breakers. . Wear scuba pro jet fins. They are by far the fastest. Gerber river knife on your belt.

Javi's Hair says:

A vannoss joke

Rum Ham says:

Bryan, If that’s your kit, bravo on the K customs. You sir have good taste.

Why do SCUBA divers fall backwards off the boat? Because if they fell forward they would still be in the boat!

Mostly humble 1 says:

Do you live in Florida?  Ever dive Key West?

William Randall says:

Yes finally dive stuff!!!! I just got open water and going to do advanced soon. This was a great intro to everything. For a knife depends if you want it for defense or prying and cutting nets and stuff. You will most likely use it to cut netting off yourself. A light is a must. The Princeton tec ones are a good starter to look under rocks and in caves. If diving near dusk or a little earlier or later at depth. Have a tank light. Just a lower powered light to put on your tank to be followed easier. The jet fins by scubapro are my favorite. And most used by professionals I dive around here in socal. Masks make sure you TRY IT ON!!! Go to a dove store try every single one on. And don’t skimp on it. Also see if it is comfortable to clear your ears with gloves on, by plugging your nose with them on. This is a long text but I just wanted to put my 2 cents in. Oh and a good travel bag is a must. You spend 1000s of dollars, get a good bag for all of it. And then some extra room. I have a mesh bag and a travel bag.

ilike9s says:

You forgot the Helicopter Emergency Egress Device? Great vid. 🙂

erosensai says:

The Maui mask from Amazon is pretty cheaper than the ones sold by Aqualung on amazon, is it the same quality?

Scott in Colorado says:

I call B. S. on the cracking mask. If the glass breaks, it shatters into tiny pieces because it’s safety glass. But always have a spare mask in your dive bag, they can get lost in heavy surf, if you are inexperienced. But they more frequently get damaged by having heavy gear fall on them tearing or perforating the skirt. I started diving in 1970…

Scott in Colorado says:

Tanks are hydroed every five years.

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