Camp/Emergency shovel

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  1. skx013

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    Anyone have experience with the various entrenchment shovels? Looking for something that will be stored in my vehicle for getting stuck in snow/sand and be used for typical camp tasks. Durability, fit for use, and packability is top priority - ultra lightweight and ability to kill zombies is not important.

    There is everything from the AMES and Gerber military issue, to the Soviet Spetsnaz/Cold Steel version, to the $100+ “survival shovels”.
     
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    I have a Glock folding spade that I have used lots. I have no complaints. Any small folding spade will make you work hard if you are stuck in snow/mud. I carry a full size long handled shovel for that task.
     
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    I have the Special Forces Spetsnaz from Cold Steel under my back seat. It's the larger of the two Cold Steel Spetsnaz offerings. I haven't had to do any real digging with it yet but it's well built and sturdy.

    Like Andy said, a full size would be better for serious digging but I think this would get me unstuck without much extra effort. I just couldn't trust the little folding jobs for a recovery tool myself.
     
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    I’m with @TerryD on this one. The Cold Steel Spetznaz is pretty great. Cheap, sturdy, wicked sharp out of the box.
     
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    I’m a big fan of the Glock shovel.

    However, I must clarify that I am NOT a big fan of any type of shoveling. Or other manual labor for that matter.

    But the Glock shovel lasts a long time, and doesn’t need to be babied. I’ve used mine more for shoveling coals underneath a cast iron pot than shoveling dirt.
     
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    And unlike the Colt 1911 shovel it works every time in all conditions without the need to spend extra on "custom shovelsmithing" so it can actually shovel more than once without a reset.... :D
     
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    Today’s project 19A5397B-57B3-41DE-9324-88C6C7BB056A.jpeg
     
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    The Cold Steel Trench Shovel is a true workhorse, even compared to the regular "spetsnaz" shovel. Unless you're 5 foot tall or enjoy bending over while kneeling, the Trench shovel will get more work done. Handle is about 10" longer and head is probably 40-50% larger.
     
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    I ordered the trench version it’ll be here Wednesday.
     
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    When one project ends another begins. I dropped some stuff off at the in-laws and FiL hands me this. D31A234C-D741-4173-821A-9B6268E55646.jpeg BCB8860D-8C98-4291-8498-1FAE2BD03ACA.jpeg Old military pick maddox head.
     
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    image.jpeg As seen on the Interweb. I purchased one of these multifunctional shovels. Fits in my Jeep bin.
    Haven't tried it but it should last for a couple of beat downs.
     
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    Found a cover for the small shovel at a surplus store 0DF9A590-C1CC-40AB-8768-06F72B28507E.jpeg
     
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    Dang, I missed Dennis's self driving shovel. He wins.
     
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    I have a US Army e-tool at the beach. It’s awesome. Folds up nice, can use it like a shovel or open in part way for a pick/hoe.
     
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    Those are hard to beat. I have an Ames dated 1983. Still going strong.
     
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