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Re: making armor for a living

It is my understanding that snake "armor", which are also known as snake 
chaps, are available from Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops.  It is heavy 
Codura nylon that is claimed to be fangproof.  Suggest that this would 
be most appropriate for getting to and from the water safely, as I doubt 
that a snake in the water could rise up enought to generate the leverage 
necessary to penetrate hip boots.  Also, the "coon hunter" extra thick 
hip boots would probably be highly resistant to fangs, without chaps.  
As the coon hunter hip boots are designed to take abuse, so they would 
probably last longer, also.

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>Actually it's not hard.  I can do it myself...but my work doesn't look 
>nice.  Start out with a paper pattern.  A grocery sack works really 
>Cut it into a basic shape and fine tune with multiple fittings.  A good
>inexpensive 'armor' you could use is heavy plastic trash can (not the
>kmart brands, something a little heavier).  It's flexible, and you can
>heat it in the oven to help get it to mold better...remember to protect
>yourself with a towel between you and it while shaping.  Drill a few 
>in it for straps, get some 'tandy' rivets (don't recommend 'pop'
>varieties)  and get a good strapping material and some buckes or 'D' 
>to use as fasteners.  
> For NON-water use you can use leather covered in heavy coats of wax.  
>becomes as hard as steel almost.  If there are enough people 
interested, I
>might try to come up with a design and an article on 'how to'.  Let me
> If you were going to buy the 'professional' stuff...you'd only need a
>half suit by the time you had paid you arm & leg...if you get my drift.  
>decent "Kidex"  (sp?) a.k.a. trash can plastice suit probably won't 
>more that $50.  That's a 'guesstimate'.
>On Wed, 22 Jul 1998, Herb Harris wrote:
>> while I was in the army stationed in Germany in the 70's, I heard of 
>> French girl who some folks claimed did that too, so I guess its not 
>> unusual profession.
>> How much you reckon your friends charge? the snakes in these parts 
>> thick this time of year, don't ya know? got any idea just how they go
>> about getting the right measurements?
>> Herb
>> mcclurg luke e wrote:
>> > 
>> > Actually....I have friends who make armor for a living.  Seriously!
>> > 
>> > I'm sure they could make you something.
>> > 
>> > LM
>> > 
>> > On Tue, 21 Jul 1998 Phylesis at aol_com wrote:
>> > 
>> > >
>> > > In a message dated 7/21/98 9:40:07 PM, you wrote:
>> > >
>> > > >Bull sharks are also common in all Florida rivers. While in 
Orlando a few
>> > > >years back, I saw on the news a helicopter video of a large 
school of lemon
>> > > >and bull sharks in the river--50 miles from the ocean. They 
spent several
>> > > >days there before heading back to sea.
>> > > >
>> > > >David.
>> > > >
>> > > Uhhh, does anyone know where I can get chainmale waders.
>> > > : O
>> > >

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