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 Post subject: Bergan question
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 20:35 pm 
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Real Name: Tony crofts
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I have recently found a green bergan and tried it on (as you do) but i have found that the metal frame dig into my side. Were the frames made in different sizes? or could it have been bent in a bit, would it be possible to bend it out a bit with out damaging the frame.


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 Post subject: Re: Bergan question
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 20:56 pm 
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Hi Tony, i'm not aware that there were different sized frames mate to be honest. Seemed one size fits all.

It may have been damaged and bent inwards, but they are quite a tight fitting on the mainframe. I reckon with some cajoling you could modify the frame to fit.

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 Post subject: Re: Bergan question
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 19:20 pm 
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From the Military Training Pamphlet on Mountain Warfare "rucksacks must be fitted individually to each man" but I'm not sure if that only means the straps or if its also the frames

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 22:44 pm 
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Probably just the way its made, everyone was stickthin fit back then. I find my scr 300 webbing belt but then again it is meant to sit higher up the body than the waist.

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People are just bigger than that the average back in the '40s. There is only one size of frame, that I know of.


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It was also a problem in service, I have a post war example from the 1960s where the original owner has wrapped part of the frame in foam, covered it in army socks and secured it all with elastic to make it more comfortable to wear.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 20:31 pm 
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Ok chears lads i may try a bit of gentle bending to widen the frame.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 21:48 pm 
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sussed it, it wasn't the frame at all but the small bits of metal at the end of the frame which were bent at nearly 45 degrees, i straightend them out and that seems to have stopped the thing digging in to my lower back.


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Excellent news Tony!


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