There might come times when it is more practical for the rigger to manufacture replacement parts in order to return a system to operation. The items listed in section 7.6 are those that are either main component parts or the reserve closing loop, which is simple to make and usually within the purview of the senior rigger to do so. It is important for the rigger to recognize just what parts are legal to make. One item some riggers make, but one in which they are not usually approved to do so, is the Safety Stow™ for the reserve free bag. As part of the TSO-C23d component, it is manufactured from approved materials and under an approved Quality Control system. As simple as this item is, if it is not manufactured according to the original configuration, there is a very good chance for a failure of the reserve deployment system. The best rule of thumb to follow is this: If the component is part of the approved assembly, then it is probably not something that may be manufactured in the field. The common exception to this rule is the reserve closing loop.

The rigger who is undertaking the manufacture of these components needs to have, at the minimum, the following sewing machines: medium duty single needle, double needle machine with a binding attachment, and a zigzag machine. In addition, the rigger needs grommet setting tools and a basic selection of webbings, materials and fabrics.

7.6 The following are outlines of construction procedures for the manufacture of the listed items found in Section 6 of this chapter.

7.6.1 Main and reserve closing loop manufacture

7.6.2 Main deployment bag

7.6.3 Bottom of Container (BOC) pocket

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