Essential Bug Out Gear

Survival Bug Out Gear Reviews

Admittedly I watch a lot of outdoor television programming.  For Christmas this past year my wife got me the upgraded programming on cable so I could receive outdoors television basically 24/7/365.

 

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com

I enjoy watching the different location venues, and the behaviors of the big game being pursued including everything from wild hogs to elephants, but I am especially into whitetails.   It also helps to keep survival prepping thoughts in mind, too.

Prepping Gear Bags

One of the curious things I take note of when watching these hunting and game pursuit television shows is the gear the participants use, but more specifically all the stuff they tote afield.  To me it looks like some of these guys are carrying hiking packs with enough gear to set up camp for a week.

In a SHTF or Bug Out scenario it could easily turn into that very quickly.  I’d love to know what all is stowed in those duffle bag sized packs they carry on a single day’s hunt.  It might help us orient our own planning for Bug Out or just weekend trips to our escape hide outs, or even items to add to our Bug In plans.

My individual preference is to use the base camp, staging area, or a vehicle as the center point of my outreach operations.  From ESSENTIAL BUG OUT KIT GEARthere I pack out a smaller bag with essentials for the day once I know what the agenda is going to be.  I usually tend to take too much “stuff” but I work by the old philosophy of “I’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”  Even then, it seems I inevitably forget something.  In one of my prep planning drawers I must have a half dozen gear lists to pack for different scenarios not counting what stays packed all the time for the ready.

All this still begs the question of what should go in a field gear box, backpack or carried on the individual.  Naturally much of this is personal preference.  However, here, I want to recommend for consideration several items I have been in the process of field testing and using over the past year.  They are all great and suitable for SHTF events.

The utility of each item is relatively simple and doesn’t really require a lengthy individual field test report, so I felt the best approach was to include them all in one report.  All of these items though are worthy of consideration to put in your hunting gear pack box, bug out bag, hunting pack or otherwise carried.

Otis Zombie Gun Cleaning System

Whether hunting for food, zombies, wild hogs, sighting in at the range or conducting perimeter security, it never hurts to have a Survival Gun Cleaning Systemlightweight, complete gun cleaning kit along.  Such a kit comes no simpler than the Otis “Zombie” Gun Cleaning System.  The Zombie tag simply being a trendy marketing ploy, but it also generically translates into deadbeats that want to steal your stuff during a societal or natural breakdown event.

This compact all-in-one zippered soft case unit can take care of basic gun cleaning tasks for firearms chambered for the 5.56mm (.223), 9mm, 40 and 45 caliber pistols plus 12 gauge shotguns.  This is going to cover a lot of guns.  To be honest, any kit able to handle these calibers is also going to work for most large caliber hunting rifles like the .270, 30-06, 308, and such.

Included in the Otis system are 8 and 30-inch flex cables for breech-to-muzzle cleaning, five bronze bore brushes, a rubberized patch saver, specialized cleaning tools, and a tube of cleaning solvent all in a soft pack with a convenient belt loop.  On the waist or in a pack the kit is great for cleaning out mud from a muzzle dropped weapon.

Medical Adventure First Aid Kit

Sure, it will never happen to you.  One of the worst knife cuts I ever saw was when a hunting friend was trying to gut a deer in the Adventure Medical Kit Reviewwinter.  We had nothing to wrap it with.  If it had not been freezing, he might have lost that finger.

Every prepper ought to carry some basic first aid items in every field box or pack.  The 2.0 kit I have includes a howler whistle, compass, antiseptic wipes, assorted bandages, dressings, tape, sterile pads, gloves, blister moleskin, elastic bandage, cold pack, scissors, safety pins, and a variety of medications.  This comes complete in a zippered nylon bag that is easy to pack.

The package says this is enough first aid and medical gear for 1-4 people for 1-4 days.  It retails for $23.00 from Adventure Medical Kits.  Other kits are available, too (click here).

S4 Gear – Lockdown Optics Deployment System

I broke my best Pentax binoculars on an elk hunt in Colorado when they slipped off my shoulder on a steep climb and smashed into aS4 Lockdown Review boulder.  Prior to the fall, they were around my neck flailing around like a wounded wild turkey.

The S4 Gear’s Lockdown optics system holds your optics securely and completely protected in a secure pouch with cover.  The binoculars are connected to shock cord security straps.  The shoulder strap system fits snuggly but is not restrictive in movement or mounting a long gun.  The Lockdown comes in two sizes.  Check them out at www.hunting.s4gear.com.

S4 Evo Sidewinder (Next Generation – Dummy Chord)

This is one of the next generations of tether technologies designed to attach a single piece of critical gear to an extension cord Next Generation Dummy Chordretractor device capable of clipping on a person or a backpack, etc.  The Evo Sidewinder is a uniquely engineered piece of gear they call a “retractable gear deployment system.”

The “retractor pod” attaches to say a rangefinder, a radio, GPS, or small optic via an adhesive sticky pad and/or a secure strap that locks around the item.  The pod then slides into the Sidewinder’s base unit where it is held until withdrawn.

The base is equipped with a secured, lockable claw clip that can be rotated to one of four 90-degree positions depending on the placement requirements on a person, pack, harness, or other attachment point.  Other accessories are available as well.  Anyone walking, hiking, hunting, conducting security work, or observation will quickly appreciate the Evo Sidewinder’s utility.

McNett Gear Aid Field Repair Kit

I have seen a lot of neat products in my day, but the McNett series of Gear Aid kits tops the list.  There are several types or levels of kits available from the Explorer to the standard Tent Repair Kit, a Sewing Kit, and a Camper Kit.  Each kit contains some different items or amounts of repair items.  Each kit is designed to help outdoors people effect quick repairs on essential gear in the field.

I have the Explorer Field Repair Kit in hand and the stuff in it is amazing to include four categories of repair items such as gear repairTent Repair Kit Review supplies, buckle kit, adhesive and fabric patches, and a sewing kit.  In total there are 27 items in the nylon zippered bag that only weighs 7 ounces loaded.

Example of repairs that can be done with this kit include gluing boot soles, fixing a broken zipper, seal a leak in an sleeping air pad, replacing a bad buckle, or fixing a busted tent pole.  One of the kits in a field box, camping gear bag, or bug out bag will take care of most common place gear failures in the field.  Check them all out at www.mcnett.com.

Carson Lens Cleaning Tools

The point of quality optics of course is being able to see clearly through them.  Have you ever been afield or needed optics during a clean your opticssnow storm or a wind driven sand blow or an early morning in the South with high humidity.  I rest my case.

These Carson lens cleaning tools are small and compact, but essential for keeping optical glass clean on the bench or in the field.  They are simple plastic handles with a cleaning pad on one end.  The special pad removes smudges, prints, dust, and dirt, as well as moisture.  I find it best to blow off lenses first, dry them off with a clean cotton handkerchief then clean them with a Carson Tool.

These lens tools do not contain alcohol or ammonia.  They are suitable for cleaning cameras, binoculars, spotting scopes, and firearm scopes.  They are small and lightweight fitting into a pack side pocket or shirt pocket.  Examine them at www.carsonoptical.com.

Frontier Emergency Water Filter System

On every trip afield I carry water.  I have also run out of water on hunting or observation trips.  The Frontier Emergency Water FilterWater Purification Review System by Aquamira is a simple design created for filtering up to 20 gallons of water under emergency conditions in the field.  I discussed this with Aquamira and all of their filters are designed to filter double the amount of water that is on the label.  So in a pinch, you could probably get closer to 40 gallons of water through this straw depending on the quality of water you start with.

The tube filter takes out 99 percent of Giardia and Cryptosporidium commonly found in water sources even in mountainous areas where streams seem to be running crystal clear and clean.  Don’t trust it.  This filter will handle it.

You will hardly notice this filter in your bag at one ounce.  It is a plastic tube into which an included special drinking straw tube is inserted in one end.   The other end is put into the water source and then water is drawn up as with any straw.   Every gear kit bag should have one.  More information is available at www.aquamira.com.

Conclusion

As mentioned from the get-go, any Bug Out gear kit or bag can contain a myriad of equipment and gear items.  Most of the final choices are based on personal choices for the type of trek being planned, duration, terrain, weather, and other input factors.

I can highly recommend these products outlined here for use in your Survival Cache gear box or backpack.  You may not ever need them, but then again you just might.

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{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

Kountry Boy September 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Im definitely gonna be looking into that zombie kit, but i think i could manage just throwing maybe 20 bucks into some extra brushes and solvent and rem oil and ill be set. Its 50 bucks on Amazon and i think ill manage without lol. Thanks alot for the info!

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EdfromtheOzarks October 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I just saw a kit today at Academy Sports that would work for pistols. Had brushes, brass slotted jag, oil, plus little brass cleaning rod sections. All of it fit inside the carring handle which was approx. 4" long by 1" dia. Said it would clean up to 8" barrels and I think it was $10. Only problem i could see, was if there was enough room for patches. I'm thinking of getting one for my .40 and .38sp, taking the 9mm and .45 brushes out to make room for patches and a vial of grease.

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BamaMan October 5, 2012 at 6:00 am

buy a 1 dollar plastic fishing box. those things made by plano that you put small lures, hooks, weights, etc…. that will hold the patches, solvent, and brushes, and maybe a flexible cleaning rod or cable.

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OfficerOtto October 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Well, the reason the OTIS kit is so popular is it is compact, lightweight and easy to carry. I've simply attached mine to the outside of my BOB, which freed up a lot of space inside. The tackle box and extra cleaning supplies are great, but you'll also have to carry it.

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KansasScout October 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

I have one of the Otis kits, but I don't have the Zombie one. Don't own a Shotgun so no need for that brush. I have the .30 cal brush, the one for .223/ 5. 56mm, and a 9mm brush, but I also have a .45 brush from them because I have an M1911 in .45ACP from RIA.

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EDC Knife Reviews February 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I'm with you Kountry! I know the quality is great and the convenience is nice but in my BOB I have bore snakes and CLP. Since I run Glocks and AKs I'm fine with that and will use the extra $ for repair kits.

Scott Priestley
Editor, EDC Knife Reviews http://www.edcknifereviews.com

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shadowplyr September 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I dont know how many of you have used the Frontier Emergency Water Filter, but speaking from experience it is a clutch piece of equipment to have to filter water. BUT it takes ALOT of sucking to get small amounts of water. so be prepared to be stopped for a while to be able to hydrate.

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PrepRus October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Does the Frontier Emergency Water Filter prevent heavy metal (mercury

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KansasScout October 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

Like the ideas you have here. Guess I'll look for some of these at the local camping supply and military surplus store I shop at.

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T.R. October 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

As for the size of the pack …….its all choice , if you feel you are going to have to leave your home …..you might as well plan on not coming back to it soon if its that bad . Mine is the current issue Molle II , it holds a lot of stuff and is pretty rugged . Your right , you can find a lot of compact gear that wont break the bank . Good article .

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KansasScout October 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

I got a pack with MOLLE attachment points on it, but I use older pouches from the M56 and ALICE gear I've got to attach to those using the ALICE clips. I think my pack would work for either a 72 hour bug out to a safe haven or as a more long term carrier for supplies if me and my family have to leave on a longer term situation. The trouble for a long term situation is we'd have to make some sort of plan for my mother as she is diabetic and over 70. I'm not sacrificing her to the gods of fate. I think we'll find some way to make sure she gets to whatever safe haven we've planned on.

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T.R. October 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

You might want to look at the Molle/Alice adapter , dont know if you have that problem , but alice clips tend to be hard on the pals webbing .

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KansasScout October 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Thanks T. R. I am looking into replacing most of my M56 and ALICE gear as time goes on, but I have to do it as I have the coin for buying gear. I need like four total canteen carriers (I have two WW-2 stainless steel GI canteens and two 1980s vintage GI plastic canteens). Three pistol magazine dual pouches ( I have five spare M1911 magazines). One pocket of the pistol magazine pouch can be used to house my Gerber Paraframe II lock blade or a small flashlight. I also need better pouches for carrying SKS stripper clips that may also work for carrying M1 Garand enblock clips. (My rifles are an M1 Garand and an M59/ 66A1 Yugoslavian SKS.)

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

KS, you might check the clearance section at SpecOps Brand to find some really good prices on the MOLLE gear. They have a 6 mag pouch for the M4 right now for $6.95. Opsgear and the other suppliers all have a clearance section and usually offer some fantastic prices to pick up pouches and other items. It may not be the exact color you want, but it can be painted or dyed if truly wanting another color/pattern.

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KansasScout October 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thanks Regulator,
I currently have lots of M56 and ALICE gear. My LBE is mostly a mix of these with the addition of a MOLLE pistol magazine dual pouch. My second pouch is an M56 .45 Ammo Pocket and my third is an M1936 one. I guess I should look into the twenty-round fixed magazine for the SKS, but for the stripper clips I would need a pouch or pouches to hold them. I just wonder what would be the best ones. I think for the M1 though that the MOLLE grenade pouches might work to hold the 8-round enblock clips. I think that one pouch could hold two clips. I just need to get one and experiment.

Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

Another option to the ALICE clips is tying your gear on with the outer shell of 550 cord. I am sure you already do even if not mentioned but may help some others as well. I'd figure out how much over all I needed and cut a full piece and gut it so I would have longer pieces of the nylon braid line for other uses and cut the outer shell down to size independently. A little dab of super glue on the knot and it has always stayed put for me.

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KansasScout October 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Also Olongapo Outfitters has what they call Malice clips. These replace ALICE clips found on M56 and ALICE gear. These clips also allow you to attach M56 or ALICE gear to MOLLE gear PALS straps without the wear and tear that ALICE clips cause.

KansasScout October 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Now my firearms part of my kit includes an M1 Garand, an M59/ 66A1 Yugoslavian SKS, and a RIA M1911. For cleaning them I have one of the OTIS universal kits. What I wonder is does anyone have ideas for making an M1 or the SKS more tactical by today's standards?

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

KS, they have the picatinny fore ends for the SKS and of course the composite stocks. I would also recommend a 20 round fixed magazine as these seem to have much more reliability than the 30 rd mags for the SKS. They will still require the stripper clips, but 20 rds doubles shots before reload from standard mags. Just a couple ideas.

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KansasScout October 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

Thanks again Regulator. As I said above I'll look into these. As for the M1 I found out that Fulton Armory has a stock with Picatinny rails and a three prong flash surpressor that replaces the barrel nut.

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KansasScout October 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

I also noticed at Fulton Armory's sight that they have a Tanker's type M1. The so called Tanker's model was actually a late WW-2 design to develop an M1 that was usuable in jungle and urban environments. Fulton Armory has their own version of this model that includes one with picatinny rails on the upper rear foregrip/ handguard. Like most of their weapons this one is a bit over $2K and frankly out of my budget range. It would be easy for me to up grade my existing M1 to something I can use or to just get a Mini-14 or Mini-30 from Ruger.

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

For $2k, like you said, I'd be looking at either the Mini14 or an M1A1 myself.

Daegar1 October 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

I converted an AK and an sks to a strikeforce conversion stock, it gives you a lighter polymer stock, 6 poit adjustable, picatinny rails and sling holders…very nice and good looking too.

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rvg October 16, 2012 at 7:27 am

So, one of the main concerns is being able to quickly kill anyone who you perceive as a threat?

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KansasScout October 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

Unless it is a total End of the World as we know it scenario follow the laws of your state or territory concerning use of force. If we were to be in a situation similar to the worlds ending one discribed in the 2003 to 2009 television series Battlestar Galactica you follow your intuition on the situation and deal with it appropriately. Even then if you and your family are part of a small remnant population of people it may be best to work together for your greater survival than to fight each other. I've played games like GDW's Twilight: 2000 (a WW-3 based post apocalyptic game) and know that there will be people out there that will use tragedy to provide an excuse to rob, loot, pilage, and such. We will have to look out for mauraders and even just basic looters in a total collapse situation.

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sono.caos November 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

You do need to look at video games or movies: Go back in history and see how man has taken advantage of those in desperate situations. Just go back to New Orleans during Katrina , or Haiti after the big earthquake, and/or Hurricane Sandy.

You can only trust those you know. Greater survival depends on your preparations. Most people live in bubbles and believe it will never happen to them and there are those that believe that they will kick your door in and take what they want from you. Believing that there is no reason to prepare,

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sono.caos November 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

correction: do not need to look at video games and movies>

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Jairo August 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

So true- My coworker was trying to sell me his Armalite some years ago. As I was inspecting it, I dropped a hint to prepping to test and see what he said about prepping. His response was to the effect of "If that happened, Im grabbing this here AR and going across the street (to his neighbors) and get what I need". People do live in bubbles and believe 'it will never happen' to them. Also there are those that believe that raiding others will always be easy or successful.

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

Nice article Dr John. I found the Otis Tactical Weapons Cleaning Kits for about $15 less than the "zombie" tagged item and it seemed to cover a broader spectrum of calibers, .22, .270, .30, .38, .45, and 12/10 gauge shotgun.

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 8:04 am

NO, it is a main concern to be able to defend my family against a viable threat. I seen this comment from another, "a lack of foresight and preparedness on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part". It is not my responsibility to feed, clothe, or take care of anyone, except family, during an event and I will defend my family to keep the supplies and other preparations I have to ensure their survival.
—continued—-.

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 8:05 am

—continued—
I do not want to use violence against a fellow American, but I refuse to be a victim as well. If someone needs help in preparing before the event, I'm more than willing to do all I can. If someone who is working their buns off to survive and isn't trying to loot or steal from me and others who have prepared, I will gladly give them a hand, if someone comes to a community during a long term event, then I expect the survivors will gladly accept those willing to help and work for their share of the harvest/supplies a safe haven and a home while we REBUILD our Nation and society. IMO, charity will cease and everyone will have to actually EARN their own way during and after any SHTF event that takes place.
I hope that I was able to explain well enough in this short answer form.

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Straydog October 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Well said.

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Thanks Stray.

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KansasScout October 19, 2012 at 3:13 am

If your kit has an M1 rather than an M4/ AR or an AK47 you can get two en bloc clips into a MOLLE hand grenade pouch. Just tested it.

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KansasScout October 19, 2012 at 3:18 am

Now on the down side, though I could get four ten-round stripper clips for an SKS into the same pouch I could not get the pouch lid to close.

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KansasScout October 19, 2012 at 3:20 am

However when I use an LC-2 M16 ammo pouch I can get six loaded ten-round stripper clips into it. It works best by altering the way our put each clip into the pouch.

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KansasScout October 19, 2012 at 6:42 am

After a little more experimenting I found out by alternating one clip pointed down the next up and the last down three M1 Garand en bloc clips can fit into a MOLLE grenade pouch. Now this is going across the pouch left to right not front to back.

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KansasScout November 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I think that what Dr. Woods wants us to do is regardless of the weapon we use for our defense or the optics we use is that we ensure we have the means to maintain them as well as maintain ourselves. We need to have the best first aid gear, water treatment equipment and such, and the best items to keep from losing valuable gear to accidents or poor maintenance.

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sono.caos November 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

Firearms – I have given great thought to this and it boils down to weight, will it shoot all ammo in that caliber, and availability to scavenge those calibers: Also, remember you will run out of ammo at some point.

Can you carry that M1, SKS, 1911, and your bug out bag for an extended amount of time. Did you include ammo and magazines? Here is my problem with a assortment of rifles, pistols, shotguns, and ammo. Throw in a plate carrier with front and back panels and you have alot to haul around.

My thought on Firearms – I have converted saiga 7.62×39 (ak47 and accepts standard AK Mags) and a saiga 7.62×51 (.308) and chose these 2 rifles because they will shoot anything and availability to scavenge ammo. Price wise you looking at $250.00 uncoverted (hunter version) to as much as $900.00 for converted models back to original AK format. I also have a assortment of 45s. I like the Springfield Arms 1911 – mil spec (rarest of all to find – throated barrel, polished feed ramp, widened ejection port, and is not the G.I. model -) $649.00 – it is made for combat at a good price- I also have glock 45s that shoots anything. I picked up a FNP9 for about $425.00 with 5 mags brand new in box – agiain will shoot anything. The Only other pistols I will have are for family members – FN Five-Seven (shoots a necked down 5.56) – 60% less recoil then a 9mm – light weight – 20 round mags – pricey at $1,100.00 and about $45,00 for magazines..

I had a HK 45 and it refused to chamber TAP ammo +Ps so I got rid of it – Glock 45 eats Tap and any other 45 ammo I throw at it and same with the Sprinfield 1911 mil spec.

A glock 20 -10 mm – can be converted to a 45, 40, 357 sig by switching the barrel and recoil sping only. This is amazing versitility for 1 gun and would cut down on weight.

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sono.caos November 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

Water filtration – I use the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter – says it does up to 13,000 gallons. weight: 20 oz and height: 10 inches. I also carry steri-pens and chlorine dioxide tablets.

First aide: quick clot, butterfly stitch/bandage, superglue, antibiotics (you can get these from pet stores/ online sellers – fish mox = Human Amoxicillin (do research and check the FDA and other websites, or Medical Journals to see that this is same for animals and human), and your basic first aide items.

Other items: rope, knife sharpener, flints and water proof matches, edible list of plants in your area, food.

Do not rely on being able to drive to your bug out destination. Try to bury a stash of items there in advance. This will cut down on the weight you may have to carry.

Another thing to think about: Are you, your family, or friends in shape to hump 70+ pound packs for a long distance. This should factor into your location of a defensible bug out location.

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r spence November 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Remember the minimum water filter pore size should be no more than .9 micron ,of course smaller isbetter. Ive drank out of the colorado river where herds of elk were nearby after filtering it with a pump style .9 micron ,never got sick .

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Loose_Lou November 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

I am an older teenager and looking to start saving up to purchase things for a BOB. It get's annoying trying to explain stuff like this to others but luckily we are all hunters\outdoorsey type people. The main problem is that my step-dad doesn't really beleive that this kind of stuff can happen. Any suggestions?

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Dr. Prepper November 30, 2012 at 2:00 am

You know the deal, parents are in charge. Truth be told it’s better that way. As
a teen you have two legitimate routs that I can think of for preparedness. The first is recreation like camping and hunting. The second is disaster preparedness. If you prepare well for these two you will be better off than what I guess to be 90% of people out there.

You handle the first, and here’s an approach for the second: Hurricane Sandy, ‘nuff said right? The federal government states that everyone should be prepared for natural disasters. They even have http://www.ready.gov to give everyone at least the basic info on how to prepare. You can use that to “mainstream” this idea and take some of the “fringieness” out of this whole prepping thing.

The SHTF and TEOTWAWKI is a bit much for many people to handle. It is so far removed from anything that most of us have experienced. A couple of bad winter storms or the power being out for hours or a day is the most anyone has had to “rough it.” Best not to approach it from that angle to anyone that is not receptive, and in this case, also has some authority over your hobbies.

I seriously do not think anything is going to happen along the way of SHTF or worse. I am probably the most glowing optimist that you will find in this crowd. The reason why I prep is because I don’t want to take the chance of life rolling snake-eyes on me and I end up SOL. Besides, I use all this stuff to have fun camping and enjoying the outdoors. There are worse hobbies to have.

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Dr. Prepper November 30, 2012 at 2:30 am

A couple more things when it comes to a teen with a BOB. It can be easily misconstrued as preparing to run-away. Who is going to look at this and what might they think? Their perception IS your reality.

My thoughts on an unobtrusive BOB are these. A good pack with a few essentials in it that you use for camping like flashlight, first aid kit, fire start kit, net/hammock and light camp tools you can have around as “just keeping it in one place.” If you have your own dresser, dedicate a drawer to what you are going to pack the BOB with and rotate the stock when you do laundry. BTW that is YOU doing laundry (help Mom, life’s better that way). Stuff like a radio or other things that look out of place with your socks, keep them somewhere else close that is easy to pack.

The point is to be able to have your BOB fully stocked in as few moves as possible.

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T.R. December 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm

German army 4 piece utensil kit ………………good piece of kit in a smal package .

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christian prepper February 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

in teotwawki of shtf you will want to travel swiftly quietly and lightly you dont want a giant 50 pound back pack,more is not always better just stick with what you will really need.As far is guns go you wil not want to carry around 10 different firearms,i would recomend just carrying a rifle a shotgun and a handgun or two plus you will need to carry ammo magezines and all that other stuff

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triggerhappy June 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

you murdering SAB mo' fo's!

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BOB June 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm

On thing I always carry in my BOB is a GPS, map and compass. I want to be able to get home or avoid the zombies in the need arises!

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Therese August 8, 2013 at 4:46 am

I too have aquamaria and indeed the benefit is double. It is best to go with filtering even if the stream seems clean.

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Sam@bluepromocode October 2, 2013 at 7:15 am

What you mentioned about a first aid kit is great. In cold weather, the mind and the body do not want to work as well as in warm weather and it is so easy to get hurt or a cut like your friend did. I also like the Explorer Field Repair Kit. It has most everything you might need and only weights 7 ounces.

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Guest October 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Bug-Out Bag:
* Tent
* Platypus, Water Bottles
* Rain Gear
* Change of Clothes
* Med Kit
* Compass
* Flashlights
* Fire Starters
* Emergency Blanket
* K-Bar & V-Tac
* Reserve Ammo, + cleaning kit
* Crossbow & Bolts, + parts

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Guest October 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Get Home Bag:
* Wind-Up Radio
* Mini-Medkit
* Flashlight
* Crowbar
* Multi-Tool
* Bandanna
* Bolt Cutters

+ ideally, if you have the funds, a back-up firearm can usually find a home in your GHB. even if a respectable firearm is not possible because the priority is keeping the bag near-by, perhaps in an office building, etc. this is the perfect niche for one of those tiny, concealable guns so many of us have on the backburner like a .410 derringer or .22 mini-revolver, with a few reloads.

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Retired firefighter October 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The first shot that is fired and we will ALL have a brand spanking new social contract to climatize to. Better to have the ability to avoid shelters and the ass end of National Guard trucks, because I have seen the ugly side of both. Side roads, traveling at night, avoiding crowds, and preparation… preparation… and polish that preparation. The people who do very little when things are easy will do NOTHING when things are hard. 6 weeks without power during the Ice Storm of 98. 13 days without power during Sandy. Consider it insurance.

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

Check the "frontal assault pouch" at SpecOps Brand. I think it was $5 in the clearance. It'll hold quite a few stripper clips and other items if it doesn't work for the stripper clips. The only other pouches I can think of may be some of the "tactical" cell phone or PDA pouches most of the companies make. A few of them may be about right for a 7.62×39 on a stripper clip and it should a couple at least per pouch. Just a thought and not sure if the sizing would work.

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KansasScout October 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

At the moment I get about 6 clips per an M16 LC-2 or even M67 pouch. T.R. above suggested MOLLE/ ALICE adaptors. Would I be able to find such items at the SpecOps Brand site?

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KansasScout October 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Guys, if your kit is like mine and includes vintage rifles rather than modern ARs or AKs I've found a supplier for those that own M1s that want modern pouches for them. Olongapo Outfitters: http://olongapooutfitters.com/index.php has cartridge belts, chest rigs, grab and go pouches, belt pouches, and stock pouches for the M1 Garand.

Now if your vintage rifle is a Mossin-Nagant or an SKS look at the offerings of Strike Hard Gear: http://www.strikehardgear.com/. This company offers belt pouches for SKS clips, bandoliers for SKS clips and Mossin-Nagant clips, chest rigs for SKS magazines, and stock pouches for SKS clips and Mossin-Nagant clips.

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

It's possible but I would check Opsgear for those, more likely to have them. SpecOps makes the gear, where Opsgear sells from a variety of suppliers. I've seen them on a few of the sites I visit, just can't remember which ones for sure. Sorry.

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Regulator5 October 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Glad you found some good gear KS.

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frankv October 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Sportsmansguide actually has a lot of good gear at reasonable prices. I personally buy a lot of ammo through them as well since they have a (4 pay) option for members (29.95/yr). This allows me to afford things without that big chunk taken at once! Worth looking into.

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jayk November 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

knifeworks.com and goinggear.com are also a couple of sites that will always have great deals. i haven't found good quality knives cheaper than at knifeworks. they very frequently take another 5% off during check-out.

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ken wolff November 26, 2012 at 5:09 am

I buy mostly from sportsmansguide.com and also use the others you listed. think about adding REI.com too.

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Ken November 26, 2012 at 5:10 am

for ammo, you almost always find stock and the best prices at bulkammo.com

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