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The information contained on this page, as pertaining to Survival Gear, will be coded by section. Unmarked text will be items that I actually own, and where applicable, items marked by red asterisks will represent items that I would like to own (this is not just a fantasy wish list, every item so marked is an item that I actually plan to attain as priorities and resources permit). As there are categories in which there are no items that I currently own, I will add the Wish List items only, but these will be marked as noted above.
While the following sections were first posted under my Profile and Survival Plan pages, I figured the information would be more at home on this page, so I have relocated it. There are many items in the descriptions that I have not yet acquired, but the Every Day Carry Pack, Scramble Set and Bug-Out Bag are all still works in progress at this time. These descriptions are representative of what I'd hope the kits will look like once fully completed.
My Scramble Set:For those times when things have gotten bad, but not quite so bad that Bugging Out is required, or when you're away from your primary Bug-Out Bag and just need some basic supplies to hold you over until you get back to it, it may be useful to have a secondary smaller kit available.
I like the dual load set ups carried by FreeLancer47. For those who have not seen them, these set ups consist of two individual kits. One, the Every Day Carry bag, is intended, as the name implies, to be carried all the time. In my case this WAS a SwissGear Sling Pack from Victorinox that the manufacturer sells as a Camera Bag. It held items that can be used daily, but can be kept devoid of weapons due to restrictions imposed either by local laws or company policy at your workplace. This bag is important, however, because even when you may be restricted in WHAT you may carry with you, you CAN carry usable gear on your person.
The EDC Sling Pack
The sling pack in which I was formerly carrying my EDC Kit had unfortunately begun to come apart at the seams, the victim of some poorly reinforced stitching (and also perhaps some overloading upon the part of the owner... but poor stitching is my story and I'm sticking to it - LOL). In any case, I've switched to a replacement, the Leapers UTG Tactical Messenger Bag as seen here. (Update: Given that the messenger bag shown carries it's weight on the body differently than the sling pack that I was using previously for EDC, it seems to be causing me to experience some minor lower back pain. To this end, I've decided to get a Sitka Gearslinger or a RUSH MOAB 10 pack from 5.11 instead, or any reasonably inexpensive facsimile thereof. These bags have the appearance and style of the Leapers Bag, but the layout and carrying position of my previous Sling Pack).
The Every Day Carry bag, in my case, holds such items as: a pair of light gloves, extra pair of socks, headband type LED flashlight, disposable rain poncho, wrap-around style safety glasses (dark tinted), collapsible umbrella, local city and provincial road maps, pocket SAS Survival Book (both reference and for entertainment), a handful of candy and a few emergency food bars, Document Pouch for ID, portable Knife-Fork-Spoon Utensil Set, Anti Infection masks, Notebook wi ball point pen, Multi-Tool and folding pocket knife (when allowed by local law and company policies), a pair of Hearing Amplifiers/Protectors, a travel toothbrush and a Tea/Coffee Pack. As laws here in Canada do not permit CCW handguns, a second larger folding pocket knife has also be added to serve as a close quarters self defense weapon. The EDC Bag also includes the "Basic 4 Survival Kit" as described by Ironhand. It consists, in my case, of a lighter, water bottle and folding knives (plus a blade in the Multi-Tool). The kit as described by Ironhand also includes a tin can for boiling water, but I've got an inexpensive stainless steel water bottle which, being stainless steel, I presume could easily serve this purpose, so the tin can has therefore been omitted. To supplement this "Basic 4 Kit", a Straw Water Purifier and a pocket sized Personal Survival Kit will both be valuable accessories as well, as they should also serve you in good stead during a disaster or other emergency situation.
In my case, the Pocket Survival Kit shall be built on the Coghlan's 5-in-1 Survival Aid (which includes a compass, flint bar, signal mirror, survival whistle and match-case). The 5-in-1 will have the cheap nylon lanyard that comes with it removed, and a length of paracord wrapped around the outside in its stead, and it will serve as a container to carry further survival items including a Spark-Lite, mini folding knife, water purification tablets, a non-lubricated condom for water storage, a microlight, fishing line and hooks and a wire saw. Such a mini kit may be seen in its assembled state here.
Alternately, given its intended use (as described following the chart below), I've also been toying around with the idea of using a standard Tin Can Survival Kit for the wilderness survival supplies and then modifying the content of the Coghlan kit somewhat to turn it into an Urban Survival Kit similar to this or this. In such case, the urban kit would be assembled to contain the alternative items described below.
My EDC Sling Pack will also be used to carry such day to day essentials as my Bank Card, Drivers License, Cell Phone and House Keys, simply because I already make it my habit to check my pockets to make sure I have all these items before I even leave the house; I'm almost never found away from home without these on my person. By putting all these things into this EDC Bag, there is less likelihood that I should leave the bag at home or in my vehicle just out of laziness, and thereby cause its contents to be unavailable if and when I need them.
If I should happen to find myself living or working anywhere that does not permit daily carry of weapons of any sort, I'll be taking my Cold Steel Shillelagh. Anybody who doesn't know any better would just think it was a simple walking stick, and they would be right, as that is exactly what the shillelagh really is. If Z-Day ever happens, however, (and during any other emergency for that matter) the humble little walking stick will transform itself into three feet of Skull Bustin' goodness (watch the video on the linked page to see for yourself). Even the most restrictive of workplaces can't justifiably ban a walking stick, especially if you claim to have some "old sports injury" that acts up from time to time, and you are occasionally seen using the Shillelagh as an actual walking stick to lend credibility to this story. I don't usually advocate deceiving people, but then neither do I advocate being completely unarmed.
Cold Steel Shillelagh. This is merely my stand in weapon, to be carried as a walking stick in places that normally disallow weaponry, and used in the absence of anything better. After the SHTF, this may simply be discarded in favor of the Kukri and the Riggers Framing Axe attached to my Scramble Vest, for though the Kukri and Framing Axe both lack the reach of a Shillelagh, they will also be last resort weapons after several firearms. Thus, a loss of reach will be less of an issue.
Large knives, especially military looking ones, tend to make most Sheeple nervous. As I already have a smaller pocket knife for general day to day cutting tasks, the large one will only be drawn in self defense to avoid unduly panicking said Sheeple, unless I am faced with some task that requires a longer blade or the features lacked by the smaller knife such as the serrated edge, strap cutter or glass breaker.
Food & Water:
In an emergency the Stainless Steel Water Bottle could be used to boil water, and the Meal Replacement Bars would be a full days nourishment in the absence of any other food. Upon acquisition, these will be replaced by Emergency Food Bars containing High Calorie supplements that can provide sustenance for three whole days.
The Hearing Amplifiers/Protectors seen in this category are designed for use while hunting and are dual purpose items. They will both allow me to hear better, thus being more aware of my surroundings in an emergency (like if a Zombie was creeping up on me), while simultaneously protecting my hearing from any sudden loud noises like gunfire and such.
Survival (Misc): A 5-in-1 Survival Aid (mirror, whistle, compass, flint rod, match-case) and the survival kit packed therein, need not be overly comprehensive. Given that I live in the city, I am much more likely to run into an emergency in an urban environment than I am to find myself in the bush, stranded. Thus, this kit will only be intended to serve as an urban day-to-day kind of kit that, during an emergency, should hold me over until I have made it to safety. As I mentioned in the preceding section, given this intended use, I've toyed with the idea of modifying the contents of a pocket survival kit somewhat, thereby making it an Urban Survival Kit like this or this. In such case, the 5-in-1 would instead contain band-aids, a spark-lite, $10 bill, duct tape wrapped around a pencil, microlight, digital flashdrive and a mini sewing kit. Should space permit, and if the minimal urban kit is NOT accompanied by a more common Altoid Tin Wilderness Survival Kit, the urban kit should still include most of the fishing hooks and fire starters and so forth that could actually allow you to survive in the wilderness, if you REALLY had to (as one can never be too certain), but most people will likely need some prior training or skill in wilderness survival to make do with so little by way of supplies in any case.
Apart from the matches in the 5-in-1 Kit above, the only fire starter in this EDC Pack is a butane lighter, because this bag is intended to be carried only in that sort of every day urban situation where a cigarette lighter would be sufficient, and it only has to hold me over until I can reach my Bug Out Bag or Scramble Vest. There are several more extensive means of starting fires carried therein.
The pocket size SAS Survival Book is another dual purpose selection. It provides a book that's both entertaining to read in non-emergency situations, while also being an invaluable reference manual if I find myself in a jam.
The tinted wrap-around industrial safety glasses serve as both protective shooting glasses and sunglasses.
As mentioned previously, my keys, Drivers License, Bank Cards, etc are carried in this bag largely to give me a good reason not to leave it behind. Therefore, I'm not tempted to leave the house without it and thus find myself unprepared in an emergency. I have also added a USB Charger for my Cell Phone, with a 12V-USB Adapter for use in the cigarette lighter of a vehicle, plus a 120V-USB Adapter for household use.
My primary maintenance tools are carried in my BOB, but the Multi-Tool, Pocket Knife and Survival Card can still offer a wide variety of options in the absence of more extensive tools.
- - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - X - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - -The Scramble Vest *
The second component of the Dual Load Set is the Scramble Bag, a quickly grabbed, light weight kit, consisting almost totally of "weapons and ammo", intended to be snatched up on the go from your home or a vehicle in the event of an emergency egress, during any sort of emergency where you are likely to have to defend yourself.
In my case, my sidearm, ammunition and other gear shall be carried among the various pockets and pouches of a Tactical Vest, including a pair of Drop Leg platforms, similar to the MOLLE Rig which is shown below:
My MOLLE Set includes a dump pouch, drop leg holster, along with two extra magazine pouches, a utility pouch, two open-top double rifle mag pouches for the Sig716 rifle, either a second utility pouch for the Grizzly shotgun mag or folding pouch with 25 shot shells, one GPS/radio pouch, a flashlight/multitool double pouch (this can also carry extra pistol mags as required), two pouches each to carry grenades or flashbangs (to be improvised, as I'm not able to get my hands on real military ones) and a Paracord Rescue web belt, maybe fitted with a group of individual Shot Shell Holders for special purpose shells, if I am able to get any.
The actual weapon load-out of the vest can include things like: a Kel-Tec RMR-30 for use as my sidearm, in the Drop Leg Holster (wi 2x 30 round mags), leather Tactical gloves, 4x 20 round mags for a Sig716 rifle, extra batteries (for my LED headlight and any weapon mounted lights), hollow handled kukri, two refillable butane lighters, a handheld combo GPS / 2-way Radio, Gun Cleaning set (Breakfree Oil, Magazine Loader, Bore-snakes - .22, .308 and 12ga, Screwdriver, Allan Wrenches, Q-Tips, wetnaps) and the Riggers Framing Axe. By and large, this vest is for combat gear only, with the bulk of my other gear being stored in the Bug Out Bag, which should quickly be dropped if I found myself in a dust up. It is worth adding a few basic survival items to this Tac Vest, however, in case I should at some point become separated from my primary pack and other gear. To this end, a single pouch on the vest will be configured as a Survival Pouch.
My primary weapon (the Sig716 Rifle) will be secured somewhere very close to this load carrying tactical rig and Bug Out Bag so that any or all can be grabbed in a hurry if needed.
Melee Weapons and Maintenance/Tools:
I am currently trying to get my hands on a Customized Hollow Handle Kukri and a Riggers Framing Axe. Should these items come into my possession, they will be replacing the existing 9-1/2" Kukri Knife and the 17" Camping Hatchet as soon as possible upon acquisition.
The GPS/Walkie-Talkie on the Scramble Vest is just a short range ready to hand communication device. A long range alternative will be carried in my Bug Out Bag.
Camp Kitchen / Food and Water:
The Pouch listed under "Survival (Misc)" is taken from the M4040 Survival website, and it includes a metal pan which might be used as either a Mess Tin or Cooking Pot as required. The contents of this pouch may also be slightly upgraded to include a few packages of Instant Soup Mix and, if space permits, a few Meal Replacement Bars as well.
The Mil-Dot Scope and BORS Unit would be mounted on the Sig716 Precision Upper Receiver, while a Leupold HAMR sight would be installed on the Sig716 CQB Upper Receiver. If possible, the Night Vision Unit will be the type that is attached to the weapons accessory rail, inline with existing optics, thus allowing an existing scope to be used during day or night operations with no shift of impact, no need to re-zero or to change eye relief. These can also be used with the Long Range Mil-Dot or the HAMR scopes interchangeably. In the interest of lowering costs, however, I will probably end up with something like these stand alone NV Rifle Scopes, although they are less than ideal as they'd require switching back and forth between scopes, having to re-zero each time, for night and day usage. Alternately, I might just go with one of the less expensive monocular styles.
A decent Laser Rangefinder could also be a benefit, especially for long range hunting, though to save on weight and space alike it may be better to just combine the Binoculars with either the Night Vision or Rangefinder into a single unit and get one of these or these instead. An ideal combination, in my opinion, would consist of an Inline Mounted Nightvision Optic that provides for both day and night capability without changing the existing optic and the Rangefinder Binoculars.
First Aid Kit:
To save space, the first aid supplies carried in the Scramble Vest would be minimal, with a more comprehensive set of supplies to be carried in the Bug Out Bag.
Scramble Vest Notes:
Some posters have suggested that tactical gear may not be the wisest choice for after the SHTF; they have said that if you go around looking like Rambo, people may be put off or afraid of you, and actual members of the law enforcement and military communities might be suspicious of you and expect you to be a threat. They have said that it isn't worth it just to look Bad-@ssed and Tacti-Cool. All of this may be true. The trouble is, though, that for me at least, Bad-@ssed or Tacti-Cool have nothing to do with anything.
The Military or Law Enforcement personnel who routinely wear this gear do so for a good reason, namely that decades of experimentation and actual use for field conditions has proven this to be the best and most efficient way to keep weapons, ammo and other essential gear ready to hand. You don't wanna be fumbling in your pockets or rucksack for an extra mag when there are Zeds up close and personal. If I have to travel at all, it will be with my wife and my four children. It should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway: we will be avoiding combat whenever and wherever it is possible to safely do so. It should also go without saying, however, that it won't be necessary to go looking for trouble, because as all of us should already know, there are times when trouble just comes looking for you.
For every given Post Z-Day survivor, combat WILL happen occasionally whether you want it to or not, no matter how careful you are or how far you are willing to go out of your way to avoid it. Believing anything else is naught but an exercise in wishful thinking, and after that wishful thinking is over I'd want to have all the essentials at my fingertips. If we aren't prepared to fight them, then we're only prepared to feed them, and I for one do not plan to be kibble for anybody.
Should my fully fortified Live-In BOL ever be completed, I'll still use the Daily Carry bag above as described, but the Bug Out Bag that is described hereafter (along with the BOBs of my family) could be modified somewhat to serve as vehicular Bug Out Kits, intended mainly to see us safely back to our fortified home in the event that we are away. The Scramble Vests, with our weapons and ammo, alas, would have to be left at home, as Canadian Laws do not currently permit a law abiding citizen to carry most firearms in a vehicle or on his person outside of his home, unless they are being transported to or from a licensed firing range (and even then we need a Permit to Transport in advance) or to properly designated hunting areas during current hunting seasons (in which case this Permit to Transport is implied by your hunting license). Ain't Canadian Gun Laws great? Or not!
- - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - X - - - - - - X - - - - - - - - - - -My Bug Out Bag:
I have finally begun preparations for my own Bug Out Bag, it isn't finished as of yet (are they ever?) but I believe that if a real emergency occurred, and if I were forced to survive only with what I have assembled so far, I should be able to do okay. I wouldn't enjoy it, but I'd survive, and that is, after all, the goal. In any case, my Bug-Out bag shown below is still a work in progress, but this is what it looks like at the moment:
NOTE - By Right-Clicking on the image below you can open a larger version of the same image, but with all the items numbered so that they may be identified in accordance with the table that follows.
Aside from the Hat, Socks and Gloves already in the kit, additional clothing shall also be stored in this kit as is appropriate to the season. This should include, at minimum, one pair of long pants, two long sleeved shirts and one pair of military surplus combat boots.
Carrier or Bag:
The backpack in the picture above is just an ordinary school backpack that I had lying around the house, but I've recently acquired a better one. It is a much larger external frame camping/hiking pack with its main compartment
divided in two sections and several external pockets. I had originally wanted to get an Eberlestock, but they were quickly rejected on grounds of cost. This Combination Rifle Scabbard / Backpack, on the other hand, looks like it is meant to be an inexpensive knock-off of an Eberlestock, and so has been added to my Wishlist.
Slingshot for hunting squirrels and other small game. For the purposes of hunting larger game, the slingshot will be modified at some point to include the Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest or Hostage Arrow Rest, thus converting the slingshot into a SlingBow that will also fire arrows. Modified in this way, a simple slingshot can take larger game like foxes or racoons and, when equipped with broad-head arrows, even deer. A SlingBow can also be adapted for bow-fishing as seen here. For ranged weapons with combat in mind, a pair of Ruger Blackhawk Convertibles can be added to my Bug Out Bag as described in "Back Ups for Scrounging" under Battling the Undead below.
If I can find an LED version of the GI-Style "L-Shaped" Flashlight, I might try to disassemble one of the "Shaker" Style Battery-Free LED Flashlights that I have and installing it's mechanism in the GI-Style light, thereby ending up with my own "Shaker" Battery-Free GI-Style LED Flashlight. The Light Sticks seen in the image above have been be replaced by a pair of 200 Hour LED Glow Sticks (Red). The LED Sticks function as a flashlight, red glow stick and flashing red strobe, and they even have a built in whistle for emergencies. Unlike the traditional Chem Light Stick, the LED Stick will last MUCH longer (up to 200 hours of continuous use on a single set of batteries), and they can be switched off when not needed, thus preventing the light from attracting unwanted attention while also conserving power and allowing the batteries to last even longer.
The eBook Reader included in this category can be loaded with digital PDF copies of several different Survival Books, such as the US Army Survival Manual and Improvised Munitions Handbook, SAS Survival Guide, North American Guide to Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants, Passive Solar Energy Handbook, a FEMA Wood Gasifier Construction Manual and a few Wilderness First Aid Manuals. This will allow me to carry a library of invaluable materials, but without having to overburden myself with the weight of the actual books themselves. All of these books could also be backed up on at least two or three USB Flashdrives, so as to prevent loss of this priceless information in the event of loss or damage of the eBook Reader itself. The "Wind-Up" Radio/Flashlight includes the USB Charger to supply power for this device.
The "Wind-Up" Radio can be either Battery Operated, Solar Powered or Hand Cranked. Includes AM/FM/NOAA Receiver, a 30-mile Transmitter, a USB Charger and an LED Flashlight.
As if all of these firestarters and tinders included in my kit weren't enough, I am also endeavoring to learn and practice a few primitive fire making skills from flint & steel to fire bows. To date, however, my every attempt to produce fire using primitive means has ended in failure, and therefore, my Bug Out Bag still has ten different assorted fire starters, tinders and fire making supplies... because I really can't afford to be stuck with primitive methods. LOL
See "Information" above.
In addition to the supplies in my kit, I am also endeavoring to learn and practice a couple primitive hunting and fishing skills, such as snares, dead falls, fish traps, etc. See also "Ranged Weapons" above.
Melee Weapons and Maintenance/Tools:
I am currently trying to get my hands on a Customized Hollow Handle Kukri and a Riggers Framing Axe. Should these items come into my possession, they will be replacing the existing 9-1/2" Kukri Knife and the 17" Camping Hatchet as soon as possible upon acquisition. In addition, the Multi-Bit Screwdriver that is currently in the kit will be replaced by a Ratcheting Captive-Bit Screwdriver.
Where it is feasible to do so, every length of strap and webbing in my entire kit, from my web belt to the shoulder strap on my Daily Carry satchel, my rifle sling and even my hatband, would be replaced with some variant of the Paracord Rescue Belts shown here. Additional paracord should also be wrapped around knife and tool handles, strung in place of boot laces and anywhere else that I can think of some other way to use it. In this way I should be able to carry at least two or three hundred feet of 550 cord with me at all times, without having to take up the extra space in my kit.
First Aid Kit:
The Mini Medical Kit currently in my Bug Out Bag will be replaced, on acquisition, by a far more comprehensive Emergency Medical Kit, and it has also been augmented with Surgical Sutures. As far as the medical supplies are concerned, I'd rather have too much than not enough. I'm not referring to quantity, though, but rather to the skill of the first aid practitioner. For example, I have taken several First Aid courses in the course of employment training, but I've obviously never been taught how to apply stitches to an open wound, as that is not considered to be in the scope of "First Aid". I was only taught how to slow the bleeding long enough to stabilize the casualty until an ambulance arrives, and let the doctors worry about the stitches. But here's the thing, if I'm in a survival situation, whether I'm lost in the woods with no way to contact the outside world or I'm on the run from hordes of Zeds, an ambulance just ain't coming, I'm the doctor now. If I've got to step outside my training as it is, I'd much rather have the proper supplies on hand with which to do so. So yeah, it's gonna suck for the patient if I apply sutures without having proper training, but it'll suck a lot worse if I have a go at them with a half dull needle and some leftover dental floss.
I started this kit by following Ironhand's $10x12 project, it's a great step by step plan that will get you started in the right direction.
As I have a wife and three children that I will be traveling with, I will also be assembling a Bug-Out Bag for each one of them as well. Once assembled, my wife's kit will likely resemble my own but, until now I have been at something of a loss concerning what to prepare for my children. I have just stumbled, however, on a Children's BOBs page made by Kinelta, which provided me with some really great ideas.
Battling the Undead:Now Bug Out Bags and such like are well and good, but sooner or later you WILL find yourself in a bad situation and have to fight your way out. As was also mentioned on My Profile page, being able to plan, and think on your feet, is of great importance, but so is being sure (or as sure as you can be, in any case) that you have the right equipment and resources available to you. That way you aren't left with nothing to fall back on should your plan suddenly come apart at the seams. It might be surprising, given the firepower that I want to carry, but our plan is to avoid combat as much as I can. For instance, as I'll be traveling with my wife and four children, it will probably be safer to find a way around a horde of Zeds, if feasible, than to engage them unnecessarily. We must always remember, though, that it usually won't be necessary to go looking for trouble, because usually trouble will come looking for you.
For any Post Z-Day survivors, combat WILL happen occasionally, no matter how far you plan to go out of your way to avoid it. Believing otherwise is nothing but an exercise in wishful thinking. If we're not prepared to fight them, then we're only prepared to feed them, and I for one do not plan to be kibble. To that end, the next bit of this Survival Plan will involve a planned loadout of Zombie Killin' implements: Click HERE for White76Knight's Weapons.
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