A while ago I did a complete strip down of my Mossberg 590 shotgun and noticed there was a hollow in the rear of the stock behind the recoil pad. I didn’t give it much thought at the time but a friend of mine recently asked if I could come up with a way he could carry a basic survival kit that didn’t involve putting things in his pockets or carrying any more than his multi-tool, pocket knife, and shotgun (he has a 590 as well).
After trying to figure out how to incorporate a survival kit into his bandolier sling without a lot of success I got to thinking about that little hollow in the stock and came up with a very basic kit that includes fire starting, basic first aid, water purification, cordage, repair, navigation, and food gathering.
After you remove the recoil pad you will see the hollow space in the stock and after some trial and error you should be able to figure out how to fit the components listed below into the tight little space.
Cordage– After trying a number of different lengths of 550 cord I was able to fit just under 20’ of Type III Mil-Spec 550 cord in the kit.
Fire starting-I added a Mil-Spec, Military Issue Fire Steel and 3 Tinder Quik Tinder tabs in as well
First Aid– A very basic first aid kit is included that is composed of, you guessed it, Band-Aids. I am a big fan of fairly comprehensive First Aid kits but with such a small space I just couldn’t fit anymore in.
Water Purification– I included an 18”x24” piece of Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil and 4 Clorfloc Water Purification Tablets.
Repair– I was able to fit about 5’ of 100 mph tape (duct tape) tightly wrapped around a small piece of basswood, a small needle, button, and a couple of safety pins into the kit.
Navigation– A small glow-in-the-dark button compass is included for emergency navigation.
Food Gathering– I wound 150’ of 50# test braided nylon line (it has the same diameter as 4# test monofilament line) around another small piece of basswood and added a couple of small hooks and split shot sinkers. The line can also be used for repairs to gear or clothing using the sewing needle or for emergency sutures (again using the sewing needle). I also included a pre-made snare wire for small game.
As you can see it is a very basic survival kit, but something is better than nothing, and if you want something that is going to be with you when you grab your shotgun and go out in the woods then this little kit might be for you.
I look forward to seeing your comments and as always, Train to Survive!
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