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 little hollow in the stock. I put everything inside a quart size Zip-Lock bag, arranged everything so it would be as small as possible, sealed the bag and placed it in the stock. It will take some trial and error to get everything in just the right place but once it is in it is just a matter of attaching the recoil pad tightly and you'll have a fairly water resistant basic survival kit with you where ever you take your shotgun.
Step 1: Cordage
Step 2: Fire Starting
Normally I have 3 means of starting a fire (lighter, matches, and firesteel) but since space was very limited I opted for a fire starting method that is easy to use and long lasting.
Step 3: First Aid
I am a big fan of fairly comprehensive First Aid kits but with such a small space I just couldn't fit anymore in.
Step 4: Water Purification
Step 5: Repair
Step 6: Navigation
Step 7: Food Gathering
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.
Step 8: Conclusion
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 whenever you grab your shotgun and go out in the woods then this little kit might be for you.
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