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Skinner Sights Bush Pilot Survival Kit (courtesy

“This unique [$1,799] Skinner Sights Bush Pilot Survival Kit is the result of spending a lifetime in the extreme outdoors. With the Skinner “BUSH PILOT” kit you will be prepared! To the best of my knowledge this is the first production kit of its type.” That’s the option of owner of owner Andy Larsson. [FYI The gun above is Chiappa .44 Magnum 6+1 capacity take down lever action 51/2 pound rifle with 16″ barrel. Full press release via after the jump.] Do you have a “go bag”? If so, what’s in it? How much did it cost?

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Saint Ignatius, MT. USA –  -( Skinner Sights makers of custom quality firearm sights for many years and the inventor of the unique HTF Firearms covert (hide firearms in your closet in their garment bag) is coming out with a specialized survival kit for Bush Pilots and back country enthusiasts.

“This unique Skinner Sights Bush Pilot Survival Kit is the result of spending a lifetime in the extreme outdoors. With the Skinner “BUSH PILOT” kit you will be prepared! To the best of my knowledge this is the first production kit of its type.” — Andy Larsson, owner of Skinner Sights.

Skinner Sights Bush Pilot Survival Kit shown with some of the below listed components.

  • Gun: This unique survival kit comes with a customized Chiappa .44 Magnum 6+1 capacity take down lever action 51/2 pound rifle with 16″ barrel. Finished in warm tone hard chrome stainless steel and with a walnut stock it features Skinner’s incredibly effective (and beautiful) precision rear sight with interchangeable apertures and Skinner’s fiber optic front sight.
  • Other kit components: The kit includes a RAT-7 OKC Survival knife with a 7.2-inch carbon steel black powder coated blade and Micarta handle. The BUSH PILOT logo and serial number on the blade matches that of the carbine. The kit also contains Titan storm and water proof matches (in a sturdy capsule), a U.S. Government issue Doan magnesium fire starter, Ration brand heat and cooking stove with Hexamine fuel tablets, tough “polyester film space blanket” tube tent large enough for two adults, Brunton TruArc 3 flat base scouting compass and 50 feet of Mil. Spec. 750 Parachute cord.*
  • The bag: All this comes packed in Skinner’s Montana made custom 1,000 denier Cordura padded carry bag with a 500 denier liner. The bag features Molle attachment points for the knife sheath, and easy open full width buckle down closure flap so there is no fumbling around in a survival situation with zippers, etc. The tough well engineered bag has room for other essential items the pilot /outdoor enthusiast may wish to add.

MSRP: $1,799

*Note: 750 (pound) Para Cord–has 11 triple wound strands of nylon. Those with some survival training can utilize genuine 550 and especially 750 cord further by removing some of the exterior sheath and unwinding the nylon strands as needed for many other uses such as fishing line, thread, ties, snares or even for making a fish trap net.

Skinner Sights, LLC
P.O. Box 1810
419 Flathead Street, Unit 1
Saint Ignatius
MT 59865

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  1. “That’s the option of owner of owner Andy…”

    Maybe should read: “That’s the opinion of owner Andy…”

    • Oh, yes you (and everybody else, including me) does have a place to go, but luggage is not allowed.

      (C’est la mort…)

      🙁 *sob* 🙁

  2. “Got go bag?”

    No – not in the sense of the posted item. My wife and I, each, have a Wise 3-day, 2-person emergency survival pack. One in her car, one in my truck.

  3. I agree with Chris, this one is way too expensive for what it is.

    Yes, I have a small “get home” bag that I carry in my vehicles, it has a little food and water as well as basic shelter and first aid items. It’s a 3-7 day setup weighs about 15 lbs and cost maybe $75-$100. I keep a Rossi matched pair youth 22/.410 setup with it for small game hunting. New that cost me about $120.

    When I travel for work I keep a large “bug out” bag that is basically an upscaled version of the other one set up for two to four weeks in the woods. That one is maybe $250-$300 with almost half of that in a good Kelty pack. I always have my Ruger .308 scout when I travel far.

    My kit is based on living and working in very low population areas where the priorities are much more about food and shelter than about social discord.

    • A “bush pilot survival bag” is a very different thing than a car based “get home bag”. Weight is much less of an issue for a car based bag.

      • Valid point, though I still believe there are much more cost effective solutions to this particular problem.

        • That particular go-bag is a niche product.

          If you have a bush plane (I damn sure don’t!) and actually do wilderness flying, $1,800 isn’t unreasonable, and a .44 mag carbine is about ideal against bear, wolf, ect.

          Case in point, a pair of those low-pressure ‘tundra’ tires can set you back $1,500 – $3,000…

        • A cheap break action 12 gauge with some slugs, buckshot, and birdshot, would probably do just fine.

  4. My wife and I keep a get home bag in our trucks. Our bug out bag is a 48′ catamaran.

    • Not sure a money hole in the water is a good bug out bag, in the long term anyway. My wife and I lived on a smaller simple boat in remote anchorages for years, we once went 1.75 years without docking, we used less than 50 gallons of diesel a year. Still the maintenance requirements left us very dependent on modern industry and resupply from shore.

      • Mostly though, we’d feel very vulnerable to bad actor with a powerboat that saw us if rule of law was compromised. And people can see you for miles and miles around. They all know you got useful stuff on board too.

      • We are retiring soon and this is our home for the next 10+ years as we tour the Earth. Sure the initial investment was steep, but not when compared to a house. I’ve well stocked the parts department and setup a workshop including a table top lathe and bar stock. I’m a pretty good mechanic and I think I’ve got most things covered. Yes, there will be annual layup maintenance for the hull and like, but overall this has been far less a hole in the water than any of the fishing boats I’ve owned. The really big elephant I haven’t addressed yet is carry or not.

  5. I keep a basic survival backpack (of the small “day pack” variety that children commonly use for middle or high school) in my vehicle. What do I have in it?
    — tarp, 6 ft. x 8 ft., green/brown
    — paracord, 550, 200 feet
    — knife, fixed blade, suitable for use with batons to cut down small trees
    — knife sharpener
    — compass
    — magnesium block with flint spine for starting fires
    — matches
    — disposable butane lighters
    — fire starter sticks
    — sparklers
    — steel cup, 12 ounce, with handles
    — water filter
    — penlights (with LED bulbs) and spare batteries
    — MagLight (Mega bright LED, 3-D cell variety)
    — Gortex jacket (with hood) and pants
    — empty plastic bottles (two of them) for carrying water if needed
    — 1/2 pint of spiced rum

    All of this stuff weighs next to nothing and takes up almost zero space. (The backpack looks basically flat/empty when filled with all that stuff.)

    Also available in my trunk to add to my day pack if I had to abandon my vehicle:
    — crackers
    — insulated gloves
    — ski mask
    — fleece shirt
    — multi-tool
    — plastic bags
    — simple first-aid kit

    I do not store firearms in my vehicle because I have a handgun on my hip when I drive. And if I am going somewhere far away, I bring along a long gun of some variety. I also throw a pair of hiking shoes in the car if I am going far away or wearing dress shoes that would suck for walking any significant distance.

    Those simple items, as I stated above, weigh next to nothing and take up very little space … and they cost next to nothing. And yet they provide critical items that you would desperately want if you had to abandon your vehicle and survive for days without any outside assistance. Aside from having a sleeping bag (which I often carry during the winter months anyway), that is everything that you need to survive — even bordering on surviving comfortably I might add.

  6. Mine is also a “child’s book bag” to Get Me Home rather than a Bug Out Bag. (A BOB is a whole ‘nother animal.) Included contents are:
    Quilted (read “heavy duty”) space blanket
    6×8* foot tarp
    100’ 550 cord
    Gerber (but it could be any brand) dive knife (for stainless blade and plastic sheath) and diamond stone
    100 rounds .357 for the ’94C and Dan Wesson revolver
    Steel cup (heating water, eating and drinking from)
    Three days food supply (home packed by self, not survival brands) and one quart canteen
    Small FAK to include blood clot, bandages, pads, tourniquet, triangular bandage, pressure wrap, two pair surgical gloves
    Compass and maps of locale
    Matches (in H2Oproof container, Bic lighter, fire starting “goop”
    AA cell maglight and headlamp
    leather work gloves
    TP, soap and small towel w/bottle of hand sanitizer

    I added two pair of sox and old tennis shoes, wrapped in a pair of jeans and shirt.
    That about does it (there are some items I know I forgot to mention), total weight, about 15 pounds w/out guns.

  7. No, but I do have a Chiappa 16” 1892 Takedown in .357. Sweet little rifle, I love it.

    Having said that, it can’t hurt to be a little prepared to be able to leave your house quickly and relo if something bad happens in your area.. but wandering the wastelands as a solo mad max with your takedown lever-action rifle is not a likely scenario, nor would it last long, nor would you be a happy camper.

    The way I see it – If the S really ever does HTF, I don’t have much to worry about. It’s all over but the shouting. I’ll just die like everyone else… What I do have to worry about is if it DOESN’T HTF and I have a mound of debt because I spent all my money on go-bags and expired canned food and wasted half my time preparing for something that never happened. Having been laid off a couple times, I’ve already experienced the S hitting the F for real – and all of my takedowns couldn’t get me another job. It took luck, determination and the good graces of God to do that. So I take the whole SHTF thing with a grain of salt now. Sure, I have someshit I can grab and go with, but no delusions that life without long hot showers, a soft clean bed and a beautiful clean/groomed (happy) lady is going to be something that I really want to live for too long – and every reminder in the world that it’s much more likely I’m going to have to deal with the job thing again.

    But, sometimes life can be a b*tch without a little diversion, so I can dig it. I just try not to let it change my bottom line.


  8. I used to have ideas of grandeur and always had a go bag ready. As a father of 2 small children I am under no illusions. I now have a get home bag, and enough supplies to get through an extended period of time bugging in.

  9. I won my bugout in a Walking Dead promotion. It has 3 days’ worth of food and water and other provisions, and I’ve since added other goodies like an Air Force survival handbook. I keep it in close proximity to my arms for quick escape if absolutely necessary.

  10. I think if I were adding a takedown “long” gun to this kind of bag, I’d rather have a Kel-Tec Sub-2000 in .40. Less than half the price, a pound lighter, quicker to get into action, more firepower.

    • As I posted previously we don’t have a bugout bag, we have get home bags. However, whenever we travels more than say 50 miles from home I pack the 10/22 takedown and about 2000 rounds. With a 3x9x32 scope and 2000 rounds that’s a lot of reach out and touch for either 2 or 4 legged animals. Augmented by our EDC’s I really can’t see much of a need for a larger caliber. Thoughts?

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