Total Survivalist Blog: AK47

We’ll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get
home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes

1st: Blackhawk 3 day Assault Pack ($90) AND a $50 gift certificate from
($50 value) plus 2 copies of The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
2nd: HERC stove from Titan Ready Water ($169 value) plus The Reluctant Partisan by John Mosby.
Note: Prizes 1 and 2 are really closely matched. As such the overall winner can pick the Lucky Gunner stuff OR the HERC. 2nd place gets what is left. 2 books will go to #1 and 1 book to #2.
3rd Place: 3 Sport
Berkey Water Bottles donated by
LPC Survival ($69 value)
4th Place:  A Lifestraw donated by Camping
Survival ($20 value)
5th Place: A pair of Gyver Gear survival tin’s
6th Place: The Western Front (hardcopy) or 3x e books by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I
want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab
bag donated by yours truly. The exact makeup is TBD depending on what
I have lying around  and may include books, gear, medical stuff
or even a couple silver dimes. ($30+  value).

For a good example of a post reference my EDC Contest entry.
Those should give you a good idea what type of thing I’m looking for. I
will probably do a full fighting load post some time before the contest is over.

The contest is closed and this is the last entry I am tracking. If you sent one in and have not seen it please get with me ASAP.  Voting will start soon and run
for about a week. It will decide the winner’s who get the prizes. Onto the Entry…..

Hello Sir,

Here’s my entry, also included some pics of the kit being worn, in case that helps.

what we have here is a kit that is designed to be versatile, kinda
cheap, kinda lightweight, legal in most states, and in 3 common
calibers: 30-06, 12 gauge, and .357 magnum.

Here’s the rundown:

a used Savage 110 in 30-06 caliber with a Nikon 3-9x scope w/ flip up
lens covers, leather Ching sling, and cheap-o bipod.  I made the cheek
rest with closed cell foam, duct tape, and camo-wrap.  I’ve managed to
put a couple sub-MOA groups onto paper with this setup, and it cost less
than $400 for the whole shebang.  The 30-06 has alot of bullet drop,
but carries enough energy to be dangerous out as far as 900 meters.  A
BDC reticle is important to get the most out of this cartridge, and
carry a ballistic table/BDC chart for your scope/cartridge combo!

a Mossberg 590 Mariner w/ choate Mark IV stock.  The safety location is
kind of annoying now, but I treat it sorta like an AK safety (i keep my
thumb wrapped around the pistol grip, and use my index finger or whole
hand to flick the safety button forward and back).  There is a
Streamlight Microstream AAA flashlight duct-taped to the magazine tube.
 It’s not especially bright, but it’s better than nothing.  I used some
closed cell foam as a shock absorber/ spacer and it’s been working well
for more than 100 rounds.

a Ruger LCR in .357 magnum, with Crimson trace laser grip.  (I also
keep an empty pocket holster in my pocket in case I gotta ditch the
battle belt).

Ancillary gear:


behind the rifle is a mil-surplus Camelbak with 96 ounces of water


Kelty, some discontinued model.  Inside I keep extra ammo, a cook pot,
home-made MRE of 4,000 calories, along with basic supplies such as
lighter, cordage, AAA batteries, wool socks, gloves, fleece hat,
headlamp, tarp, extra clothing, sunblock, a whistle, binoculars, laser
rangefinder, etc., while leaving room so I can stow the clothes I’m
wearing.  it’s just a little bit of the basics to keep me going.

Ear pro- 

Howard Leight Impact Sport

Battle Belt-

Blackhawk molle belt. From left to right: shotshell pouch w/ buckshot,
shotshell pouch w/ slugs, 5.11 6×6 pouch containing IFAK with zip-ties
and a good quality glow stick attached externally, Camelbak pouch
containing a metal nalgene style bottle, Glock field knife, nylon flap
holster and a nylon shell pouch containing speed strips.

What I like:

The guns are all California/ Massachusetts/ whatever-dumb-state legal, and use common ammunition.

30-06 and 12 gauge slugs can potentially penetrate many types of cover, body armor, and engine blocks.

If needed the rifle and shell-belt can be ditched or handed off to a buddy and I’m still pretty well armed.

entire rig, with ammo, 1 gal of water, food, clothes, boots, EVERYTHING
weighs under 50 lbs, and the weight is spread out evenly.

could conceivably breach into a building with the 12 gauge, set up a
fire position for the bolt gun, and still have a CQB weapon.

It doesn’t interfere with climbing, hiking, or going prone at all, and I can access all the equipment pretty easily.

What I don’t like:

Good at distance, good up close, not so good from 100-300 meters.

Limited capacity; If I shot all 3 guns dry It would be only 18 rounds, then I need to reload (and they all reload slowly)

. The shotgun is slow to deploy from the scabbard, I’d have to draw my little 5-shot sidearm for a surprise close-encounter

Limited suppressive-fire capability.

A little bit sloppy with all the straps and buckles, and the shotgun muzzle bumps around when I’m in tight spaces.

that’s my rig as of today, I should say that it takes about 15 minutes
to go from my skivvies to full gear.  This gear setup is of course not
as kick-ass as having an AR, but I’m sure many readers are in a similar
situation, with a couple hunting weapons and looking for ways to
integrate them.

I keep all of the elastic shell-holders empty so they don’t stretch
out, with the shells kept in ziploc bags nearby and all the web gear is
in one duffel together.   For the middle-of-night quick access, I have
the shotgun locked in a wall-mount and a belt of shells hanging next to

Thanks Ryan, and good luck to the other contestants!

– Crankjob

 Ryan here: As always thanks for playing. I have a question and a thought

1) You mentioned legality in anti gun states. That can be a concern for folks who live in or near such areas. It lost me when you mention California AND Massachussets, given that they are well pretty far apart. Do you find yourself traveling in/ through anti gun states frequently?

2) Not entirely sure how I feel about the LCR (actually I am entirely ambivalent about it but I digress) or a comparable J framed type revolver in this role. On one hand the system could certainly support and arguably benefit from a larger hnadgun. On the other hand if an ’06 and a shotgun won’t solve it the negligible difference between a mid sized and small handgun probably won’t. Also the smaller handgun would be handy for being discrete like going into a gas station or something, especially if CCW is not exactly legal in the area.

Edited to include 3) Generally speaking when I see a 2nd long gun as part of a load out it is for a specific purpose on an as needed type basis. Example a sniper would carry his sniper rifle and an M4 for personal protection, though the trend towards semi auto bolt guns on the AR platform is making that unnecessary. A breacher carrying a pistol grip 12 gauge is another example. However as a general rule a 2nd long gun is probably ovverkill for a man portable kit.