Bush Pilot Survival Kit

Whether you’re a bush pilot, a hunter, or simply an outdoors aficionado, you should have a good quality survival kit. When you picture that kit in your mind you undoubtedly envision a first aid kit complete with tourniquet and HALO Seals with a side of knives and fire starters. But there’s more to an all-out survival kit than only those smaller tools – there’s so much more. For example, you’ll do far better in the mean woods if you have a good gun on your side. Make that a lever gun and you’ve definitely attained bush pilot survival status. That’s just what Skinner Sights is after with their new Bush Pilot Survival Kit: survival with a side of badass (am I allowed to say “badass”…I suppose I just did, twice).

The new Skinner Bush Pilot Survival Kit does indeed come complete with a firearm, and not just any firearm, either. The long gun included in this kit is a custom Chiappa .44 Magnum lever-action rifle (personally speaking, I think lever-action rifles are fantastic – try killing a gator with one…or maybe something more likely in the woods, like a bear). This particular customized rifle is a takedown model for the sake of easier storage. Rear sight is the company’s own precision sight with interchangeable apertures while the front sight is fiber optic. It weighs in at 5 1/2 pounds, has a walnut stock, and a 16″ stainless steel octagon barrel. Capacity is 6+1.


From Skinner:

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.*

Gun and other components come packed into a 1,000 denier Cordura carry bag with a 500 denier liner and padding in between. MOLLE loops are included for the knife sheath. The bag is closed not with a zipper but with what Skinner describes as a “full-width buckle down closure flap.” The company says there is room left in the bag for other pieces of survival gear in addition to what is included.

MSRP $1,799. According to the Skinner Sights site there is a limited time introductory price of $1,499. The carbine is only available as part of the survival kit. You can see the kit online on the company’s main page at http://www.skinnersights.com/index.html

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Every kit should include two plastic Bic lighters.

  • Anonymoose

    I’d add a first aid kit, small tackle box+pole, and a flare gun.

    • Sulaco

      Right, 2 oz plastic flare gun and 3 or 4 flares. Fishing line, hooks, split shot sinkers, you can always cut a “pole”.

  • Swarf

    Great kit.

    Except for the Chiappa. That company sucks.

    Also, that’s not enough paracord.

    And why no butane lighters?

    And… well, Skinner Sights are very nice. So… they got that going for them.

  • Joshua

    if you have to ask, your not allowed

  • Sulaco

    Needs a water filter and a water container like a plastic blatter, or else it gets really ugly in the bush. Clorox tablets would be nice also. Total weight about 5 ozs.

  • Don Ward

    Always carry extra food because it’s embarrassing when you have to eat your friends.

    • Tassiebush

      Alexander Pearce could have done with this kit.
      Best thing is looking at it in the current context and being aware of all the non human flesh based food sources he could have availed himself of…

  • vwVwwVwv

    a viktorinox or letherman, bic lighters, heet resistant plasticbags.
    very important a phone or walkitalky. ah yes, a submarine of the ohio line. L O L

  • Hinermad

    The BUSH PILOT logo and serial number on the blade matches that of the carbine.

    How much is the optional display case?

    The bears in the woods don’t care about matching numbers. I like the idea of a bush survival kit with a substantial gun in it but this seems a bit pricey for something that will be knocking around behind the pilot’s seat in a puddle jumper.

  • Rusty S.

    Looks like a good starter kit to keep in a cabin or camping gear, but The bush pilots that I know would probably opt for a 12 pack of beer and a roll of duct tape for their “survival kit”.

    • iksnilol

      Well, duct tape fixes everything whilst beer provides the calories and motivation for survival.

      Tho if it is bad beer I’d argue that the firearm is more likely to blow your own brains out.

  • jon spencer

    What is really needed in that kit is a ACR ResQLink™ Personal Locator Beacon, or about any other personal EPIRB. Another one in whatever mode of transportation you are using.
    Nowadays any survival kit list needs a PLB as item number 1.

  • Will

    I’m pretty sure I could build my own survival kit for a lot less than $1,500.-$1,800. dollars.

  • Tassiebush

    I like the concept although I think most people could assemble a similar more tailored kit at a lower price. In my context it’d be a rimfire rifle.

    • iksnilol

      In my context that lever action would be .308 or 45/70. Depending on budget of course.

      I pity the moron who crash lands in Norway with only a .44 mag. The first pack of meese would tear them to dust resembling shreds.

      • Tassiebush

        What about a UV light? I saw a documentary from Norway about the troll cover up.

        • iksnilol

          Oh that, we don’t talk about that.

          Just don’t bring any believing Christians/religious people with you when you wander the forests of Norway. You can bring a vial og holy blood to distract them though.

          • Tassiebush

            I guess keeping it to daytime doesn’t hurt either unless it’s particularly overcast. I’d camp with goats tethered around my camp perimeter to decoy them and act as an alarm system. The other problem is the nazi zombie issue but I gather that’s only in a limited area. All up I’m terrified of visiting Norway.

          • iksnilol

            Ah, the nazi zombies are like only during the winter. So feel free to visit the cabins during the summer or autumn.

          • Tassiebush

            Actually come to think of it my little island state is pretty dangerous too!
            These documentaries shot here show some of the hazards.
            There are the cannibal clans. (Most of us are similar. We just don’t eat people)
            Then there are the conspiracies involving biotech companies
            And the whole artic blast mass disaster incident
            It can be a rather hostile environment. Perhaps I need to reconsider my survival pack components

          • iksnilol

            I thought Tasmania was hot? How’d you lot wind up with arctic problems?

            I am genuinely confused as a cucumber now.

          • Tassiebush

            Well it’s especially confusing given we’re closer to Antarctica! You’d almost think it was written with a Northern hemisphere audience in mind… Our accents aren’t like that either.
            Our climate is mild but variable. The southern ocean regulates our temperatures. Sometimes cold air from the antarctic comes up. Sometimes hot air coming from the the mainland during warmer months. Basically the temperature is mostly mild to cool and quite variable. Over summer we usually sit in the 20s occasionally getting into the high 30s and on rare though increasingly common times we hit 40 but we can have a cold spell and highland snow in summer too. Over winter 10c would be pretty normal with plenty of weather dropping to 3 and -1 overnight. I’m describing sea level temperature though. Up at higher elevations and more inland it gets down lower but -9c would be at 1000m. We’re a pretty hilly place and we have a fairly large amount of unpopulated mountain and hilly country. Basically our climate and terrain is quite different to mainland Australia. We have a fair bit of cold temperate rainforest. We have glacier shaped landscape in mountain areas. That big area in the last scene of troll hunter with the giant mountain troll could have been filmed here. It looks so similar.

          • Tassiebush

            Actually one example of local weather variability. It was 23c yesterday and is about 13c today.

    • Nimrod

      Or a single shot 12 ga w/18″ barrel. It is easily broken down and stored. Put a butt stock pouch on it to hold ammo and supplies and you are good to go. Oh wait, that is what I carry. We’re talking wilderness survival here not zombie apocalypse.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah that’d be a very practical one. I like my folding shotgun. It’s light and handy. For me it’d be option 2 due to ammo weight. but I don’t have any wild creatures to protect myself from and wallabies are the biggest most abundant creature so I can take advantage of minimum weight and a lot of rimfire rounds.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Ill much prefer to build my own… and definitely be sure to put it in a bag that I can comfortably put om my back.