New Bug Out Box from NAA and Talo

NAA Bug Out Box

North American Arms and Talo Distributors teamed up for a new mini revolver kit called the Bug Out Box. As I understand it, the kit is supposed to be suitable for keeping as part of an emergency kit in your car, home or outdoor gear.

The kit consists of two parts: a gun and a box (well – two boxes – see below.) The gun is a .22 LR revolver similar to the company’s other mini wheel guns. It is fitted with a stepped barrel and an orange colored Hogue Slip-On Grip. For this model, NAA installed XS Sights on the gun. The cylinder holds five rounds.

The box is pretty standard: a clear polymer box with water resistant gaskets. The box is lockable at two points with padlocks. NAA states the kit also comes with an empty ammo box. The photos provided by the company show a Federal American Eagle ammunition box, same as the empty ones you might throw away at the range.

The MSRP is $278. According to the information from Talo, this is a run limited at 1,500 units. So, if this is something you like, buy early.

Bug Out Box

In general, I like the idea of having a .22 LR gun as part of a survival kit. In rifle or larger handgun, a .22 can be used to take small game for food or to ward off larger predators. I just don’t know that this specific gun would be on my short list of guns to pack. In exchange for a bit more room in my pack, I would rather have a Henry A7. What do you think – does the NAA/Talo kit make sense for your needs?



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Vhyrus

    Altoids tin too hipster?

  • Just Say’n

    Dat orange, not Tacti-cool.

    • hikerguy

      Well, if you dropped said gun while scooting up a tree to avoid a grizzily you could find it in the leaves or snow easier after you came back down, LOL.

      • Bill

        Or easier to find in said grizzly’s poo.

        • ODgreen34

          I am remembering some joke here about filing down the front site on a .22 so it doesn’t hurt when the bear shoves it up yer ass. or something to that affect.

  • m-dasher

    yeah….if im “bugging out”….i need a real gun…..not a gimmicky toy

    • Marc

      If I’m “bugging out” it will be with Off with deet.

  • BigDawg Beav

    It’s cute. Might be something worth keeping in the glove box or trunk to pocket relatively quickly. Or you could get the same model and get your own little case to put it in and it might be cheaper.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Hard pass.
    If im high tailing it into the woods ill be taking a suppressed 10/22 with a back pack with about 8K rounds of ammo.

    • hikerguy

      That makes sense to me. Savage has brought back the over under .22 /410 shotgun-rifle that can be broken down into two parts and bagged. That would be the route I would go.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        If I already owned a NA id take it along but im not buying one.

        • Swarf

          Definitely take it along.

          Gotta have something to trade with the mole people.

        • Captain Obvious

          I had one. It was pretty much useless. Would keyhole rounds, virtually no sights. You could maybe hit a squirrel at point blank range if it was tied to a table.

      • allannon

        Even better, they offer it in .22 win mag; just a bit more oomph.

        I wonder if Magpul will put out a Backpacker-style stock for it,. 🙂

        • FlaBoy

          Dig around on the web and you can find the story about the guy who took an NAA pistol, fashioned a wire stock for it and used a threaded 22 barrel insert to make a 16 inch barrel for it. The result was a super light, super thin backpack carbine. It addressed the major issues with the original NAA design: too short to aim and too short to burn the powder. If NAA would make something like his design, I think people would buy it. The closest thing they have now would be the six inch “Hogleg”, which weighs 9.7 oz. (plus a few oz. more if you want to carry both the 22wsm and the 22lr cylinders).

    • ODgreen34

      Everything you have posted recently is correct and or funny. You must be doing something right at home sir.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I got at least one person fooled!

    • Lolinski

      So much this.

      And a 20 gauge, break or pump.

      Add a 9mm/.40S&W-
      (Yes, haha in mockery! But perhaps more availability, eventually…?) Glock and you can source ammo from the
      V A S T majority of scenarios.
      + .223/5.56, Blah Blah Blah…

      Oh, and 6.5×55, preferably in modified BAR, so anyone who takes “my” ammo is worthy, and anyone whom I meet on “The Road” will know mine worth.

    • 9911kelly

      Preferably a takedown 10-22, although my preference is the lighter, shorter, less expensive Marlin Papoose, which also has storage in the stock.

  • 360_AD

    I don’t think this was meant for game. In a pinch, I suppose you could try using it that way. I think it was meant for last ditch personal protection. I say this because it’s 22LR and that barrel is pretty darn short.

    • Nashvone

      “In a pinch, and with a very cooperative prey”
      Like an overly curious chipmunk?

  • Surfgun

    Tackle box gun. In case that Tuna gets a bit too Wicked.

  • James

    Just throw a full sized pistol into a Pelican 1170 if you want it protected from the elements. I can easily fit a Glock 19 with a TLR-1, a magazine in the gun + 2 more loaded magazines for 45 rounds of ammo in a weatherproof, durable, container with a handle on it.

  • vwVwwVwv

    I would like to see such gun in 327 federal magnum, a 22 may be not good enough
    against anything larger than a dog, and you have some large beasts over there.

    • Raptor Fred

      Ruger Lcrx 3in 327. They need to make it.

      • vwVwwVwv

        For my opinion the 327.fed.mag. Could be the best choice for female shooters,
        It fits perfect in to the hand size and has a much better
        performance than a 22.lr. from
        a short barrel.
        As someone who lives in Europe it’s only theoretical, we are disarmed and have
        only human predators. 😉

        • Raptor Fred

          Agreed, it’s also a heck of a mini powerhouse with 120+gr bullets. Not many cartridges have a SAAMI maximum pressure rating of 45,000psi+ . There is a lot of capability in this little magnum.

          • vwVwwVwv

            I think sometimes how this 327 would perform in a automatic,
            Conan arms once built a 357 mag 1911 and it had a comparable size as a 45,
            I am interested because you have more place for the 327 and a tokarev
            Killer as a cartridge…… Sorry for dreaming around. 🙂

          • Raptor Fred

            Coonan is back in business. Yes this would be an awesome cartridge for that platform. Light recoil, laser beam trajectory.

          • vwVwwVwv

            Conan is back?
            Hmm have I missed something or is it my age???? Lol 🙂

  • Vitsaus

    … because when I think of a “get home” or survival gun, I think of a single action, 5 round, palm sized .22LR.

  • Bill

    Does the protective case come with the pictured larger protective case?

  • codfilet

    I don’t know about this being a suitable “Bug-Out” gun, but a NAA .22 revolver is about the most easily concealed firearm you can carry-especially in light summer clothes. You aren’t going to be shooting game with this, but it may save you in some self-defense situation where you can’t carry anything else. These are cheap, but well-made. Maybe I’ll never use it, but I have one.

    • Hugo Stiglitz

      Excellent point. I picked one up for that exact reason. Got the 22 wmr model with an extra 22lr cylinder. Fits in any pocket and goes bang when I pull the trigger. At close range I can hit what I aim at. You can buy those waterproof cases separately if the kit appeals to you.

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      Cheap, I thought that was what the bird says . . . these are not inexpensive at all. There are quote a few semi-auto 22LR pistols available within this price range (give or take $50) that would prove more useful. You could even pickup a Charter Arms Pathfinder 22LR revolver for about $50 more. I am talking new, not used.

  • RickGnVA

    Bring on the comments about .22 being inadequate, etc yet none of the naysayers would volunteer to take a single round center mass….

    • Vhyrus

      For $200 I’ll take a full cylinder. Just let me get my plates on first.

    • Will

      I don’t want to get shot with a squirt gun filled with piss, but I don’t think that speaks to the terminal ballistics of urine.

      • 9911kelly

        That comment is spot-on, and made me laugh.

    • m-dasher

      i wouldnt volunteer to get a paper cut either…….doesnt mean itll kill you.

      truth is, a .22lr out of a 1″ barrel is only generating around 30 ftlbs of energy……..i have airguns stronger than that.

      • FlaBoy

        Not to mention the ability to aim it accurately. Perhaps if you are in a public park, where the squirrels are tame and you can get withing 5 ft of them, but in a real survival situation? But, on the other hand, it is “cute”. (note: I do carry an NAA 22 wsm with a 1″ barrel, so I’m not against the concept of the gun itself, just it’s appropriateness as a survival weapon.)

    • Nick

      This is the biggest joke of an argument that people use to justify subpar carry gun choices. I doubt you’d volunteer to take a .177 pellet center mass but it doesn’t mean it’s a viable option.

    • 9911kelly

      I have no problem with a .22LR as a survival gun, although I would also at least have my S&W Model 60 .357 Magnum for defense against harder to kill critters.

      I have a takedown Marlin Papoose rifle, a 9.5″ Ruger Single Six (that also shoots .22 Magnum), a takedown Savage Model 42 combination .22LR and .410 shotgun, and a .S&W Victory, a well as an old H&R Model 865 Plainsman bolt action .22LR that I’ve had for more than 25 years. Yes, I believe in the .22LR.

      But this isn’t about .22LR, this is about a gun design that would be mostly inadequate.Yes, I wouldn’t want to be shot with one. No one would. That’s a no brainer. But it’s far from the ideal .22LR.

  • Major Tom

    So where’s the trigger on it? Am I supposed to just brandish and use harsh language?

    • Paul Epstein

      When the gun is cocked the trigger comes out the front of that piece below the frame, this is not a new way of doing triggers/trigger guards.

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      The trigger IS that little tab at the bottom . . . .

  • Captain Obvious

    Few things are more useless than a tiny, short barreled, expensive single action 22lr in a box. Cute but pretty much useless except as jewelry. Okay, maybe it could be used for to euthanize a rabbit tied to a table at point blank range but other than that, not very useful.

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      On the other hand, it’s the best for a close range take out of two legged animals that are unsuspecting . . . .

  • BillyOblivion

    Just want to note that one can fit a small knife, 3 loaded magazines (one in the gun) a small flashlight, a lighter and a Ruger LCP in a Pocket Organizer like Maxpedition and some other companies sell.

    Wrap it in a rain poncho and a thick polar fleece and it be invisible.

  • Gary Kirk
    • Raptor Fred

      I bought one these 500 snubs without the kit years ago for a heck of a discount. I’m glad I handload, because with full power 500 it was ridiculous to try and hold on to. It was a more useful gun with 440gr bullets going about 900fps instead of 1400fps LOL.

    • Jocephus Beneathus

      Well played, sir.

    • FlaBoy

      Now that’s some “big medicine” !

    • Spencerhut

      One shot without earplugs and you will bleed to death out your ears.

      • Gary Kirk

        HUUUHH?!?!!!

        • Spencerhut

          Go shoot a .500S&W without earpro, then you will understand.

          • Gary Kirk

            WHAATT?!!

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      I’d rather have the 460 version, more versatile; shoots 3 calibers; there is really no need for the heavier grain bullets the 500 has available over the 460. A 325gr bullet should do just fine.

  • Raptor Fred

    Who are they trying to market this to? People that have never been outside before? If you’re gonna go beyond the wall, here’s a .22lr micro revolver with a big ass case, that you are going to put in the bottom of your rucsac. Oh it’s limited edition, so tell the bear that while you are attempting to retrieve your little box of stupidity.

  • Swarf

    Has anyone pointed out that that is just a tiny gun in a box? Because that’s just a tiny gun in a box.

    Pretty sure even the most design challenged among us could handle that arts and crafts project.

    • Marcus D.

      Even easier. I have a $5 plastic “ammo box” that is water resistant and large enough to hold a full size pistol, three or four spare mags, and a bunch of loose rounds.Yet it is small enough to fit under the passenger seat, and it is lockable to prevent any issues with transportation.

  • Rob

    Hmmm…to each their own. It looks pretty useless to me aside from whatever collector’s value it will have as a TALO product. In a survival situation I don’t want a tiny, hard to shoot gun with the KE of a pellet gun, I want a real gun. And what is the point of the empty ammo box?

  • jerry young

    A .22 is a great survival weapon but not a small revolver that isn’t accurate much past 15 or 20 feet, I like the Henry AR7 but would like to see a larger caliber model like the predecessor the Armalite AR7 that was made in .22 and for a while .25, I think one chambered for .410 and .45 long colt would be a great survival weapon the only negative would be the giving up the semi auto AR7 for a single shot, that being said I do like these little revolvers but more as a novelty gun to add to my collection, these micro revolvers are nothing new they’ve been around for many years, back in the 70’s you could buy ones that came with a belt buckle.

  • Nick

    If people have the desire to handicap themselves with a single action .22lr revolver for “survival” you can pick up one of those Heritage SAA clones in .22 for like $120, buy a brick or two of ammo, a basic hard case/bag, and have something that’s actually (somewhat) useful for quite a bit less money.

    • 9911kelly

      Although I much prefer a revolver that can be shot single or double, my 9.5″ barrel Single Six works well for small to medium game, especially considering the .22 Magnum cylinder.

  • 9911kelly

    Why an orange grip, making it harder to hide if you need to?

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      It’s a emergency weapon, in emergency orange. Also, if you live somewhere with deciduous trees, then fall colors would have orange tones . . . at the same time, it makes it easier to find if you happen to drop it by accident . . .

      • 9911kelly

        If It’s mine and I need it, I’m going to have it stashed where I can find it if needed. An orange grip isn’t going to help make that easier,because I’m going to know it’s location. And if it’s not a glow-in-the-dark grip, it’snot going to help in darkness.

        The leaves are orange-ish for a VERY short period of time. So it’s usefulness as camouflage is extremely limited at best. Even in the fall, a darker green is better, as not all trees/bushes change colors, and green is a way more common and way more natural color. And even though leaves eventually change colors, the leave are green longer than any other color. Or, if on the ground, brown.

        Why choose a very limited, mostly unnatural, and more noticeable color as camouflage? I guarantee no experts would.

        Making it easier to find if I drop it could be a viable use, although my experience shows that’s not likely to happen, as I keep track of all weapons, and insure that I have control of all weapons in one form or another.

        However, if it makes it easier for me to find, it also makes it easier for a potential enemy to find. And that could lead to the end my life.

        • 2ThinkN_Do2

          It is so small, you could conceal the thing within you hand and no one would even see the grip . . . not to mention you could probably hide the entire firearm by just flipping your hand over, palm facing down.

          • 9911kelly

            True, but since the conversation went from grip color to size, it’s also so small that it has very, very limited usefulness. It’s inherent inaccuracy due to the really short barrel makes it good only for very close range self defense, and also weak enough that you might would have to empty the cylinder AND not miss at all.

            And if that doesn’t do the trick and you have no time for reloading, then what?

            You mentioned the grip making it easier to find, but it’s also so small that the size could make it harder to find, even more so in a situation where the grip is covered up. Try feeling for one in a deep, thick pile of leaves.

            I like small handguns, but although this one is indeed easier to hide because of it’s size, it’s just too small to be of good, all-around usefulness. Although .22LR can be useful, if I’m trying to survive, more barrel is needed to increase the effectiveness.

            I’m thinking along the lines of the Charter Arms Pathfinder, Taurus Tracker 992 (which can also shoot .22 Magnum, increasing it’s versatility), and the .22LR, 8 shot version of the Ruger SP101.

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    I think the point of the ammo box, is to show you it can hold a box of 50 in the case with the firearm.