One of the things I’ve noticed lacking in pre-made survival kits these days is quality components. What use is it to have a dirt cheap, Made In China survival kit that will most likely fail on you when you find yourself plumb in the middle of a disaster – a situation when you really need a survival kit most?

But, then I stumbled across the Henry Arms Survival Kit. I discovered its made in the USA, used by the US military (among others) and I believe this may actually be the solution to quality, pre-made survival kits. The only other kits I’ve seen that would compare to it in terms of quality would be the UK made BCB Combat Survival Kit and the Escape and Evade Military Survival Kit. It is also very similar to the Best Glide Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit. You can get this kit for around $85 on and just under $100 from Henry Repeating Rifles. This kit was originally created back in 2011 when Henry Arms (best known for their classic range of lever-action rifles which dates back to the American Civil War) teamed up with Best Glide Adventurer Survival Equipment to create this kit for Henry to sell along with their popular AR-7 survival rifle which has been used by Airforce pilots as a survival rifle since 1959.

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Best Glide specialises in supplying quality survival kits and equipment to the US armed forces (Army, Navy, Airforce, USMC, Coast Guard, Special Forces) and have been doing so for the last decade. They originally started out by creating survival gear for aviators and then eventually expanded to providing survival kits and equipment armed forces and the civilian population.
The kit is very comprehensive, packed with the essentials and contains just about everything you need to survive in both wilderness and urban environments with the exception of food and water but has everything you need to acquire them. It’s fairly lightweight, reasonably compact and can be chucked into your Go Bag/Bug Out Bag, car, a cargo pants pocket or an ammo pouch on your MOLLE webbing or LBE vest. Having said that, the kit is not exactly that small and wouldn’t easily fit into a standard pants pocket.
The contents of the kit come in a very solid, hard anodised aluminium extra large SPAM can type container with rolling closures and a waterproof silicone gasket around the lid. It is both fire and water resistant and is extremely durable which is a big plus because remember in a survival situation, you’re going to want a container that is actually robust. The dimensions of the container including the clasps are 7.3″ (19 cm) x 4.6″ (12 cm) x 2.3″ (5.8 cm) and it weighs in at 6.2 oz (176 g) when fully packed. Henry states that the can is not safe for cooking/heating food in but it is definitely made from aluminium and in a pinch I guess it could be used as a mess tin although it is not recommended that you do so.
Many of the items inside the kit are US military/NATO approved which goes to show that they are of high quality. Staying warm, signaling for help, treating wounds, acquiring food, treating water – this kit has you covered!
follow link So let’s take a closer look at the kit.  Inside, it contains the following items:
  • Basic Survival Instruction Sheet (contains some fantastic survival information; ensure that you read/understand it )
  • Aloksak Water Tight Bag (kit contents are inside this; can also be used for collecting water; great for putting personal items in to keep them dry)
  • Personal Use Fishing Kit (for getting yourself food from a body of water)
  • Mini Map Compass (does its job of pointing north; know how to use this well)
  • Mini Rescue Flash Signal Mirror (for signalling aircraft; very effective)
  • Beeswax Tea Light Survival Candle (redundant light source)
  • 10 pieces of Tinder Quick  (awesome artificial tinder; compressed, flammable tinder – gets a fire going when no dry natural tinder is available)
  • 20 ft of Type 1A Utility Cord (not paracord but this is a great, strong light utility cord; can replace this with 550 paracord if you wish)
  • Photon Micro Light (a little clever mini light which helps you see your way through the dark)
  • Sewing Kit (for when your clothes or gear rip/tear; can also be used for sewing up wounds)
  • Spiral Wire Survival Saw (cut trees down for building shelters, rafts etc; extremely effective)
  • 1 ft flexible latex tubing (can be used as a drinking straw and for siphoning petrol from a car in an urban SHTF scenario; also could be used as an improvised tourniquet)
  • Abdominal Trauma Bandage and Gauze Roll (first aid; multiple uses; excellent blood absorption capability)
  • Adventurer Compact Repair Tape (duct tape rolled really small; multiple uses; can be used as a bandage and to repair things)
  • Adventurer Compact Fire Starter (small ferro rod with striker; produces a bright, hot spark)
  • Rapid Rescue Survival Whistle (piercing loud; great for signalling rescuers)
  • 20 ft of Snare Wire (for building basic snares to catch small game)
  • 10x Adventure All Weather Matches (fire starting redundancy; I always like to use the fire starter first)
  • Utica Kutmaster Mini Multi Tool (not a bad multi tool; has several different blades and tools; pretty sharp – will get the job done; could replace this with a Swiss Army one)
  • Flat Coffee Filter (use for pre-filtration of water with the water tablets)
  • Water Bag (collecting water)
  • 5x MicroPur Water Tablets (purifying water; I think this is a great backup to my Sawyer Mini Water Filter)
  • 12 Hour Light Stick (gives you light for quite a while)
  • Space Survival Blanket (great emergency blanket; can keep you quite warm; not a long term solution so I suggest you get the SOL Escape Bivvy and carry it along with this survival kit in your pack)
  • Compact Signal Panel (can be used to signal rescuers both on land and in the air)
  • Silica Gel (keeps moisture out of the pack preventing the contents from getting spoiled)
  • Fresnel Lens Fire Starter (can be used to start a fire from direct sunlight – trust me I’ve done it before; also great for searching for splinters and stings)
  • Derma Safe Razor Knife (obviously a blade; multiple uses; can be lashed to a strong, pointed stick as a makeshift spear)

There is one downside to this kit and that is the fact that after you unpack it, that it is quite difficult to repack again. I took at least 30 mins (no kidding!) to put this kit back together and even then it was such a tight fit. I think this is a credit to Best Glide in the sense that they tried to pack as much items into the kit as possible unlike some other companies who pack the very bare minimum into their kits.

click here What I would add to this kit…
Just because of who I am, I just like to have a few extra redundant items around which is not such a bad thing because remember things can run out… and if you’re out in the backwoods or wherever for an extended period, things won’t be looking good unless you know some ‘primitive’ survival skills like how to make a fire saw, bow drill etc.

Personally I would add a cheap BiC lighter (use this before the fire starter and matches), replace the length of standard cord with paracord (as mentioned before), replace the cheap multitool with a Swiss Army one (as I also mentioned before) and maybe add an extra box of matches. If you’re in the US, you could swap a couple of the items with a 5 round magazine of .22 LR ammo for the Henry AR-7 rifle. After that, I think we’ve just about run out of space in the kit and it will be quite a tight fit.

For the comprehensiveness and quality components contained in this kit, we rate it at a full 5 out of 5 stars hands down. Yes, this kit may be on the pricey side (which may turn some people away from buying it), but I think it’s definitely worth getting one of these for your bug our bag or whenever you head off the beaten track next. There’s no two ways about that. So… certainly check it out. You can get yours from Henry Arms here.
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