While the Recon Tanto isn't my first choice in field knife, it wouldn't be the only knife on my person. It would essentially be an abuse blade and it's already mounted to the holster platform so I wouldn't waste time changing it. The Gladius flashlight is my favorite multi-purpose flashlight due to its size and versatility in function. Now... let's get into the vest.
In the top photo you can see four pouches and one pistol magazine carrier mounted on the vest. That's how it was when I pulled it out of my closet and how it sits in there as I type this. In the photo the far left large utility pouch is filled with first-aid materials. Gloves, a tourniquet, two pressure bandagesa, some QuikClot, a micro-shield mask and a few other odd assorted items. The shotshell pouch holds another 17 rounds of 12g ammo. There are 11 more rounds of PolyShok and then three and three of slug / 00 respectively. While that's not a lot of ammo for the long gun, as I discussed above, 12g ammo is readily available from many sources and let's be honest: if you hit a bad guy ONCE with a 12g round, usually the fights over. The pistol magazine carrier holds a spare mag (more would be in my pockets and on my belt). I need to add at least one more; possibly two. The far right pouch is designed as a flashlight / handcuff pouch. I have a backup flashlight in there (Insight Tech Gear HX120) and, in the "handcuff" pouch, a SureFire Spares carrier that holds six more batteries. Both flashlights are LED driven and use CR123 3V batteries. What I don't have is a spare lamp, but LEDs are hard to break. The last pouch (that you can see) is the small green one above the pistol magazine. It was designed as a GPS or small radio pouch but I tend to use it to hold my cell phone (for however long it would work) or a compass.
Now... on the back. As I mentioned there is a hydration system. It's the 100oz HydraStorm from BLACKHAWK!. I don't typically keep it filled but I DO always keep it clean and dry. It can be filled in short order on the way out. Mounted onto the hydration pouch are the two large utility pouches I mentioned above. The bottom one holds my emergency shelter: a poncho, four aluminum stakes and a couple lengths of 550 / paracord (there's about 25' wrapped onto a cut paint-stirrer shown in the photo). That poncho can be formed into a number of different kinds of shelter but doesn't weigh much or take up much space. Of course, if you store it wet and never clean it, it doesn't smell pretty either (remember that if you're buying surplus kit).
- Food: three packages of Hoo-Ah Bars.
- An emergency "space" blanket
- A SteriPen to purify water
- Fire starter kit
The Hoo-Ah Bars aren't a lot of food, but in emergency situations, properly rationed, they are sufficient to sustain me for three days. The SteriPen allows me to purify more water as I need it. The emergency space blanket offers me warmth under my poncho shelter. For cooking and/or more warmth a fire is required. My fire starter kit is comprised of ten strike-anywhere matches with the heads dipped in wax to protect them from moisture and then the ten of them wrapped in plastic wrap. Also included is a small waterproof container that holds six cottonballs saturated in vaseline. Obviously these are consumable items I'd have to replace as I used them and continued to move.
So, a different challenge put forth; a different emergency condition emerging. Grap and go. That's what I'd grab. I'd arge that grabbing my Bugout Bag (which is on the floor in my closet right beneath where that vest hangs) would be easy, but I wasn't the one who set the conditions for this mental challenge.