Survival Tin

Ever wonder what the real guys carry as their emergency back up kit? I mean the baddest ass guys who on a daily basis live in what we would consider ‘a worst case scenario’ and thrive in it.


They live in a world in which our “oh shit” moment wouldn’t even register as a hiccup to them. So if on a daily basis these guys ruck around 80 pounds of gear what could they possibly carry as a back up? What do you get as a survival tin for the guys who aren’t supposed to get themselves into any trouble they can’t handle? But what if that very time comes? Well here’s a list of gear the Naval Special Warfare Development Group has chosen to be in the Survival Tin for the Navy SEALs. As you could imagine it’s got to be rugged because these guys have a reputation for destroying things, whether that be small countries, vehicles, or weapons if it can be broken, bent or destroyed, they’ll find a way to do it.

So what do you get the guy who has access to anything they want? Well here’s the list:


Hard Storage Case Requirements:

a. 4”x 2.5” x 1.2” of a lightweight material not to exceed 6 oz.

b. Capability of being provided in either Desert Tan or OD/Forest Green

c. Capable of limited cooking without effecting the container finish (i.e. paint bubbling)

d. Capable of being used as a limited digging implement without affecting its ability to house contents (simultaneous function of digging and housing not required).

e. Shall have a weather resistant gasket able to keep out water during minor water immersion (i.e. river crossings, swimming)

f. Shall have a fastening system that is reuseable and secure to prevent accidental openings

g. Top surface of kit must have permanently affixed a 2” x 3” piece of loop fastener (i.e. soft side of velcro)

h. Ruggedized to take heavy abuse while carried without damage to inner contents

i. Case shall securely hold all items below without rattling or other noises.
1. Items for Hard Storage Case

1.Mini-Multi Tool with:

a. Stainless Steel
b. Pliers
c. Wire cutter
d. File
e. Awl
f. Packaged so as to not rattle in case

2. Button Compass
a. Quality AA
b. 14mm
c. Liquid dampened
d. Minimum 8 hour luminous

3. LED Squeeze Light
a. Red
b. Continuous or Momentary Switch

4. Fire Starting Kit
a. Ferro cerium rod not to exceed 3”L x 8mm W
b. Tinder tabs (4) packaged in reclosing bag.

5. Water Storage Device
a. 2L capacity
b. Able to hold all contents of the kit
c. Must be sealable and reusable
d. Must be odor proof

6. Water Purification Tablets
a. 40 tablets
b. Packaged in amber, medical grade borosilicate

7. Electrolyte Tablets
a. 2 tablets

8. Signal Mirror
a. 2”x 3”
b. Non-mirrored side covered with an IR reflective material
c. Mirror side must be protected to prevent scratches. Protective cover must be able to be removed with one hand.
d. Must have an aiming hole

9. Thermal Blanket
a. 21” x 56” x .05mil
b. Polyester, aluminized
c. 1 side silver, other side orange
d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

10. Kevlar Line
a. Yellow or green in color
b. 188lb test
c. 15 feet in length
d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts

11.Safety Pins
a. Two #2 (1.5” steel)
b. Two #00 (.75” brass)
c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

12. P-38 can opener
a. Packaged so as to not rattle while in case.

13. Stainless Steel Wire
a. 2’ of 20ga

14. Duct Tape
a. Brown or Green in color
b. 26” x 2”

15. Fresnel Magnifying Lens
a. 4x power
b. 3.25” x 2”

16. Waterproof Note Paper
a. 4 sheets
b. Desert tan color
c. 3.5” x 2”

17. Ink Pen
a. Pressurized ink cartridge
b. Black in color

18. Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Ointment
a. 1- 32oz foil pack

19. Cotton Pad
a. 100% Cotton
b. 2” x 2.5”
c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

3. Soft Storage Case Requirements
1. U.S. Flag Patch (left star field)
2. Subdued desert in color.
3. 3.5” x 2.25”
4. Hook fastener (i.e. hard side of velcro) sewed to back with a slit in order to store and retrieve contents below yet hold contents down while worn.

4. Items for Soft Storage Case
1. Hacksaw Blade
a. Carbon Steel
b. 24tpi
c. 2.75” L
d. Hole in one end for a lanyard
e. Opposite hole end, sharpen down reverse tanto-style end.

2. Ceramic Razor Blade
a. 1 or 2 sides sharpened
b. Packaged so as to not accidentally cut anything or dull

3. Moleskin Adhesive Patch
a. Heavy duty
b. 1.75” x 2.5”

4. Kevlar Thread
a. Green or yellow
b. 100-200lb test
c. 24” in length
d. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

5. Fishing Leader/Downrigger Cable
a. Multi-strand
b. Stainless steel
c. 50lb  test
d. 24” in length

6. Suspended Navigation Magnet
a. Identifiable north painting feature
b. Magnet suspended from thread/string
c. Packaged in plastic with easy tear pre-cuts.

7. Ferro Cerium Rod
a. 1.75” L x .125”W

8. Cotton Ball
a. Impregnated with wax.
b. Packaged in a reclosing bag.

9. Bobby Pins
a. Spring steel
b. 2 small
c. 1 large
d. Black in color

10. Handcuff Shim (Pick)

11. Universal Handcuff Key
12. Non-metallic resin material


You can find the link to the solicitation for the creation of this kit here. And if you really want one you can get one here. Below are images of the SOLKOA Kit and tin. Together they cost about $160.

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