Building a Grab & Go Handgun Kit

Building a Grab & Go Handgun Kit

Taurus introduced its First 24 Kits, which incorporate several basic survival tools with an emphasis on personal protection into a compact, portable hard case. Containing a Judge revolver customized by Aimpro Tactical, a knife, light, extra ammo and so forth, it's a fantastic concept.

But what if you already have a Judge or perhaps you prefer a different handgun? Easy enough: Purchase a quality compact hard case and assemble your own kit just the way you like it.

Certain items are critical to such a kit (gun, ammo, knife, light), and dressing it up with a bunch of other stuff can be helpful too. Where to draw the line? I tossed ideas back and forth, finally agreeing that such a kit should be considered an accessory fighting kit that compliments your go-bag, rather than a full-blown survival ensemble. So we left out the space blankets and MREs.

Keep in mind several things when choosing the various items you include: they need to be relatively compact (much as I'd like to include my Cold Steel Trail Master with 9.5-inch blade, it's just not practical). The items need to be of high quality because they may be the last fighting tools you ever have. They also need to be highly functional — cool factor is of less value than practicality.

For many of us, the items destined for a new grab-and-go compact personal protection kit must be equipment already owned. Few folks have the extra money to just waltz out and buy all new gear for it, so evaluate what you have on hand and put it to use if it passes muster. If you doubt its quality or capability, then it's time to raid the nickel sock in your dresser drawer and go purchase a new piece or two.

The beauty of assembling your own kit is the ability to tailor it to your anticipated needs with equipment you like and trust.

The case you use is critical as well: Choose something that's durable enough to drive a pickup truck over, that's waterproof, compact and discrete.

After much pleasurable debate and head scratching (you'll find that just assembling the items to be included is even more fun than actually having the finished kit), here are the items we chose for this example kit:

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