*Survival .22LR*
By: Spike
23 February 2008

I started with a 1930's Stevens Model 66-B .22lr passed down to me from my great grandfather. Many people told me to put it away, but I don't believe is just collecting weapons. An unloaded weapon is a club, and a weapon locked away is, well boring.

Being that this is my only .22 rifle, I wanted to be able to use it but still protect it. We've all seen survival .22s, but in this article I'm incorporating the ideas of wrapping 550 cord, storing ammo and providing added storage. Early tries included using A.L.I.C.E. clips on the stocked wrapped with the 550 cord. This is a viable option and if you don't mind, you can always screw the clips to the stock directly. This allows modifying what you carry on the buttstock be it a first aid pouch, M-16 ammo pouch (made for 20rd mags) or any other A.L.I.C.E. compatible pouch (or if used with zipties, M.O.L.L.E. pouches also!)

For me, instead of screwing in the A.L.I.C.E. clip, I used a heavy duty ziptie. It stays secure and ius able to be removed with cutting giving me the option of taking any pouch off the stock without trouble and looping it on to my belt. For the sake of photos, I just used one pouch but am able to mount a second pouch on the empty side giving me more options. I also didn't want to damage the stock, so this is a good alternative instead of screwing the A.L.I.C.E. clips. The wrapped 550 cord helps to protect the stock from getting scraped in the woods.

In the first aid pouch I have a compression bandage, vinyl gloves and toilet paper.

Ammo storage in the stock is easy to do. In this case my bit was too short, so I can only fit 3 rounds per hole, but that supplies me as is with an extra 12 rounds.

And even more 550 cord can be wrapped around the barrel supplying you with a bit extra and protecting the barrel from damage also.

I have done this rifle over and over again figuring out new combinations. In this one, I used smaller bits of 550 cord so I wouldn't have to undo eveything if it was needed in an emergency.


Spike



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