Some of these things we actually accomplished. Guess which ones they are?
Here is the rifle, just a plain Jane ordinary Marlin.
I wanted some type of sling for the rifle and I also wanted some way of carrying at least a little bit of Paracord. We went to Wal-Mart, bought a little kit that contains quick release swivels and the studs for installing them on a rifle stock. Holes were drilled. Studs were screwed . But how about a sling? Wal-Mart has them too. There are also some neat Paracord slings available on the Internet but they cost way too much. Why not do like some guys on those Internet videos do and make your very own rifle sling out of Paracord? Why not indeed. So I made a deal with my little nephew. He wanted some Paracord so that he could make bracelets and I wanted a rifle sling. So I gave him lots of Paracord and put my little nephew to work on that and he whipped up this black and red nifty looking Paracord sling for me. He got to keep what was left. It contains approximately 64 feet of Paracord that you could unravel and use for 812 different things if you so desired. It was cheap. And it is very lightweight and strong. How can you beat that.
But.................. But what if I get lost out in the deepest darkest woods? Whatever on earth shall I do then? There are big and scary ......................things out there. How will I cope? Never fear. Because I also have a tiny flashlight and a gerber lock back knife in the ammo pouch. Along with a button compass, three twelve inch pieces of copper wire for making snares, three fat rubber bands and a four way screwdriver that I made by taking two double ended screwdriver bits and welding them together, giving me a small and large regular and Phillips screwdriver. The flashlight and the screwdriver are connected to the pouch by a piece of copper wire so that they cannot get lost. See?
Oh. That is better.. But is that all? Are you going to survive for years and years out in the deepest jungle with that little bit of equipment? No, I won't have to. Because there's more.
More you say? Oh yes indeed. About 25 years ago, way before Al Gore invented the Internet, in a magazine I saw a rifle that had a hidden compartment in the butt stock. I thought it was very cool and I wanted to try and see what we could do with that idea. Here's what happened.
First we take a plain Jane ordinary rifle stock. Then we drilled a hole. Then we filed. And then we drilled a bigger hole using a half inch bit. Still it was not big enough to suit me. We got tired of drilling and filing so we took this router bit looking reamer thing that fits onto a drill and stick it in the hole and boy, now we're getting somewhere. It is really removing the wood. But then we get scared. What if we go over against the edge too far and create a hole out the side of the rifle stock? What if we take off too much wood and the rifle stock falls apart? A 22 has no recoil so I wasn't worried a whole lot about the structural integrity of the wood but we called it good and stopped right there. What we ended up with was something that looks like this.
Ah, that certainly looks interesting. But what do you do then? Well, what we did was to take a bunch of items and shove them in the holes.
But what kind of items? Skittles? Tiddlywinks? No, no, no. Survival type items. Things such as these-