Looking for a last-ditch .22 that comes ready with survival gear? Many of you are probably aware of the AR-7 Survival 22 rifle that Henry manufactures but may not realize that the company offers a US Survival Pack that includes the AR-7.
Many folks today are ever-mindful of maintaining a kit that offers the ability not only to hunt and defend, but will also provide for a survival situation. The US Survival Pack or Kit as it is sometimes called is designed as a grab-and-go package to provide for basic survival needs.
The AR-7 is a 22 semi-auto long rifle caliber at the core of the pack. It weighs only 3.5 pounds and breaks down for carry in its own 16.5-inch stock. Barrel, action, and magazines all store inside the water-resistant ABS plastic stock that floats! The little rifle comes with two eight-round magazines.
The disassembled AR-7 fits perfectly in the Allen brand carry bag that stores the other components of the U.S. Survival Kit. Two roomy side pockets would also allow for additional small items of your preference.
The complete contents of the Survival Pack would be of use in any survival situation and contains the following:
22 long rifle carbine in black finish.
SWAT-T (stretch, wrap, and tuck) black mode. This tourniquet can also serve as a pressure dressing to hold gauze or other blood-stop material in place.
ESEE brand steel that can be used with your ferro rod for fire-starting and also has a center divot for use with a bow and drill.
Water purifying straw by Aquamira Frontier that can provide filtration for up to 30 gallons of water.
Datrex Food Bar
Highly concentrated 1000-calorie food bars vacuum bagged in a specially designed polymer/foil package, certified to keep fresh for a minimum of five years – four per pack.
Buck Rival folding knife with 2.75-inch stainless steel blade, Henry branded (on blade) and black handle with one-handed thumb opening stud.
Mil-C-504H Type III Camo Green 483x100ft – Henry Private Labeled that can be used for lashing duties, snares or cut down for fishing needs.
Mylar vacuum-sealed space blanket that can be also be used for signaling due to its highly reflective silver color.
I have personally tested the AR-7 and found it to be reliable, simple to assemble, and accurate. Running at least 50 rounds of .22 long rifle through the AR-7, it never had a failure to feed or eject.
Firing five rounds into a 1.5-inch bullseye offhand at about 15 yards I found the little carbine is certainly more than accurate for small game hunting. Sights on the AR-7 are a peep-style rear sight and a high-visibility orange front sight.
Although a Survival Kit comes standard with the black AR-7 rifle, two additional AR-7 camo patterns are available for purchase separately, called True Timber-Kanati and Viper Western.
MSRP for the US Survival Pack (including AR-7) is $625.
MSRP for the AR-7 only is $344 (black); in one of the camo patterns, $420.
All Henry products including their firearms are made right here in the USA. The US Survival Kit is lightweight, compact, and offers an additional level of preparedness for any outdoor enthusiast. You can find the US Survival Kit and other offerings from Henry Repeating Arms at henryusa.com.
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