|SAS survival tin and contents|
The SAS kit is housed in a 2oz tobacco tin. The lid is buffed to a high polish to use for signaling. Waterproof the kit with a strip of adhesive tape. Pack all spaces with cotton for tinder.
Lofty recommends using strike-anywhere matches and to waterproof them with wax. Although none of the pre-made SAS survival type kits use these.
To assist with fire making. Also he suggest using a candle made from tallow to eat as fat and use for frying.
Used to start fires in bright sunlight and for searching for splinters. This is another item I don't find in commercial tins.
Because it will light many fires.
Selection of hooks, lead weights, and line. Can also be used to catch birds
Pack several needles and one large needle. Then wrap the thread around the needles to save space. Most commercial kits pack hotel grade sewing kits without large needles.
A luminous one; liquid filled.
Beta light(tritium light):
A continuous light source...good for tactical situations, where a strong light source may give you away.
Brass snare wire:
Commando Wire Saw:
Advises to remove handles and make wooden toggles if needed to save on packing space.
Band-aids, butterfly sutures pain relievers, anti-diarrhea pills, antibiotics, allergy relief pills, water purification tabs, anti-malaria pills, and potassium permanganate. Potassium permangante is multi use. Can be used as an antiseptic, water purifier, and mixed with glycerin to produce fire.
Scalpel blades-cutting implement
As I've said before I'm not a big fan of tin kits. But most of today's personal survival kits are based on "Lofty's" SAS models. They have proven themselves among SAS. Although it takes a high level of training to survive long term on these items. A ordinary civilian with little or no training may need more equipment. Also this kit is designed for combat use. Notice there is not a big emphasis on signaling equipment. This would give your position away when working behind enemy lines. Anyway, I hope this breakdown is helpful to all of you that don't own a SAS type kit or the reference book.
You can check out Lofty at http://www.truewayssurvival.com/
John Wiseman, SAS Survival Guide. 1986.