ACW Tactical: MAC-Gyver Kit review by the Liberty report’s Nick Torres
In depth review of a unique survival, utility/preparedness pack.
Recently, I have got the chance to review a company known as ACW Tactical. The product that I have received from them is known as their “Mac-Gyver” kit. Now when you hear the name MAc-Gyver if you have ever watched the original show or the remake of the show, you will know that Mac-Gyver is someone that is known for coming up with fancy gadgets and quick fixes for whatever situation that he is in. With this kit, we see that we now have the capabilities of doing such things as Mac-Gyver now.
Going over the pack
The pack is something else, I would say. The first thing that I would like to go over with is the ways I can attach this pack. On the back of the pack, we see that there is a separate backing that velcros on. On the velcro portion of the pack, we see that there are two Molle Straps. I will be the first to tell you that I love to use Molle straps. I have a lot of different items that I can Molle this kit down too, so with the capability to use Mollee straps the combinations are endless. With the velcro on the back, I would like to say as well that we are looking at something that can be beneficial as well. With the ability to velcro this down to a surface we cut down on the risk of the pack moving while a vehicle is moving.
When it comes to the inside of the pack, I would like to go over this as well. When the pack is fully open there are seven different compartments that open up, holding different items that are pre-selected from ACW Tactical.
A strap that runs over the front to buckles over the top to keep kit inside secure
Ability to Strap small pouches on front (Molle)
Velcro on front for patches
What’s in the kit?
(* Due to the number of items included in the pack, I will be going over a few different ones that have piqued my interest)
“What’s not in the kit?”, is what I would say when it comes to ACW Tactical’s Mac-Gyver Kit. Opening the pack we see in the even different compartments, ACW has picked out items that I believe are extremely beneficial to the user of the pack. The first thing that I would like to go over is the fact that there is a multi-tool in the pack. I believe that the multi-tool is something everyone should keep on them at all times. It is something that has a multitude of uses, and I never leave home without one. The fact that there is also one in the kit, shows that I am not the only one that thinks the way that I do.
The next item on the list that has sparked an interest in my review is the fact that there is a small medical kit in the bottom pouch. I believe that having a medical kit is something that should be in any type of pack. No matter how big it is or what is in it; being able to have this is extremely beneficial to the user for a medical situation that can arise anywhere.
The kit does provide the user with multiple different gauges of wires as well. When it comes to this I find that this could be extremely beneficial for the individual who is utilizing the kit. These different wires can have many different uses and one being that of a snare trap for when you find yourself in a situation that you need to find food out in the wild.
I have found there are some other different items that I believe have a proper place in this kit. There are clear, large plastic bags that have multiple uses, such as saving up water, ponchos, keeping clothes dry and used to carry different items that you need to collect in situations. In the pack as well, I found that we are given something that I find extremely beneficial and that is a chem light. When it comes to a chem light, this is something that I believe is extremely useful just as much as the first aid items. When it comes to the chem light, we are able to use it for the direst situations such as keeping track of someone when there is no power and also to signal individuals that may be looking for you in a time of crisis.
Do you think this pack is practical?
Absolutely, when it comes to the kit, I think that this is 110% practical for anyone that finds the need for themselves to want to prepare for anything that may happen in the future. There are 1000 different ways that you can use these items that are allotted to you from the company. The term, “ you get what you pay for,” is something that I find extremely applicable to this kit. The Mac-Gyver kit from ACW is definitely not cheap, but when it comes to being able to survive in situations that I find myself in, the price definitely doesn’t matter to me.
Final Thoughts and Would You Chance Anything? I would have to say that when it comes to this pack, the only thing that I would wish to see is the pack to come in more than just 2 colors. I find myself using different forms of patterns when it comes to my gear, mainly being Multicam at this time. This really is the only thing that I can find myself saying anything negative about when it comes to the kit. I find that the multiple ways that I am able to apply the gear involved in this kit is something to be applauded. Being ready for anything and the fact that you are able to have the tools to address situations is something to give praise too.
There is a lot of information out there about survival kits, for sure… but let’s consider what a survival kit is, and what YOUR needs are.
Let’s also consider one important fact that needs to be touched upon, that is: It is impossible to plan in detail for an unknown scenario. This is also why we at ACW believe in survival kit CONTENTS that are super versatile and act as force multipliers (especially when combined with the proper mind set) ! Build your load-out around this philosophy and your way ahead of the game.
Enter the “ACW MAC-Gyver kit”
– Combining specially selected common (and purpose made) items in a compact survival & utility resource.
Inside you will have over 150 individual items, all adding to your arsenal of adapting to any situation- especially effective for “Macgyver” types, Clever individuals and problem solvers…
Let’s compare what the Red Cross recommends in a kit, adding our own insight and recommendations, noted in italics
American Red Cross is a reputable, helpful and well established outfit by most accounts.
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) – Excellent add-on. Also remember in the event of an EMP or solor flare hit, you can save maps on your cell phone in the even no GPS or service is available.
Deluxe family first aid kit-Not sure what this means exactly…but sounds good to me. What is definitely needed is a “bleed / Trauma kit” add-on: Tourniquets, combat gauze etc. Learn to use them. A deluxe family first aid kit will not be effective at saving lives in severe cases of trauma and bleeding….
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items -Yes, load up on your personal meds
Sanitation and personal hygiene items -Sure thing
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) -This is a great idea, maybe in a secondary kit for sensitive items storage. Think Fire & water proof here for storing….Also on a side note; leave a note or word as to your heading and time of departure if you are going to wander off
Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)-Most people are so attached to their device that this will be a no brainer’. Savvy folks will also be able to rig charging devices with old cables and various batteries (depending on the device), so bring extra cables and such
Family and emergency contact information -Good idea. Also have a family/friends bug-out plan that everyone knows about in advance of any emergency. This would include primary meeting points, secondary, and misc link-up spots & caches.
Extra cash-Not a bad idea, at least in the preliminary stages of even a doomsday scenario, cash will have a value that’s embedded into most people. Later things with true value will rule: metals, water, fuel,batteries,etc. Extra cash is also good just to have as a convenience for small emergencies
Emergency blanket-Recommend a foil “space” type bag. If you have a vehicle or home safe rea then a good wool blanket, or other bedding would be clutch
Map(s) of the area – Another great idea. For those that are younger (teens to 30’s) you may not have any real concept of paper maps. Snuggle up with them and get familiar. Remember survival will be dominated by the Analog world in large part (depending)
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
Games and activities for children -Don’t forget the adults too! there is no need to suffer more than one has to.
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) -If possible
Two-way radios – Yes! and batteries again
Extra set of car keys and house keys -Zip tie an extra set under your car as a back-up
Manual can opener-P-38 type
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
Whistle -recommend ACR coast guard approved type.
N95 or surgical masks-check
Matches -Good, strike anywhere, dipped in wax for water resistance is even better. Then there is the most basic and useful fire source (often forgotten all together); The BIC lighter! (strikers and MAG bars are great too)
Rain gear -Stay dry, if you can’t have full rain gear, at least have a decent large clear garbage bag
Towels -Luxury, but well received if you have the space. Also a good multi-purpose item (we are all about options)
Work gloves– Luxury again, but good to have
Tools/supplies for securing your home – Good idea. having a separate tinkering/tool kit is a plus
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Plastic sheeting -Very ideal to have. As mentioned above, a drum liner or garbage bag or three, are wonderful additions to any kit. Solar stills can be fabricated for clean water procurement, and shelter roofs made to thwart the rains and help maintain optimal body temps
Duct tape -Yeah, but also consider electrical and specialty mending tapes like “Tenacious tape”, foil tapes, etc. This is 2019, not 1985 any more!
Scissors –Recommend having a multi tool with scissors to start with
Household liquid bleach -Well it is a heavy burden…Water weights about 8.34 lbs per gallon. If you can store some then great, but for the mobile individual or unit, having bleach in a small secure dropper bottle is even better. It only takes a few drops to chlorinate a gallon of water for drinking.
Entertainment items– Cards, and a creative mind work best. Also check out “The Compact reference and field manual” it’s a great small asset and highly rated. Full of interesting everyday life info and survival topics.
Blankets or sleeping bags
–Think outside the box. Adding wires, sewing kits/mending supplies, tubes, glues, and “junk drawer” items are some of the most versatile items to have.
Survival and Preparedness is not a one size fits all, save for the basic core essentials. You will find that to be optimally prepared for various situation, that different kits will be on stand-bye for different areas and needs. For example your Vehicle every day carry (VEDC) will be more expansive and particular in ways as compared to your personal EDC carry gear, or your Bug Out Bag (BOB), and your office, safe area, fall-out shelter or camp will like-wise be unique.
For individual items or pre-made kits, check out ACWtactical.com and build your own kits.