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Stag Arms 2012 Executive Survivors Kit Review

by James Tarr   |  February 15th, 2013 2


I’m a firm believer of the “just in case” philosophy of life. It’s why I carry a gun even though I live in a safe neighborhood and wear a seatbelt while driving even though I’m a good driver. It’s also why I tell everyone they should own and know how to use a rifle—just in case.

The fact is that we now live in a world where the U.S. government is telling people they need to not just have an emergency preparedness plan but a kit to survive 72 hours, but what its preparation advice fails to mention is that one of the main problems most people encounter during a disaster is other people.

With all of these facts in mind, the people at Stag Arms have put together the 2012 Executive Survivors Kit. The heart of the kit is a Stag Model 2 AR-15 rifle with the company’s Diamondhead Versa-Rail handguard. This is a modular aluminum fore-end that allows the user to bolt on rail sections wherever they see fit.

The Stag Model 2 is a direct-impingement AR-15 with a 16-inch barrel and six-position collapsible stock. Stag Arms has had great success making dependable rifles in a number of different configurations, including left-handed models. The Model 2 is a basic M4-style carbine, with a fixed front sight and a folding rear sight, but it also comes with an EOTech Model 517 Holosight.

I consider the EOTech holosight to have the best reticle of any non-magnified red dot sight, and the 517 takes standard AA batteries. This is important, as finding batteries of any kind in an emergency, much less the rare compact lithium types, can be problematic.

Stag’s got that covered, not only by choosing a AA-powered red dot but by including in the kit a companion flashlight that takes AAs as well: the Gerber Omnivore. This bright LED flashlight is bright enough to do everything you need while being compact enough to fit in a pocket. To go along with these electronics, Stag includes four AAs to power them.

Also included is a Gerber Multi-Plier multi-tool (with belt pouch), which many people prefer because you can deploy it with one hand, an Otis AR-15 cleaning kit, a sling and a field repair/spare parts kit for the rifle.

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