I’m sure I’ve mentioned it here before but if not I’ll say it again: I have a lot of hobbies. I like to shoot guns, take pictures, draw, read, play video games, and cook. I also like to sew. I’ve only completed a few sewing projects but its fun and relaxing every time. I definitely think sewing could be a survival skill and no man should feel too embarrassed to try to learn.
I decided to use my manly sewing skills to make a stock pouch for my SKS. Here’s a look at the completed piece after I managed to get it secured in place:
It wasn’t easy that’s for sure. It took a few hours and I had to start over from scratch more than once. The measurements were the hardest part to get right since the stock of the rifle features curves and angles. Even after I got it finished I struggled to get it to stay in place. The weight of a 10 round stripper clip was too much for it at first and I had to adjust the button locations to make it tighter.
I’m happy with the end result. It does what I needed it to do and looks pretty good (Ignoring the poor edge/seam work) at the same time. As it stands though there is no “lid” to the pouch so holding the gun at the wrong angle will cause the contents of the pouch to spill out. I might add one to it but most likely I’ll just use this pouch as a model for an improved version in the future. Maybe I can use some thicker, softer material so I get a nice cheek rest as well.
Just because you can buy something pretty cheap doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make it yourself. I had all the material for this already in the house but even if I had needed to buy everything it would’ve cost less than $5. My only investment was my time.
What do you think? How did I do? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? On a related note, have you made something similar for your weapons or survival gear? Let me know in the comments!