After surviving a non-life threatening injury, you are forced to hide while attempting to escape angry mobs rioting in the streets. You manage to find an abandoned building that is large enough to provide some decent hiding spots. The plan is solid, you will hunker down until a time when your injuries and the situation outside improves enough to make an exit. A few hours into your hideout, you are discovered and detained against your will.
Immediately, you do a mental personal inventory and remember that you have a SPIE (Special Purpose Insertion Extraction) kit built into your clothing. With some training, practice, and of course, luck, you have everything you need to make an escape attempt.
I was introduced to the SPIE kit from a good friend in the “business” that does an equal share of international travel to semi and non-permissive countries alike. I like this little kit in that the contents are very small and easy to conceal within clothing. When my kit arrived, I emptied the contents and separated them according to how I could conceal and carry them in my EDC. I chose to conceal the non-metallic tools into my clothing or to use other means of attaching them to my body.
I kept the metal parts in the small plastic case that the kit is shipped in. Keep in mind that some of the tools are non-metallic and can be easily concealed and carried through airport security. Others that are made of metal would need to be checked with luggage until your final destination if you are travelling by air.
The contents of the kit are well thought out with multiple avenues of escaping illegal bondage or defeating a lock. The contents include:
- Folding razor blade and fine tooth saw
- Diamond wire file
- Ceramic razor
- 6ft of steel coated leader wire
- 6ft of Kevlar cordage
- 2 ea. polymer handcuff keys
- Handcuff shim
- Quick stick lock pick
- Button compass
If you purchase a SPIE kit, I recommend getting two. One can be used for real world EDC, and one for training purposes. You must train and practice to become efficient at using these tools. Without training, your chances of escape are slim. This is especially true if your captors have military or police training and know the proper applications of handcuffs and detention. Another consideration is that the contents of this kit are very small and lightweight for easy concealment. This makes the work of shimming or picking locks that much harder without training and practice. I can’t stress this enough. The false sense of security you may have carrying this kit will be quickly crushed when you learn that the contents have a learning curve and you’re chained to a radiator awaiting an eventual beat down.
As well as a good supply of survival and evasion supplies, ITS sells a handful of lock picking training aids that can be found on their website here.