SurvivalCache Founder Interview: Joel

Joel – Joel has been thinking about TEOTWAWKI before Michael Stipe formed the band R.E.M in 1980 and penned the song “The End of The World as We Know It.”  Joel grew up in the Midwest where his father and grandfather always preached to him about self reliance and being able to live off the land.  Joel stayed in the Midwest for college where he was a Div I swimmer and school record holder.

Joel Forge Survival Supply

After college Joel joined the US Marine Corps where he served as an (0302) Marine Infantry Officer.  Joel is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time in the mountains hunting, hiking, and mountain biking or in the water competing in long distance open water events, scuba diving, and sailing.  Joel’s hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping for survival situations.  Joel also has an interest in Bug Out Vehicles that require no fossil fuels such as Sail Boats and Mountain Bikes.  Joel recently co-authored the book “Everyday Survival Kits” with Mark Puhaly to help people get better prepared.

How does Joel answer 17 Survival Questions?

1.  Please describe your Every Day Carry?
HK P2000 SK .40 cal, Spyderco Manix 2, Suunto Core Watch, iPhone 4 with Otterbox Cover, Sparkie Fire Starter, Leatherman Charge ALX.

2.  Favorite Bug Out Pistol?
Glock 17

3.  Favorite Concealed Carry Pistol?
A. Sphinx SDP Compact 9mm
B. HK P2000 Sk .40 cal
C. Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact .40 cal with trijicon night sights

4.  Favorite Bug Out Rifle or Carbine?
AR-15 (POF P416 – .223)

5.  Favorite Rifle or Carbine?
HK-91 (7.62mm x 51mm)

6.  Favorite Shotgun?
Benelli M4 (Desert Camo)

7.  The amount of food you have at your house?
6 month supply

8.  Name your top 7 items in your Bug Out Bag?
Wiggy’s Sleeping Bag w/ Bivvy, MSR Water Purifier, Kel Tec Sub 2000 (9mm), AlpineAire Meals, Survival Fishing Kit, BlastMatch Fire Starter, Gortex Top and Bottom

9.  Describe your Bug Out Location, if you have one?
Rocky Mountains

10.  Describe your Bug Out Vehicle?
1998 Ford Expedition or 2004 Honda Rincon ATV w/trailer (Mountain Bike going with me on both options)

11.  Describe your Bug Out Bag?
GraniteGear Chief Patrol Pack – Multicam

12.  Favorite home defense pistol?
FNP-45 USG (Dark Earth) w/ M6 Laser-Light (Hard to argue with 15 rounds of .45 ACP for home defense)

13.  Favorite home defense Rifle/Shotgun?
Benelli M4

14.  Favorite Survival Book?
SAS Handbook or How to Survive The End Of The World As We Know It

15.  Favorite Survival Type Movie?
The Road Warrior

16.  Survival Knife?
The Parry Blade

17.  Survival Tools in your kit?
Always have a Leatherman close by