SurvivalCache Writer Interview: Chuck

Chuck has been a prepper/survivalist for 19 years and loves taking to the woods to try new ideas and build things that will help survive TEOTWAWKI.  Currently Chuck is the unofficial leader of a group of like minded people that want nothing more than to be happy and live life and will do what ever it takes to keep their families safe.  Chuck has two boys who are 8 and 10 and have their own Bug Out Bags. Chuck’s favorite say is “Remember to keep your powder dry and your gear ready.”

How does Chuck answer 17 Survival Questions?

1. Please describe your Every Day Carry
Well I carry on me every day my S&W neck knife, a paracord survival bracelet that I made, and I carry a survival card in my wallet as well as a Gerber multi tool on my belt. I also wear a watch on my left wrist and a camo cap on top of my head. In my pocket I carry a pocket knife called an old timer.

2. Favorite Bug Out Pistol
I would have to say that my all time favorite hand gun is my Star 9mm but I want to get a colt 1911 45 acp.

3. Favorite Concealed Carry Pistol

Well I usually don’t carry on me but when I do its on a low riding leg holster and that is my Hungarian arms 9mm I carry that for the high cap mags.

4. Favorite Bug Out Rifle or Carbine
I would have to say that my favorite rifle is my Mosin Nagant 7.62×54 is a great round for me I am a big guy and I like to hit my targets at around 500-800 yards.

5. Favorite Rifle or Carbine
My all time favorite is an AR-15 styled after the M-4 it’s a nice weapon and I love how easy it is to maintain.

6. Favorite Shotgun
My all time favorite is the Remington 870 cut down to 19 inches with a under barrel mag extension and a folding stock. I have on the side of my ALICE pack with 200 shells in my external pouches that is just to hold me over till I get to one of my caches.

7. The amount of food you have at your house
I have in my pantry enough canned goods to last about 6 months for my family offour and that is not including all the frozen meat or the fresh meat I can bring in so in all reality I could survive for a few years from our gardening and hunting.

8. Name your top 7 items in your Bug Out Bag
The first thing that comes to mind is my 870 on the side.  The best thing I have is all my maps of my county and state with some NOT all the locations of my caches. My next item is my detachable camelbak that is always set with three days worth of food and water. One of the other items I have that is of great importance is my GI poncho it stays near the top of my BOB. Another thing I keep
near the top of my bag is a weather proof note pad with pen that way I can write my direction of travel and not have to worry about getting turned around.  Another thing is my three day supply of food (its all dehydrated except for Three MREs I keep in my camelbak).  I also keep a sleeping bag in a compression bag, the rating depends on the season in the summer I use just a fleece one that I bought at Wal-Mart in the winter I use a mummy bag rated for -30.

9. Describe your Bug Out Location, if you have one
The spot I have chosen for a rally point is near a river and about 75 miles from a major road and that is only a state access road really its near a national park boarder so I have no doubt that some one has walked into my spot and never knew it was there we make sure it is clean and has plenty of room for the GP small tents we have and are going to use one is with my family and others are looking to buy them for theirs as well the other one I own is stored in a cache not far from our position so if others get there first they can start the set up.

10. Describe your Bug Out Vehicle
My BOV is a jeep grand Cherokee Laredo with 4×4 and a straight 6 engine along with my emergency BOT(Bug Out Trailer). All my BOT is was a pop up camper converted to store and secure my supplies. My second in command has a 1995 Chevy Suburban with a 12 inch lift kit and 33 inch mud swampers under it and man can it go places I never thought of going before.

11.Describe your Bug Out Bag
My BOB is a medium A.L.I.C.E pack with frame and my L.B.E. nothing special it will get me by for about two weeks if I have to stretch it that far but I live in the Back woods of Maine so it in all actuality could sustain me for two to three months but that is not something I am planning on though.

12. Favorite home defense pistol
I would have to say it is my Star 9mm that is the one that I keep in my nightstand lock box so its always handy if I ever need it.

13. Favorite home defense Rifle/Shotgun
It would have to be my Remington 870 or my single shot 20 gauge not sure they
both stay locked in my closet so either one will work for clearing out the hall.

14. Favorite Survival Book
That is a tough one because of all the reading I do I have an extensive library
and to choose one survival book is not easy but I guess the one that I use the
most is “everybody’s outdoor survival manual” by Don Paul. Its helped me through
a tough time of selecting my group.

15. Favorite Survival Type Movie
I have two that are good and I suggest to all survivalist/preppers and those are
The Hunted and Red Dawn.

16. Survival Knife
I have two that I carry when ever I venture forth into the wild. One is my Kabar the other is my air force survival knife I love them both and keep them with me the Kabar stays on my belt and the survival is strapped to my LBE on my left shoulder harness.

17. Survival Tools in your kit

One of the best tools you could ever have is your brains and you never have to worry about not bringing those along with you. But I also have my multi tools and my snow and neally axe as well as my fence hammer its one of those you find on farms for fixing the fence it serves multiple purposes and is not that heavy. I guess that is about it for what I carry with me so it would be nice to hear about what it is you have on when the SHTF or TEOTAWKI.

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