Drew, who also writes under the pen name Road Warrior on SHTFBlog, has been immersed in the firearms and outdoors culture since birth. His father and the generations before him have all been ardent hunters with not only a passion for the hunt and the full freezer that is a byproduct of the hunt, but a respect and deep love for the outdoors and the creatures that inhabit it. His father started him young, always taking him and his brother out on hunting and fishing trips, and presenting Drew with a small, single shot .22 when he was 6 years old. The love of firearms and the yearning to learn about them grew from there, leading to jobs working at local small-time gunsmithing shops, where he learned as an apprentice the workings of firearms, how to hot-tank blue and nickle-plate guns, and refinish wood, along with the myriad repairs, fittings, and dialing-in that comes with the territory.
He now is a factory-certified armorer for several firearms manufacturers, as well as an experienced DuraCoat finisher. He currently works with a local firearms training facility as an on-call armorer and gunsmith. He won his first IDPA match with a 1911 he built himself, and has DCM matches as well as several pistol and tactical shotgun certifications under his belt.
Drew brings his love and knowledge of firearms to Survival Cache and SHTFBlog, as well as a wide knowledge base in outdoors skills, including hunting, fishing, camping, tracking, land navigation, long-range ballistics, and field preparation.
How does Drew Answer 17 Survival Questions?
Please describe your every day carry (EDC)?
Gen4 Glock 19 with Streamlight TLR-1 and an extra 17-round mag or two, D2 steel Benchmade Mini-Griptilian folding knife, Suunto Clipper compass, Bic lighter, Superesse Straps hank, cellphone, Swiss Army watch
2. Favorite bug out pistol?
I have a lot of options, but the Glock 19 makes the most sense due to mass compatibility. SIG Sauer P220 ST and S&W Model 18 round out the stable.
4. Favorite bug out rifle or carbine?
AR-15 with a CMMG .22 LR conversion. Windham Weaponry 9mm carbine due to compatibilty with Glock magazines.
5. Favorite rifle or carbine?
Winchester Model 54 & Model 70, AR-15/9/10, Marlin 336
6. Favorite shotgun?
Remington 870 for bug-out, Browning A-5 for bird hunting
7. The amount of food you have at your house?
It varies, but 3 weeks to a month.
8. Name your top 7 items in your bug out bag?
FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon, Marble’s hatchet, Suunto M-3 compass, Folgers coffee singles (if I can’t have coffee in the morning, I’d rather not survive.), ESEE #5 knife, Epic Water Filers Ultimate Outdoors bottle, Fallkniven DC3 knife sharpener
9. Describe your bug out location, if you have one?
I’d rather bug-in if at all possible, but I have a nice location in the western Maine hills scouted out if need be.
10. Describe your bug out vehicle?
The ol’ Silver Bullet, my ’04 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 SR5 V6 5-speed. 3″ lift, 10-ply offroad tires, truck box with extraction gear and repair items.
11. Describe your bug out bag?
BDS Tactical 378 Pack, IFAK MOLLE pouch, twin pistol mag pouch and other small admin pouches, GI wool blanket, and small 2-man tent strapped to the outside.
12. Favorite home defense pistol?
Glock 17 with Streamlight TLR-1
14. Favorite survival book?
Lots – SAS Handbook, One Second After, My Side of the Mountain, US Army Field Manual, others
16. Survival knife?
ESEE #5, though I find it just a tad too large.
17. Survival tools in your kit?