SurvivalCache Writer Interview: James

The outdoors has always been a part of James’ life.  Many days were spent exploring and living in the deserts and mountains of Arizona while growing up.  In these places survival is not a trivial skill; it is essential.  After college, James made the decision to become a Marine, and wanting to challenge himself further, became a Marine Infantry Officer.  In this occupational specialty, he experienced every clime and place; from the icy wilds of Alaska, to the wet, near-impenetrable jungles of Southeast Asia.  These experiences allowed James to be adaptable to not only surviving, but flourishing in austere and unfriendly environments.  Twice James served in combat in Iraq as a Company Commander in the Western Euphrates River Valley (Fallujah), at the time perhaps the most unfriendly environment on the planet.  James has attended Marine Combat Diver Course and Airborne School allowing him to work within the Marine Corps’ Special Operations Community (MARSOC).  James’ current position with Forge Solutions requires travel to Africa, one of the most underdeveloped regions in the world, where the majority of the continent’s population survive on less than a dollar a day.  It makes even the most accomplished survival expert wonder, “Could I live like that?”

How does James answer 17 Survival Questions?

1.  Please describe your Every Day Carry?
Suunto Core, Emerson CQC Wave, SureFire LX2, Kimber Ultra Covert II

2.  Favorite Bug Out Pistol?
Kimber Desert Warrior .45 ACP

3.  Favorite Concealed Carry Pistol?
Kimber Custom Shop Ultra Covert .45 ACP with Crimson Trace

4.  Favorite Bug Out Rifle or Carbine?
POF – 415 (6.8mm)

5.  Favorite Rifle or Carbine?
POF – 415 (6.8mm)

6.  Favorite Shotgun?
Remington 870

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

8.  Name your top 7 items in your Bug Out Bag?
Guns…lots of guns

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

10.  Describe your Bug Out Vehicle?

2002 Toyota Land Cruiser

11.  Describe your Bug Out Bag?
GraniteGear Chief Recce – I go big!!!

12.  Favorite home defense pistol?
Kimber Desert Warrior .45 ACP

13.  Favorite home defense Rifle/Shotgun?
Remington 870

14.  Favorite Survival Book?
SAS Handbook

15.  Favorite Survival Type Movie?
I am Legend

16.  Survival Knife?
The Parry Blade

17.  Survival Tools in your kit?
Lots of them, Gerber Saw, Leatherman, Gerber Machete.