Well, it has been an interesting few years for us here at DVM, I originally started DVM as just a place to share some gear reviews, opinions on the tactical industry and funny stories about the Civilian Contracting world to my buddies. It was quite a surprise when DVM actually found an audience amongst my foul language and pirate sense of humor.
But DVM has now taken on a life of its own and we are just going with the flow wherever it takes us. I am glad there was a space in the much crowded tactical blogging world for people who wanted to see real world information from actual operators working all over the world instead of the usual armchair bloggers posting “this gear is combat ready” stories from their moms backyard in the States.
So before I get into all of the cool stuff coming up for us this year I just wanted to say “Thanks Pimps!” – You guys are the shit so keep the pimpage going for another year and we will keep bringing you the best Tactical Media from Virginia to Indonesia to Iraq.
Here is a Preview of All the Things Happening With DVM:
Just like the previous years we are going to keep bringing you real world gear reviews, commentaries, informational, how-to and “on the ground” stories written by highly experienced professionals.
Expect to see more DVM podcasts and tons of video reviews along with a new series of videos and articles following Team DVM running around the world shooting, looting, getting chased by 3rd world cops and angry husbands [and even more cursing and prison man-rape jokes].
DVM Gear Store
The DVM Gear Store was originally just a way to get the DVM Patches out to everyone – we were just going to offer the patches and when they sold out we were going to close the shutters. But after the success of adding in a few other items from our friends at Zulu Nylon Gear and SAR Global Tool it looks like the store is here to stay.
Over the next couple of months we are going to be adding in a bunch of other gear and more pimp ass DVM Branded Kit. And we will continue to only sell kit that we personally use out in the real world [or is so cool we couldn't resist].
And don’t go thinking I am going to buy a gold plated AK with the bread we make from the store. I do just fine financially from working as a Civilian Contractor in Iraq so I promise you that every penny from the store will go right back into DVM or into a strippers g-string [DVM Supports single moms like a mo-fo].
Death Valley Training Center
I have been teaching a bunch of different courses with my brother and some friends from the Civilian Contracting and EP world to companies, private clients and on contract for over 15 years. For various reasons we have never opened up our classes to the general public.
But with the success of DVM we have decided to start teaching some really cool open enrollment courses using DVM as our outlet. But unlike other Tactical Training schools, Death Valley Training Center will focus on Career Oriented Training and Practical Skills to keep you alive in the world’s most hostile environments [and maybe the occasional “fun” class].
Our courses will only be instructed by highly experienced active operators working full-time in the world’s most dangerous places. No weekend gurus or theory based instruction or instructors here, just raw and dirty skills for the real world that will put you on the path to getting a gig in some 3rd world shit-hole and/or keep you alive there.
One of the main reasons why I pursued a career in Civilian Contracting is so I could go on adventures all over the world chasing Fortune and Glory with a bottle of Scotch in one hand and a Machete in the other just like my fictional hero Indiana Jones.
I ended up more like a foul mouthed, semi-angry, drunken pirate version of Indiana Jones, but I have managed to hit over 50 countries and gone on some pretty wild adventurers and expeditions with some cool folks.
For the past couple of years I have been bringing groups of guys [mostly folks I met on contracts] on Adventurers and Expeditions all around the world, I am actually sort of known amongst my friends and some people in the Civilian Contracting community as being the “go-to guy” as a travel buddy or for obscure “been there, done that” world travel knowledge.
I have taken groups of guys everywhere from the triple Canopied Jungles of Indonesia to the Urban Jungles of Russia and every 3rd world hell-hole with an expat bar in-between.
Expect to see some bad ass expeditions all over the world for thrill and knowledge seeking Professional Adventurers [or aspiring Adventurers] coming up. I already have a couple of cool expeditions lined up for this year that I am going to personally lead so stand by.
Creating a publishing source for independent non-fiction writers in the Tactical Realm is something I have wanted to do for a long time. DVM Press will publish [print and/or electronic] books that interest folks like us.
Right now we have one book about security contracting [written by yours truly] that will be out later this month and we have just signed a former U.S. Army SF veteran that has a couple of interesting ideas for books.
If you are an aspiring [or published] non-fiction writer drop us a line, we are actively looking to represent subject matter experts.
DVM Charitable Projects
We have been talking with a couple of NGO’s about ways to help them out with their good and non selfish work. Considering the unique skill-sets, operational experience and connections all around the world Team DVM has this is the perfect place to create a think-tank to help those less fortunate around the world.
Right now we are working on a project to give free training to NGO and Humanitarian Aid Groups on security, intelligence and general hostile environment survival. In addition to training we are testing out some gear to help NGO’s track and keep their personnel safe on high risk aid missions.
In the near future we will be tapping the DVM community to help us out with this project so stand by for some announcements.
So Thanks Again Pimps
If it was not for you guys DVM would not be, so thanks and stand by for more articles, videos and other cool shit.
~James G – Team DVM
Founder – Editor in Chief
Death Valley Magazine