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CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS: 5 Things to Say Goodbye to if you Become a Civilian Contractor

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Ok, Contracting is better than punching TPS Reports, but…

About 30 to 190 (yes, 190 is the record so far) times a day I get messages and emails from guys who want to break into the Contracting Racket. Besides the usual unreadable English from some Italian dude to outright rude emails demanding that I tell someone how to break into the biz “right fucking now”, no one ever asks the smart question of: “Are there any reasons why I should not consider a career in contracting?”

The short answer is “fuck yes there are”

Most folks think the life of an international security contractor is 6-figure paychecks, blowing shit up while yelling “FIRE IN THE HOLE” with a cigar clenched between your chompers with 30 day leaves in Bangkok banging beautiful gals and drinking fine scotch every few months.

To be honest it is that cool, but that’s about it. Forget about having any resemblance of a normal life, you will be an outlaw in the true sense of the Old West definition. So if you are considering a life shooting and looting around the world read everything below, you may change your mind.

Or you may want in the life even more if you are a nut like I am…

The 5 Things to Say Goodbye to if you Become a Civilian Contractor (in no particular order):

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SURVIVAL MINDSET: Black Swan Moments

Are You Ready For a Black Swan Moment?

Wikipedia defines a Black Swan as an… ‘Unexpected event of large magnitude and consequence.’

Basically it’s an event that occurs outside the expectations most people hold and is low probability but high impact if it does occur.

I am a trained and experienced operator with years in the field dealing with asymmetric threats, the frictions and uncertainties that only a combat environment can offer, as well as the general malaise of interpersonal violence that spans the world just like many of you reading this article.

I would consider myself more aware, capable, and prepared than most. I have managed the stress and complications from fixing a flat tire to a firefight in the red zone and consider living conditions in blown out sections of Baghdad ‘normal.’

However, I am not prepared to handle everything, and sometimes all I’ve had working in my favor is a f**k-it drive on mentality.

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DVM D.A.R.T. “Boxes of Hate” Raffle

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UPDATE: At the request of long time DVM fans we have extendded the raffle until the 25th

With the help of our DVM Team Room Members and some great companies in the tactical world we are having this bad ass raffle to build up a war chest for the DVM D.A.R.T. Mission Teams. D.A.R.T. is the Humanitarian Aid arm of Death Valley Magazine, we recently finished a successful mission in the Philippines to provide aid to the families who were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. DVM D.A.R.T. is also proud to be one of the only Humanitarian Aid groups that does not spend donations on any administration expenses or salaries. All of our mission volunteers pay their own way on missions, officers do not receive salaries or compensation for expenses – so 100% of your donations go directly to those in need.

More Info on DVM D.A.R.T. Here: http://www.deathvalleymag.com/dart/category/typhoon-haiyan-relief/

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So check out our three raffles below, we have over 3200.00 in bad ass kit split into three different packs depending on what you pack. The raffle will run until March 16th 25th– and thanks to everyone who supported our Typhoon Haiyan relief mission in the Philippines and to our great sponsors.

AK OPERATORS BOX OF HATE AK

-A-TACS AK ATTACK RACK V2 with III3 ARMOR insert (400$ Value)
-A-TACS Rifleman’s Range Bag (150$ value)
-A-TACS Rifleman’s Range Bag Insert (70$ Value)
-4 AK30 30 round Mags (120$ value)
-US Palm Shot Glass (10$ value)

750.00$+ Value – 20 bucks per raffle ticket (Max of 50 will be sold)

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AR OPERATORS BOX OF HATE AR

-HSGI Pogie Pouch (35.0$ Value)
-X2 TYR Tactical™ NSN# Pouch – Combat Adjustable Rifle Mag Pouch (66.00$ Value)
-Fight and Flight Tatical T.A.S.K. (TACTICAL ASS SCRUBBING KIT) (7.95$ Value)
-Solio – Classic2 Battery Pack + Solar Charger (100 $ Value)
-X2 PMAG 30 GEN M2’s(26.00$ Value)
-US PALM NOD’s Garage Pouch (50$ value)
-US PALM Gryphon EDC Backpack (230$ value)
-like new Surefire a2 Aviator LED (200$ Value)
-MINI-MODULAR-DROP-LEG-PANEL (45.00$ Value).

750.00$+ Value – 20 bucks per raffle ticket (Max of 50 will be sold)

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BLADE BOX OF HATE

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-DVM US Contractor Survival Knife one off custom made by SAR Global Tool – http://www.deathvalleymag.com/2010/11/23/dvm-the-u-s-contractor-survival-knife/ (500.00$ Value)
-Benchmade 42 Titanium Balisong (400 to 500$ Value)
-US Palm Limited Edition Challenge Coin (30$ Value)
-Antique Balisong 1950-60′s, whale bone in the hilt, and red crystals in the clasp, brass fittings (600-700$+ Value)
-US PALM Gryphon EDC Backpack (230$ value)
-TYR Tactical™ General Purpose Pouch – Small 5″x 5” (19.00$ value)

1,779.00$+ Value – 20 bucks per raffle ticket (Max of 50 will be sold)

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Thanks to the following generous gear companies for donating gear for this auction:

US PALM >>>
Fight and Flight Tactical >>>
TYR Tactical >>>
DVM TEAM ROOM MEMBERS >>>

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KNIVES: Green River Knife

The Green River Knife Neck Sheath made from Rawhide I Took From a dead horse found in the Utah Desert

NOTE: This is an excerpt from Tom’s “Tomahawk Scout School”, more information here >>>

The Green River Knife has been my “to do all” knife for 20 years now. I bought my first green river back in 1982 for $3.00 at a hardware store in my Illinois Hometown. That particular knife was traded or lost to time now and I can’t remember what happened to it. The Knife I’m presently carrying I have had since 1989.

I bought it at a “Mountain man” shop in Moab, Utah for $6.00. I called my knife “Old Butch” a name I borrowed from a colorful character in Texas history known as a “Big Foot Wallace” He was a famous Mountain man and scout in that neck of the woods. Mr. Wallace had some colorful names for his equipment.

I used my New Green River Knife for everything from carving spoons to skinning game, to making fire. I got the Idea to burn a socket into the handle of my Green River Knife so I could use it as a bearing block when I make Bow and Drill friction fires; this helps me to reduce the weight of my equipment.

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Death Valley Training Center (DVTC)

I am proud to announce that Death Valley Magazine’s new Training Center (DVTC) is now open and enrolling it’s first course!

Tom “Tomahawk” Moore’s (Co-Star of the hit TV wilderness survival show “Dude You’re Screwed) Tomahawk Scout School online is now enrolling students. The school is a modern take on the famed Apache Scouts. You can learn about shelters, firestarting, tracking and more at your own pace and earn your Tomahawk Scout Tab from anywhere in the world.

http://www.deathvalleymag.com/dvtc/

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URBAN SURVIVAL: 5 Things People Say They Can or Would do in a Survival Situation – and Why They Won’t Based on Recent 3rd World Urban Survival Events

“If you jump really high the waves will just go under you bro”

After decades of studying, observing, experiencing and writing about everything Urban Survival, I have heard some serious fantasy about what people claim they would do during an Urban Survival situation. Not surprisingly most of this so-called ‘advice’ comes from people who have never been in a Urban Survival, ‘Fight or Die’ situation or have even stepped outside of the continental US with the exception of Bus Tours in their lives.

Most of the crazy shit I have heard comes from fake tough-guys, dudes who regurgitate stuff they have read on forums and keyboard commandos that make Bear Grills’s advice look reasonable. Having spent the past 10+ living, traveling and working in the 3rd world, I have seen people (including myself) survive the worst possible situations and do what they had to do to either survive or die.

From my experience, the current 3rd world is what the 1st world would be like after a prolonged ‘event’. That may be a natural disaster, civil war, overwhelming violent crime, financial meltdown or pandemics. In my opinion, the best place to study what people will or will not do when the SHTF in the 1st world, is to study what people in the 3rd world have and are currently doing to survive day by day.

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CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS: The Little “Try to F-me Over Now” Black Book

If you have ever worked in the contracting biz then you have seen all the shady shit that PM’s, APM’s (Project Managers – Assistant Project Managers) and PMC’s (Private Military Company’s) do. Some of the nonsense PMC’s do so they can save a buck and PM’s can Cover Their Ass when they screw up can be as simple as fudging paperwork to outright criminal fraud. It can be a bit offsetting but most of us who work in this industry have no illusions that the PMC’s we work for are in any way the Salvation Army.

And what happens if they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar? The nearest working fool who is the lowest on the totem pole will eat a dick. Or if one of the PM’s buddies fucks up, steer clear because some poor chump will get thrown on a grenade – no way the PM’s bud is going home. Getting thrown under the bus by the PMC you work for in Civilian Contracting has become an art form to PM’s and APM’s. If you think because you have worked for a PMC for four years and have shown loyalty somehow means you are protected, then I have some beautiful beachfront land in Somalia to sell you.

So how do you CYA?

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FIELD TESTED: Railriders Jammin’ Shorts

Before I start this review let me say upfront that I hate wearing shorts, been that way for as long as I can remember. I am the guy you see at the beach walking around in the middle of the day wearing slacks. And despite working in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for the past decade in a half I just never wore shorts no matter how hot it got, just not my thing.

I think my distain for shorts came from my pops who is old school, I remember seeing him wearing a tie while mowing our lawn in the great Commonwealth of Virginia when I was a kid – Old School Man proper style. The memories of my pops combined with seeing how ridiculous Brit soldiers looked wearing cammo combat uniforms with shorts walking around base in Iraq, I just wrote off shorts as a negative for my personal and professional wardrobe.

But about a year ago my buddy and one of the OG’s here at DVM, Thomas Moore told me about an outdoor clothing company called Railriders that he likes. Considering how I am a bit of a connoisseur of outdoor and tactical clothing he introduced me to them thinking it would be a good fit (no pun intended).

After talking to the good folks at Railriders they sent me some samples of their outdoor clothing to check out. I was impressed with the quality of their clothing and to this day I wear their pants pretty much every week – but in the bottom of the box I saw a pair of shorts that immediately got sent to the storage room at DVM Manor (Think the storage room at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark) where they sat for a year collecting dust and stripper glitter.

Fortunately for these fine shorts when I was putting together a list of gear I would need for the Death Valley Expeditionary Corps Humanitarian Aid Mission to the Philippines, shorts ended up on the list. It would turn out I would be traveling by boat in order to reach our destination. Depending on what time our team ended up arriving at our island of destination it could be low tide – and generally operating in a marine environment I knew that I would need a pair of shorts/swimming trunks.

I was going to just pick up a pair of cheap trunks at Walmart until I remembered that I had a pair of Railriders Jammin’ Shorts stuffed away in a gorilla trunk.

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DVM EXPEDITIONS – 6 NIGHTS – 7 DAYS CAMBODIA EXPEDITION – March 4 – 10, 2014

DEATH VALLEY EXPEDITIONS

6 NIGHTS – 7 DAYS CAMBODIA EXPEDITION

 March 4 – 10, 2014

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If you have any questions feel free to comment below or contact us here: http://www.deathvalleymag.com/contact-us/ 

Includes: -This is an All-Inclusive Expedition It includes All Meals, Hotels, Transportation, Swag, Jungle Gear, Security, team medic, local translators and All Expedition Activities are included

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Team DVM Member Thomas “Tomahawk” Moore set to Co-Star on the upcoming Survival TV Show “Dude, You’re Screwed!”

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Thomas “Tomahawk” Moore (In the Middle)

DVM’s very own Thomas “Tomahawk” Moore’s new Survival TV Show “Dude, You’re Screwed!” is set to premier on Discovery Channel Sunday, December 8 at 10:00/9:00c.

Thomas is one of the founding members of DVM, he was there when Myself and Bubba G. both fresh on leave from some war torn shit-hole came up with the idea to start up an online adventurer magazine that would be written by guys who actually did what they wrote about. Several glasses of mekhong whiskey’s later, and BAM! DVM came to life on the back of a napkin in a shady bar in Bangkok.

Thomas has been working on “Dude, You’re Screwed!” for almost three years now, we had to keep it under wraps until the network made the big announcement. Also co-staring with Thomas will be Terry Schappert, a Green Beret, John Hudson, an Extreme Survival Instructor for the UK Royal Air Force, Matt Graham, a primitive skills expert and a desert survival instructor and Jake Zweig, a former Navy SEAL.

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