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TACTICAL GEAR: Making Bacon in Full Kit

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Mmmmmm… I LOVE THE SMELL OF BACON AND BURNING VILLAGES IN THE MORNING!

One of the first things I had to figure out when a young James P. started contracting in Iraq was setting up my “kit” of armor carrier, rig, mag pouches, IFAC and a bunch of other crap I had never carried before. At that point in my career I was not in the tactical gear world and had pretty much never even owned anything ‘tactical’ except a black CamelBak. So when I had to buy a full load of kit I basically ordered a bunch of cool looking shit I saw online.

Two weeks later I got a big ass box that puked out the entire Blackhawk! catalog onto my hooch floor in the IZ. After putting every pouch I bought on my super cool SWAT vest I pretty much ended up looking like a Coyote Tan Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. My kit was also so poorly placed I could not even scratch my junk. I ended up fighting my kit on every mission for the next two weeks until I adjusted everything.

Like most people who have never been deployed to a war zone where they would have to wear full kit, I thought it would be all yelling “follow me lads” and burning villages when wearing all my ninja slick gear. I suppose I had fantasies of going from battle to battle pulling mag after mag while rescuing white women from the clutches of Ray Ban wearing dictators.

Nope, not even close – Even if you were on a mobile team running the most dangerous roads in the world like I was, in reality 99% of the time you are wearing full kit you are doing glamorous stuff like; frying eggs in oil for breakfast next to a Land Cruiser, buying 83 gorditas at Taco Bell on base because half your guys don’t have an MNFI badge or sitting in a truck trying not to fall asleep.

So if you are setting up your first all-out full kit I have the following suggestions:

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HEALTH and FITNESS: Survival of the Fittest

 

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Welcome to the gym in Fuckanistan

A large part of the audience here at DVM consists of individuals that are in positions requiring physical and mental preparedness for the rigors of dangerous situations. Often times in any aspect of life, fitness is dismissed from the daily regiment. Whether it be an issue of time or lack of equipment, fitness will often get tabled for the Xbox.

You may be located at various ports of call that may not have the traditional gym environment to work on a max bench press or a new personal record of treadmill. I am hear to tell you that your fitness does not require that type of pursuit.

I am a big believer that the best piece of fitness equipment is what nature gave all of us; our own bodies. That said, fitness pursuits do not require an equipment-laden, lycra-uniformed mega-gym (i.e. Bally’s and the like).

You only need a pair of sweats, a Tshirt, sneakers (preferably Nike [sorry, shameless product plug]), and you own imagination as far as the types of body weight exercises you can perform.

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TACTICAL TRAINING: Everyday Urban Vehicle Tactics

We break vehicle skill sets into two types, high threat driving, and vehicle tactics. High threat driving is everything you do with the vehicle while it is in motion. Vehicle tactics, the focus of this article is everything you do around a stationary vehicle.

The majority of us spend a great amount of time in and around vehicles, but for some reason don’t train enough around them. In the last year between military contracts, and during my own courses I have seen around 500-700 people do the same number of wrong things over, and over again. Let’s take a look at them.

First of all, vehicles, even when up armored, are poor fighting platforms. They are intended to be able to soak up rounds as you drive away from the threat. Which brings us to the first point: Your best option when it comes to vehicle is to use them for their intended purpose and put distance between you and the threat.

At all times, when you are by yourself, or with friends loved ones, you need to be aware of your surroundings, and always looks for holes to drive through if the need arises. Identify drivable terrain, which we define as anything you drive through or over without disabling your vehicle.

The next thing is to keep windows up and doors locked, during force on force scenarios we have to instruct the students to not do one or the other. Because with the windows up, and the doors locked, the chances of an occupant being attacked are slim. Couple this with movement and the chances of something happening in transit are very low.

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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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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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TWO YOUNG CHILDREN OF AN AMERICAN VETERAN MURDERED, FAMILY NEEDS YOUR HELP

Two children of Jason Lieberman (Pictured Above), an American U.S. Air Force Gulf War veteran living in Thailand were recently murdered during a home invasion in their home (Joseph 6 years old and Michael, only 2 years old), also brutally murdered was his wife’s cousin Nok who was only 19 years old. Jason is now faced with substantial expenses for the funeral costs for his two sons and his wife’s cousin (organizing a Buddhist temple and monks for 3 days, the cremation costs and more).

As an American who worked as a contractor in Iraq and has lived in Thailand on and off for many years this especially hits home for me. So if you can spare a few bucks please help this American Veteran bury his two young children whose lives were tragically taken in this vicious murder.

I understand that this is nearing the end of the month and things are tight for everyone, but if you are short on funds please give just 5 bucks – If you can give more then please do what you can.

Click this link to donate and please share this post – thank you

http://www.gofundme.com/6ddiqs

~James Price

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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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