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…it has so many meanings. Many of them entirely incorrect, even when used correctly. You know what I’m talking about. Tactical is the most common marketing term in the firearms/training/outdoor/tactical industry. In fact, I’d venture to say it’s the worst term in those industries’ lexicon except for all the other words.

I started an article on The Mag Life a couple of years back on that very subject. It’s something more than a pithy social media post and less than a full-blown diatribe, but despite its somewhat ambiguous summation, I think it’s worth reading — not necessarily for my opinioneering, but definitely for the perspective of some of the folks I quote (or who contributed to) the article. Kyle Lamb, Joe Dawson, Pete Nealen, and others have weighed in.

A few of those are shown below.

Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics, with the flag that was on his uniform in Mogadishu in late 1993.

Kyle Lamb (SGM, US Army Ret.) was the first person to roger up and send me his definition of tactical after I asked a few guys to weigh in. His response still cracks me up, even after I sanitized it for public consumption. Here’s he’s displaying the flag worn on his uniform in Mogadishu in October of 1993.


Joe Dawson of Bruiser Industries

My buddy Joe Dawson (hands down one of my favorite seamen ever *snicker*) can always be counted on to be wry and informative. And he almost probably maybe never says stuff that gets the Interwebz riled up.


Peter Nealen

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but my friend Peter Nealen (Renaissance Man, former Reconnaissance Marine, and aggravatingly awesome novelist) is an eleventy-two time world tooth-clenching champion.

Check out Tactical is as tactical does on The Mag Life.

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