Anyone else sick of "tactical?"

7/7/14 @ 2:29 PM
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lovestofishnhunt
lovestofishnhunt
USER since 6/13/06
I posted this on the I hate thread over in the general discussion part of the forum but I will put it up here too. I don't know about anyone else, but I am so sick of seeing "tactical" on everything related to the outdoors. My guns and ammo subscription is 98% AR or polymer pistol related, compound bows are dressed in carbon fiber tactical black, turkey vests are now tactical, rifle scopes are tactical, tactical pocket knives, tactical packs of every shape and size, etc. I own AR rifles and polymer pistols so I am not against them, just sick of everything and anything tactical.
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4/8/15 @ 6:36 PM
buckhound
buckhound
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Did you notice tactical even entered ice jigging rods and reels this year. Yea I could use a breather for a while too. Speechless

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4/7/15 @ 11:53 PM
shadling1
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I personally think the tactical craze is good though as it has gotten a ton more people into Shooting which is a good thing. Everyone has their own niche of guns they really like to shoot and for many it's tactical style ARs these days. I personally only own 1 AR anymore. A 20" colt A2 that I love shooting. I had about 4k into 2 others that were really set up. I realized as I wasn't in LE or the military and I personally had no use for them and didn't really enjoy shooting them that much, so I dumped them to buy stuff I shoot more. I'm glad alot of people like them though. sometimes I just miss seeing a lot of other guns at the range that I seldom see anymore and shooting the bull with the guys that owned them. It gets redundant talking to guys about their decked out ARs. Maybe I'm just getting a bit old and nostalgic. Tounge Out

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4/7/15 @ 2:19 PM
Rifleman1962
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Shadling1. I had the same experience, when i took my Ruger GP 100 4 inch to shoot. Took it to a gun range who a friend belongs too, on a weekend and you think the guys seen new Technology. I am glad i have a sand pit to still Shoot in. These people with this new tactical stuff are smart but very uneducated on Wheel Guns.

Edited on 4/7/15 2:20 PM
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4/5/15 @ 11:25 PM
shadling1
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Just had to raise this thread back up because a trip I had at the range yesterday. I normally shoot weekdays to avoid the crowds but a buddy just picked up a S&W .357 with a 6" barrel he wanted to blow a few rounds through. I was at the range the day before but never miss another opportunity to shoot. Grabbed my carry glock 26 and met him at the range. We get there and there were 5 other guys out there. Every one had an AR with all the toys hanging off them plus a bunch of M&Ps, glock and so on. I love my tactical guns myself, so I can't rip anyone else that loves them. The funny part was once my buddy started blowing magnum loads through his wheel gun 3 of the other younger shooters were over by us just drooling over the thing like it was some new technology. My buddy let each of them shoot a full 6 through it. Almost pissed myself when one of them said it was kind of "scary" to shoot. The other 2 both said now they wanted to buy a wheel gun. Just really made me laugh that guys with near 2k tied up in their ARs thought a revolver was so exciting. I think for some people whatever is new to them is exciting.

Edited on 4/5/15 11:27 PM
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1/20/15 @ 8:30 PM
'da Coach
'da Coach
USER since 12/23/08
I get kind of a kick out of so much angst being expressed about "tactical".

Personally, I've got no particular problem with any it. Sure, some of it is silly, but hey, it can be kinda fun to be silly sometimes. Really no different than the camo craze, IMO. Camo furniture, & quilts, camo sneakers, coffee mugs, camo lacey underalls, what the heck? If you work for RealTree or Mossy Oak, it means "ka-ching"!

For my part, I got me some Tactical floor mats for my car. Tactically, they stay put better than what I had, and support my strategic goal of keeping the carpeting dry while not getting in the way of the gas & brake pedals, lol.

I'm still kinda disappointed that I didn't end up getting the Tactical Holiday Stocking. Christmas would have been so much more functional if only I'd had a MOLLE stocking complete with swivel caribiner and a grab 'n go top handle.

And, like Timmer posted, still way much better than the Zombie cr@p!

Edited on 1/20/15 8:31 PM
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11/19/14 @ 7:28 PM
.westsidebenny.
.westsidebenny.
USER since 10/15/14
Ditto to Ditto's remarks,

If you're nocking the modern sporter (AR) platform and have not tried a quality one you're as much a fashion victim as the guy wearing a full MOLLE set at the range.

Mine has no flashlight, no bayonet and no quad rail. It does have a 2.5X10 Vortex scope and free floated barrel and places 120 grain hand loads into .35" groups at 100 yds, over and over again. Few and far between are the proud owners of Turkish Walnut encrusted rifles of the bygone that outperform the likes of I.

I shoot often and love my 6.8. I have every confidence in it as an effective, efficient and surgical game taker. I also am far more likely to show up to the range in flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt than a full tack vest...maybe just get me fill during that special 2-3 weeks every July or August when I get my fill of that complete with Kevlar.

Whether you like to wear a tack vest or Filson and tweed I could care less. I do have far more respect for the hunter that enters the woods this weekend having punched 1000 bulls eyes in the off season than the one that is still working off that same box of '06 from 1988 and calling himself a practiced shot.

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11/17/14 @ 8:42 PM
Brian Hammarsten
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Yes, I too am sick of hearing "tactical". Once the marketing departments latch on to a buzz word they do a great job of wearing it out!

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11/17/14 @ 7:02 PM
watspan
watspan
USER since 8/3/12
it's part of the militarization of our society required to maintain a state of perpetual warfare. Look how the NFL is blending sportstainment with militarization. We spend as much on the military as the next 10 highest spending nations combined. When you have a toolbox full of high tech hammers, every problem looks like a nail. I'm surprised McCain and Lindsey Graham haven't called for airstrikes to cure ebola.

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11/2/14 @ 4:34 AM
muskrat30
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USER since 10/14/01
Luckily I think I can avoid McMiller this Fall. I checked some guns at a friends farm the other week. I have my Knight 45 cal Elite, a 243 and my 284 Winchester ready to go. It didn't take much with any to recheck the zero.

I didn't plan it but with some adjustments at work I may just be in the U.P. of MI for the opener on the 15th. Last Winter was brutal on the deer, but with some adjustments on location never know. I have a hankering to use my grinder and relatives up that way that could do the same.

Back to the 'tactical' discussion. I just think the idea of quick follow up shots and shooting is overrated for most hunting. Yes, with waterfowl, predator hunting and a few others, maybe. When it comes to big game hunting, that 1st shot is where it's at.

Edited on 11/2/14 4:35 AM
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10/31/14 @ 2:59 PM
ditto
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USER since 12/6/10
Yes silencers are legal to own and to hunt with as long as you fill out the correct paperwork, pay the $200 tax and wait the time it takes to be approved. Short barreled rifles are also legal with the same requirments.

The AR style is the rifle of the present and the future, if you've ever used one you know how handy and effective they are as well as being very accurate. I'm a Pre-64 M70 guy but I prefer an AR for actual shooting and not looking at. I think in the near future we will be seeing AR's designed better for hunting and they will be common to see in the woods.

One problem I see way to often is people using these are using the completely wrong ammo for deer hunting with them. If they're using a 223 the cheap soft point or hollow point will certainly kill a deer if hit in the lungs but if may run a long way or if you need to get through some bone or muscle it may never reach the vitals. IMHO a 223 is a marginal deer round at best and if you're going to use it for deer PLEASE use something like the Winchester 64 Power Point, Federal Premium 69 Nosler Partition or Winchester 69 Hog ammo. Or better yet get an upper in 6.5 Grindel, 500 Beowolf, 458 SOCOM, or 300 Black Out.

This year I plan on taking out two different guns for deer in Wisconsin. A 8.5" SBR AR15 in 300 Black out and a 141 year old Springfield TrapDoor Carbine in 45/70. How's that for a difference?

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