Anyone else sick of "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!
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.
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.
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?