Sunday, May 30, 2010
Tactical gear isn't just a popular thing for gun owners to spend money on, but its the pop culture of the gun community. Tactical gear is now more popular than ever. I can't tell you how many people i've seen at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, VA with a tricked out AR-15 and a GLOCK. What always goes along with those two firearms? the latest and greatest from BLACKHAWK!, Magpul, Tangodown, and 511 clothing. Shooting gloves and three point tactical slings are always a nice touch as well. I always want to say to them Wow, is that an AR15? How much did you have to spend on that gun to set it apart from the other 3 ARs on the firing line? Oh wow, is that a GLOCK pistol? I've never seen one of those before. You're so original. I want to be just like you when I grow up.
I'm willing to say that 99% of people who own/use a 3 point sling on their AR15 have never served in the military and are not a part of their local police agency SWAT team. Its just the cool thing to do these days to dress up and act like you're on a SWAT team, even if you're extremely overweight. To those of you who love multiple tac rails, lasers, lights, holo sights, collapsable stocks, and overpriced pants: you're not in a SWAT team, you never will be, and you look really stupid on the firing line having wasted all that money on gear. You're not an operator and you never will be.
The absolute worst is when people put tactical modifications on european surplus firearms. Just becuase you can doesn't mean you should. SKS and AK rifles are a prime example. Its amazing how people will put a black, tan, or OD green plastic stock on their surplus rifle and all the sudden its morphed into the greatest battle implement ever devised for close quarters combat. At least that's how it seems in their eyes. The more tac rails the better.
A large number of the tactical style shooters I see at the range have all the accessories: a MOLLE backpack and combat boots. I just wonder when this fad will end, when these tactical shooters are going to grow up and look back at themselves, seeing how rediculous they looked.
Not all of the tactical style shooters I've seen are overweight. There are plenty that are muscle milk, "new fuckin haircut" (refrence youtube if needed), Golds Gym type of buff twenty something year olds. These seem to be the same kind of people who will wear frayed cargo shorts and Tapout t-shirts when not on the firing line. To put it more bluntly: douchebags.