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Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Karmakanic, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. tmedina

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I don't think you're wrong on that thought - but I happen to like rugged, over-built gear. The problem arises when people (not you, nor most of this thread) automatically assumes "tactical" means high-speed, tough, durable, cool, desirable, and all around "better" than the non-tactical product.

    It's like someone advertising "genuine faux pearls" on late-night tv - "genuine faux" sounds really special and nifty and something generally cool...until you find out they're selling genuine fake pearls. You just paid good money for a foreign name and the perceived luster of being associated with something foreign and exotic.

    The key difference here is are we buying "tactical" gear because we appreciate the quality of the product itself, or are we jumping on the "tactical" bandwagon ("Ooooh, Navy SEALs use this exact watch...if I buy it, I'll be as cool as a SEAL! SQUEEEE!")
     
  2. Orlando Marquez

    Orlando Marquez Loaded Pockets

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    I have tactical ice trays and tactical coffee mugs...

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    ...did I win??
     
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  3. Scott Mason

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    Tactical and lumens two of the most useless marketing terms.
     
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  4. Moco

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    Tactical assault couch approves...
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  5. de Vries
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    de Vries EDC Junkie!!!

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    I'd like to add "surgical stainless steel" to this.
     
  6. Doraemon

    Doraemon Loaded Pockets

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    "Aerospace grade aluminium"
     
  7. thekapow

    thekapow EDC Junkie!!!!!

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  8. Monocrom

    Monocrom Loaded Pockets

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    I'd say all the ones who don't have a military contract. Though if the gear they make is rugged, and overbuilt; then it's worth the premium.
     
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  9. Monocrom

    Monocrom Loaded Pockets

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    Instead of pepperoni, you get one sprinkled with B6, B12, and folic acid. Plenty of vitamins and supplements to keep you going.
     
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  10. JustinJ
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    Tacticool dessert pizza

    for the black crust: Zoneperfect dark chocolate almond protein bars, mashed up and rolled out into a pizza crust shape
    for the black sauce: nutella and dark roasted coffee grounds
    for the black toppings: dark chocolate bits.
    place in oven until chocolate melts a bit.

    The McGuyver
    1 frozen cheese pizza, whatever kind is on sale and half-thawed at the supermarket
    whatever pizza toppings you have handy at home
    preheat oven to 25 degrees hotter than what it says on frozen pizza directions. put your pizza pan of choice in the oven as it preheats, leave pizza on counter to thaw a bit as this happens. apply your toppings now.
    once oven is preheated, quickly remove hot pan and apply pizza. put it back in the oven and leave it in there for the time instructed on the frozen pizza package.
    extract pizza. it will have crust that is crisp on bottom and chewy inside, nice melted gooey cheese, and all your favorite toppings.

    McGuyver Reruns:
    take leftover McGuyver tactical pizza from fridge, place in skillet with lid. cook on high heat until cheese looks melty again.
     
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  11. Doraemon

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    I thought you were going to say "pepper spray".
     
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  12. Karmakanic

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  13. thatotherguy

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    @Karmakanic
    The somewhat funny thing about that is that, if I remember correctly, there actually ARE mil-spec brownies and oatmeal cookies here in the U.S. They come in MREs.
    I don't know the spec ID (honestly I doubt if that's part of it) but it's true...
     
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  14. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

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    MIL-C-44072C, MILITARY SPECIFICATION: COOKIES, OATMEAL; AND BROWNIES; CHOCOLATE COVERED (30 APR 1990) [NO S/S DOCUMENT]., This specification covers chocolate covered oatmeal cookies and chocolate covered brownies inflexible bags for use by the Department of Defense as a component of operational rations.

    Can't directly link to the PDF, but it is easy enough to locate with the spec #.

    ATB,
    Sam
     
  15. thatotherguy

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    @indigo_wolf
    I had assumed that it was meant to be a joke, and you know what happens when assumptions are made...
    Oops.
     
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  16. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

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    Never underestimate your government's ability to codify everything.... in triplicate. ;) :giggle:

    ATB,
    Sam
     
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  17. Orlando Marquez

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    Tactical Christmas Stocking!
     
  18. Monocrom

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    LOL !!!!!!!
     
  19. tmedina

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Heh. They were, apparently, quite popular at LAPG.
     
  20. Mudinyeri

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    The term "tactical" is certainly overused in contemporary marketing. Unfortunately, due to the term's common use, many manufacturers are goaded into utilizing the term to describe merchandise targeted at the paramilitary or hard-use market.

    Personally, I won't pay for a descriptive term. On the flip side, I won't dismiss a piece of kit simply because its description contains an overused term.
     
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