Stupid Tactical Useages


I can’t take it any more. I am sooo tired of the word tactical being slapped on everything. So I’ve started a new category on the blog to post crazy uses of the word tactical.

I also love the idea that if it is tactical it has to be black. I call it the “paint it black” taticool.

Here’s the definition of tactical:

tactical |ˈtaktikəl|
of, relating to, or constituting actions carefully planned to gain a specific military end: as a tactical officer in the field he had no equal.
• (of bombing or weapons) done or for use in immediate support of military or naval operations. Often contrasted with strategic.
• (of a person or their actions) showing adroit planning; aiming at an end beyond the immediate action: in a tactical retreat, she moved into a hotel with her daughters.


  1. Calvin says:

    Thank you for posting this blog. I am so tired of hearing this word misused and abused. Its present usage is no where close to the actual definition. I agree, it’s absurd and used for everything. Anything can be tactical…it’s HOW you use it in the course of battle that makes something tactical…not the color or how many damn rails it has on it. I wonder if Mick Jagger will label the red door he wanted to paint black, tactical.

  2. Henry McHenry says:

    Thank God someone else feels the same way about this. I’m so effing tired of all the ridiculous uses of this adjective. Same with the adjective, “extreme”…

    Oh, look! It’s the new MilSpec Ginsu5000 Uber-Extreme Tactical Flashlight! And it’s only $500! Wow! I better get TWO at that price!
    And if you buy two you also get two free pair of Extreme Tactical Kevlar-Stitched Underwear – your choice of colors – OD, Camo or Desert Sand!

    You ever notice the ridiculous amount of “tactical” gear even the SWAT guys wear/use these days? Christ, they look like they’re afraid they’re gonna “break a nail” or something. Yeah – what a bunch of badasses. That’s why it takes TWENTY of them to do a no-knock raid on a drug dealer’s house at 2:00AM. That is, if they don’t screw up and get the address wrong and raid Grandma ‘s house while she’s sleeping. Make sure you ask Grandma how that no-knock police state is working out for her…

    Yeah, go buy another rail mount system for your AR. Make sure you let me know how much straighter it shoots after you install it.

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