Tactical Lingo

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Tactical Gear Lingo

Ever wonder what certain terms mean? Read all about it.


Airsoft: Well, it's sort of like Hunger Games (but better) - with hard plastic "bullets!" However, instead of hormonal teenagers fighting it out, in Airsoft talented men and women divide up in teams and try to eliminate one another in urban combat in a closed field. Airsoft is a serious sport with spectators and a strict code of conduct. In order to win, players must understand military strategy and tactics. It takes a man to enter the battle ground. Want to learn more about Airsoft read our Blog!

Bug Out Bag: In the most simplest terms, Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a backpack filled with essential and personal gear specifically designed to allow you to survive for a prolong amount of time (usually 3 days) during an emergency situation by only using the contents of your bag and your ability to function during a crisis. The pack should be designed to get you through an emergency situation for at least 3 days with ease. This is why, at times, Bug Out Bags are also called 72 Hour Bag and GOOD (Get Out of Dodge Bag). Want to learn more about BOB check out our Blog!

CCW: Concealed Carry or Carrying a Concealed Weapon. In United States it is the practice of carrying a legal weapon on you in public. There are certain locations where carrying a concealed weapon is not allowed. There is no federal law regulating concealed-carry permits, all 50 states have different laws allowing citizens to carry certain types of concealed firearms in public. See your state bylaws regarding CCW. In order to carry your weapon without worrying about it, either buy a holster and/or CCW specific bags.

Doomsday: Armageddon or simply put the end of the world as we know it. Some believe that the end of the world is near and are preparing to protect their families and defend their properties as the end nears.

EDC Bag: Every Day Carry Bag is a compact, small and lightweight pack that is designed to be carried with you every day with ease. It allows you to carry your most essential gear with you at all times. The packs comes in all sizes and styles based on individual needs. It is basically a pack that you can’t leave the house without because it has your Wallet, Flashlight, Knife, Phone, Keys, etc.

Emergency Kit: In case of an emergency a supply kit that is made of a collection of basic items that you could use to get out of the emergency situation. The kit usually has medical, baby and pet supplies. The CDC suggests all households should have one in their house. Read the CDC page about how to put together an Emergency Kit.

Face Armor: A more awesome term for a beard.

Gear Queer: Individuals that know everything about the newest tactical gear and clothing. They tend to purchase all the newest gear they deem exciting and new. Most of the time they do not end up using all the gear they acquire.

Geardo: Any person that spends all or most of their additional income on buying military/tactical gear. Geardos could be either civilian, ex-military or military personnel.

Geocaching: Geocaching is a treasure hunting game, where players attempt to find containers (caches) that other participants have hid all over the world. No need to bring physical maps because participants use GPS or mobile devices to receive set of GPS coordinates of where the hidden containers are. Geocachers access the coordinates of where the treasure troves are hidden on various websites. Want to learn more about Geocaching? Read our awesome blog!

Geocache: "Treasures" and or containers hidden all over the world by geocaching participants. You can easily find some of these treasures by signing up to "play" geocaching. After you sign up you will receive a set of GPS coordinates of where the geocaches are.

Get Home Bag: Not to be confused with a Bug Out Bag, a Get Home Bag is a smaller pack with the purpose of getting you home if you become stranded somewhere within 24 hours. Usually, the Get Home Bag stays in your vehicle so if anything happens while you are on the road you have all your essentials to survive and get home safely.

Molon Labe: ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ an Ancient Greek word literally translating to “Come and Take It.” The term has been used for centuries from Greek King Leonidas I to the Texas Revolution. The term is the official motto for the US Special Operations Command Central. It was also the slogan in the Texas Revolution. In modern times, the term is used by the pro Second Amendment activities who stand for the right to keep and bear arms.

Movember: Is a combination of Moustache “Mo” and November. Started by the Movember Foundation as a campaign to encourage man to stop shaving in the month of November to raise awareness of men’s prostate and other cancers.

Prepper: Individuals that believe the end of the world is near and are preparing to protect their families and defend their properties as the end nears. These individuals will go to whatever lengths to make sure they are prepared for Armageddon/Catastrophe or whatever life throws at them. Serious Preppers have bunkers, survival shelter, escape routes, additional food and water, survival machines and extreme defense systems. See Survivalist

Tacticool: Tactical gear or clothing that looks really awesome/cool but serves no tactical purpose. The term can also refer to a non-military individual that desires to look military or as if they were in the armed forces.

TEOTWAWKI: The end of the world as we know it. A term used by preppers and survivalists.  

Survivalist: Individuals that are constantly preparing for emergencies that include but are not limited to catastrophes, social and/or political disasters, health diseases like Ebola. These individuals are always trying to become self-sufficient. Serious survivalists spend a large amount of time training in the art of surviving a life threatening situations. For example, building a shelter, finding food and water, knowing how to perform simple medical procedures.

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