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!

ALICE: Stands for All purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment. Military backpacks have special ways to attach additional modular pouches to make them bigger and more customized. ALICE was adopted by the military in 1973 however in the recent years the system has been phased out to make room for the MOLLE system. ALICE is a system that allows additional equipment attachments on your main pack/gear. ALICE is composed of two parts: a belt system and the actual bag's frame. You use the belt system and the metal strap adjustments to attach the additional gear to the main frame of the bag.

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!

Bugging Out: A term used by preppers and survivalists to describe a situation where an area must be abandoned immediately in order to survive in a different location. For example, a terrorist attack or natural disaster within a physical area will make it impossible to survive.  

Bugging In: A term used by preppers and survivalists to describe a situation where an individual must survive in a single location for an increased amount of time. For example, during WWII some of the inhabitants of London could not leave the city but had to survive consistent air attacks.

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.

MilSim: Short for Military Simulation. The term is used by airsoft players, paintball players and video game players. "MilSim refers to the military simulations conducted by civilians for entertainment purposes." - Wikipedia

MOLLE: Short for MOdular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment. MOLLE a set of loops that run horizontally on your gear: Backpacks, Vest, Chest Rigs, etc. These "loops" allow you to attach additional pieces of gear, which have MOLLE straps that run vertically, to your main equipment. As a result, you can customize your gear making it bigger and more specialized. "Loops" run horizontally which tends to be on the bigger gear. Strap run vertically which tends to be on smaller, modular gear. MOLLE has effectively replaced ALICE (All purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment). Here is an image that might help you better understand. Click here.

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.

Paracord: A small woven cord that would be used in variety of situations for different applications. The cord is lightweight, however it is highly rot-resistant and has a very high breaking point (450lbs-550lbs).

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.  

Semper fidelis or Semper Fi: The actual phase is in Latin which means is "always faithful" or "always loyal." These words are the official motto of the United States Marine Crops. 

SHTF: Sh*t Hits The Fan. A term used by peppers and survivalists to discribe a situation where all known laws and regulations are no longer in place and bugging out is the best option for survival.

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.