That's right!! I'm not talking about a cool gun itself as many posts cover them but any handgun you've seen with gizmos and Tacticool factor on it.
In my case, I visited an outdoor range few days back and I've seen a guy with glock 17 that has custom (possibly glock works) slide, red dots sight and a suppressor. It made him look like some sorta operator... With that being said, what's your experience?
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August 6, 2011, 12:10 PM
can't really say I've seen much "Tacticool" stuff round here, closest I've seen would be either when i mounted a light on my sig to see how the weight was, or the guy who was packing 2 .44mag deasert eagles each with a red dot.... think he said he used em' for deer.
August 6, 2011, 01:14 PM
I sometimes slap a handgun bayonet on my PT911. But that doesn't quite enter the realm of truly tacticool. 8(
August 6, 2011, 04:06 PM
Probably one of the most Tactical pistols I ever saw was the 1911 I was issued by the Army in 1968.
It for a fact had fought in three wars by the time I got it.
Course, it didn't have all those Tackycool do-dads.
But then again, it faught & survived three wars, so I guess it was Tackycool enough to Get-R-Done.
August 6, 2011, 06:07 PM
Optics on pistols make me smile. =D
Especially the telescopes some people use.
August 6, 2011, 06:21 PM
454 Casull with an ultra modern spy glass mounted to the top
Summer of 1991, on board USS RANGER CV-61 steaming home from Gulf War 1... (I was a guest)
US Marine MARDET Officer of the Day. Packing a well worn USGI Colt 1911A1 in a shoulder hoster cocked and locked.
I've seen more tricked out guns, but that was pretty cool.
August 7, 2011, 07:29 AM
I would have to say Jim Garthwaith's 1911 in 9mmx23, that or BulfrogKen's pair of 1911's
August 7, 2011, 11:22 AM
Have yet to find or see ANY handgun with all that garbage hanging off it to call it "cool", let alone "tacticool". Laughable, yes. Silly, yes. Cool...never. You hang stuff from a clothesline not a gun.
August 7, 2011, 12:45 PM
'Cool' is what works. 'Tacticool' is what works when the SHTF.
These are close enough for me. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05501.jpg But I always wanted one of these. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/UNCLE20GUN20CARBINE.jpg
August 9, 2011, 08:54 PM
While I generally reject the t-word, there was a time, back in the 1980's, when I was very much into trendy, modern weapons. My first handgun was a Detonics Combat Master, of all things. From reading things by Col. Jeff Cooper, Mas Ayoob, Leroy Thompson, and some other authors, and listening to a local guy, the 1911 had become, in my eyes, THE handgun. Detonics seemed to be the most modern and forward-thinking 1911 manufacturer of the moment, though to be clear, only Leroy Thompson, of the listed authors, recommended them.
In hindsight, the Detonics purchase was a mistake; they never did get their small guns' reliability act together. I do still believe a good full-sized 1911 to be a wonderful battle pistol, second to no subsequent design, though demanding of its owner.
As for modern custom features, I would like to try an Aimpoint Micro T-1 mounted on a handgun, in the not-so-distant future. My hobby of photography has led me to some camera bags that would accommodate a nice camera, plus a pistol with optic. My aging eyes LOVE the T-1, eyeglasses in place or not, and I don't see why long guns should have all the goodies.
To be clear, if I am toting a pistol off-body, I virtually always wear a substantial weapon on my person, too.
Probably one of the most Tactical pistols I ever saw was the 1911 I was issued by the Army in 1968.Yes! Thanks RC.
August 11, 2011, 04:05 AM
I still think Jerry's Revo wins the tacticool contest! I am partial to S&W without the lock!
September 4, 2011, 12:38 PM
I can't believe that no one has mentioned the infamous NINJA GLOCK! By far the most tacticool weapon ever devised.
September 4, 2011, 01:22 PM
This isn't mine. I honestly don't recall where the photo came from. But it always gives me a laugh.
CA legal AK pistol.
September 4, 2011, 04:35 PM
I think the FNP .45 Tactical model is quite tactical, particularly if you pay your $200 tax stamp for the suppressor that fits neatly into its case, and is very cool. So I would classify it as "tacticool". Some folks are way too eager to separate themselves from the "mall ninjas" to consider, if only for a second, that some of this stuff labeled "tactical" might actually prove useful. Or just fun at the very least, which is usually sufficient to part a man from his money. There are definitely sillier ways to spend your money.
CraigC nailed it, regarding some folks rejecting some things, which could actually prove useful.
IMHO, small optical sights on a handgun, even up to the size of an Aimpoint Micro, are an example of this.
September 4, 2011, 08:24 PM
"... I don't care who you are, that there's funny" , Quiet! hehehe :)
Ps, I must admit, the first thing I thought when I read the title, was fnp .45 tactical :D
September 4, 2011, 09:08 PM
Mark 23, coveted by mall ninjas everywhere.
September 5, 2011, 05:23 PM
The SW99 has always looked to me like a no-nonsense fighting pistol. No "tacticool" accessories necessary.
September 5, 2011, 05:39 PM
Wish I had a picture, but I've put a Trijicon RX30 on a Ruger Mk III just for ****s.
September 5, 2011, 06:11 PM
THAT is funny! Is that a hood ornament on the scope!?
September 5, 2011, 06:30 PM
Well, call me a noob, but that was the first I have seen of the ninja glock, and I laughed my ass off. Especially at the nunchuck. Unless you live in Arizona.
September 6, 2011, 02:59 AM
Tacticool... I recall hearing or reading that the Israeli rifles (Galil?) used to have bottle openers built into the handguard. So the soldier could pop a cap without taking their firing hand off the grip. This has to be the first "modern" application of tacticool as we understand it.
I think the MK23 and the FNP are just tactical. I'd love to have one if I was still in the army, as it is I'll just have to live with the G21. High cap. .45 pistols are great when FMJ is all you have, they should issue one of the three instead of the M9.
And that rifle... I showed my wife and the first thing she said was "Is that a hood ornament on there?" Yes!!! It is!!! This time I noticed the compass. I saw a buttstock in a store recently that has a GPS unit built into the buttstock. A GPS unit! Now THAT is tacticool squared. I could see it having a use, albeit very, very limited. A spotter that had to ditch his gear and lost his buddy or something. Better safe than sorry, no?
If I remember, I'll try to whip something up. I have a bunch of gear still, I'll see if I can put together something really over the top. I like this thread, the comedy is great.
September 6, 2011, 03:58 PM
You guys want to see "tacticool", start attending your local IPSC shoots.