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Metrotactical

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by DrDremel, Feb 17, 2004.

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  1. DrDremel

    DrDremel Member

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    The term Metrotactical was coined in a different thread. I thought it was funny and needed to be defined for those not familiar with the term.
    I did not coin the term but I think is important to define the term for future use as I think it is a great term and should see more usage.

    Metrotactical: The term is used to describe a person that tends to only use or purchase items that are marketed as tactical or come in black, grey, or camouflage, also items in carbon fiber, kydex, titanium, or other similar materials. These types of people also usually tend to purchase or use whatever the latest trend of fad in items marketed as tactical. An example is that they would not want to use what was considered tactical 10-20 years ago but what has come on the market or is marketed as the current or latest tactical product. At one time the 1911 was tactical, then the revolver was considered tactical, now the 1911 is back as tactical but only with certain new features. These people tend to wear clothing that is marketed as tactical as well. Royal Robbins 5.11 series or similar items, Oakley, Camelbak, etc… A Metrotactical will follow the trends seen in movies, gun magazines, military and police purchases. They will not purchase firearms or accessories that are not seen as tactical. They frequently wear HK t-shirts and BDU or 5.11 series pants. Boots are worn as well most of the time. Some of these people will be seen at the range with thigh holsters, NVG or tactical vests. They are more oriented towards gear than the usage of such gear.
    See Mall Ninja, Tactical, SHTF, TEOTWAYKI, Picatinny, CQB, Operator, Tango
     
  2. jsalcedo

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    I guess I'm as un-metrotactical as they come.

    No kydex,uber gear, teflon, carbon fiber, royal robbins etc..

    Jeans, boots, leather holster with a revolver.

    I think I have a old nylon uncle mikes holster somewhere if that counts.
     
  3. jamz

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    OK, I've been mystified for long enough. Dictionary time: What is CQB? :confused:

    -James
    who is tactical in his mind, but in real life is just another dumpy white guy
     
  4. Jeff White

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    CQB=Close Quarters Battle.

    HTH
    Jeff
     
  5. Patrick Bateman

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    Metrotactical=Gear Queer
     
  6. Mulliga

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    Where did it start? Was it that "Bushmaster Lady" thread? I find it an original and hilarious term, especially when used in html tags.

    [metrotactical] Let's see...how many backup flashlights do I need?[/metrotactical]
     
  7. Bob F.

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    OK I'll bite; I'm non-military/non-tactical: what's the significance of "tango"?
     
  8. Jeff White

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    Tango = phonetic pronunciation of the letter T when used in the International Phonetic Alphabet. Slang for terrorist, probably first used in a Tom Clancy novel.

    Jeff
     
  9. Mark Tyson

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    To each his own . . . wood rifles, black rifles, lever action, bolt autoloader - I like them all. There's fine guns in every category.

    And on a completely different subject:

    http://users.wolfcrews.com/toys/vikings/
     
  10. Destructo6

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    Gotta object to some of the stuff.

    Oakleys and Camelbacks are imminently practical, which is probably why the tactical dudes, both real and poseurs, have embraced them. Never owned Oakleys myself (prefer the Vaurnets I've worn for years), but like them. The Camelback, on the other hand, is a must-have item for anybody who likes to do outdoor stuff.

    Boots: another imminently practical item. With the exceptions of running and dress shoes, I can't recall the last time I wore low-tops. Personally, I left the Navy with about 9 pairs of boots, so I'd have to go out of my way to not wear them. That's not to mention that low-top shoes on a motorcycle is a bad idea.

    BTW, I see the "tactical" part, what is the "metro" part?

    Never seen Royal Robbins. They are pants?
     
  11. gundam007

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    I am like a ninja... I have a tanto, throwing knives.... I also have very tactical linerlock... its so tactical, it can be blue and get away with it! (I am only 13 so's you gotta work with what you got)
     
  12. Mark Tyson

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    I think it's a reference to the term "metrosexual", which has popped up recently. It describes an urban, upper class straight male who is overly concerned about personal appearance and therefore spends a lot of money on toiletries , haircuts, yuppie clothes, etc.
     
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    I am about as "UNmetrotactical" as I can be...I carry a leather holster..I wear shorts and a t-shirt 10 months out of the year...I do wear black boots but they are WORKBOOTS (no socks most of the time either!!) .I dont own a camelback or a ar15 with tactical vest...I own 2 pairs of oakleys...both were gifts from customers over the last couple of years...the knife I carry is steel and aluminum..

    Royal Robbins 5.11 pants are the new "in" thing...think of them as "tactical" pants and you have the idea...They have larger than normal front pockets so if you wanted to carry a Kel-tec p-11 in a front pocket hoslter you could....They do look nice and I have considered buying a couple of pair...



    Seht ihr mich
    Versteht ihr mich
    Fühlt ihr mich
    Hört ihr mich
     
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    Wow, this thread attracted a lot of relatively new posters. Cool.

    I want to clear something up: just because someone may be what you call a Metrotactical, doesn't mean he/she can't shoot better than you. It makes me laugh when people try to judge shooting ability based on your gear or clothes. I've seen just as many crappy shooters with their C&R, backwoods, hunting, antique, wood-stocked, odd-caliber guns as I have uber-tactical, black, carbonfibered, high dollar, Nato-caliber military wannabes. So I'd be careful passing judgement, they may just make you look stupid.

    Aside from that, the term Metrotactical made me laugh. I just saw the Metrosexual Southpark episode a couple days ago, and that made it even funnier.

    Destructo6, you are right, but there's a crew around here that thinks if you have any of those things you're a poser.
     
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    I is a Redneck i aint a metrotatical so there:neener:
     
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    I bought a pair of royal robins. I really like the big pockets. They seem to be the unofficial uniform pants for the fire arms instructors I know.
     
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    5.11s were originally designed as hiking and climbing pants. The strap on the back pocket is for your carabiners. The vast majority of Camelbaks are owned by cyclists and hikers. Boots are practical. I'd bet money that less than 1% of Oakleys are owned by shooters.
     
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    At the risk of sounding stupid for taking credit for making up a cheesy word, as far as I know, I think I coined the term. I originally used it to describe my Wilderness Safepacker.

    I originally intended it for those of us who are more likely to be seen in a Brooks Brothers suit or Hugo Boss slacks than Royal Robbins 5.11 Tacticals and Oakley boots, but under a thin veneer of Starbucks-sipping yuppieflage, we're just as tactical as Gecko45.

    Take THR member Dan Flory for example:

    MOLON LATTE!!!
     
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    New Show: "Skunk Eye for the Tactical Guy"
    Wearing a business suit with tactical boots and OD green underwear and a shoulder rig... Transtactical.
     
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    Darn! You stole my bit! I was gonna call the show:

    "Gear Queer for the Straight Shooter," hosted by Skunkabilly!
     
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    I knew metrotactical

    was a skunkabilly term as soon as I seen this here thread!

    Sure metrotactical types may "wear our scorn as a badge of honor"
    but if they can shoot,I aint gonna laugh at em unless they can't hear me


    "In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh"
     
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    It's gotta be done: Your pistol reflects your personality, at

    http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=32850

    :evil:

    All I've got by Royal Robbins are two dog-eared old rock climbing books, from back when I was a climber. :neener:

    Hey: the words "carabiner" and "carbine" come from the same root; climbers and shooters all meet a few posers passing through. They don't stay. :D I usually wear "office-park camo" around here: ordinary khakis (no Dockers brand) and an oxford or golf shirt; no tie. Jeans or old khakis at home. Those RR pants are awfully comfortable — I might have to get some when I wear out the pants I've got. Seriously, if they can shoot or they want to learn, who cares what they wear?

    {Edited to add:} the TFL topic continues at Personality part 2,

    http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=32871

    accessible from the THR Library, at the top of this page >
    Best Threads of THR > TFL last call threads list > scroll down to Misc Humor.
     
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  24. ID_shooting

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    LOL, I love these threads. So what do you call the guy that has both, "tactical weapons" and traditional? I do really dig the tac stuff and even have some. But I also can me seen from time to time with my 10mm in a 45 degree paddle holster but my mod 94 30-30 in my hands :) jungle boots on my feet, my old worn out BDU pants but me green flanel insulated shirt and ball cap. kinda a scary picture and I know I wont win any fashion contests but the clothes are comfy :p
     
  25. Brian Dale

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    ID_shooting, the word is

    normal. :D
     
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