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Musings from a "Tactical Curmudgeon'

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Mayhem like Me, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    I have finally decided to put together some observations of things people say and do that ensures I will consider them a Tactical poser, Tommy Tacfinger or any other number of less than flattering terms....

    Use of the word or words "hostiles and friendlies" in a Law Enforcement briefing.

    Referring to themselves as "operators"

    Asking for a sitrep on the loc (pronounced Loke).

    Wearing of tac vest at the Command post by a non tactical team member....

    Using the term "drive" in relation to operating a pistol or rifle...

    Calling something "a good piece of kit"

    Having ANY piece of tactical clothing starched (especially 511 or similar pants)

    Talking about their "weapons system" example "the reason I chose the SCAR weapons system is 9 out of 10 mall ninjas get wood over it........

    I was in Tactical Command of a Cop Killer manhunt within the past 2 years.

    I was at the Command post and a State Agent (we'll call him Tommy Tacfinger)

    Came in to brief us on his "intell"
    He also decided he would let us know how the tactical operation would proceed using words like "inner Cordon"and explosive breach with dynamic entry...

    He stood there a minute and I said, " all that stuff he said,, Were not doing that"...Good thing too, his Intell was crap....
  2. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Was Tommy head of his Fast Action Response Team?


  3. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    Crisis Unified Negotiating Team I believe..
  4. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

    Apr 30, 2005

    Or Diverse Uniform Management Beurau Active Shooter Specialist
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012
  5. 11A


    Nov 28, 2011
    I have to admit, I occasionally use some of those phrases, but I was an Infantry Officer less than a year ago.

    Those phrases are almost completely phased out of my lexicon based solely on the fact that I am a patrol officer and do not attempt to be tacticool at all.

    ...and never have I been an operator (I can't afford an H&K and my hair is too short to gel)
  6. rockapede


    Sep 3, 2009
    I agree with everything but "drive the gun." To me, that phrase has a specific descriptive meaning that makes sense.
  7. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    More Tacti-speak.... you don't drive a gun ,, You can control or operate it...

    You don't steer a gun or heal toe it...
    It's a tacticool term that is made up to sound cool.

    You can "Drive your Gun" through a guys sternum but that is a different tactical meaning and is correct and quite acceptable.

    But " I drive my weapons system with a modified Costa grip" is too cool for me..,.:tongueout:

    as always MHO is abrasive and correct...:whistling:
  8. rockapede


    Sep 3, 2009
    But of course this was what I was meaning. For all other uses, I actually "manhandle the tacticool dog****" out of the gun. :whistling:
  9. blueiron


    Aug 10, 2004

    True. A bayonet needs to be attached to the muzzle of a rifle in order to drive it.
  10. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    I'm too cool to be tacticool.:whistling:
  11. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    I spray painted all my gear black to fit in, including all my desert camo and olive drab gear.
  12. indigent

    indigent Bamboozled

    Jul 2, 2005
    You are not tacticool unless you possess several rolls of tactical duct tape....

    To the rest of us mouth-breathers that's the black colored tape.....
  13. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    Operator....drives me nuts.

    One of our SWAT leaders referred to people on the team as operators once. I had to bite my tongue. I wanted to ask him when they graduated from the Operators Training Course put on by Delta.

    GRIMLET Deceased

    Dec 29, 2011
    One of our range officers used to say, "stay frosty". I like to think I helped cure him of that.
  15. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Gee I though back in the day our "Tactical Interdiction Teams" were the schnizzle.
  16. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    All my friends know anyone who uses the word operator except in jest will get kicked in the ding ding on the spot.

    I actually like that term. Maybe it's just because Alexander Skaarsgard made it sound cool.

    But we do say Oscar Mike a lot just to make our missions sound more tactical... and by mission, I mean just going out and hanging at the Starbucks.

    That will make for a very cool raid jacket. TIT POLICE.:whistling:

    My peeve is whenever the resident tacti-nerd keeps bringing up how patrol is getting more and more tactical. Yeah... we have been doing the same thing, and now they say we're getting tactical? What's the difference?

    We've always had tactics and we've always been training and improving on tactics. How does that make it more tactical? It's always been patrol tactics. Training and updating tactics don't make it more or less tactical. It's still tactics.
  17. Snowman92D


    Oct 6, 2001
    I love it. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    GRIMLET Deceased

    Dec 29, 2011

    Oscar Mike?? No idea.
    Charlie Mike-- continue mission I get.
    LLMF- my favorite with a new Lt guiding the convoy back in the Army.
    Lost Like a M F.
  19. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Oscar Mike =

    On Mission


    On the Move

    Consider the LLMF stolen.:whistling:

    GRIMLET Deceased

    Dec 29, 2011
    No. Nothing was missing or possibly stolen. Its when a new Lt was navigating a convoy. There was no GPS back then. It was a map and compass. The times we went in circles at NTC. Thanks , Todd!!!