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Rule 5, With A Bullet!

Bayou Renaissance Man recently regaled us with a story, and a photo:

No salivating on the shooting range!

Now and again commercialism gets so weird that it jumps the shark.  I think that’s just happened (or is that ‘happened again’?) in the shooting sports.  5.11 Tactical, an otherwise respected producer of so-called ‘tactical’ clothing and related products, has announced at the 2016 SHOT Show that it’s developed – wait for it – ‘Raven Range Capri‘ trousers for women, which have instantly (and inevitably) become known as ‘Tactical Yoga Pants’.

The funniest thing about them, to my mind, are the comments left by readers at The Firearm Blog.  Here’s one exchange.

  • I weigh about 280 lbs. I think these might have a slimming effect on me and be quite stylish at the range.
  • HAHAHAHA… does the term TMI mean anything to you??? just kidding dude…
  • TMI or BMI??
  • You go, um, guy. You go.
  • Not to be critical but I think you would exceed the maximum tonnage limit.

There are many more at the link.  Click over there for a good laugh.

Of course, this isn’t the only time 5.11 Tactical have produced something, shall we say, ‘tongue in cheek’.  A couple of years ago they came out with the ‘Tactical Duty Kilt‘.  I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was available in ‘tactical’ sizes up to the mid-50’s . . . which would indicate (a lack of) fitness and physical dexterity that’s anything but tactical!

(Yes, I do own a ‘Tactical Duty Kilt’.  My wife insisted I had to buy one for the sheer hilarity of it.  No, I won’t post a picture!)


While I can appreciate both the sentiment and the photograph, I do fear many of the potential customers will not come close to resembling the model above.
I own a 5.11 shirt (long-sleeve, O.D. green in color) which is of fine construction and quality.  It was a Christmas gift.  (5.11 gave me nothing, FTC!)
Thank you, Peter, for the Rule 5 moment.  Or perhaps multiple moments…

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


7 thoughts on “Rule 5, With A Bullet!

  1. If I remember right, 5.11 posted pictures of the tactical kilt as a joke; it didn’t exist. But they got so many requests for one that they started making them.
    I first started wearing 5.11 tactical pants back when they were Royal Robbins mountain-climbing pants. (Damn, I’m old!) I still wear them occasionally, as range, work, and hiking pants.
    I never was very tactical, but 5.11 makes good stuff.
    (They never paid me anything, either, but I’m available.)

    Posted by Old 1811 | January 23, 2016, 10:03 am
  2. I’m betting THOSE aren’t see through either…

    Posted by Old NFO | January 23, 2016, 4:32 pm
  3. It reminds me of a girl I knew in college … but that was right after the last mastodon died, so never mind.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 23, 2016, 7:09 pm
  4. I would have looked like that in those pants back in college, but that was 35 years ago…

    Posted by chipmunk | January 24, 2016, 10:55 am

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