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Updated on November 23, 2012
“Is there a more overused word than the word ‘tactical’ nowadays?”
This question, posed on Kel-Tec Owner’s Group forum in February, further proves that “tactical” is indeed the buzzword darling of the gear and guns industry. Therefore, it’s only natural for that word to be applied to some traditionally non-tactical products, which has created a recent onslaught of the most ridiculously tactical items in the world.
And at the other end of the spectrum? OK, some included on this list are truly tactical products that will blow your mind with radical ingenuity.
1. Tactical Energy Drink – With a heavy dose of carbonated water and high fructose corn syrup, Thor Global Defense Group’s energy drink packs a tactical punch with taurine, guarana and ginseng. That’s enough to keep any tactical ninja kicking.
2. Tactical Paper – What exactly makes paper tactical? Good question. Firstly, the paper must have a green or desert-tan tint, because white sheets would certainly alert enemies to you location. Secondly, it must be able to withstand any inclement weather. And for just $28.95, this tactical all-weather copier paper can all be yours.
3. Tactical First Aid Kits – During a medical emergency, it’s best to turn to a tactical first aid kit rather than some old run-of-the-mill kit. The difference? Absolutely nothing. That is, unless you step up and spend the big bucks for a Tactical Medical Solutions R-Aid Bag. For $265, it includes materials for hemorrhage control, airway management, penetrating chest trauma and more.
4. Tactical iPhone Case – And you thought having a 3G or 3GS still was completely untactical. Beef it up with a MagPul Field Case, which appears to be back ordered until infinity.
5. Tactical Car – For a toootally reasonable $295K, you can own the most luxurious and tactical car ever created. It’s bulletproof, biofueled and built by hand. Oh, and there are only 100 out there.
6. Tactical Bacon – The Internet’s love affair with bacon doesn’t end at tactical. If you haven’t checked out this canned bacon or viewed the taste testing videos, it’s a must-see.
7. Tactical Blinky Balls – Say what?! Designed specifically for police officers, these tactical balls roll on the ground to distract and disorient criminals—because who doesn’t get flustered when they see bright blinking balls? Don’t answer. With 20 hours of light, the mobile illumination device comes in a three pack along with a handy storage belt.
8. Tactical Speakers – Nothing says tactical like a Kevlar boom box. Seriously.
9. Tactical Golf Cart – This is probably something you wouldn’t use during a regular 18-hole game. That is, unless someone invites a terrorist. The $45,000 armored golf cart developed by MetalTech was built to endure grenade blasts and gunfire.
10. Tactical Contacts – While a little demonic looking, performance-enhancing contact lenses have been compared to wearing sunglasses without having to actually do so. It also assists athletes in picking up extreme visual details like the seams of a baseball while at bat. If it can do all that, imagine how these contacts could help while on patrol.
11. Tactical Corset – Featured in such high-brow publications as The New York Times, tactical corsets elicit eye rolls from many in the tactical community. But for fashionistas? They’ll definitely give it a shot.
12. Tactical Toiletry Bag – How do you tactical up a toiletry bag? Simply add 1050-Denier water- and abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon, mix in some Dupont Teflon, a touch of Duraflex nylon, stir in some bar-tacks, and tah-dah … it’s tactical!
13. Tactical Cheese Holster – At this point anything can be tactical, right? This one looks real, but we truly doubt its authenticity. And if it’s not? Well, that just stinks.
Did we leave out your favorite tactical item? Leave a link in the comments section, and we’ll be sure to post it.