Here’s how I spot the failed grey man.
Those idiotic para-cord bracelets.
A hat with velcro patching.
A knife clipped to the pant’s pocket.
A shemagh. (you might also be a hipster)
A dive watch that you think a Navy SEAL would wear.
Anything that says “Don’t Tread on Me.”
And the biggest give away is if you’re wearing anything from the 5.11 tuxedo collection. If you’re wearing 5.11 attire, that tells me you’re a cop or some kind of wanna-be cop or contractor wanna-be.
What does all this mean to me? It means if I spot these telltale signs of tactical-ness, I put you into three categories.
A cop or worse yet a young cop.
A Dueshbag wanna-be cop or blackwater wanna-be contractor who spends too much time on youtube watching gun videos.
A Military serviceman who hasn’t been taught how to be low profile when off duty.
My situational awareness radar has a default setting that red flags and lumps anyone wearing this tacti-cool garb into the category of “moron-with-a-gun” until proven otherwise.
Depending on the scenario, you offer me these assets and liabilities.
You’re the idiot that’ll pull a gun at the wrong time and make a bad situation worse at 200 mph.
Or the bad guy will recognize these failed grey-man clues and shoot you first.
The plus side of that is that you’ll put a spot light on where the bad guys should shoot and buy me time to exit the kill zone.
Don’t get me wrong here. I like the rule of law and the men and women who bravely enforce it. I’m pro 2nd amendment and absolutely for an armed citizenry.