Practical or tactical?

Practical or tactical?

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  • I am practical and tactical, have weapons for both venues

    51 33.12%
  • I'm more tactical than practical...home/self defens is highest on my list

    73 47.40%
  • I am more practical than tactical...hunting is my main goal

    8 5.19%
  • Any of my tactical weapons can be used as practical weapons

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    Practical or tactical?

    Well, we all know where we stand. (Don't we?) You have friends...deer hunting friends, range friends, etc. The hunter at heart versus the home defender. You can do both, but what's your real modus operandi? Practical or tactical?


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    Doesn't tactical (in the true sense of the word) require being practical? Isn't that what tactical is all about? What works?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BAC View Post
    Doesn't tactical (in the true sense of the word) require being practical? Isn't that what tactical is all about? What works?


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    Uh-oh! Please re-read the poll/post. Hunter or defender? Or both? We all know different firearms have different and/or specific purposes. Just list your majority of said firearms and their intended purpose.

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    Does 'tactical' mean defense? It seems to have taken on a bad connotation, conjuring up images of people sneaking around acting like they are military members in Iraq clearing the house of a terrorist.

    I am 'tactical' in the sense that the goals of my armament are solely self-defense, the defense of home, and the fun of shooting. I have never hunted.

    I am not 'tactical' in the sense that I do not consider myself some kind of uber badass person sneaking through the shadows in all black carrying 50 knives and 2000 rounds of ammo. If I were preparing to fight WWIII I would certainly be undergunned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWRedDragon View Post
    Does 'tactical' mean defense? It seems to have taken on a bad connotation, conjuring up images of people sneaking around acting like they are military members in Iraq clearing the house of a terrorist.

    I am 'tactical' in the sense that the goals of my armament are solely self-defense, the defense of home, and the fun of shooting. I have never hunted.

    I am not 'tactical' in the sense that I do not consider myself some kind of uber badass person sneaking through the shadows in all black carrying 50 knives and 2000 rounds of ammo. If I were preparing to fight WWIII I would certainly be undergunned.
    No...you got it. It is after all rather simple. Whether or not I portrayed this in my original post is beside the point. Thank you. Thou art tactical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    No...you got it. It is after all rather simple. Whether or not I portrayed this in my original post is beside the point. Thank you. Thou art tactical.
    Okay. Voted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Uh-oh! Please re-read the poll/post. Hunter or defender? Or both? We all know different firearms have different and/or specific purposes. Just list your majority of said firearms and their intended purpose.
    Wow, that was odd. It showed up as a normal post, not as a poll. Never saw that.

    Still, the last poll response is kinda what I'm getting at. If my only rifle is an AR15, for example, it can still be plenty "practical" in terms of useful for hunting. It's not ideal against, say, deer, but it'll work just fine on coyotes and hogs.

    Anyway, I voted the top one. My ol' K98 Mauser was "tactical" back in its day, but fits the bill more as a hunting rifle now.


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    I guess I'm tactical because I don't hunt anymore. I just haven't had time to hunt anywhere other than the grocery store. Does that might make me a gatherer instead of a hunter?

    I can hunt, I have hunting rifles and shotguns but I also own several flavors of the dreaded black rifles.

    So consider me tactical where personal and home defense are the priority at the moment.
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    I’ll have to say I am both. I use to hunt a lot, but today I’d more target pinking.

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    I am way more tactical.........my hunting days are passed. I train to be tactical.........I would only hunt now for survival reasons.
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    I am more tactical, never really hunted but I can in a real SHTF situation.
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    If "tactical" = defensive against predators, then "tactical" is my daily/practical. But, in keeping with the terminology of the poll: tactical over practical, with hunting days mostly behind me.
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    I believe my rem 870 is the perfect blend of tactical and practical. loaded with 00 buck it is great for home defense, 10 bird for small animals and birds, and slugs for deer or that home invader that just wont go down. I can do this all with one simple easy to fire firearm.

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    I don't think hunting is very practical in this day and age. By the time you've bought licenses and tags, ammunition and firearms, paid for fuel to get where you hunt and fees to hunt there, your meat costs way more than it would from the grocery store.

    Tasty? Yes!

    Fun? You betcha!

    Healthier? I think so.

    But practical? Nuh uh.

    Voted the poll anyway. :)

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    Practical is tactical, by definition. The genuine article may not be in the latest issue of Tactical Weapons, though.

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