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TAC HACKS

  1. GOT GEAR? 4 Hacks for Survival

    GOT GEAR? 4 Hacks for Survival

    Some things are easy to detect — like a poser in uniform. You can spot them a mile away. Other things are like ocean tides and can shift without warning. Whether you're a civilian in the wild or a soldier in the field, it's impossible to anticipate every situation. But the difference between not knowing and survival is preparedness. Check out these four gear-based survival hacks. All you need are the right tools and a little savvy.

    1. Need a fire? Use your knife. Cut the bullshit.

    Get a knife that can do double or triple duty. Pocket knives are great, but heavy duty knives that hold up outdoors and have other features- like fire starters, make things like matches inconsequential. Magnifying glasses are cool and so are batteries, but as a gearhead you're less likely to carry those on body. Stick with a fixed-blade like the SOG Series SEAL Strike knife that can harvest kindling and start the fire all on its own.

    Benchamde Pocket Knife in Hand  VSSOG Fixed Blade Knife in Hand

    2. Put the shirt on your back to good use. 

    Boiling water for purification isn't always an option. Collect safe drinking water with a t-shirt or bandanna by soaking up rainwater or dew from various plants and wringing it out into your canteen or water can, it takes some time but if you're far from a freshwater source and without a way to boil water, it's your best bet to stay hydrated and a hell-of-a-lot better than drinking your own urine!

    Bear Grylls MEME - Sun's Going Down - Better Drink My PISS

    3. Bite the bullet and make a whistle. 

    If you're in deep brush or heavy terrain, help potential rescuers hear you before they spot you by using a bullet cartridge to make a survival whistle. All you need is a casing, a rock for sanding and sawing, and some patience. Check out this video for a how-to tutorial:

    4. Use water and wire to find your true north.

    The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, that much you know. But at high noon and surrounded by trees, hell if you know which way is which without a compass. Make your own using water, some wire, and the earth's magnetic field. This tutorial shows you how:

    Got other survival hacks? Share them with us in the comments. 

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  2. TAC Hacks REWIND

    TAC Hacks REWIND

    TAG PRESENTS - TACTICAL HACKS: REWIND EDITION

    Taking a look back on our FAVORITE TAC HACKS!

    We design products for warfighters and law enforcement professionals. But, we also cater to weekend warriors, civilian gun enthusiasts and outdoorsmen/women who demand high quality tactical gear. In our pursuit of excellence, we regularly test products in the wild. Sometimes we run into new and innovative ways to use our products. Below are our best discoveries thus far...

    • #1 - Our Water Jug Lantern Hack

      In our introductory TAC Hack Video, we showed you a SUPER Easy 3-Step Process to make a Lantern out of a Headlamp and an empty Water Jug/Milk Container.

      • STEP 1: Get an Empty Water/Milk Container and a Headlamp --- MAKE SURE TO CLEAN IT OUT FIRST...MILK JUGS CAN GET NASTY!
      • STEP 2: Place Headlamp (light facing inward on jug) around jug and tighten as needed.
      • STEP 3: Turn on Headlamp....TA-DA!

      AND, if you need a New PETZL Headlamp SHOP THE HACK NOW

    • #2 - Our LoopRope Organizer Hack

      With this HACK, we showed you how to straighten up your messy garage/workshop/shed/man-space situation, in 4 Easy Steps

      • Step 1: Get your LoopRope and two sturdy screw eyes.
      • Step 2: Screw the eye bolts into the wall about 5 feet apart.
      • Step 3: Use the LoopClips to attach the LoopRope to the screw eye.
      • Step 4: Fill the LoopRope with yard tools.

      See, now you're ORGANIZED!

      AND, if you need a LoopRope SHOP THE HACK NOW

    • #3 - Our Water Can Shower Hack

      In this hack, we are focused on your health and well-being...mainly because those around you will stop being around you and you will die cold and lonely if you don't wash some of the FUNK off!

      • What you need: A 5-gallon water can, watering can nozzle (we used a Fiskers nozzle from a local hardware store), and a ¾ inch female threaded connector for a hose.
      • How you build: First, connect the watering can nozzle to the 5-gallon water can. Second, tie some paracord around the can handle and base. Third, hang the can from a tree branch the way a purse hangs from an arm.
      • What you do: Stand under it. Soap up. You know how to bathe.

      With this Tac Hack, you won’t smell like sweat and woods and the person(s) you’re sharing your tent with will accept you back into the warm protected slumber spot. Then, when you wake up all well rested, you can do your dishes or some laundry under the makeshift shower—depending on how ambitious you’re feeling.

      You can NEVER have too many of these BAD BOYS -SHOP THE HACK & GET YOUR WATER CAN NOW!

    We're here to help --- STAY TUNED FOR MORE TAC HACKS COMING SOON!!!

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  3. TAC Hacks #6 - LoopRope Organization

    TAC Hacks #6 - LoopRope Organization

    TAG PRESENTS - TACTICAL HACKS

    Here’s the issue: before you have some guy time at the range, you have to organize the garage. Because if you don’t finish that honey-do list, you’re certainly not getting a new gun any time soon.

    Well, we can help.

    • Step 1: Buy a LoopRope and two sturdy screw eyes. SHOP NOW
    • Step 2: Screw the eye bolts into your garage wall about 5 feet apart.
    • Step 3: Use the LoopClips to attach the LoopRope to the screw eye.
    • Step 4: Fill the LoopRope with yard tools.

    With your garage in order, you’re free to pack a bag and head to the range. Now, if only we had a TAC Hack that made it easier to stop and buy flowers on the way home from work…

    More TAC HACKS to come, so stay tuned!!!

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  4. TAC Hacks #5 - Water Can Shower

    TAC Hacks #5 - Water Can Shower

    TAG PRESENTS - TACTICAL HACKS

    So you are out in the woods for the weekend, and you start to smell. Your tent mates say you have to sleep out in the cold alone because your musk is unbearable. But fear not! We have you covered.

    • What you need: A 5-gallon water can, watering can nozzle (we used a Fiskers nozzle from a local hardware store), and a ¾ inch female threaded connector for a hose. SHOP NOW
    • How you build: First, connect the watering can nozzle to the 5-gallon water can. Second, tie some paracord around the can handle and base. Third, hang the can from a tree branch the way a purse hangs from an arm.
    • What you do: Stand under it. Soap up. You know how to bathe.

    With this Tac Hack, you won’t smell like sweat and woods and the person(s) you’re sharing your tent with will accept you back into the warm protected slumber spot. Then, when you wake up all well rested, you can do your dishes or some laundry under the makeshift shower—depending on how ambitious you’re feeling.

    You’re Welcome!

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  5. TAC Hacks #4 - Velcro Refresh

    TAC Hacks #4 - Velcro Refresh

    TAG PRESENTS - TACTICAL HACKS

    In our next TAC Hack Video, we're showing you howto REFRESH you Velcro gear.

    You love your Tactical Gear, but the Velcro is full of fuzz and lint. Run over the Velcro with your razor, and it’s new again... If only real shaving took away years...

    More TAC HACKS to come, so stay tuned!!!

    You’re Welcome!

    Uncle Chris

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  6. TAC Hacks #3 - Packing Your 3-Day Pack

    TAC Hacks #3 - Packing Your 3-Day Pack

    TAG PRESENTS - TACTICAL HACKS

    In our next TAC Hack Video, we're showing you how to pack your 3-Day Pack.

    Preparation is key to any successful operation. So what should you always keep in your assault pack to stay ready? This is what we suggest.

    Our 3-Day Pack must haves:

    • (1) First, you need a good, sturdy pack. Our Chaos 3-Day Assault Pack is made in America and guaranteed for a lifetime. With plenty of room for gear, it also holds a hydration bladder. SHOP NOW
    • (2) Rain gear is a must. Our GORE-TEX reversible Woodland/Desert jacket rolls up and fits nicely in your bag. SHOP NOW
    • (3) Our GORE-TEX Woodland trousers will keep you warm and dry when the weather turns. SHOP NOW
    • (4) Shooting glasses are always a must, and we love all the brands we carry - ESS Eyewear, Wiley X, Revision and Smith Optics. SHOP NOW
    • (5) A good pair of gloves. TAG proudly carries TOP BRANDS like Mechanix Wear. SHOP NOW
    • (6) Nobody travels without a good knife. We love the Benchmade Saddle Mountain Skinner Knife. But you can shop the WHOLE Benchmade Catalog on TAG's site. SHOP NOW
    • (7) And of course, one of our TAG t-shirts. With breathable, soft fabric, any one of the designs is perfect for a hike or underneath your cold-weather layers. SHOP NOW

    These are our must-haves for a 3-day Pack. Shop this packing list, or tell us in the comments what favorite must-haves are for a weekend mission.

    More TAC HACKS to come, so stay tuned!!!

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  7. TAC Hacks #2 - Skivvy Roll

    TAC Hacks #2 - Skivvy Roll

    TAG PRESENTS - TACTICAL HACKS

    In our next TAC Hack Video, we're showing you how to make a Skivvy Roll with a Baselayer Set and Tactical Socks.

    • STEP 1 - FOLD - The baslayers in on themselves.
    • STEP 2 - ROLL - The folded baselayers around the socks (make sure the cuff of the socks are outside the roll).
    • STEP 3 - TUCK - The cuff of the socks down over your roll.

    Another simple, yet helpful HACK to simplify your life and help you PACK-IT-DOWN!!! 

    SHOP Baselayers Now!

    SHOP Tactical Socks Now!

    More TAC HACKS to come, so stay tuned!!!

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  8. TAC Hacks #1 - Water Jug Lantern Hack

    TAC Hacks #1 - Water Jug Lantern Hack

    TAG PRESENTS - TACTICAL HACKS

    In our introductory TAC Hack Video, we're showing you how to make a Lantern out of a Headlamp and an empty Water Jug/Milk Container.

    It's really simple:

    • STEP 1: Get an Empty Water/Milk Container and a Headlamp --- MAKE SURE TO CLEAN IT OUT FIRST...MILK JUGS CAN GET NASTY!
    • STEP 2: Place Headlamp (light facing inward on jug) around jug and tighten as needed.
    • STEP 3: Turn on Headlamp....TA-DA!

    See, so easy even a Window-Licker can do it!

    Don't have a headlamp? SHOP OUR TOP BRANDS NOW

    More TAC HACKS to come, so stay tuned!!!

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