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The Duo's Take on Call of Apathy

This Call of Apathy op-ed has been making the rounds on the interwebz and some folks have asked us for our opinion (not surprising, because we have lots of opinions and we’re utterly certain EVERYONE deserves to hear them). Now, remember, opinions are like embarrassing liberal family members: almost everyone has one, and sometimes no matter what you do there’s always a chance they’ll spew vile shit at the most inopportune time. Keeping that point in mind, our opinion is this: it’s well written, at times poignant and it brings up some interesting points. We can’t swear to the validity of the writer’s background of course (and we don’t say this to impugn him, of course) so we must keep in mind it could be anyone from a veteran with an axe to grind, a genuinely salty PMC operator or a hermaphrodite in a clown suit who knows enough lingo…

HoTac….if only we were good enough

We have attended a number of different really good schools. Went to a course taught by Jim Cirillo (may he sit at the right hand of God), attended a lecture by Dave Grossman, Caliber Press Officer Survival, LAPD Advanced SWAT, all three levels of Combat Tracking from Scott-Donelan Tracking School, the USMC Combat Hunter course, JRTC Ft. Polk (where we learned Leesville is a lot like Mos Eisley), a training iteration with NYPD's ESU, a linear assault course with the FBI's HRT, BorTac's tracking course…you get the point. We've been to some cool places, and thus far have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Ireland and Australia (and New Jersey, which was the worst place) with members of every service but the Navy. You know where we want to go though, what we really want to attend? The HoTac School For People Who Want to Shoot Good. We love the staff and…

George Takei, the Rohwner Internment Camp, Allegiance and why you should give a shit

This picture was taken in the last couple Rohwner Internment Camp, where many Japanese Americans were interned in 1942—among them George Takei. Mr. Takei is currently attempting to raise funds for Allegiance, a musical-themed telling of his families experiences. “I’ve had wonderful time here in Arkansas!” said Mr. Takei. “I’m reposting this pic, taken on a journey back to Rohwer Camp in this state, where my family and I were interned in 1942. I’m glad to have new happy memories of Arkansas.” Mr. Takei is currently attempting to raise funds for the musical Allegiance, a musical-themed telling of the story of his family’s experience during this internment. “There are 7 days left in my campaign to raise funds for Allegiance, which will bring this story to the stage. I’m thrilled we’ve met our min. funding goal, but I’m shooting for 6 figures! If you can spare a few dollars, visit…

Act of Valor: the Truth According to the Duo

Opening line of the movie: “The worst thing about growing old is that other men stop seeing you as dangerous.” Great line. Great way to start out. Warning: there will be vague spoilers, and this is a long one. Get an adult beverage, some aspirin and maybe a condom before you settle in to read. You know how much the Mad Duo hates to be interrupted. So, there’s been a lot of talk about Act of Valor. No shit you says. Most everyone seems to think it’s going to be really good. I went to see it last Sunday with Kennedy, and rest assured, those people are wrong—it isn’t just really good, it’s appallingly good. It is everything you hope it’s going to be. No shit we says. What’s not to like about a flick based on real acts of valor and heroism, starring guys who hang it out there…

Tactical Tuesday: Suburban Warfighting

Hello, and happy Tactical Tuesday! Today we’re going to share something from Dave Merrill, an instructor at MilCopp Tactical LLC. It was posted originally over at M4Carbine.net and we thought it was so brilliantly erudite, so chock-full of tactical perspicacity, we just had to share it. It’s just brilliant. Swingin’ Dick Threats surround us everyday. As psychopaths and gangs of lunatics and uniformed Nazi-like girls selling cookies encroach into even the once-comfortable suburbs we have to take more and more precautions. This post is to remind us of the dangers we face each and everyday. For example: Getting the mail.   I’m only wearing a low-pro carrier with only a half-dozen mags instead of my plate carrier with more because I was only going to the mailbox. If I were going to take a trip to Target or Toys R’ Us I would have certainly donned the plate carrier. I…

Writing and Evaluation Team

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Meet part of the team of subject matter experts we use to write commentary, offer stunningly clever professional insight, outstanding tactical tips and of course brutally thorough kit evaluation (all without ever resorting to hyperbole or smart-ass exaggeration). [row][column one-third] Hondo Wallace [/column][column one-third] Mad Duo Nate [/column][column one-third] Breach Bang Brad [/column][/row] [row][column one-third] Kim Heath [/column][column one-third] Ell P [/column][column one-third] Breach Bang COWAN! [/column][/row] [row][column one-third] Mad Duo Dan [/column][column one-third] Mad Duo Chris [/column][column one-third] Mad Duo David [/column][/row] [row][column one-third] Breach Bang Brian [/column] [column one-third] CSM (Ret.) Turley [/column][column one-third] Eric Wilber [/column] [column one-third][/column] [column one-third] Isaac Sherman [/column] [column one-third][/column] [/row]   Others on the Team [row] [column one-fourth] Deidre Hughes [/column] [column one-fourth] Gary Drake [/column] [column one-fourth] Jason Brokaw [/column] [column one-fourth] Kelly Pitts [/column] [/row] [row] [column one-fourth] Jay Childers [/column] [column one-fourth] Angry Dave Agata [/column] [column one-fourth]…

About Us

ABOUT THE MAD DUO Excerpted from an interview in the 2010 edition of The World’s Most Awesomely Bad Ass Bad Asses, by Roger Pelham Young, all rights reserved.   Okay, tell us about yourselves. Who are the Mad Duo? Well, to start with the Mad Duo never drinks more than one in dog beers. Have you ever heard of Flat Stanley? What if Flat Stanley was an action figure that belonged to some military and LE guys? What if Flat Stanley had a buddy, and those military and LE guys took the two action figures with them to training, on operations and into strip bars? {gallery}about_us/sworn_in:200:160:0:0{/gallery} Who are we? Individually we are Jake “Slim” Call and Richard “Swingin’ Dick” Kilgore. That doesn’t really answer he question, though, because you can’t judge us individually—it would be demeaning, stupid, and potentially fatal if we find out about it. The Mad Duo is a tactically proficient,…

Swingin' Dick

Background Dossier, Richard Kilgore Richard Kilgore was born a poor white child (name that Steve Martin movie) in the small town of Freedom, Oklahoma, then by some still unexplained quirk of fate was raised in the St. Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage in Calumet City, IL (recognize that place?).  He entered the Army in 2001, serving as an 11B for most of his first enlistment before passing the selection process for SF.  After his tour in the Army was done he went to work for a small Sheriff’s Department in the Midwest, but missed the camaraderie of military life and the chance to remove insurgents and assorted other assholes from the gene pool, so he went back in.  Eventually he wound up in a National Guard Security Forces unit as a plausible cover so he could run black budget, secret squirrel type operations with his buddy Slim.  Over the…

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