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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…

Warrior School

I think we all know how true this is. No offense to the guys who really roll BJJ or work their ass off doing MAA. That, however, is about the same percentage of TAP OUT shirt wearers (proportionally) as the portion of the population that chooses to enlist and fight. Here’s a hint: it’s not a big number. Anyway, you keep rocking those bad ass shirts, you devastatingly lethal, ruthless TAP OUT bad ass couture allegiants (grunts: couture and allegiants). Mad Duo, Breach-Bang& CLEAR! Comms Plan Primary: Subscribe to our newsletter here or get the RSS feed. Alternate: Join us on Facebook here, check us out on Instagram here, support us on Patreon right here. Contingency: Exercise your inner perv with us on Tumblr here, follow us on Twitter here or connect on Google + here. Emergency: Activate firefly, deploy green (or brown) star cluster, get your wank sock out…

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…

No Other Option by Marcus Wynne

Just a quick update, as we get ready for SHOT (well, I am. Slim is on a bender again. He went to visit some of the grunts at BAMC and hasn’t been back in a week…though I did get his pants and a half-empty bottle of “personal lubricant” in the mail). In the meantime, on the advice of a couple friends I’ve started reading No Other Option, by Marcus Wynn. It’s like an action thriller got really drunk one night and woke up really early in the morning having to piss and cracked its head pretty hard on the toilet when it puked. Then it woke up an hour or two later to stagger down to formation and PT, not quite sure what it was doing and where it was, and in a confused morning-after haze wondered if maybe it was a police/mystery thriller instead…but only for a few minutes,…

Cowboys & Aliens Review: Better Late Than Never

It's a little late for some of you, but we thought we'd post this review anyway. If you haven't seen it yet, you should consider Cowboys and Aliens. Yep, we said it Cowboys and Aliens. The name alone told us it had to be outstanding or a new monument to movie suckage. Worry not, if you have high hopes for it. This flick is outstanding. You are not only cleared hot to watch, you are hereby directed to do so. In the interest of full disclosure, we should make it clear from the outset we’re huge fans of Westerns. We like movies across the genre, from gritty films like Culpepper Cattle Company to classics like The Shootist. We went into the theater predisposed to dislike it. That was a mistake. The movie begins with a quintessential Western air. It had everything but the whistling theme from The Good, the Bad…

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…

Officer Down: Backup guns and body armor

Before you comment; we’re not interested in any punditry about the tactics employed here. One of our own was killed. If you want to talk about it professionally in order to keep from making any mistakes you may glean from what occurred, we encourage it. This is not an invitation to Monday morning quarterback CPD or the officers involved. However. There are lessons to be learned here, and however much it might feel as though we’re being critical of Sgt. Chapin or anyone else, we owe it to ourselves and other officers to learn from what happened. “To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.”  Voltaire We’ve received some information to flesh out what happened in Chattanooga a couple of months back and there are a couple of important things to take note of.  You may recall that CPD Sgt. James Chapin, 51,…

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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,…

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