RE Factor Tactical End of Year Sale


     As the year 2016 winds down and eventually comes to a close you are probably reflecting back on all the doors you have kicked in and the tang you have smashed over the last 12 months. As you bask in the glow from all the accomplishments you have achieved over the year you are probably wondering to yourself ( on a bear skinned rug with 3 honeys), how can i make 2017 more epic? Well if your plans for 2017 include more door kicking , wig splitting, and coochie poppin you are in luck. RE Factor Tactical is having an end of the year blowout sale that will take you into the new year with the best gear for the training, and doing work down range. So stop by before the sale ends and enjoy 20% off your entire order until midnight 31 December 2016, at which point you should be knuckles deep in a meat pie while the room spins around you in your inebriated state of holiday bliss.   Use the code POPRISERS to make that paper rain.

May the broads be ever in your favor.


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Check Out These Photos of Christmas at War

Dirt naps in Afghanistan, Gifts for Adolf Hitler, check out our boys spending Yuletide greetings in a combat zone.

Twas’ The Night Before Christmas, Remix

Soldiers eat Christmas dinner during WWII
This Santa knows who’s naughty.. Delivering some dirt naps in Afghanistan.
Delivering some presents to Adolf
Armistice Day football match at Dale Barracks between german soldiers and Royal Welsh fusiliers to remember the famous Christmas Day truce between germany and Britain PCH
In 1914, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, German and Allied soldiers stopped fighting and declared a temporary truce to play a football match.
Soliders in Liberia bow their head in prayer
Soldiers take a time-out during the Vietnam War to enjoy Christmas





Military Chistmas
Good ol’ St. Nick delivering some Christmas hate.
Christmas during the Korean War
Marines gather around Santa in Kuwait
Door Gunner Petty Officer Richard Symonds of the Royal Navy wears a Santa Claus outfit as he delivers mail and presents to troops around Helmand province in this handout released by Britain's Ministry of Defence December 25, 2010. REUTERS/Sgt Rupert Frere RLC/Crown Copyright/Handout (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO COMMERCIAL USE
Door Gunner Petty Officer Richard Symonds of the Royal Navy wears a Santa Claus outfit as he delivers mail and presents to troops around Helmand province in this handout released by Britain’s Ministry of Defence December 25, 2010.
Washington crosses the Delaware to deliver some Christmas punishment to the Red Coats.

Here’s a Little Story about Washington Crossing the Delaware

7 Facts You Might Not Know About GEN. James “Mad Dog” Mattis


Our new SECDEF or as we like to refer to him, Secretary of War, General James Mattis isn’t your typical political figurehead. In fact, without trying, he’s still twice the candidate compared to the other ones.

Here are a few facts about Mad Dog that you may not have known.

  1. He’s a bachelor, a lifelong bachelor – Referred to as the Warrior Monk, the good general has never been married and never had kids (that he knows of.) While there may be some little barrel-chested Mattis minions running around Thailand, Mattis devoted his life to slaying bodies rather than Saturday morning soccer games and alimony payments. If he were to have a wife, the Marines would have issued him one.

2. He served four decades in the Marines, joining in 1969 and retiring in 2013.

General Mattis’ Reading List For Leaders

3. Mattis started out as enlisted and later transferred over to the officer ranks in 1972, Apparently, LCPL Mattis wasn’t appealing for the future Secretary of War.

New Rules of Engagement from Mattis

4. He once pulled Christmas Duty for another officer – In 1998, Mattis was seen pulling duty for a Major who he sent home to spend the holiday with his family. We have yet to hear of another General Officer pulling duty on Christmas Day.

5. General Mattis has over 7,000 books in his personal library and often carries books with quotes from Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius into combat.

Trump’s Appointment of Mattis is All We Want for Christmas

6. He served in three wars; Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Persian Gulf War.

7. He has the most savage ass quotes that will make your pants tight. Some of his quotes include

  • “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential of failure. I cannot even spell the word.”
  • “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”reft16_generalmattis_shirtback
  • There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great.”
  • You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it’s quite fun to fight them you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling. 
  • Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine. 


The Taliban says if we give them what they want, they will have peace talks with us.

Well, this came out of left field.

Business Insider reported today that someone from the Taliban says that they are ready to have peace talks with the United States if we meet their demands.

The two conditions the Taliban want is to have us remove the leader of the Taliban from the U.N. blacklist and getting rid of all foreign military from Afghanistan.

The Aberration of War and its Impacts on Planning

Not too sure how we feel about this but this is something we got to watch closely as more gets reported throughout the day.

If you want to read more of what’s happening in the world, check out more from our blog.

Twas’ The Night Before Christmas, Remix


T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the land,
no operations were stirring, not even for Taliban.

The 240’s were load with tracer to bear,
in hopes that those savages would soon be there.

The Operators were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of slaying terrorists danced in their heads.

With First Sergeant and his coffee mug and the CO his cap,
Had just watched the Predator feed, in hopes of an attack.

When down in nearby Wadi came some distinct AK clatter,
The Operators sprang from their beds, to see what was the matter.

Running to the gun trucks, they flew like a flash.
They loaded their rifles and all prepared to smash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave a luster of midday to an attack on the go.

When what to their wandering eyes did appear,
but Al-Baghdadi and 12 more ISIS commanders coming up from the rear.

They climbed towards the FOB, nimble and quick.
The Operators prepared themselves for a joyful tick.

More rapid than camels the savages came,
Al-Baghdadi hooted and hollered and sounded insane.

“Now Hasan, now Jamal, now Osama and Mohammed,
On Jihad, on Abdul, on Aziz and Al Ahmed.

To the top of the FOB, and over this wall!
Now blast away, blast away we will kill them all!”

But the Operators were ready, with 120mm in hand,
upon the enemy’s head those mortars did land.

3-5 seconds their machine guns did flutter,
they ran without the stoppage, talking to one another.

The savs died one by one and began to take off,
a few of them exploded thanks to Ol’ Carl Gustave.

But as the Operators ceased fire and were turning around,
up came Al-Baghdadi with one courageous bound.

He was dressed all in rags, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

Bundles of explosives he had slung on his back,
He looked like a martyr just opening his pack.

His eyes how they twinkled, his turban how scary!
His cheeks were like dried plums, all wrinkled and hairy.

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a hag,
the beard on his chin was scraggly and sad.

The stump of some hashish was held tight in his teeth,
and smoke encircled his head like a wreath.

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when a coughed like a bowl full of jelly.

He was diseased and sad, an inbred old guy
The operators laughed, he was a sight for sore eyes.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
was all that happened when that bullet knocked him dead.

He spoke not a word but laid there in mud,
He was no longer a threat, all covered in blood.

First Sergeant laid a finger on the side of his nose,
And giving the nod, the American flag rose.

He sprang to his gun truck, to his team gave a command,
they were done for the night, in the land of the sand.

The commanded exclaimed as he disappeared out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

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5 Active Duty and Veteran Discounts That Are Awesome

Want to find something awesome for your Battle Buddy or hint to your significant other that a magazine extender would be a nice compliment to your handgun?

Here are 5 Military and Veteran Discounts that’ll solve your problems

Cabela’s – Ah yes, the great outdoors are calling and Cabela’s has got everything you want. Cabela’s offers a 5% military discount every day to active military, retired military, active reserves and VA-recipient men and women of our Armed Forces at any of their retail stores through their Legendary Salute Military Discount Program. Must show military ID at time of purchase. Click here for details.

List of Active Duty/Veteran Discounts You Might Not Know About

Bass Pro Shop – Every month starting on the 15th, Outdoor World retail shops offer a week-long military discount days promotion that includes a 10 percent discount, according to Military Benefits.

AT&T – They offer a 15% discount on 15 percent off mobile phone services with proof of veteran status at all AT&T stores.

Home Depot – A 10 percent discount is available at all U.S. locations to retired or disabled veterans with a military ID. Many provide the discount to veterans all year around, and all give the discount to veterans on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day.

Ford – Active Military Personnel & Reservists Serving on Active Duty, Veterans are eligible for a $500.00 Bonus Cash Offer good toward the purchase or lease of an eligible new recent model year Ford vehicle.

How to Apply for the RE Factor Tactical LE/EMS/Military Discount

6 Stocking Stuffers Perfect For The Tactical Man

Merry Christmas, you filthy animal!

Holidays are right around the corner and yes, most of you are wondering what the hell do I want?

RE Factor Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Well, look no further soldier. Here’s our annual list of gift ideas to give to your lady so you can continue the mission.

  1. Rapid deployment TQ holder/buttstock


A simple solution for adding a tourniquet to your arsenal. In the field of battle, you’ll need to make sure you keep your men alive!

2. Sticker pack


Need something to get you going in the morning? A set of stickers is paired great with a cup of rocket fuel.

3. Patches 

Raider Patch 1

Patches are a must with our Blasting Cap. How else will everyone know who you represent?

4. Armboard


Reach out and touch someone with our Armboard. It’s a great way to pull out those coordinates you need for a massive air strike.

5. Chemlight pocket

Chemlight Pocket Back 1

The Chemlight Pocket is designed to give you quick access to your chem lights by adhering a pocket to your traditional uniform arm pocket.

6. Ranger Panties


Every once in a while, you got to strut your stuff and what’s a better way to show off the tree trunks than a pair of Ranger Panties. If you need a little push, here’s why you should wear them.

Don’t see anything on here that piques your interest? Check out our best sellers.

Twas’ The Night Before Christmas, Remix

Concealed Carry on Base? DoD Directive 5210.56, Arming and the Use of Force

521056_dodd_2016_page_01**I am not a lawyer, and nothing below should be considered legal advice.  This is merely my reading of a recent DoD directive that I know a lot of people were looking forward to.  User assumes all liability**

If you’ve been keeping up with the flow of DoD directives, I’m sure that by now someone has mentioned 5210.56, Arming and the Use of Force.  People got pretty excited when it was issued, mostly because it “[p]rovides guidance for permitting the carrying of privately owned firearms on DoD property by DoD personnel for personal protection purposes that are not associated with the performance of official duties.”  Now, before we all go out and celebrate our new-found ability to carry (well, your new-found ability – it doesn’t really cover the Coast Guard), let’s talk about what is and is not found within the new directive.

First, the directive actually has multiple sections, it’s not solely about privately-owned concealed carry.  It also authorizes commanders to arm members with government weapons (concealed or open) for protection related to official duties, both on and off base.  It establishes the criteria, who may authorize, and some general guidelines.

Second, while the directive authorizes commanders to authorize carry, it doesn’t actually provide the process or format.  It merely directs the services to develop the process – “In addition to the responsibilities assigned in DoDI 5200.08, the DoD Component heads will:

n. Establish rank, grade, or position requirements for personnel who will be designated as the official that may permit the concealed or open carry of privately owned firearms on DoD property for personal protection purposes that are not related to the performance of official duty or duty status. At a minimum, this official must be a commander in the grade of O-5 or civilian equivalent in charge of the DoD property.”

Third, it doesn’t answer several important questions.  For one, it refers to “DoD property.”  So the question arises: if I am authorized to carry on my base, does that authorization extend to other bases as well?  While this may not be a big deal for personnel stationed where only one installation exists, in my area, there are no less than six different DoD installations, each with their own commanding officer.  If my commanding officer is only authorized to bless me on my base, how does that help me if I’m required to travel to another base to use medical or other facilities?  For another, it gets really vague about non-DoD government facilities, stating “[n]othing in this issuance will be construed as affecting the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide for the protection of facilities (including the buildings, grounds, and properties of the General Services Administration) that are under the jurisdiction, custody, or control, in whole or in part, of a federal department or agency other than DoD and that are located off a military installation.”  The directive also does not apply to the National Guard while serving under Title 32 or State Active Duty.  Finally, the authorizing official must make a determination “that the request falls within an exception under Section 930(d) of Title 18, U.S.C.” That last section could either be the easiest part or the hardest part, depending on your commander and his legal team:

18 USC 930(a) states: “Except as provided in subsection (d), whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility (other than a Federal court facility), or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.”

18 USC 930(d) states: “Subsection (a) shall not apply to—
(1) the lawful performance of official duties by an officer, agent, or employee of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision thereof, who is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of any violation of law;
(2) the possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon by a Federal official or a member of the Armed Forces if such possession is authorized by law; or
(3) the lawful carrying of firearms or other dangerous weapons in a Federal facility incident to hunting or other lawful purposes.”

While it seems fairly easy to me to justify concealed carry under (2) or (3), as mentioned, I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t play one on TV either.  I will say that this directive is in response to Section 526 of the NDAA for FY 2016, which states:

“SEC. 526. ESTABLISHMENT OF PROCESS BY WHICH MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES MAY CARRY AN APPROPRIATE FIREARM ON A MILITARY INSTALLATION. Not later than December 31, 2015, the Secretary of Defense, taking into consideration the views of senior leadership of military installations in the United States, shall establish and implement a process by which the commanders of military installations in the United States, or other military commanders designated by the Secretary of Defense for military reserve centers, Armed Services recruiting centers, and such other defense facilities as the Secretary may prescribe, may authorize a member of the Armed Forces who is assigned to duty at the installation, center or facility to carry an appropriate firearm on the installation, center, or facility if the commander determines that carrying such a firearm is necessary as a personal- or force-protection measure.”

Since the NDAA is a law (Public Law 114-92), 18 USC 930(d)(2) seems to be an excellent fit for justification of concealed carry, but then again, it’s not up to me.




Anyway, I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade here, I just want people to understand that while this is an important step, it’s only a step.  The various component heads will now have to promulgate their own regulations, and then someone will have to be the test case.  A lot of departmental inertia will need to be overcome, and I wouldn’t expect to see any authorizations springing forth for at least six months.

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About the author

Joel is a 12 year veteran of the US Coast Guard, where he has served at various units including the International Training Division and Maritime Security Response Team. He has held qualifications including Deployable Team Leader/Instructor, Direct Action Section Team Leader, and Precision Marksman – Observer. He has deployed/instructed on five continents and served in quick reaction force roles for multiple National Special Security Events in the US. He is the owner of Hybrid Defensive Strategies, LLC in Chesapeake, VA, and can be contacted on Facebook and Instagram. Any opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Coast Guard or the US Government.

Trump’s Appointment of Mattis is All We Want for Christmas

At a rally in Cincinnati, OH Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump made the announcement that he would like to appoint retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as his administration’s Secretary of Defense. Trump went on to liken Mattis to World War II hero, General George S. Patton, saying General Mattis is, “the closest thing we have to General George S. Patton.” Similarities to Patton aside, the appointment of James Mattis as Trump’s Secretary of Defense also places him in rare company with former General and Secretary of Defense under the Truman Administration, George C. Marshall.

7 Facts You Might Not Know About GEN. James “Mad Dog” Mattis

The National Security Act of 1947 is the piece of federal legislation that placed Mattis and Marshall in such elite company. For a former service member to hold the private appointment of Secretary of Defense, he or she must have been retired from active duty for at least ten years. Later modified to eight years in 2008, Mattis has not met this requirement, only being retired from active duty since 2013. As George Marshall was subject to in 1950, James Mattis will have to receive approval from Congress to accept President-elect Trump’s appointment. From recent media reports, it sounds like Mattis will have the support of Congress, so Mattis might be able to institute his defense policies, whereas Marshall was primarily responsible for keeping Douglas MacArthur under control during the Korean War.

General Mattis’ Reading List For Leaders

Regarding defense policy, Mattis has not minced words regarding the United States policy towards the Islamic State. He has gone on record stating that the United States needs to take a “firm, strategic stance,” against the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations, and believes that the current policy in the Middle East has fostered an environment of extremism. However, some Mattis’ policies differ from President-Elect Trump. Namely, Mattis believes that Trump’s attitude toward Russia is misguided, as well as his belief that torture does not work to the extent that some high-ranking officials believe.

Twas’ The Night Before Christmas, Remix

Regardless of your political leaning, or personal thoughts on James Mattis’ potential appointment as Secretary of Defense, the next few weeks will prove to be a unique time in the history of the United States.

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