The New 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt

We all know that the Scottish defeated the English because they strategically used kilts and blue face paint. Hundreds of years later the English are still trying to break free from Scottish occupation and oppression. 5.11 have produced a tactical kilt they claim obsoletes the need for cumbersome grenade launchers on the battlefield. *

For centuries, warriors have trained for combat through competition. Developing the strength and skill at arms to be victorious on the battlefield. Though times have changed, the modern warrior can often find the best answer in the traditions of old.

Find out what happens when Recon Marine Rudy Reyes gets training from Scottish Highland Games champion Ben McKim. Proceeds from sales of the 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt benefit FBINAA Foundation and The Raider Project.

* This post and the video are a joke.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Don Ward

    Actually, the English had the better military record against the Scots when they were wearing kilts. Also, the modern incarnation of the kilt is around because the great-grandson of the German King of England liked to play dress-up.

    • Tassiebush

      The English had a lot of advantages. Political unity, military organisation and economic power being chief among them. The Scots had the opposite of these. I think it’d be arguable that in a fair few of the conflicts there wasn’t a Scottish side so much as a faction without English allies.
      The great kilt seems to have been a pretty practical garment for the highlands environment. Highlanders seem to have been very mobile given their tendency to race ahead of more conventional infantry giving leadership a headache, but it certainly says something that they sometimes removed kilts to fight and they were dangerous clothes in an industrialised environment leading to the creation of the modern kilt.
      But to give the Scottish credit (in the military context) they were the majority of British infantry at the time that the British empire was the global military superpower.

    • Tassiebush

      You’ve got the whole hipster thing going on in Washington state I believe?

      • Don Ward

        I was here before the hipsters 😉

        • Tassiebush

          haha I’m sure you were. btw i just changed my wording. It was a tad unfortunate.

      • Samael527

        Straight up there is a modern kilt store in downtown Seattle.

        • Tassiebush

          Yeah I stumbled upon it online. It’s largely synthetic kilts from memory. Nothing in neutral earthy colours or my tartan. It was part of a quest for woolen outdoor wear having found that wool trousers that’d fit were a rare thing indeed so I’d kinda thought it was worth a look in a utilitarian sense only to discover that it was experiencing a hipster resurgence. They’ve darn near ruined beards and now kilts. Someone’s gotta do something!

        • Sulaco

          Its spreading like a bad virus, saw one on a dude in a Walmart in Bonney Lake recently.

      • Don Ward

        You’ve not seen horrors until you’ve seen a 300-pound Seattle neck beard manspreading in a Utilikilt.

        • Tassiebush

          Haha that sounds like a formidable sight!

        • Tassiebush

          Flipping heck I just looked the pricing up. That neck beard was paying quite a premium for a socially acceptable way to flash others!

    • Evan

      The Scots never wore blue face paint either. Woad was used by the Celts who fought the Romans several centuries before there WERE Scots. This is what happens when people mistake Braveheart for actual history.

  • SP mclaughlin

    So will Scottish operators in the SAS wear these?

    • Boogur T. Wang


  • M C

    “* This post and the video are a joke.”

    You’ve never been too close to a Scotsman in a kilt. It ain’t just their faces that are painted blue.

    • Jim_Macklin

      That isn’t paint, it is pent up lust.

      BTW, it wasn’t necessary to say April Fool.

      British Arms Control did give the world the game of GOLF. The Scots were forbidden to carry weapons, so they invented a game that used a club.
      The name came from the signs posted around the links to keep it a manly “sport.”
      Gentlemen Only-Ladies Forbidden

      • The Forty ‘Twa

        That isn’t how it came to be called golf…

      • MeaCulpa

        Re: third sentence and on.
        Well that’s not true at all.

        • M C

          Whereas that first sentence is terrifying.

  • Rob

    Hey, its the guy that played himself in Generation Kill.

    • Texas-Roll-Over

      Fuity Rudy

  • Samael527

    Thanks TFB, now I have cancer.

  • Car54

    Sorry, unless your kilt is made from clan tartan, it is just a skirt

    • DrewN

      Right? Not to mention wearing a tartan that’s not yours has been known to result in an ass kicking or two. Quit appropriating culture people.

      • MeaCulpa

        I doubt it, regimental tartans maybe, but besides that who the hell knows whether somebody already called dibs on the particular pattern you chose to wear?

        • Ryan

          They called dibs on tartan when clans picked them. If I catch anyone running the Campbell tartan who isn’t one of mine or a member of the Black Watch I’ll slap them.

          • Evan

            What an incredibly stupid comment. So basically, you’d be willing to physically assault someone for wearing a pattern that you dubiously claim belongs to your family/clan. In what way is that nonsense substantively different from street hoodlums attacking each other (or real people) over gang colors?

          • Dan

            Can’t wait for the Scottish version of Straight outta Compton. Straight Down from the highlands

          • Evan

            Somehow I don’t see bagpipes lending themselves to rap music

          • KestrelBike

            oh shi, sheeps fired!

          • Ryan

            Well I suspect sarcastic replies aren’t allowed, my apologies salty Susan.

    • ostiariusalpha

      The Irish wore lein-croich which was similar to the Scottish filleadh mhòr, except it lacked the plaid and the belt arrangement was different. The Irish didn’t start wearing their monochrome version of the modern short kilt till the end of the 19th century, but they at least have some mild legitimacy in the borrowing.

    • MeaCulpa

      “Clan tartan” is pretty much a result of Englishmen playing dress up and is a pretty new invention. Anyway, even if you buy in to all that my-plaid-has-meaning malarkey I don’t think you should say that the black watch had skirts (or maybe you should because all kilts are just skirts)

  • dP

    It’s not a kilt. It’s a tactical shooting skirt.

  • guest

    Cosplay with kilts, guns, and sports articles. How cute.

  • ChierDuChien

    Kilts let you dump on the run.

  • tony

    This is so bad, it is turning into a parody

  • ExMachina1

    Just to clarify, this was an April Fools joke that got posted here on TFB one day too late.

    • Anomanom

      Actually, 5.11 does have kilts. I bought one last time they were available.

      • ExMachina1

        Sure but the video itself is goofy and appropriately posted on April 1

  • Anomanom

    For the record, the 5.11 kilt is pretty nice. I bought one last time they were on sale. It looks nice and wears tell.

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    Now I have to worry about drunks with guns.

  • Mikial

    I once ran a ‘Highland Games’ event on my property in the hills when I lived in Utah. We did caber toss, archery, ax throwing, javelin throwing, light weapons close combat, and heavy weapons close combat. It was a total blast and all excellent training for a harsh world.

    No retreat, no surrender.

  • Core

    For all of you talking smack about kilts why don’t you meet me at the heavy athletics tent at the beginning of the Highland Games and see what you got to say about it?

    • Cottersay

      Sorry Core, but I am NOT meeting up with some strange man who is wearing a dress, especially not in his tent out in the boondocks. I simply don’t swing that way.
      You perv.

  • Hyok Kim

    Sexy, sexy, not that unusual in the old days, after all, Roman military tunic was nothing more than mini-dress. I don’t think I want to carry anything too heavy in the kilt, it would swing around and clank too much, but combined with knee and shin pad for prone position, it would be practical (especially in summer, late spring and early fall) and for #2, and R&R with a partner in a hurry. But then it would make one more vulnerable from unwanted attention from the wrong person..