Is Tactical-Grey The New Tacticool Color ?

    Over at Shooting Illustrated my buddy Jay suggests that grey is the new black, something sailors have known for decades …

    With that in mind, it sure seems like gray is the new black. Talking to folks in the industry who manufacture and market a variety of products, from accessories like stocks, fore-ends and pistol grips to clothing and other gear, it appears gray—in predominantly darker hues—is today’s hot tactical color. 5.11 Tactical has lightweight TacLite Propants in “charcoal,” a darker gray, and RECON shorts in “scorched earth.” Where a few years ago you could get any color as long as you wanted black or khaki, now it seems tactical clothing comes in nearly as many shades as the latest offerings from LL Bean. Using the TacLite series as an example, there are currently seven different colors available.

    I thought pink was the new black … just shows how untacticool I am. Do you think Tactical Grey, which is defined by CeraKote as a “medium dark grey with very fine metallic”, offers any camouflage benefits over black/brown/green?


    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!