Gear Review: Tuff-Writer ‘Operator’ Tactical Pen

  Freud may have said that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but sometimes a pen isn’t just a pen. The Tuff-Writer ‘Operator’ tactical pen functions very nicely as a pen (more on that later) but it’s also a Kubotan, a stiletto, and an escape tool that nobody will notice you’re carrying. Unless they […]

TSA and Logic. Do These Things Go Together?

Travel is kind of a pain in the ass, nowadays. In America (the largest developed nation without reliable, efficient passenger train service) you’ve got three choices – automobile, bus, and airplane. And for all it’s speed, convenience, and relative low-cost, flying has gotten to be the biggest pain of all, thanks to the legacy of […]

NRA Convention: Is This Pen TSA-Friendly?

I love the concept of “tactical” just about anything (although that flashlight gun has to be an accident waiting to happen). So when manufacturers started making tactical pens, I thought “hey…cool…something I can I can carry on the plane since I can’t take my gun!” Um. Maybe. Maybe not. 

The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword. Sometimes.

I’ve been in a lot of airports lately. Airports are the original “gun-free zones” and with good reason, I might add. As long as the TSA and airport police are armed (they are, aren’t they?) and ready to use their weapons if needed (ditto), then I’m actually okay with being weapons-free. Mostly. While I’m cool with not carrying a gun into an airport or onto an airplane, I’m not nearly as happy with having to divest myself of anything else the TSA has deemed to be contraband. Case in point, my tactical flashlight and knife.