Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Tactical Beard Owners Club

The first Saturday in September is World Beard Day.  This year, it also ushered in a new era for The Tactical Beard Owners Club including forthcoming forum, charitable events and an international competitive team.  You may be asking just what the heck the TBOC is.  Here is a video that our founder, Mike Hartmann, coordinated and put together from chapters around the world.

Obviously, to belong you must have a beard.  The second is that you are a tactical shooter by hobby or profession.  At first, I did not know what to expect myself.  I thought maybe it was just a catchy club that started out as a Facebook page.  However, after being accepted, I quickly realized this was a legit Brotherhood.  There is a professional, no b.s. attitude and a willingness to truly help out one another professionally as well as on a personal level.  One example from the professional side of the club involved contracting opportunities overseas.  One of our members was looking for work and was quickly pointed toward opportunities that they were able to take advantage of.  Another example of how the Brotherhood takes care of it's own is the many times I have seen a member open up (which takes a lot of courage, I might add) and lets the others know they are having a rough patch.  I've seen members respond with encouragement and support that the member may not have been getting from anywhere else.

Good times on the range.  The Osama zombie targets were a nice touch.

I belong to the Missouri "Midwest Legion" Chapter of the Brotherhood.  We had our first meeting a few months ago.  Needless to say, it was a good time and, more importantly, it was a great opportunity to meet some very good people who I am proud to call my Bearded Brothers.  There has been several occasions where we have helped out one another on a personal level whether that be just to lend an ear or hook some one up with a good opportunity.  You really couldn't ask for a better group of dudes.

TBOC Midwest Legion enjoying some drinks and grub after a day at the range.

The Tactical Beard Owners Club.  If you're looking for a brotherhood without the nonsense and good people, then you have found the right place.  As of this posting, the application process is on suspension, but will be available again soon.  If you think you may be a good fit, then keep an eye open at the following link:  TBOC Application

If you have a beard and are involved in "tactical" shooting as a hobby or profession, then look no further.  Douches, hipsters or patch chasers need not apply.