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Tacticool is a phrase that describes "cheap knockoff versions of real, high-end tactical firearm accessories such as red dot sights, holosights, flashlights, lasers and scopes. Such accessories are highly popular with Airsoft players, since they look cool, cost much less and don't need to be reliable enough for them to actually stake their lives on." (from Urban Dictionary.) Generally, this aesthetic is popular amongst internet tough guys, who are men who attempt to act tough, hypermasculine, and aggressive to an excessive point where they cannot back up their claims.

People who enjoy tacticool differ from Mall Ninjas, who are typically more interested in Asian and anime-themed weapons. Instead, Tacticool is an aesthetic that has a basis in contemporary military weapons and equipment. In addition to the products themselves, this community in a sense "cosplays" being in the military through making posts on the internet about their ability to fight, hoards weapons, and enjoys media that is about contemporary warfare, such as the Call of Duty video game franchise. These people also tend to be conservative and fear a domestic war.

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