We've known the people behind Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost Gear for a long time–and the gear, especially Tactical Tailor, for much longer. More than one RECOIL employee has had Tactical Tailor gear among their kit when rolling around overseas, myself included. What we hadn't done, however, was actually see behind the veil at the production facility itself.
Tactical Tailor, Grey Ghost Gear, and Grey Ghost Precision can safely be viewed as a three sided coin. The Grey Ghost divisions are nimble and suitable for more custom work–but if you need to outfit an entire army, Tactical Tailor is your answer.
Located literally just off the runway of Fort McChord sits Tactical Tailor. It's housed in a rather nondescript warehouse, with a tank outside. Well, okay, a British FV101 Scorpion Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle. Big treads and big gun, close enough. And it's done up in Multicam.
This wouldn't be the first nor the last impressive piece of ordnance we'd see on site, but it certainly was the only one with tracks. Of course, we drove it around the parking lot and [narrowly] missed some vehicles.
The normal entrance to the shop looks almost like a little off-base retail establishment. Almost.
Once you go through the locked and coded employee entrance, everything changes.
Racks and racks of fabric, all being tested and worked with to discover the next big thing. Then there are inventory shelves filled to the brim with completed gear. Think Sam's Club for warfighters.
Throughout the building, every wall and surface is covered with magazine articles, movie and videogame posters, all that featured guns and gear made by Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost.
Being next to McChord was no accident either. Everything they make, from pouches to rifles and pistols, gets tested and vetted by the nearby Special Forces bubbas before it goes out to market. We know, companies that are full of shit often say things like that. Whereas Tactical Tailor has done the opposite. Though this has been going on for years, it's only recently that this has become public knowledge.
The back of the building sported a different sort of skunkworks: the weapon division. Over the last couple years Grey Ghost had been developing Glock slides–not from blanks formed from another company, but completely of their own design. Each one is finished by hand.