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On SAT and SUN I will be at Zanshin Lair teaching Combative & Contact Distance Pistol, and MON-FRI I will be teaching high threat driving. If you need to get a hold of me just text me at 443-807-7070 or e-mail me at and I will get back to you ASAP.


I am a principle in the latest and soon to be leader in all things related to gear… EDC Central

EDC Central’s Mission is to provide a one stop shop for the discussion of all types of gear including guns, knives, packs, electronics, clothes, watches, flashlights, you name it. We are able to accomplish using team which is made up of subject matter experts in everything from photography to self-defense.

We are currently accepting applications for advertising. See, we do things a little different. We are not going to just sell you a banner and stick it somewhere. We provide you with your very own forum to interact with your customers in a real time fashion. You can do all sorts of things from receiving feedback to launching new products. In addition to your own forum you also get a banner on our blog and the ability to post your product news there as well.

Got a great product but don’t know how to get it in front of people? Have our staff review it and have it photographed by Pho-Tac.

Contact us today at 717-889-1753 and let us help your reach new customers.

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My name is George Matheis.  Known better in the tactical community as “mercop”.  I retired from law enforcement in 2007 after almost two decades of service.  It was at that time I formed Modern Combative Systems LLC.   MCS provides personal protection and preparedness training to citizens, military, and law enforcement.  MCS was selected to create the edged weapon curriculum for the Air Force Special Operations DAGRE (Deployed Aircraft Response Element) in 2007.  Currently, I continue to work with the Air Force as an adjunct instructor for SCG, teaching High Threat Driving  at the Air Adviser Program at Ft. Dix NJ.

In 2009, I was hired by Safety And Awareness For Everyone to be their lead instructor and curriculum developer.  SAFE was created  in response to the need for common sense, principle based training for hospitals, academic institutions, and corporations.  Courses cover a wide array of topics from patient restraint to active shooter response.  Three SAFE courses have recently been accredited by University of Iowa.

One of my pastimes is cigar smoking, and I found while traveling for trade shows, and courses,  I would find myself in a local cigar shop.  Being one to blend all things I like, it was only natural that myself and a friend create The Men’s Room Online.  While visiting local shops and cigar events, I quickly learned guys who like cigars usually like guns, knives, tactical nylon, and all things tactical.

Over the years, I have worked with companies like Alpha Innovations, Columbia River Knife and Tool, RMJ Tactical, Treeman Knives, SO Tech, Diamondback Tactical, Woolrich, ESS, and countless up and coming knife and gear makers.

Some say that I have a knack for fusion marketing, which my definition of is taking two different products or services, represented by good people and bringing them together for mutual benefit.

Since it seemed that I was spending more and more time marketing and providing marketing advice inside the tactical community, I decided to start Tactical Marketing under the Modern Combative Systems LLC umbrella.

Initial consultations are always free.  Just call 717-889-1753 or e-mail me at  I want to hear about your ideas and needs.  Give me a call or drop me a line today.- George

On forums just search for “mercop”

Blade Forums

The High Road

Glock Talk

Maryland Shooters Network

Defensive Carry Forums


Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Discussion Forum

Integrated Close Combat Forum

Stop by the Amerikilt booth to chat.  For those who don’t know I am a huge kilt fan and Amerikilt is my favorite casual kilt, whether you are going business casual or just with a t-shirt on a lazy weekend.  Amerikilt’s rock and are a great way to see if the whole kilt thing is for you.  The 2010 Maryland Irish Festival has something for the entire family. I will be at the booth from 12-11 PM on SAT 13NOV10.

That is where we come in.  We have resources and people on the ground doing just about any job you can think of from an inner city SWAT cop, to a medic in Afghanistan.  Let our team take a look at what you have and give you a no nonsense opinion of it before you waste your time or miss out on the opportunity to cash in.

We will provide you with a confidentiality agreement.  We don’t want your idea, we want to help you promote it.

Is this you?  Do you work at a marketing or PR firm that has an account for tactical products that you don’t have a clue about?  Are you trying to sell tactical pants when you wear Dockers or a skirt in the office all day?  Do you know what the potential end user is looking for?  What makes the pants you are marketing better than army surplus ACUs/or BDUs?  Do you know what ACUs or BDUs are?  Contact us, let us know what you are selling.  Let us teach you to talk tactical and watch your profits soar, simply by being able to relate to your customer.  They will never know where you got your education from, only smiling as they hand over their disposable income for your gear and not the competition’s.

A few years ago, I was at the New York Custom Knife Show with a buddy who was an aspiring knife maker.  He never got a table even at small local shows.  He had nothing visible that would identify him as a knife maker.  As we were walking around the show, he began to complain that nobody was buying his knives.  I asked him who he was selling to and he said “guys at home” (a very small town in Michigan).  I told him that he could be making knives that would make some big name makers cry, but that nobody would ever know because he was so good at keeping his knives a secret.

Are you like my friend?  Are you a small knife maker or a huge tactical gear manufacturer, but do a lousy job of getting your product in front of people?  Contact us and let’s chat how to turn your good ideas and great products into bank deposits.



1.  of or pertaining to tactics, esp. military or naval tactics.

2.  characterized by skillful tactics or adroit maneuvering or procedure: tactical movements.

3.  of or pertaining to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage.

4.  expedient; calculated.

5.  prudent; politic.

We all know that everything is tactical these days.  If you have any doubt, watch this.  Look at tactical pens, tactical knives, tactical watches.  On a common sense level we all know that an item being “tactical” is silly, but being “tactikewl”  is fun.  Our tactical pens are going to do more writing than stabbing, our tactical knives are going to cut more sandwiches than terrorists, and our watches are going to tell us what time to pick up the kids, not when we need to reach our Zodiac to move off the beach.

The truth is that we can put our customers into two categories, those that do or have done “tactical” things for a living, and the majority of the market who are fans of those doing it for a living and appreciate “tactikewl” gear.  Having been both enlisted in the army and as a retired police officer, I can tell you that the people who support the tactical market are those that used to do it for a living and those that are fans.  These people research their gear to exhaustion on forums and other websites.  With today’s economy, these folks more than ever are looking for the most bang for the buck.  Let us help you educate them on why your products are what they need.