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ITS Holiday Stand Down and a Huge Thank You!

By The ITS Crew

First off we want to take a few minutes to thank each and every one of our loyal readers, Crew Members, Crew Leaders and Plank Owners! We wouldn’t be anywhere today without your support and encouragement!

We’ve grown so much over the last year and what an amazing year it’s been. There’s been such a positive response to all the information we’ve been providing this last year, from skill-set information to gear reviews; you guys have been soaking it up!


ITS Tactical has experienced a 100% growth rate in 2010 going from an average of 60k unique people a month visiting in January to over 120k last month! Those aren’t hits or page views those are actually 120,000 different people enjoying the awesomeness! We’re definitely outgrowing our server too!

We’ve had the good fortune to have some fantastic writers contributing some killer content and we’d like to also thank each one of them for adding to the resource we’ve created here at ITS. Come January 3rd we’re going to have a big re-launch of ITS Tactical with a new look, updated navigation and other changes that will make your experience here even more enjoyable. We’ve got so many great articles, that important content is starting to get buried. To fix this, the hierarchy will also get a face lift so finding things will be less time consuming!

Our membership is also growing strong and getting a makeover come January too! We opened up our Plank Owner membership in February as a way to allow everyone to contribute to our growth and give you guys something great back in return, rather than simply asking for donations. Our first 250 memberships went quickly and was our cutoff for Plank Owners, a Navy term derived from the initial crew of a ship’s commissioning. While many benefits are the same for Plank Owners and our newest Membership level, Crew Leaders, there will always be certain benefits that will remain exclusive to our Plank Owners.

We’ve now had over 150 Crew Leaders sign up since opening the Membership and more are joining everyday! Our growth has largely been possible by the contribution and support of our Plank Owners and Crew Leaders, we wouldn’t have it any other way. If you feel you’re getting more than 14 ¢ a day in value from ITS, please consider  joining our growing community of supporters.

ITS was built to provide an open-source community of different methods, ideas and knowledge that could one day save your life.  A resource for everyone and a place to provide an unbiased perspective without pressure from advertisers.


We’re very fortunate to have sponsors that want to help support ITS Tactical and believe in our mission. We encourage you to consider these business when purchasing the equipment you need to get the job done, we choose our sponsors very carefully and with the help of our moderators in our Forum. You can be sure that these companies that appear here on ITS are here for you, so please join us in thanking them for their support!

While our contributions from sponsors directly benefit the growth of ITS just like our membership, we’ve set things up to where our Membership is our largest source of funding to grow ITS. This isn’t because we don’t value our sponsors, it’s so it’s clear who keeps ITS running. It’s YOU!


There’s so much more to do and accomplish on ITS Tactical! 2011 is going to be a banner year we’re excited to show you everything we have in store!

We’ll be stepping away from ITS until January 3rd to spend some time with our families and get busy finishing up the Website and Membership redesign that we anticipate launching on the 3rd. Our store will remain open but we won’t be shipping anything out until we return on the 3rd. All orders placed in the last two days will be shipped out Monday.

Thank you once again for making all of this possible and for your continued support in 2010 and beyond! Have a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Bryan Black
Editor-in-Chief, Founder

We’d like to leave you with a little holiday fun with some outtakes from our videos this year. Please don’t watch this one around the kiddos!

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  • Awesome out-takes Bryan. It makes me feel better out my first ITS video haha

    Merry Christmas everyone, see you in the New Year!

    ~Eric S.

  • Hunter

    Merry Xmas everyone, from Spain.


  • Mustang0268

    Thanks gents..ITS is a great site, we all appreciate what you are doing! Merry Christmas!

  • walrus61

    Merry Christmas to everybody from Italy!

  • jellydonut

    Will ITS be at SHOT?

    • jelly

      Sorry, smartphone tunnel vision. I get a new item in my RSS reader, I read it, I reply. Screen is too small to do much more. 🙁

  • Daniel Garcia

    Merry Christmas to all our members everywhere! 😀

  • randypb

    Congrats on a great site with something for everyone – that’s hard to pull off! In the spirit of Christmas, and seeing that this site goes worldwide, here are some Merry Christmases from around the world:

    Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees

    Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees

    African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats

    Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Milad Majid

    Argentine: Feliz Navidad

    Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand

    Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun

    Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal

    Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!

    Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha

    Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce

    Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina

    Brazilian: Feliz Natal

    Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat

    Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo

    Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!

    Chile: Feliz Navidad

    Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun

    Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

    Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito

    Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo

    Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth

    Corsian: Pace e salute

    Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo

    Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi

    Croatian: Sretan Bozic

    Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok

    Danish: Glædelig Jul

    Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak

    Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast

    English: Merry Christmas

    Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!

    Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon

    Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi

    Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal

    Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!

    Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad

    Finnish: Hyvaa joulua

    Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar

    French: Joyeux Noel

    Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!

    Galician: Bo Nada

    Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!

    German: Fröhliche Weihnachten

    Greek: Kala Christouyenna!

    Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto

    Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!

    Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka

    Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova

    Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (good New Year not Merry Christmas)

    Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket

    Icelandic: Gledileg Jol

    Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal

    Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

    Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat

    Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.

    Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie

    Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

    Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags

    Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha

    Lao: souksan van Christmas

    Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!

    Latvian: Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!

    Lausitzian:Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto

    Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus

    Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu

    Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar

    Luxembourgish: Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch

    Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik

    Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb

    Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa

    Maori: Meri Kirihimete

    Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh (good New Year not Merry Christmas)

    Navajo: Merry Keshmish

    Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul

    Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado

    Papiamento: Bon Pasco 

    Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu

    Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!

    Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo

    Philippines: Maligayang Pasko!

    Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie

    Portuguese:Feliz Natal

    Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha

    Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua

    Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn

    Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!

    Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit

    Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom

    Sami: Buorrit Juovllat

    Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou

    Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou

    Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh

    Serbian: Hristos se rodi.

    Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa

    Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok

    Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto

    Spanish: Feliz Navidad

    Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År

    Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon

    Tamil: (Tamizh) Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
    (good New Year not Merry Christmas)

    Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!

    Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas

    Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

    Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym or Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM

    Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
    (good New Year not Merry Christmas)

    Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh

    Welsh: Nadolig Llawen

    Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye’dun!

    Guess that says it all and plain ol’ Merry Christmas ya’ll from Texas!

  • Davy Jenkins

    Happy Festivus to all!

  • Jason Kempston

    New Crew Leader this year. Awesome site. Cant say enough good things about it. Thanks to all the ITS staff and members. Have a holiday.

  • Awesome video! Glad I only have to write.

    Merry Christmas everybody!

  • Andrew ~ HP

    Looking forward to 2011. Be safe and we’ll see you on the third!

  • Will Comptis

    Merry Christmas fellow ITSers!

  • Golden Eagle

    Merry Christmas ITS and a Happy New Year! Thanks for making this website… It’s awesome
    Golden Eagle

  • Enjoy your much needed time off! Love that bloopers reel!

  • Dave J.

    That was a hell of a list there. Bravo.

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