How durable is the LaRue Tactical Beverage Entry Tool?


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Joe Link
September 17, 2008, 11:55 AM
I'm in the market for a tactical beverage entry tool and I'm leaning toward the LaRue model LT-205. Before I place the order for what may be one of the most important tools in my arsenal, I need some feedback from the professionals. How durable are these things? How's the fit and finish and does it wear quickly? Those of you who carry them, what's your preferred method? I appreciate your help regarding this important decision.

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AZAndy
September 17, 2008, 12:10 PM
I use .45ACP to open my beverages. It's foolproof although there may be some associated liquid loss. Give it a try.

TexasRifleman
September 17, 2008, 12:12 PM
The Armadillo is indestructible. I've never seen the finish come off and I've used and abused them.

However, all of your friends will steal them so buy in bulk.

Claude Clay
September 17, 2008, 12:17 PM
without the instructions i am unable to reach a conclusion--sorry

30 cal slob
September 17, 2008, 12:42 PM
i have several. La Rue seems to send one with every order.

for close quarters imbibing, the tool has no peer.

p.s. try the dillo dust and the battlefield paint mixer too. :p

bogie
September 17, 2008, 01:02 PM
Uh... What's one of these things look like?

You can open capped bottles with a Gallil or whatever the Israelis called it...

I'm surprised that the Irish didn't think of that one... And that the Brits don't have rifles with built-in tea dealies...

Mp7
September 17, 2008, 01:08 PM
The Glock Field knife M78
has a very cool feature....

supposedly they told the milspec guys,
that it is a bladebreaker for knifefighting.....

http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=089bENVEN6U

i luv it. Good also for intimidating
people you wanna make get more pilsener! :)

Speedo66
October 12, 2008, 10:57 AM
I have found after extensive research that handcuffs work very well in the tactical forced entry of "bottles, beer".

Wes Janson
October 12, 2008, 12:05 PM
Bah. Real men use Makarovs to open their beverages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT2_LTzZ2Uc

For those of a more Western persuasion, 1911s have been known to make a quite satisfactory substitute to a Makarov in this role.

RonE
October 12, 2008, 12:07 PM
I find that a P-38 on a chain around your neck (like a dog tag chain) seems to work about the best of any of the methods or tools I have tried. Second choice would be Kline.

nalioth
October 12, 2008, 12:10 PM
Sweetness.

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6818/p1011962pm8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/p1011962pm8.jpg/1/w800.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img91/p1011962pm8.jpg/1/)

230RN
October 12, 2008, 12:23 PM
Is there anything on it that substitutes for the pointy end of this?

nalioth
October 12, 2008, 12:43 PM
Is there anything on it that substitutes for the pointy end of this?
http://www.novarata.net/churchkey.jpg

I'd love to find some of those. The places around me only sell the cheap plastic handled chinese version.

P.S. Folks, quite a lot of us have browsers that can't see Windows Bitmaps. Jpgs or gifs work much better as far as accessibility.

ColinthePilot
October 12, 2008, 01:28 PM
I either use .22LR or 7.62X54R for my tactical beverage opening.

AndyC
October 12, 2008, 01:39 PM
I use a disposable lighter to open mine, but that tool could be rather handy.

Kind of Blued
October 12, 2008, 02:13 PM
I use the dull side of my pocket knife.

HGUNHNTR
October 12, 2008, 02:24 PM
I use a bottle opener, works great.

Rmac58
October 12, 2008, 02:42 PM
^^LOL!

Artiz
October 12, 2008, 03:11 PM
I use my hands, bottle caps unscrew here, go figure.

Eightball
October 12, 2008, 03:27 PM
I use this thing:
http://www.crkt.com/lilguppie.html

Because it's my keychain.

JImbothefiveth
October 12, 2008, 03:34 PM
I like mine ever since I mounted an EOtech on it.:neener:

RH822
October 12, 2008, 07:07 PM
I use my hands, bottle caps unscrew here, go figure.

Yeah. Here too, I guess some guys just don't have that G.I. Joe Kung-Fu grip.

paintballdude902
October 12, 2008, 07:35 PM
^^^

go try to do that with a sam adams

theken206
October 12, 2008, 07:56 PM
or a guinness

mgregg85
October 12, 2008, 08:00 PM
I just bash mine on the edge of a table or whatever else happens to be nearby. Its more of a KISS approach and thus, more tactical.:neener:

neviander
October 12, 2008, 09:03 PM
Tactical beverage entry tool....I thought you guys were joking. How tactical can a bottle opener be? MacGyver could use dental floss to open a Sam Adams ;)

Artiz
October 12, 2008, 09:10 PM
How can it be tactical? By being black coated, aircraft grade aluminium, having the word TACTICAL shoud make it a tactical item.. no? ;)

I just want to be clear... caps unscrew here, I mean, bear bottles and most of glassed beverages here have the cap unscrew like normal plactic soda bottle, imported brands like Corona have the classic cap, but... normal bear bottles have not... LOL

HGUNHNTR
October 12, 2008, 09:14 PM
^ You guys bottle bears!
You just might need a tactical bottle opener for that!

nalioth
October 12, 2008, 09:20 PM
^ You guys bottle bears!
You just might need a tactical bottle opener for that! . . . and a big cold can of WHOOPASS for a chaser! :evil:

TehK1w1
October 13, 2008, 12:03 AM
I usually just use the edge of a table, or maybe the clip on my pocketknife.

Kind of Blued
October 13, 2008, 12:17 AM
Yeah. Here too, I guess some guys just don't have that G.I. Joe Kung-Fu grip.

Or maybe some of the guys here drink really good beer or bottle their own. :neener:

I made this especially for you fellas. The beer being poured (poorly) is an O'Dell IPA. ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FXEIxpmQPM

230RN
October 13, 2008, 01:08 AM
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=BIZARRE+BOTTLE+OPENER&gbv=2

Warning: some of these are a little racy.

I like the flash drive bottle opener.

Caimlas
October 13, 2008, 02:22 AM
Personally, I carry a swiss army knife/tool and a CRKT folder at all times. This gives me three blades (for different types of work) and a total of... uh... like 8 or so tools (on the "Spartan" knife). I regularly use the can and bottle openers, and both screw drivers, and occasionally use the tweezers, awl, corkscrew, et cetera. I'll use it at least 2-3 times a day.

And hey, the plastic sides on the knife are black (not red). That should count for something. :)

hobgob
October 13, 2008, 02:49 AM
Man rule #78: A man must have at least two ways to open a bottle other than a bottle opener!......i.e. your teeth, lighter, or a knife! man up!

sfmittels
October 13, 2008, 03:32 AM
The armadillo is great. A SOG Seal will take care of old-style beer cans.

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