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Have you seen the WASP knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by user3214, Jul 19, 2008.

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  1. user3214

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    We've discussed it 2 or 3 times before.

    I dive and I'd rather have a bang stick. Hunters here who have seen it wouldn't have any use for it. Special ops guys would rather have a silenced .45 than the thing.
     
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    I guess I'm not getting the "hunting, diving" part. Special ops? Yep-stick it in some poor guy and light him up?

    Honestly, strikes me as something really evil man, just plain evil...

    Hopefully, it won't get into the hands of street thugs, bad enough they carry guns and knives...
     
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    Bet they'll make a killing in the UK...
     
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    hso, you, like me, live in the south. We know the inherent danger of The Attack of the Marauding Watermelons!. This thing could be the answer... naw, I just get out the Buck 119 - or 120, if it's a really large one. Then, we eat their casualties!

    What real purpose would that thing have?? Stab an inflatable raft - and then re-inflate it? I really have seen everything.

    Stainz
     
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    Stainz,

    If it could be rigged to inject "shine" into the watermelon it might have a market!;)

    Other than being an interesting piece of engineering, I really don't see the value.

    In diving you'd want more standoff than it provides. A bang stick gives more power and more standoff both. The advantage of gas injection is that it would fill the body cavity with gas and cause the critter to be instantly more buoyant and float away, but this could be achieved with a large gauge steel needle on a gas cartridge system on a Al pole. A much cheaper approach.

    In hunting I can't see any value. If you have shot the prey and need to shoot it again your rifle or a sidearm would deliver more power.

    If stabbing into the brain (and that's an iffy proposition considering the flexibility of the neck supporting the bone ball of the skull) isn't sufficient then what advantage does this highly specialized knife have over a suppressed .45 that can be locked so the slide doesn't cycle after firing?

    I think it's a solution to problems already solved by less expensive and more effective equipment.
     
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    I know a little about hunting and only what I've read about diving and special ops, but I could see it as being ideal for counterintelligence!

    I mean, if I"m bobby podunk from the podunk afghanistan righteous shari'a warriors, and I saw one of my fellow citizen-spies get blown the heck up, I'd be very uninclined to continue working for the opposition.

    But then, that's what would sell this knife isn't it..
     
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    What if it was carried as a backup for the suppressed 45?

    Couldn't it (arguably) do what a knife could do, only better, particularly if it were rigged to deliver something nastier than just compressed air?

    I'm neutral on it...just speculating.
     
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    Yes, I can see that. It's quieter than a suppressed pistol. There's no chance of collateral damage due to a miss. There's certainly some disadvantages to it, but there are also definitely some advantages to it, for a stealth spec ops type situation.
     
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    Upset stomach, diarrhea! In-flated op-er-ators! HEY!

    (Pepto-Bismol chewables...now available in olive drab and urban grey)
     
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    blow up as in inflate, not "blown (to smithereens) up"

    You stick a guy with that and it injects gas. Having a CO2 cartridge injected into the body is no guarantee of death and getting a knife into the skull is a very difficult proposition.

    The Ghurkas looked askance at the delicate Sykes-Fairbairn dagger. Why try to slip a thin dagger into a spot the size of a postage stamp when you can cleave a man from crown to chin or take his head half off with a kukri and be done with it as quickly?
     
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    There are some very corrosive types of gas though. Just ponderin'.
     
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    HAHA!
     
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    Corrosive "gases" take time to kill. Time is not your friend in this case. They're also very difficult to handle, store, inject, etc.
     
  15. Eleven Mike

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    Knife Rule # 14:

    Any knife described as "ideal for special ops" is at least 70% hype. :)
     
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    See sig line ;)
     
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    I guess you couldn't peel an apple with it safely, so I don't really need one. I don't commonly stab people.
     
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    I really told myself ealier today; "Self, you have seen it all." I was wrong....
     
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    I'd like to get one just as a gimmick, and wall ornament,

    At the gizmondo page on this the "world is ending" people are going ape.
     
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    OK, OK, but imagine opening envelopes with that monster! I think I do need one now.
    That could easily be the greatest letter-opener ever devised.
     
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    It looks like a cool idea, but the gas delivery system needs a little work I think. You have to depress the thumb button on the guard in order to relesae the gas. In a situation where you are stabbing a predator under the sea, or even a person attacking you, it would be hard to get the timing right in order to depress the button and release the gas. Most things move away REALLY fast after you poke it with something sharp. They dont stay still and let you press the button like a melon.

    After watching the videos again, it took about 2 seconds between stab and gas release on the first melon. A little longer on the second melon. And these are people trained and know exactly how the knife works.
     
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    lol just "blow" your letters open...
     
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