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Question about swords

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Lord Soth, Mar 18, 2003.

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  1. Lord Soth

    Lord Soth Member

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    Just out of curiosity if one is on active duty in the Military, can one have/wear his or her personal sword (not that it is really useful)?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Navy joe

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    Sure, but you probably couldn't bring it on base due to weapons regulations and any decent NCO (like me) would make you want to use the sword on yourself if you were ever spotted with it in uniform. Neat word, uniform, think about it. If a infantry troop you could probably get away with a khukuri or machete since they have some use.

    Side note. I am military and have a personal sword. It stays at home where I don't have to be uniform.
     
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    Sword? Not unless you're in a rebel army.

    Agree with Navy joe but latitude with personal gear pretty much depends on rank and unit status (regular, draftee or reservist).

    Even though I belong to a reservist unit, there's only so far that I can stray from uniform regs. I'd already be stretching the limits by using personalised LBE (which i do). However, I can and have gotten away with using my own custom made fighting knife/survival knife. It's pretty big and I'd like to think it qualifies as a mini sword.

    Note:During the last 3 reserve call-ups my company mates and CO have noticed my blade and they too want ONE JUST LIKE IT. I have contacted the knife maker for about 60-70 copies so my knife may end up being the unofficial "standard issue" for my unit. :rolleyes: I hate copycats....they take all the fun out of bending the rules.
     
  4. Jim March

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    I suspect there's a huge difference between "on base in peacetime" and "in a forward camp about to charge into combat".

    I've never been in the .mil but I've seen pictures of guys on the front with some pretty odd grips sticking out of a russack or slung across the back. Including Wakizashi-class short swords, big Khukuris, etc.
     
  5. JShirley

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    I have a Himalayan Imports kukuri that I've been known to bring on field problems with me, in lieu of an e-tool. It's about the size of a short sword, I reckon, but:

    1) I'm infantry, and

    2) I'm a mortarman. We have to be able to clear brush out of the way to see our aiming poles, and a machete is supposed to be part of the squad gear.

    I did know an 11B Sergeant who carried a kuk out in the field, as well.
     
  6. Navy joe

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    People look at you funny if you walk around a boat with a kuk. Mine stays home too, unless someone wants to let me in the infantry. Heck, people look at me funny for all the folding blades that I carry.
     
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