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Vets, tell us about your fighting knives.

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by bikerdoc, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. bannockburn

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    My brother and I both ordered custom Randall Model 1s many years ago. Don't know if he ever used his while he was in the Army but I do know he still has it. Only difference between our knives is mine has a stainless steel blade while his has a carbon tool steel blade.

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  2. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    Never met him, I have his writings and ramblings to look at here and on the firing line. I hope he's running his 870 in the sky. I'm sure you treasure that CS very much
     
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  3. Brian Williams

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    I wish I could have gotten my Uncle's knife like this. He was a toolmaker and patternmaker metalsmith and knew Bo Randall. My uncle told me he made the prototype for the knob for that survival knife.
     
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  4. LoboGunLeather

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    Two tours in Vietnam as an enlisted man and NCO (Army). Personal weapons, including knives, were generally prohibited unless specifically authorized by the commanding officer. Our bags were closely searched before going to Vietnam and again before leaving Vietnam. Any unauthorized items were confiscated. I carried a folding pocket knife, which was allowed.

    In Vietnam there was an active trade in knives and handguns among the troops. I had a "off the books" M1911A1 during my first tour, and a captured Belgian FN Hi Power during my second tour. Gave the .45 to a buddy when I went home the first time. I was allowed to register the Hi Power as a war trophy and take it home.

    There were a few exceptions, such as Special Forces troops and some officers. In those cases the individual's travel orders had to contain authorization for personal weapons (pistols, knives).

    Interestingly, when I left Vietnam the second time I was on emergency leave due to my mother's death. I went straight from the field in jungle fatigues, muddy boots, carrying my rucksack. Somewhere along the way I remembered that I had a Claymore mine, detonator, and 3 frag grenades in my ruck. Got to McChord AFB, reported to the Security Police and was allowed to turn in the ordnance without any problems. Had it been discovered otherwise I would probably have been court martialed.
     
  5. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    That's pretty cool, my father wasn't anything special just a tank guy but he carried a model 27 3.5 inch Smith with him. Was the weapons issue only with your unit. For what it's worth he was with the 1st Cav 19th Artillery.
     
  6. LoboGunLeather

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    I suspect that either your father had commander's authorization for the privately owned firearm, or he found that there are countless places in a tank where things can be easily hidden away. I doubt that a metal detector would be of much use searching inside a 50-ton hunk of steel armor!

    I'm sure that there were lots of differences between unit regulations and enforcement during those years. I openly carried a Thompson SMG for months and no one gave me any trouble over it, but that was in an infantry combat unit in the field most of the time. Showing up at the big PX in Da Nang while toting a Thompson would likely have resulted in detention by the MP's and a disciplinary report to my commander.

    Quite a few officers carried personal side arms. I saw everything from S&W revolvers and Baby Browning .25's to Colt Gold Cups and family heirlooms. I knew a warrant officer helicopter pilot who carried a Ruger Single-Six .22 revolver with his survival gear (his issued side arm was a .38 revolver). But officers generally travelled with orders in hand and reported directly to assigned units, while the rest of us arrived as replacements coming through replacement depots before we had any idea what our unit assignment would be until we got there.

    Some units gave award gifts, including high-end Randall knives, in recognition of outstanding service. Only thing I ever received was an engraved Zippo lighter! I got the Hi Power because I was the one who ended the career of the NVA officer carrying it (if I had captured him alive I could have gotten a week's R&R in Hawaii, Hong Kong, Australia, or other nice places with good beer and air conditioning).
     
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  8. jaysouth

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    My last tour in VN, I had a Randall #14. An impressive knife with a lot of bragging rights and sex appeal but probably not necessary. An Army/Air force survival knife would have worked just as well.

    When my son deployed to Iraq for the first time in 2002, he wanted to take my Randall 14. I gave him two Army Air Force survival knives, two SAK spartans and two chinese multitools. A year later, I asked him to account for the knives. One survival knife had been broken using it as a pry bar, the other was given to an interpeter. He lost one of of the Spartans and had the other one confiscated by a minority female customs inspector when he got off his return flight at Pope. He gave the multitools away to enlisted men who needed them.

    I sure am glad that I didn't give my Randall.
     
  9. bikerdoc

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    My son was a helicopter pilot for two tours in the sand box. 03 and again in 05.
    In 03 he went of with a couple of really good knives, all but one made it home.
    In 05 he was flying around a bunch of recon types even though he was only 25 he was a father figure to a couple of 19 year old E-3's who came from less than ideal homes and neighborhoods. He asked me to send some knives he could give out to these kids.

    At he time Schrade had just gone out of business and their were bargains all over the net! I bought a bunch and sent him 4 of these. IMG_20191006_100759.jpg
     
  10. James Fonteneaux

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    I carried this Buck on my armor vest. As the picture suggests, I was motorpool, so I also had an upside down Gerber on my belt at all times. 20191006_213607.jpg 20191006_213607.jpg 20171110_141706.jpg
     
  11. JShirley

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    Thank God for motor pool!
     
  12. TopJeff

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    Carried Camillus K-bars till I retired. Use an ESEE 5 for camping and screwing around with the grandkids now.
     
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  13. bikerdoc

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    Wellcome master gunny
     
  14. TopJeff

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    Thank you sir, but just a MSGT. A MGYSGT was an E9.

    i still worked for a living as an E8!
     
  15. bikerdoc

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    Sorry Army guy here
     
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  16. NIGHTLORD40K

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    I think he would just be a "Top?":)

    And there's nothin wrong with that!
     
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  17. NIGHTLORD40K

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    I know this is a knife thread, but any chance we could get a pic of the HiPower?
     
  18. TopJeff

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    That's what the wife "TOP" had put on the grips for my Kimber TLE/RL.

    I will try to get a picture of it tomorrow.
     
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