Monday, October 29, 2012

In Which I Am Intrigued...

So, last night in Gunblogger Conspiracy chat, lokidude brings up these guys:

Battle Blades


(picture from website)

I honestly don't know what to think. My knee-jerk reaction is to think that hey, we've taken the bayonet and made it less useful - but loki did have a good point in that it allows for the knife to be carried close at hand but used without moving the rifle. I'm still not convinced it's better than a bayonet - but could always be used in conjunction with a bayonet to increase one's blade ratio...

We're all about the stabby here at MArooned...

That is all.

8 comments:

BenC said...

I would look at it as a way to store the bayonet when not mounted for combat.

Bubblehead Les. said...

MAYBE to hold the Bayonet Scabbard until you need to "Fix Bayonets!", but a separate Combat Knife? Uh, you carry that on your Body in case you don't have a Rifle in your Hands.

But I listened to old 'Nam vets, so what do I know....

Dave H said...

I'm pretty firmly on the fence with this one. Having a knife at hand is always a good idea, I'm not sure having it on the side of your rifle is the best place. If nothing else, you're going to have to twist your hand forward at the wrist pretty hard to draw it from the scabbard. Mounting it with the handle down at about a 45 degree angle would allow a faster and more comfortable draw.

I want one to mount on top of the buttstock with the blade pointing backwards. That way if I needed to draw in a hurry I could just let go of the pistol grip, rotate my hand back, and pull. I'd probably cut my ear off though.

Mark said...

I agree with Les. You need to have your blade on YOU, not your rifle.

instinct said...

I would do both - blade on my rifle, blade on me.

More sharp steel is a good thing

Anonymous said...

they need to mount vertically and use it to replace the forward grip everyone puts on their ar

weredragon

Nathan Tramp said...

I'm not going to be one of those people who immediately dismisses the idea, because the reality is, whatever your application for the weapon is and however you train for it will be the determining factors in how you use a weapon system.

But, personally, this is dumb. A bayonet can be used immediately, even if it's a bit hazardous in close quarters. A back-up knife on your LBE can't be used immediately, but is carried separately in case you can't access/ use your main weapons. THIS, on the other hand, can't be used immediately and will fail WITH my main weapon, should that ever happen. Plus, it adds to the weight of the gun, which is almost universally a bad idea, unless the accouterment in question is very useful (like a light or a bipod). I'd say skip it.

Geodkyt said...

Less useful than the rail mounted mag holder -- which at least has a plausible excuse for a "ready stored" rifle.