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You chose ranks, and now have an idea of how they differ from the military. Time for the next considerations.
In my experience some groups do it backwards when starting out. They’re the general, they get some friends and they’re colonels, and then the lower ranks trickle in. please don’t do this.
Start with the small ranks and move up (refer to the pic above). Battle Buddy Teams are important (thanks to General Marshal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRjvBhiJwj8However; I have a caveat to this. 3 people form 1 CPL and 2 PVTs, the next rank comes in at 7 people; 1 SGT, 2 CPLs, 4 PVTs. So what do you do between 3 and 7people? simple answer, go heavy in the lower rank.
4 ppl = 1 CPL, 3 PVTs
5 ppl = 2 CPLs, 3 PVTs
6 ppl = 2 CPLs, 4 PVTs
and so on. (I’ll leave a pic below)
These numbers will depend on your groups activity which can vary wildly. If a group takes a loss in numbers, shift down in rank.
When you get multiple areas or a state wide group (weather its zones, districts, area codes, however you want to break it down) you will need a higher rank, and there will most likely be a rank gap between the state and local level.
This is okay and I will explain why next time. For now, this is a good stopping point. Take care folks.
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It was dark time when Francis Scott Key penned the immortal words to what became our national anthem. We were at war with the British, again, in the War of 1812. The Brits had burned the White House to the ground. We'd had some victories at sea, notably by the USS Constitution (still at anchor in Boston). The greatest victory of the war came after the war was over: Andy "By-God" Jackson's victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans.
Today, very few people know that our National Anthem has four verses. Some folks here know that I used to sing in the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, starting when I was fifteen years old. Obamacare ended my hopes of spending the rest of my life in the Lyric ... the union that handles America's opera companies said, "No one over 45 years of age." But that's for another rant!
After the attack on 9/11, I started singing ONLY the fourth verse of the National Anthem. The words are powerful, and just as relevant to today, as they were when Key penned them, so many year ago. Indeed, they may be even more relevant, by a factor of ten.
"Oh, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
between their loved homes,
and the war's desolation.
Blessed with vict-ry and peace
may the Heav'n-rescued land,
Praise the Pow'r that hath made
and preserved us a nation.
Then, conquer we must
when our cause, it is just.
And this be our motto,
'In God is our trust.'
And the Star-spangled banner
forever shall wave.
O'er the land of the free
and the home of the brave."
I've sang this verse of the Anthem so long that I've forgotten the first verse.
NOTE: When I can get back into my church, I'll make a recording of the above, and post it below.
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Author's note: If you have an interest in the subject matter but have not yet read Dr. Benjamin Franklin's essay; Rules for Reducing a Great Empire to a Small One, I recommend you do.
In one foul swoop the government has terminated more jobs than our country has ever seen before. To simply say that this is an issue of government overreach, is a bit too simplistic. This situation is the result of licensing.
A license, in this context, is define as: Leave; permission; authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act. A license may be verbal or written; when written, the paper containing the authority is called a license
Naturally, the licensing of rights is unconstitutional. For if it is a right, no other permission is needed but thy own's accord. And for the government to claim it has the authority to distribute permissions for people to exercise their own rights is a hallmark of tyranny. But this is something that has been around for a long time, and in particular, is what gave rise to the "freedom of the press" phrase in the First Amendment.
When you accept a license, the entity that authorizes the license has the authority to terminate it. Thus with business licenses, for example, at any time the government may force any business to do as it commands. To the point, in Arizona, a McDonald's restaurant was forced to paint it's iconic yellow "M", turquoise. Though I am currently addressing a more serious issue of forcing businesses to close, this example proves the point that there is inherently no limit to the authority. If they say "paint it blue or close" you must. Like a gun to the back of the head, so long as Americans consent to licensing, they will be at the total mercy of whom they accepted the license from; their own government!
To solve this issue we must terminate the unconstitutional practice of government licenses. As the government declares now, that 'certain businesses are to be shut down, lest they lose their license and may no longer operate'. Without a license, such tyrannical words hold little more power than a suggestion.
For most Americans, their lively-hood is based on permits and licenses. And what was once a political theory; that our government can require citizens to behave a certain way, or have certain views in order to be allowed certain privileges like driving, fishing or bank accounts, is now becoming real in America. Through Licensing the government may now control every portion of your life.
But this did not just happen! This is a deeply rooted problem in America's current society. You must understand that licenses are un-American. And as an American citizen, whatever dangers may occur from living free from licenses is a) entirely worth it and b) safer than slavery. Licenses are the government's lien to your God-given rights. Those chains were always there, it is only that just now they are being pulled.
We must break free of the chains that have allowed for this tyrannical overreach. We must break free from the concept of licensing. We cannot allow this control through licensing to continue any longer.
Do you ever wonder what could happen to you when you are legally separated from all family, all friends and placed into an "expert" institution where there is no freedom of speech or real choices? A place where you were FORCED to take the plan of action the "experts" give you? You might be tempted to think I'm talking about a psychiatric institution... but oh no. I'm talking about your local hospital, and you with a common illness.
Because of the suppression of Constitutional rights and freedom of speech, medical personnel in New York City are FORCED to look for "messenger allies" on the opposite end of the country in order to sound alarms when things are happening that are NOT in the best interest of patients, which by the way, are completely isolated from the outside world.
Best thing you can do is just listen. This isn't a conspiracy, folks. I myself have seen doctor/s place people in a private room, hook them up to a morphine drip, and watch as their body shut down because the "expert" determined it was time for them to die. I'VE SEEN IT.
It was amazing how they changed their mind when I hooked up a camcorder and started to record the death. THEN the nurse got on the phone with the doc (right there in the room!), then they cut off the morphine and administered an antidote (without the doctor ever showing his face again), referred the patient to Charleston or Roanoke, and the patient lived another decade.
What can happen when there's noone there to hook up a camcorder for you?
Hebrews 4:12 — "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Have you ever wondered why some people treasure the Bible and others hate it with a ferocity that seemingly defies explanation?
Our weapon - The Word of God is described as a sword for good reason.
1. It is quick - God's Word doesn't adhere to political correctness & it doesn't cloak the truth in mystical ambiguity; instead the Word of God speaks directly to the heart of the matter & our heart being opened to encouragement, correction & absolute truth will determine our response.
2. - It is powerful. I can tell you from personal experience that Word of God has changed my life & continues to change it every day. There was a time when I was involved in a lifestyle that was leading me to an untimely death. When nothing else & no one could reach me or change me - God's Word did what I could not do. The Bible has changed countless lives for the better, has given hope to the hopeless & lifted the downtrodden in a way that no government or philosophy could ever achieve.
The power of the Word of God is attested to even by it's enemies. Evidence of this is abundant by the number of people who protest against it.
It amazes me, I don't ever recall a group of individuals who's hatred for the tooth fairy & unicorns has driven them to infringe on the rights of those who believe in them.
The very fact that the Word of God is such an offense to them is a testament to it's power.
3. It is sharper than a two edged sword. Have you ever held an authentic sword made by a master blacksmith? They are light weight & they are so razor sharp that in the right hands they can sever a limb from your body in an instant.
God's Word is sharper than a surgical instrument. I don't know who this saying is attributed to but it is said that you don't read the Bible, The Bible reads you.
The Bible speaks to your soul in a way that nothing else can.
I have had times when God's Word has lifted me from the depths of dark depression & times when it has shook me to my very core. God speaks through His Word & our standing with Him isn't something we have to guess about - He will tell you through it. Are you struggling with something that you know keeps you separated from being at peace with the Lord?
Let His Word guide you. The Bible will open you up from the inside out. I've had surgery & it isn't fun. It takes time to recover. God's Word does that - it goes in us like a scalpel & it may be uncomfortable, maybe even painful for a time - but it will restore you to fullness in the end.
4. It discerns the thoughts & intents of your heart. Think about that for a moment.
You see, we can fool each other. People can be deceived by politicians, spouses, friends, etc. We like to think that we are experts & hiding the darkness & the lies that we tell ourselves and others.
The Word of God isn't fooled by any of that. God's Word knows the intent of yours & my heart better than we ourselves do. I can't count the number of times that I was sure I had found the justification for something I have either done or said only to have God show me through His Word the results of my actions before they manifested & even more - the true intentions behind it.
God's Word exposes the lies of the world & corrects the philosophy of men. To know the Word of God intimately is to know the truth & that's the only way to avoid being deceived in the first place.
The most important thing I can leave with you is this -
Jesus Christ ( Yeshua Hamaschiach ) & the Word of God are synonymous.
In John Chapter 1 this is laid out clearly. " In the beginning was the Word & the Word was with God & the Word was God.... & The Word became flesh & dwelt among us..."
This is what will make the Bible your weapon & your shield and fill you with truth or it will make the Bible a rock of offense but faced with Jesus Christ we are forced to make a decision.
Today, I would like to encourage you to do your weapons Maintenance. We don't know the outcome of the coming days, weeks or years. We can be told wonderful sounding lies that only give false hope & trust in man to finally get it right .... Or - we can fill our minds with Truth that is based on the eternal Word of Almighty God who cannot lie & allow Him to lead us to true victory.
Reading your Bible isn't a chore - it's an opportunity to walk closer with the One who fashioned you & knew you before you were ever born.
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Opinion: Conspiracy Theory is Controlled Opposition
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
One long term difficulty of The Patriot Movement has had over it's existence is accurately branding itself. A portion of this problem is from opposition media, but a second portion We are directly responsible for.
Over the years some Popular theories such as a Red takeover of Government have morphed into The New World Order theory and many more. During the Cold War the concepts of these theories were much more mainstream acceptable, but are largely considered unpopular conspiracy theory by modern mainstream culture.
The validity of these theories is irrelevant in this topic. A Militia should be ready for any danger it may be needed for. The addition of grand schemes to Our legitimate concern's only works to devalue them. The wide acceptance of these idea's leads to a self imposed oppression of the movement and distinct perception problems.
These idea's distract Us from our responsibilities close at hand. The obsessive focus on distant smoke causes members to become disillusioned when the movement fails to address the concerns closer to home. This leads to the valid criticism that the movement is ineffective.
A large portion of the mainstream populace agrees with the concepts of Liberty, but find the conspiracy theories of the Movement unattractive. This creates confusion in what the Militia actually stands for. As an outsider at times It was difficult to tell what was the actual message. At times the idea of Standing for Liberty looks like a thinly veiled screen to advocate more conspiratorial beliefs.
The reluctance to address this problem has created the Militia becoming largely controlled opposition. These actions taken ensure the size of Our Cause will always remain small, and that we will retain only the most indoctrinated of individuals.
Until The Militia can relinquish some of these concepts we may be unable to move forward on creating solutions that aren't just bigger problems, or the foolish application of violence. It will also have difficulty gaining enough support regardless of theater unless it can refocus it's message to not alienate the general populace.
Ultimately The People need a Cause they can support without being socially ostracized.
Hope this brightens your day:
Just seen a burglar kicking his own door in. I asked: “What are you doing?” He said: “Working from home.”
A young man was sitting next to me in one of the two chairs provided for men outside the ladies fitting room in our local department store. After 30 minutes and 6 changes of outfits, the fellow's wife came out of the changing room one more time. He looked at her and immediately said, "That looks great on you! Get that one." "Honey," she replied, "this is what I was wearing when we came in."
Jay J. Armes is a private investigator… with no hands. A childhood accident (he was 11 years old) mangled both his hands. In 1972, he was the PI hired by Marlon Brando to find his missing son. He was so popular during the 1970’s that the Ideal Toy Company released a Jay J. Armes action figure, complete with detachable prosthetics.
Did the Chinese &/or Russians refine their Propaganda process during the 50s, 60s &70s of manipulating the American public to withdraw from Vietnam? Are they using these procedures today to remove our Firearms, as a precursor to attack/invasion?
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If Corona (Covid-19 ) & “Lockdowns” continue; By my calculations the first Riots (fuzzy math) in major cities (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, DC, Denver, LA, NY, SF, ETC) will be around July 15 2020.
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The best U.S. military field gear to consider for your loadout can give you an advantage in the outdoors. Military surplus gear is a favorite among many people. Whether you are an urban prepper or an expert outdoor adventurer, military field gear will be part of your loadout in some way. Therefore, as we consider the best U.S. military field gear to consider adding to your packing list, it is acknowledged that there are many opinions about the equipment in this list. Nevertheless, the gear in this list has stood the test of time. The gear is durable, reliable, and available in most military surplus stores.
1. The U.S. Air Force Pilot’s Survival Knife
The U.S. Air Force Pilot’s Survival Knife tops the list of U.S. military gear to consider for your kit. The knife is not a favorite of bushcrafters. However, for those with limitations on their spending, the pilot’s survival knife (PSK) is the best way forward in assembling your loadout. Outdoor and survival experts agree that a knife is the most critical tool that you will have at your disposal in a survival situation. You will not go wrong with this knife.
The knife is currently produced by the Ontario Knife Company (OKC) as the 499 Survival Knife. It carries the national stock number (NSN) 7340-00-098-4327. However, the knife is no longer part of the U.S. Government inventory. OKC sells the knife for around $50-60, in most outdoor stores like Cabela’s or Sportsman’s Warehouse. If you are interested in more information about this knife, you can read my article on the history of the U.S. Air Force Pilot’s Survival Knife.
2. The Gore-Tex Bivy from the Modular Sleep System (MSS).
Another piece of field gear to consider for your packing list is the Gore-Tex Bivy sack from the military modular sleep system (MSS) produced by Tennier Industries. There are two versions available on the market, woodland camouflage and Army Combat Uniform (Foliage) camouflage. I prefer the woodland camouflage version. However, the camouflage pattern does not matter because the bivys are identical except for the coloring. As of this writing, I am not sure if they have started producing an operational combat uniform (OCP/Multicam) version.
Gore-Tex is an excellent material for the field as it is waterproof, windproof, and abrasion-resistant. That does not mean that it is immune from tearing. It means that with proper use, it will last a long time before any holes or tears appear. Furthermore, the bivy can be used as a hasty shelter in an emergency in conjunction with an emergency blanket or bivy. Thus, as a piece of survival gear, you will not be disappointed by the Gore-Tex bivy sack from the military modular sleep system.
3. The Medium/Large ALICE Rucksack
Second to knives, backpacks are always a favorite topic of conversation among outdoorsmen, bushcrafters, or preppers. It seems everyone has their preferences about backpacks for everyday carry (EDC), backwoods hunting, through-hiking, a Get-Home bag (GHB), or a bugout bag (BOB). A piece of military gear that has stood the test of time is the U.S. Army and USMC ALICE rucksacks. ALICE is an acronym for All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment. The ALICE rucksack was issued in a medium and large version attached to an LC-2 Rucksack Frame. A small ALICE rucksack was issued, but it was not widely accepted or used, so it was quickly phased out of U.S. Government inventories.
The medium and large ALICE rucksacks have a lot of storage space for their size. They are made of heavy-duty nylon and strapping. The medium ruck has a capacity of roughly 2400 cubic inches or about 39 liters. By contrast, the large ruck has a capacity of approximately 3800 cubic inches or about 60 liters. There are some advantages and disadvantages with these military rucksacks. However, overall, they are an excellent start to your prepping or outdoor adventuring activities.
4. The Gen I ECWCS Parka and Trousers
A third military gear item that you should consider is the Gen I Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) parka and trousers. Some commercial replicas are just as good. However, for the price, the surplus Gen I or Gen II parka and trousers are a bargain. If your budget can only allow for one item, I would recommend purchasing the parka before the trousers. These items are bulky. So, for space and weight considerations, I would take the parka over the trousers.
The Gen I ECWCS park and trousers are durable and reliable. The main difference between the Gen I and Gen II parka is that the Gen I parka has an inner liner. The Gen II parka has no liner allowing it to have a dual function as a rain parka. The primary color of the Gen I parka and trousers are woodland camouflage. The parka has a national stock number of NSN 8415-01-228-1306 to 8415-01-228-1322. The trousers have a national stock number of NSN 8415-01-228-1336 to 8415-01-228-1352. The Gen I ECWCS parka and trousers are becoming more difficult to find. Therefore, if you can find one in your size, purchase it.
5. One-Quart Canteen with Nesting Cup and Stove
Military canteens are favorite items for most people. They are readily available in most surplus stores. The U.S. military 1-quart canteens that are the most common on the market are made of heavy-duty plastic. It is rare to find a U.S. military canteen that is stainless steel. However, there are some companies producing replicas in stainless steel with a narrow mouth. These represent World War II and Korea War versions.
The U.S. canteen comes with a stainless steel nesting cup and a stainless steel stove insert.
Therefore, if you purchase the plastic canteen, I recommend purchasing the canteen cup and stove to make it a complete field worthy kit. One disadvantage with the plastic canteens is that they are more susceptible to getting mold on the inside. Surplus stores do not clean the canteens out before they sell them. Therefore, ensure they are bleached out, washed, and dried before using them. All U.S. 1-quart canteens will fit in the ALICE or MOLLE Canteen cover.
Military surplus field gear has been in use for generations. Remember that you have already purchased U.S. military field gear indirectly through your federal income tax. Part of your federal income tax goes to purchasing this rugged and reliable gear for our military service members. You will not go wrong adding some of this excellent gear into your packing list. It has stood the test of time. It is reliable, practical, and will continue to last if it is properly maintained.
In 1943, when the United States gave its soldiers the M3 combat knife, a project to renew the M1905/1942 bayonet was launched. A new model whose blade is shorter than its predecessors is developed and production begins immediately. The M1905/1942 bayonets are recalled at the factory and their blades are shortened. The new bayonets have the name M1 whereas the modified M1905 are called M1905E1.
The M1 bayonet is compatible with the Garand and M-1903 Springfield rifles. It was manufactured from 1943 to 1945 by UFH (Union Fork and Hoe), PAL (PAL Blade Company), AFH (American Fork and Hoe), UC (Utica Cutlery) and OL (Oneida Limited).
These bayonets were deployed for the first time during the Battle of Normandy in June 1944. They were also used on the Pacific front and opposed to the long Japanese bayonets-swords: many American soldiers chose to keep the old model M1905 in order to fight on equal terms.
The M1 bayonet is also used after the Second World War during the Korean War. It was replaced in 1953 by the M5 model.
When the Americans develop the principle of airborne troops, new equipment is devised to respond to situations that paratroopers may face. With the problem of parachute hangers, which are regularly tangled with weapons, bags and sometimes parachutists themselves, they ask to be equipped with a small knife allowing them to cut these links, if necessary .
Several knives were presented to parachutists in 1940, and one of them was unanimous: a small knife created by the Schrade Cutlery Company in Walden, New York, which the Americans quickly called “Knife, Pocket, M2″. It holds in a pocket of the M2 combat jacket which allows it to be easily accessible by its user. Unlike a conventional knife, it works with the locking system which saves time in an emergency. It also has a metal ring to hold a wrist strap.
Several models are designed by various American companies and delivered to parachutists, such as the Presto M2 curved blade.
In 1942, the Americans sought to replace the old Mk I Trench model dating from the First World War. Two combat knives are then competing in December: the M3 Trench Knife and the 1912C2 developed by the Marine Corps. The imperatives of design are the speed of production and the use of few raw materials which are becoming more and more expensive with war. It is also the lowest cost of production of the M3 that allows it to be selected in relation to its competitor.
The M3 Trench Knife, also known as Fighting Knife, entered service in March 1943. Initially, the Americans wanted to distribute it to all non-bayonet soldiers (including those armed with the Thompson gun and the USM1 rifle) , But they primarily equip units likely to face hand-to-hand combat such as airborne troops and Rangers.
The knives come with a M6 riveted leather sheath that can be attached to a belt or directly at the calf. Paratroopers are used to placing them along their boots so that they can be used quickly after the jump.
In 1944, enough knives were available to equip the entire armed forces of the United States. In fact, no fewer than nine companies are responsible for their production (see the manufacturers’ list and the copies on the right). The production ends in August 1944 but its use is still authorized in the American armies.
When the Americans defined the distribution of bayonets for their soldiers in 1942, it quickly became apparent that some of them were not equipped with bayonets. This is particularly true for personnel equipped with the Thompson gun and the USM1 rifle.
Initially, the US Army gave its soldiers without bayonets the M3 combat knives that was delivered during the year 1943. But at the same time it was preparing the development of a bayonet specific to the rifle USM1. This one is available in May 1944, a month before the launch of Operation Overlord in Normandy.
The guard is covered with leather, which differentiates it from the guards produced after the war and which are plastic (cf picture above). The M4 bayonet is equipped with a model M8A1 sheath that is identical to that used by the M3 combat knife.
However, very few USM1 rifles are equipped with the adapter needed for the bayonet and few soldiers use this weapon in its original function.
During the Korean War, the M1 bayonet and M1905 bayonet which mount to the M1, were proven difficult to remove with gloves on. As a result, the U.S. M5 Garand bayonet was designed and issued in 1953. This was a total redesign based on the M4 bayonet used by the M1 carbine. The M5 bayonet looks nothing like the original M1905 or M1 bayonets for the M1 Garand. The M5 is the only U.S. bayonet without a barrel mount ring on the crossguard, making it look more like a fighting knife than a bayonet.
The M6 Bayonet is a bayonet used by the U.S. military for the M14 rifle. It was introduced in 1957, at the same time as the rifle itself. It is the only type of bayonet made for the M14, and the only other rifle it fits is the civilian version of the M14, the M1A. Like its predecessor, the M5 bayonet for the M1 Garand rifle, the M6 was intended to serve additional roles as a combat knife and utility knife. The basic blade design was like the M4, M5, and later M7 bayonets, based on the World War II designed M3 Trench Knife. The overall length of the M6 is 11 3/8 inches, with a blade 6 5/8 inches long. Contractors who manufactured the M6 included Aerial Cutlery Co., Columbus Milpar and Mfg. Co. and Imperial Knife Co.
The M7 bayonet is a bayonet that was used by the U.S. military for the M16 rifle, it can also be used with the M4 carbine as well as many other assault rifles, carbines and combat shotguns. It can be used as a fighting knife and utility tool. It was introduced in 1964, when the M16 rifle entered service during the Vietnam War.
The M7 bayonet very similar to the older M4 bayonet with the Korean War era plastic grips for the M1/M2 carbines except that the M7 has a much larger muzzle ring. The M7 has the same two-lever locking mechanism as the M4, that connects to a lug on the M16 rifles barrel. The M4 (M1/M2 carbine), M5 (M1 rifle), and M6 bayonet (M14 rifle), all derived from the World War II M3 fighting knife.
The M7 differs from M6 bayonet for the M14 rifle. Most notably, the diameter of the muzzle rings, and the locking mechanism. The M7's release mechanism is on the pommel, while the M6 has a spring-loaded lever near the guard that when depressed releases the bayonet. Both models are approximately the same length, have the same black finish, and use the M8A1, or later M10 sheath.
The M7 1095 carbon steel blade is 6 3/4 inches long, with an overall length of 11.9 inches. Blade width is 3/16 inch and it weighs about 9.6 ounces. One edge is sharpened its full length while to opposite side of the blade has approximately 3 inches sharpened. There are no markings on the blade itself. The manufacturer's initials or name along with "US M7" will be found stamped under the crossguard (see photo, right). The non-slip grips are molded black plastic. The steel parts have a uniform dark grey/black parkerized finish.
The M7 bayonet NSN is NSN 1095-00-017-9701. The initial contractor was Bauer Ord Company. Colt (manufacturer of the M16) and Ontario Knife Company made many of the M7 bayonets for the military and continue to make and sell them commercially. Other manufacturers included Carl Eickhorn [for Colt], Columbus Milpar & Mfg. (MIL-PAR), Conetta Mfg., Frazier Mfg., General Cutlery (GEN CUT), and Imperial Knife. The M7 was also manufactured in Canada, West Germany, the Philippines, Singapore, Israel, South Korea and Australia.
The M7 has been replaced by the M9 bayonet in Army service, and the Marine Corps replaced it with the OKC-3S bayonet. The Army, Navy, and USAF still use M7s and may do so for years to come.
The M9 Bayonet, officially known as the M9 Phrobis III, is a multi-purpose knife and bayonet officially adopted in 1986 by the United States. It has a 7-inch (18 cm) blade and is issued with a sheath designed to double as a wire cutter.
The M9 bayonet was designed and developed by Charles A. "Mickey" Finnat his R&D company, Qual-A-Tec. It is a refined copy of the Russian AKM Type I bayonet.He later produced it under the Phrobis III name, filling a military contract for 325,000 units. Buck Knives was contracted to make 300,000 units and sold a commercial version under their own name. Finn's designs proved extremely popular, and were widely counterfeited and sold illegally by other makers. In 1986, Finn received U.S. Patent 4,622,707, however they continued to flow unchecked into the United States from Asia and Mexico, cutting into legitimate sales.
After the Phrobis III bayonet contract was completed, rights to the M9 reverted to the United States Army and there were many subsequent versions from other companies. It is issued by the armed forces of the U.S. and other countries, and has also been sold commercially in various versions.
Some production runs of the M9 have a fuller and some do not, depending upon which contractor manufactured that batch and what the military specs were at the time. The M9 Bayonet partially replaced the older M7 Bayonet, introduced in 1964. Although it has been claimed that the M9 may be more prone to breakage than the older M7, the M9 bayonet has a 20% thicker blade and tang (0.235" vs. 0.195") and a 75% greater cross-sectional area of steel in the blade than the M7.
The OKC-3S is a bayonet developed by the United States Marine Corps to replace the M7 bayonet and M9 bayonet as its service bayonet for the M16 family of rifles and M4 series carbine. This multipurpose bayonet provides greater durability than the M7 and also functions as a fighting knife.
The OKC-3S is part of a series of weapon improvements begun in 2001 by Commandant of the Marine Corps James L. Jones to expand and toughen hand-to-hand combat training for Marines, including training in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and knife fighting. In the Multi-Purpose Bayonet program, 33 different knives were evaluated. The OKC-3S performed best, or next to best, in nearly all testing categories. A contract for OKC-3S was made in December 2002 and production and distribution began in January 2003
The OKC-3S is manufactured solely by the Ontario Knife Companyand identical civilian versions are available for purchase. It bears a resemblance to the Marines' iconic Ka-Bar fighting knife, though it is not fullered. It is larger, thicker and heavier than the M7 although slightly thinner and lighter than the current U.S. Army-issued M9. A sharper point helps penetrate body armor that many modern adversaries wear; while serrations near the handle help improve its function as a utility knife. In one demonstration, a prototype was able to pierce a punching bag covered with aircraft aluminum and a ballistic vest. The entire weapon is designed to be corrosion resistant, and weighs 1.25 lb (0.57 kg) with its sheath. The scabbard and grip are colored to match the Corps' coyote tan gear, compatible with both woodland and desert camouflage. The NATO Stock Number is 1095-01-521-6087.
The OKC-3S features an 8 in (20.32 cm) long, 1.375 in (3.49 cm) wide, 0.2 in (0.51 cm) thick blade. The serrations measure 1.75 in (4.4 cm) of the blade length on the true edge. The blade is made from high carbon steel rated at HRC 53-58 and is capable of functioning without breakage in operating temperatures of −25 to 135 °F (−32 to 57 °C). The blade also has a non-reflective phosphate finish.
The grip is made of Dynaflex, a synthetic non-slip material, is ergonomically grooved, and is more oval than round. This design helps prevent repetitive-strain injuriesand hand fatigue during training. It also features an embossed Eagle, Globe, and Anchor molded in to allow a user to identify the direction of the blade in the dark. The full tang connects the cross guard/muzzle ring (which is .165 in (0.42 cm)) and pommel latch plate that clasps the barrel lug; both are phosphate coated like the blade. Former Ontario Knife Company president and chief executive Nick Trbovich Jr. said of it: "We spent a lot of time making sure the handle was ergonomically correct… There are no blister points on the handle."
The polyester elastomer scabbard, designed by Natick Labs, offers a weight and noise reduction from the previous M7 Scabbard and is ILBE compatible. It has a fitted internal stainless steel spring and friction device at its throat to secure the bayonet. A ceramic-coated aluminum honing rod is located on the back of the scabbard. The scabbard is compatible with the MOLLE/PALS modular attachment system. The scabbard lacks the wire cutter of the M9 for use when assaulting beaches or other concertina wire–fortified obstacles.
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