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Benchmade’s Newest Battle Blade Is Ready for Abuse

Benchmade has crafted a new blade with grunts in mind. The 375 fixed blade — which was on display at Modern Day Marine 2011 – is made from one of the toughest steels on the market and replaces the usual, eye-pleasing fit and finish with no-nonsense design features.

When Benchmade officials decided to make a new fixed blade, Shane James, a project manager at Benchmade, went to his old unit, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, for advice.

Rangers he talked to told him “hand position is key.” They wanted a comfortable, ergonomic handle for tough cutting jobs. The 375 features a thumb ramp and several sections where the handle is notched for improved grip.

There’s also no handle material such as the aluminum panels on Benchmade’s popular Nimravus, which “cost a ton of money,” James said. The handle has holes to reduce the weight and allow users to wrap it with 550 cord.

The 375′s blade and handle is made from D2, an extremely tough tool steel. The drop-point design, which is roughly four inches long, features wide, thick serrations on the top of the blade for cutting thick rope. The knife is also treated with a liquid ceramic coating designed to reduce its infrared signature, Benchmade says.

Sometimes, you have to have a piece of steel that you can just beat on … you can beat the dog out of this because it’s tough steel, James said.

The 375 also comes with a molded sheath that features a Tec-Loc belt attachment and lashing holes for different carry options. It has a tension screw on top that holds the knife firmly in place and a ballistic nylon strap to secure the blade for airborne ops.

The 375 retails for $130 and about $100 for military personnel. That’s a pretty good deal since other knives with D2 steel and similar features always seem to cost a lot more money. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ranger Assistance Foundation, James said. The 375 is available in tan or black.

 

 

Multi-caliber revolvers.

Every so often I get an email asking about the feasibility of building a multi-caliber revolver along the lines of a Phillips & Rogers Medusa. There have been several attempts to build and market such a revolver over the years, and none of them succeeded. ...Aside from the general silliness of the concept (you can't get .38 Special during the Zombie Apocalypse, but you can get 9mm Largo?!?), I've always been leery of a chamber that would handle such a wide range of dimensions and pressures. Ed Harris, of course, has first-hand experience and was able to she a lot of light on the question. ..."At that time the company was also building 9mm revolvers for the French police, and .380/200 British revolvers for India, as well with experimenting with a hybrid chamber for a government customer who wanted the ability to use 9mm Parabellum, 9mm Largo or .38 Super, with clips, or .38 Special +P without the clips. This pipe dream did not work out, because when using fast-burning powders with soft bullets, including most JHP designs for 9mm, the bullet base may upset to conform to the .379" diameter chamber mouth [editorial note: the space just prior to the chamber throat, which is exposed with shooting the shorter cartridges], resulting in a steep pressure rise of over 10,000 psi as the upset bullet base had to squeeze down again as it transitioned into the smaller diameter ball seat in the front end of the cylinder. While the result was not dangerous when firing lower powered ammunition such as .38 S&W or .380/200 British, it was more interesting with 9mm Parabellum, 9mm Federal, and .38 Super. ...Problems with case splits [when] firing .38 Special +P and +P+ when chamber enlarged enough in back to accept 9x19mm. ...Speaking of unsafe, Ed passed along information about their unauthorized experiments with the then-new 9mm Federal round, which was a 9mm rimmed cartridge made to fit the a version of the Charter Arms Pit Bull revolver. ... Anyhow, Ed tells of their fun with a "non-approved" use, and finally we have part of the answer as to why the 9mm Federal disappeared as quickly as it arrived: ...When 9mm Federal ammo arrived Roy Melcher was curious as to whether rounds would enter .38 S&W chamber and we didn't have any US made guns, so tried in the ROF No.2. ... They went on to take apart a bunch more .38 S&Ws of various makes and killed the project shortly afterward."

Revolver takes a picture every time you pull the trigger

From the Netherlands' National Archive, a 1938 photo taken in New York City of a Colt revolver that has been modified to shoot a picture with every trigger pull. Presumably most of those photos are of people looking horrified and about to say something like, "Oh Christ, you turned your gun into a camera? No, don't point it at me! Ahh!"

(via Super Punch)