Field Review: Spec-Ops Brand Combat Master Knife Sheath, Long

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My friends over at Spec-Ops Brand decided to send me the Combat Master Knife Sheath Long for review. If you guys remember, I recently reviewed this Sheath’s little brother, the Combat Master, Short.

This sheath is identical to its little brother in features with the exception it will fit an 8 inch blade. It comes in the same color schemes: Black, Coyote, ACU and my favorite, Multi-Cam.

The “COMBAT MASTER” utility knife sheath was developed to be the answer to a need from the field: Safely and securely carry the operators blade as well as be able to easily adapt to all M.O.L.L.E. type (PALS webbing loops) systems as well as duty and pants belts. The COMBAT MASTER is the only sheath commercially available that was specifically designed to accomplish this feat. Fully jumpable and overbuilt, this is the essential sheath for your combat blade!

  • Fully adjustable utility / tool pouch.
  • “Diamond Braid Cord” tie-down and leg-loop rigging.
  • Unique “MULTI-FIT” KYDEX® liner securely holds most blade widths and thicknesses (removable for cleaning).
  • Tie-down loops on underside.
  • Web loop at bottom for tie-down to packs, leg-loop, etc.
  • Extra durability with double-layered 1000D. Cordura® fabric used throughout.
  • Mil-spec. Grommet tie-downs along sides of sheath body.
  • Jump-ready with redundant tie-down for knife handle and additional secure-down points along body and backside of sheath.
  • Fits blades up to 8″ long and 1 3/4″ wide.

 

Here I used my Becker BK-7, which has a beefy 7″ blade and it was a perfect fit.

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The Accessory Pouch will fit a sharpener, like this Benchmade Carbide

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 Or a Multi-Tool, like this Gerber Recoil, very easily.

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The Back of the sheath is constructed like a tank, with mil-spec grommet tie-downs and steel eyelets; there is also plenty of 550 cord to tie down or attach to MOLLE gear.

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The Belt loops are fully adjustable with velcro and have heavy duty buttons and are bar stitched to the sheath for extra durability.

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Ultimately, this is the only sheath anybody would need for their large combat blade.

And the best feature, by far, is ALL Spec-Ops Brand Gear is MADE in the U.S.A., right here in the Best STATE in the Union, TEXAS! Plus, Spec-Ops Guarantees all of their Gear for Life!! You won’t find that promise much anymore, I assure you.

It matters who you buy from guys, and when you support a Texas based company, you are not only helping your fellow Texans, you are ensuring that companies like Spec-Ops Brand stay in business and are not outdone by cheap foreign made CRAP.. which a lot of “Tacti-Cool” Companies out there sell under their brand name, so beware!

Buy American, Buy Texas!!

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

TX Knife Law Preemption Takes Effect Today

This is a HUGE win for folks that live in San Antonio or Corpus. As a Fellow Texan, I join with you today in celebrating this victory of tyranny. Those of us that support the Second Amendment must also remember to support Knife Rights in America!

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(Ammoland.com)- Today is the effective date for Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption bill in Texas. Several Texas cities will see their restrictive knife laws voided today.

The new law invalidates all municipal and county knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, creating uniform knife laws throughout the Lone Star State. The new law also ensues that Knife Rights’ repeal of the state’s ban on switchblade (automatic) knives that was passed in 2013 will now have effect throughout the state.

The two Texas cities that made Knife Rights’ “10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America” list for 2014, San Antonio at number four and Corpus Christi at number nine, have now been removed.

Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “Removing two of the nation’s worst anti-knife cities from our list in a single act is an example of what can be done when we all work together towards greater freedom in America.”

Read the Remainder at Ammo-Land

 

Important Changes to Texas Knife Laws Coming Sept. 1

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Gilbert, AZ -(AmmoLand.com)– Several Texas cities, including San Antonio and Corpus Christi, will see their restrictive knife laws voided as of September 1st when Texas House Bill 905 — Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption bill — takes effect.

The new law invalidates all municipal and county knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, creating uniform knife laws across Texas. The new law also ensues that Knife Rights’ repeal of the state’s ban on switchblade (automatic) knives that was passed in 2013 will now have effect throughout the state.

The two Texas cities that made Knife Rights’ “10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America” list for 2014, San Antonio at number four and Corpus Christi at number nine, will be taken off that list on September 1.

Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, “Removing two of the nation’s worst anti-knife cities from our list in a single act is an example of what can be done when we all work together towards greater freedom in America.”

Knife Rights has sent letters notifying elected officials, prosecutors and law enforcement in ten cities, towns and counties of the change to the Texas Local Government Code. In addition to San Antonio and Corpus Christi, letters were sent to Dallas County, Houston, Magnolia, Melissa, Odessa, Richland Hills, Shenandoah and Texarkana, all of which have now-voided knife restrictions on the books. Knife Rights volunteers continue to comb through municipal and county codes, searching for any other jurisdictions that should be notified of their now-voided ordinances.

Read the Remainder at Ammo-Land

 

Why I abandoned the Pocket-Clip Folding Knife Once and for All

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By Hammerhead7

For the CO,  having an outward “sterile” appearance is mandatory to retain tactical surprise. This is why I support concealed vs Open Carry for firearms. But what about knives? When it comes to knives, most CO’s are relegated to just sticking (ie “clipping”) a “tactical” folder in their pocket and moving on. But have you ever stopped to consider that a knife, just like a firearm, offers more tactical advantage if it is concealed from view, and I mean all of it, even the “pocket clip”?

It goes without saying that we now live in a world now that is becoming more and more hostile to people who exercise their rights to be armed. And sometimes, this hostility comes from the most unlikely of places. Just the other day a good friend of mine whom I served with in the military went to his local Veterans Clinic for his annual checkup. After checking in and sitting down in the waiting area, he was approached by TWO armed security guards. They asked him to step outside with him where they asked him if he had a pocket knife clipped in his front right pocket. He said “Yeah, always do”. They then pointed to a sign that had just been installed as you walk in the front door which informed him that all weapons, firearms and knives, were prohibited inside the clinic. The two guards said my buddy would need to go and put the knife in his vehicle before he could re-enter the clinic. My buddy laughed at the irony. For twelve years he toted and used with deadly precision all sorts of weapons while in the military, certainly things much more dangerous and deadly than an Emerson Commander pocket knife clipped in his front pocket. When I asked him if he obeyed the order he laughed; “Yeah I went to the truck and put the Emerson up, but I kept the “rest” on my person. What exactly my buddy meant by the “rest” will stay confidential between me and him for discretion sake. Suffice to say we both has a good, hearty laugh about it!

People see what we let them see folks. It’s just that simple.

Now there are those of you out there that will say, well why not just remove the pocket clip off the knife? Your problem is solved; there is no outward sign of a knife and you still retain the knife in the pocket. That would be one way to solve this issue, but as you will see, there is more at stake here than just appearing unarmed. It is appearing unarmed but being ARMED EFFECTIVELY.

Personally, I have never been a fan of a folding knife for self-defense. That is not to say I did not carry one back in the day, typically clipped somewhere on my gear that I could get to easy. I soon learned from experience, that a small fixed blade is much more suited for those CQ “Oh Shit!!” moments than anything I have to manipulate to open in a hurry, even an automatic. The bottom line is if you ever NEED a knife, you are gonna NEED IT IN A HURRY, and the golden rule in Self-Defense is whenever you can lessen the chance of Mr. Murphy showing up, do it.

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Now in choosing a small concealed fixed blade, there are several factors you need  to consider, the biggest one in this day and age being Legality. I will cover TX Knife laws below briefly, but no matter where you hang your hat, it is your responsibility and yours alone to make sure you are legal before you step outside your door.

Now in TX, according to TX Penal Code 46.01 (6) the only issue you have to be concerned with on a FIXED BLADE are the following:

  • Knife BLADE cannot exceed 5 1/2 inches
  • DAGGERS are ILLEGAL (Sharpened on both edges, this includes PUSH Knives)
  • SWORDS are ILLEGAL (because of length)
  • SPEARS are ILLEGAL (because of length)
  • BOWIE KNIVES are ILLEGAL (because of length)

Notice for that the manner in which you carry the weapon, Openly or Concealed is irrelevant, the law is only concerned with (at least for a FIXED blade) the length and if it is sharp on both sides. Sounds a bit retarded doesn’t it? Let’s do something about it. Please support Knife Rights and get involved; our Knife Rights, just like our Firearm Rights are being assaulted and have to be defended. Plus, some of these laws are just plain stupid and need to be done away with altogether.

Horizontal Carry on Belt

Hands down, the best way to carry a fixed blade concealed. I like carrying mine in front at around 5 or 5:30, if you practice with it, it gives you a nice fluid motion on your draw. Some guys like carrying it behind them in small of back, as they say it is a more natural motion drawing that way, I am not a fan of this ideal, plus I don’t like having a lethal weapon tucked away behind me out of my line of sight, which is why I NEVER preferred Small of Back carry Gun Holsters, but again, this is a matter of taste and comfort. Horizontal is also a great way to tote your extra pistol mag. I have never been a fan of toting heavy shit in my pockets, so carrying it on your belt where it is accessible by your non-dominant hand is awesome for quick reloads if need be.

Training

The key thing when you begin, is getting your draw-stroke fluid and smooth. The way that happens is to take out any “jerkiness” or un-needed motions. The old adage “Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast” holds true; when something has no rough edges to it and flows easy, it is naturally faster.

The second thing to work on once your draw-stroke is fast, is to practice getting the blade from the sheath into the flesh of your enemy as quickly as possible. No fucking around, no prancing around like a fag, simple concept: Draw the knife and Stick the Knife into a major organ as fast as possible (or slash a major artery) which ever is easier at that moment.

Now I am not going to get into knife training methods here, so we wont be discussing slashing versus thrusting. You will have to explore that yourself and there is plenty good instruction out there. Kelly Mccann and Southnarc are good places to start. Myself, I prefer the Thrusting Combative Knife over the more technique laden slashing Filipino Knife methods, but that’s me. Find what works for you, and stick with it. Just don’t get confused and think that killing with a knife is some kind of flowery art, it’s not, it is nasty business and I pray you never find yourself having to use a knife to defend yourself. But in the event that day comes, take all steps to be ready, sharpening not only your blade edge, but your combative mindset.

Stay Armed, Stay Alert, Stay Sharp and Stay Dangerous!

 

Its Just Another Knife….

KnifeRights.Org continue to help repeal Un-Constitutional Knife Laws. Fight for your rights for all weapons, not just firearms.

 

Knife Rights’ Nevada Knife Law Reform Bill Signed by Governor

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Gilbert, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Knife Rights’ Nevada Knife Law Reform Bill, SB 176, was approved by Governor Sandoval on Monday, June 1 2015.

This act repeals existing bans on switchblade knives (longer than 2-inches), dirks, daggers and belt buckle knives and becomes effective on July 1, 2015.

Unfortunately, because knife law preemption was stripped from the bill, citizens and travelers will still have to be wary of local regulations more restrictive than the new state law.

Knife Rights continues to rewrite knife law in America. Nevada is the tenth state, the third this year, where Knife Rights has repealed knife bans. Knife Rights would like to express our sincere appreciation to our bill sponsor, Nevada State Senator James Settelmeyer, who guided this bill through the difficult legislative process.

Read the Remainder HERE.