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Benning Boy 07-24-2009 01:08 PM

Quick Special Forces Question
 
Back in the day, an S.F. guy told me when you completed the course, you needed "the three R's".

You needed the ring (I took it to mean an S.F. ring, as I got an Infantry ring when I graduated), the Rolex ( the epitome of a professional's watch at the time), and the third "R" was a field knife. I want to say it was a Randall, but can't remember, hence the question.

Anybody know what I'm talking about?

c3shooter 07-24-2009 02:00 PM

Randall. ( or a Russell for purists)

However, the 3 things for a SEASONED member of Special Forces-

Star sapphire ring, Seiko watch, at least one divorce. :rolleyes:

IGETEVEN 07-24-2009 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Benning Boy (Post 133620)
Back in the day, an S.F. guy told me when you completed the course, you needed "the three R's".

You needed the ring (I took it to mean an S.F. ring, as I got an Infantry ring when I graduated), the Rolex ( the epitome of a professional's watch at the time), and the third "R" was a field knife. I want to say it was a Randall, but can't remember, hence the question.

Anybody know what I'm talking about?

Why yes BB I do. ;) Short answer the knife is a Yarborough knife. It is to distinguish the graduate as a recognized member as a warrior in the Special Forces. The 3rd 'R' really represents R-E-S-P-E-C-T, hence the significance of the knife. Really it stands for Reeves, the original maker of the knife, General William P. Yarborough, who the knife is named after, played a big part in the origination of the special forces. Earlier SF guys carried Demo pocket knives.

That knife was the last item presented in my final phase 'Q' course graduation. Along with the Yarborough knife, beret recognition and my SF tab, next group selection and team assignment orders.

P.S. and Shooter is correct about the d-i-v-o-r-c-e thing, also.

Jack

Benning Boy 07-24-2009 02:57 PM

Thanks, guys.:)

Benning Boy 07-24-2009 02:59 PM

C3, do you possess the palm pistol in your avatar? (Droooolzzz)

c3shooter 07-24-2009 06:32 PM

Nope- wish I did have a Chicago- but I DO have some ammo for one- caliber 32 Protector. The cartridge case is about 1/3 of an inch long, and they were loaded with 4 grains of BP. They quit making the ammo in 1917.

Benning Boy 07-24-2009 06:35 PM

Saw it for the first time in a Steven Seagal movie, and decided I must have one.:cool:

c3shooter 07-24-2009 09:30 PM

Well, finding one IN WORKING ORDER is pretty rare- they tended to snap springs a lot. But when fired as a contact shot (punch your opponent in the chest) it would be just about completely silent. .32 bullet, with the powder load of a .22 short.

I do have a couple of nice Baby Hammerless 22s that are just cuter than a speckled pup......

IGETEVEN 07-24-2009 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by c3shooter (Post 133918)
I do have a couple of nice Baby Hammerless 22s that are just cuter than a speckled pup......

Can you post some pictures please shooter, I want to see them. :)

Jack

Benning Boy 07-24-2009 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by c3shooter (Post 133918)
Well, finding one IN WORKING ORDER is pretty rare- they tended to snap springs a lot. But when fired as a contact shot (punch your opponent in the chest) it would be just about completely silent. .32 bullet, with the powder load of a .22 short.

I do have a couple of nice Baby Hammerless 22s that are just cuter than a speckled pup......

If I recall, in the Seagal movie, it was a display piece, and he took it down only to repair it. So I guess you're dead on.:)

I still want one.:D


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