Thursday, April 17, 2008

Rothco brand Repro East German-style Spring Cosh Baton...

Hey all,
I'm back, this time with a new toy!
It's a Rothco-brand remake of the original Sipo or Blitz model East German spring cosh. Basically this is a whip baton made of heavy steel springs housed in a steel or aluminum tube. It's like an ASP, only cheaper. It whips out in a flash with a flick of your wrist, locks using friction, and closes with a twist or by slapping the heel of your hand against the tip straight on.
Some questions I'm sure some of you will have: "Will it hurt an attacker? Will it put them out of commission?"
I'm not sure it would deal a killing blow right away unless you have exceptional aim for a few "weak spots" that are good for anybody to know. Either way I surely wouldn't want to get hit with it; it's wicked, with a heavy solid steel tip and a mean whippiness. It'd definitely ruin somebody's day, and I carry it in case its presence is warranted. It'd be best for, as my friend Russ says, "defanging the snake" (disarming an attacker) with snaps to the backs of the hands and forearms. It would also be good to carry if you live in an area with lots of mean dogs, especially if your neighbors let their hunden run loose. I'd imagine a tap of this on the snout would send em running right smart!

  • Solid. This thing isn't going to fall apart.
  • Stiff spring will not fail you and is not overly bendy.
  • Mean. Heavy solid steel tip with a wicked whiplash effect.
  • Easy to use. No worries about it bending and becoming unusable, since it's already whippy!
  • Cheap. It only cost me 12.00. It would've been 20.00 w/shipping but I got a discount!
  • Can be hard to close, certainly not a one-hand operation.
  • Can close inadvertently if you don't whip it open hard enough. Takes practice to learn proper technique.
  • Rattles when closed; not great for stealthiness.
  • Whippiness isn't always desirable, for instance, you can't use this one for chokes or holds like you can an ASP or standard T-handle baton.
  • Isn't legal in all states. Check your state and local laws before you EDC this baton.
Here's a vid of the action:

Place of purchase: ArmyNavyShop
Cost: Only 12.00 if you blog about their site. I just linked to the product page and sent them the link to my blog and they took the shipping charge right off. Great service, very friendly people to deal with!
Berserker's Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars, minus 1/2 star for above mentioned weaknesses.

Go get one! You won't regret it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Check out this Deal!

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to an ASP baton, check this page out!
This online Army Navy Surplus store sells all sorts of neat things, including a wide selection of batons, saps, blackjacks, etc.

Here's what I just bought:

German Spring Cosh Baton.

Go get one!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

SAS Secrets, Scenario 2.

SAS Commando Units Survival Secrets, Scenario 2--Guardians Against Terror, Parts 1, 2, and 3.
As always, I have disabled comments, downloading, and embedding.

Episode 1.
Episode 2.
Episode 3.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

5.11 Cotton-Poly Twill TDUs...

While home on Break I was able to use a gift certificate given me by my cousin in law for Christmas at the Army Navy Store in Whitehall. I knew a good pair of BDUs were in order, and that I needed batteries so that's what I ended up with.
I walked in and the store has changed so much even since my last visit that I wasn't sure where to go for pants. So I ended up wandering around till I found it--a lone, 5 by 5 shelf of BDU pants. They were all 5.11s, and though I'd never worn that brand before I thought I'd try it out. I managed to find a pair of OD green pants (pictured below) and they came w/kneepads and all sorts of cool features like 5.11's proprietary BBS (backup-belt system) which consists of velcro-lined cargo pockets that you can stick velcro-backed holsters, pouches etc. to. They were on special or closeout or whatever so they only cost around 39 or 40.00 rather than the standard 45 or 50.00. They're extremely comfortable and surprisingly durable, with triple-stitching and bar tacking along major seams and stress points. Pockets are secured by velcro strips for quick and easy access to gear inside.
Below is a pic of the standard features...

Manufacturer's Product Page:
Cost: Depends on where and when you get them. I got mine for around 40.00. MSRP of 49.99.
Berserker's Overall Rating: 5 Stars! These are some of the most comfortable pants I've worn in ages. Much, much better than my old Rothcos.

SAS Commando Unit Survival Secrets, Scenario One.

Click here to watch Scenario One--Behind Enemy Lines, Episodes 1 and 2.

Episode 1
Episode 2

As always, downloading, embedding and comments have been disabled.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ray Mears' Bushcraft, Season 2.

And here's the links to the second season. Note that downloading and comments have been turned off.

Episode 1.
Episode 2.
Episode 3.
Episode 4.
Episode 5.

That's all for now!