No one in their right mind would bring a knife to a gunfight. On the other hand, many kind of gun owners have been well-known to fill a blade for those simply in instance moments. In the late 1990s, one company specialized in hybrid knife guns that packed an unchecked out punch. This punch, hidden in the grip of the knife, was a small revolver caliber round. That company was known as GRADVERTISEMENT.

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Handguns via knives or bayonets have popped up commonly throughout firearms background. Such examples as the Elgin pistol, the Apache revolver, and also others are well documented. These guns were just that: handweapons that occurred to have a knife or bayonet attached. Really, these weapons were guns that had a knife as a back-up weapon or tool, not the various other method about.
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GRADVERTISEMENT fighting knife.


But, there is a comparable evolutionary train of knives that have actually had actually firearms attached to them. The main objective of these devices was knife-initially, gun-second. The user would have a strong, well-made knife for cutting, prying, or use as an edged weapon. The pistol came as an accessory attachment on the knife, reminiscent of Swiss Military knives that have many tools on them (only these knives had actually a gun instead of a pair of tweezers and also a corkscrew).
Knife/gun combos have actually been even more widespread than you might think. Back in the 1950s, Illinois-based U.S. Small Arms marketed and also marketed a folding pocketknife that hosted a single barreled .22LR together with its blade. In even more recent times, the Powell and also Brown Company type of of Tucchild, Arizona marketed a long-bladed folding energy knife that hidden either a .22 or a .38 single-shot barrel.

The barrel’s muzzle was shrouded by the peak fifty percent of the grip and also fired over the top of the blade with the hilt of the knife. To load and clean the revolver, the grips separated and also folded open, allowing accessibility to the covert gun.

VERSIONS OF THE GRAD


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Several models of GRAD knife guns.


The Hybrid Standard Edition of the knife had babsence aluminum checkered grip panels and also organized a 5-shot revolver. A deluxe 22-karat gold-plated Millennium version of the Standard had a highly hand poliburned blade and also frame. The Hybrid Bayonet held a 6-swarm revolver and placed to the traditional NATO bayonet lug lugged on the M16/AR-15 style rifle. The bayonet variation could be fired either installed or unmounted to the rifle. The knife only version, the Model RS1N, was the base knife with no barrel or firing assembly.

 

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COLLECTABILITY TODAY

Across all versions, much less than a thousand of these weapons were made. The firm history is murky; they seem to have folded about 2007 and also as such have no warranty or manufacturing to autumn ago upon. The firearms versions are all NFA Class III and are transferable under the $5 Any Other Weapon clause. When new and still in production they marketed from $699 for the Standard models to $1999 for the gold-plated series. Today if you can find one this particular day, they basically worth whatever the market will certainly pay and also are rare at any type of price.

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Of course, you have the right to always just fill both a handgun and a nice blade for much less, however where’s the fun in that?

 

 

This post initially ran on Guns.com as “The GRADVERTISEMENT Knife Gun: Your back-ups’ back-up” on January 21, 2013 and also has actually been edited for content.