Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Praxis: Modding the Trail Hawk. (I'm sure The Trainer will chime in on this one.)
An outstanding praxis post from Armed and Christian on modding the Trail Hawk tomahawk.
We don't fight with smooth-bore muskets anymore nor do we fight with flintlock rifles like Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the Mohicans.
Not even our ancestors fought the stylized way close quarter battle is portrayed in most movies. But the tomahawk remains an effective killing tool. It also has an undeniable and immense psychological terror impact upon the troops on whom it is used, both during and after the fact.
The fact that these days it is mostly used for motivation and ceremony (see photo below) does not alter that fact.
There is an outfit up in Michigan whose CQB skills are second to none. They prefer the tomahawk for sentry take-out and CQB. I am sure some of them will respond to this post.
Sgt. Wesley A. Laney, a squad leader with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, has Company K's tomahawk signed by Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, at Camp Dwyer, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 6. The tomahawk is awarded to Marines who show physical and mental aptitude. Laney has been carrying the tomahawk for more than a month.