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BenChmade ameriCan handgunner exClusive! The Model 375 fixed blade, second in the Adamas series from Benchmade, offers an optional paracord wrap for the skeletonized handle. The knife is of D2 steel. Below: The new Adamas Series from Benchmade features the Model 275 folder (with the patented AXIS locking mechanism), a D2 steel drop-point blade and desert tan machined G10 handles. honors i n an exclusive to American Handgunner, Benchmade Knives has announced the future release of the Adamas Series, dedicated to the Army Rangers. A portion of proceeds from the sales will benefit the special operations group’s Ranger Assistance Fund (RAF). The knives were designed in conjunction with Major Jeff Struecker, who was a squad leader in 1993 during The Battle of Mogadishu, most commonly referred to as Blackhawk Down. Jeff is also an Army Chaplain. Struecker served in the armed forces from 1987 to 2011, mostly in the 75th Ranger Regiment. He is a much decorated war veteran who served in many conflicts abroad including (in addition to the Mogadishu firefight) Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also winner of the 1996 Best Ranger Competition. The first two knives in the series will be a tactical folder and a fixed blade. The Model 275 folder features Benchmade’s patented AXIS locking mechanism, a D2 steel drop-point blade and desert tan machined G10 handles. D2 steel is easy to sharpen in the field and is a timeproven, excellent cutting steel with good edge retention. The handle is ample in size to fit well in a gloved hand. The 375 Adamas drop-point fixed blade also features D2 steel and a skeletonized handle, including an optional paracord wrap. The blade has serrations on the spine to add even more versa- RangeRs pat Covert tility in the field. The 375 model comes with a MOLLE-compatible injected molded sheath with a secondary locking strap, making it jump-rated. gunner, “I am thrilled a company like Benchmade would be willing to support the Ranger Assistance Foundation. This organization provides assistance for the family and friends of the men killed or wounded in action from the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. Look at the most daring missions in almost any war in our nation’s history, and you will find Rangers in the thick of the action.” aRmy 375 Fixed Blade The 375 Adamas fixed blade is another ideal tool for tactical or survival situations. The full-tang D2 steel blade is skeletonized, and includes an optional paracord wrap for the handle. The drop-point blade style with serrations on the spine, makes this blade a versatile tool for work in the field. The fixed blade comes with a MOLLE-compatible injected molded sheath with a secondary locking strap, making it jumprated like the others. We’d like to thank the folks at Benchmade Knives for giving us the scoop on the new Adamas series, which will be officially revealed at the 2011 Ranger Rendezvous taking place in July at Fort Benning. For more info: www.americanhandgunner. com/benchmade 8181 The Project Asked how the Adamas project came about, Benchmade’s Director of Marketing Rob Morrison tells American Handgunner, “Major Jeff Struecker has been a fan of Benchmade products for several years and never deployed without them. With two Army Rangers on our Military sales staff — who served with Struecker — we were introduced at the Best Ranger Competition in 2007. Major Struecker asked if we could discuss a knife project to help raise money for the Ranger Assistance Foundation. Of course we were eager to help.” Struecker is excited about the project, and when contacted, told Hand- * WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM

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