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| April 11, 2021

Randall No. 18

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Armed robbery suspect shot dead by victim he was trying to rob in West Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A would-be robber is dead after police say he was shot by a victim he was trying to rob on Sunday night.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. near 60th and Girard Avenue in West Philadelphia.

Police say the suspect, roughly 25 to 30 years old, was attempting to rob a man who was sitting on the front steps of his home at gunpoint.

The resident had a license to carry and opened fire on the would-be robber. Police said the victim fired the shots in self-defense.

The suspect then ran to the 1200 block of N. 60th Street where he collapsed onto a porch.

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Government can have no more than two legitimate purposes – the suppression of injustice against individuals within the community, and the common defense against external invasion.
– William Godwin

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  1. KoB says:

    Looks like the “brother” didn’t get much “Brotherly Love” from the “brother” who didn’t agree to the terms of his income redistribution scheme. I lubs a FGS that ends in “…pronounced dead”. A re-run of this type of FGS just make one feel all warm and fuzzy…again. BZ to the Armed Citizen who fights back. Coupla cutie pie news girls on the video part of the linky.

    All God’s Chill’ren needs them a $500 knife. Cut and saw at the same time. Sounds like something that Tox might do.

    Speaking of a coupla cutie pies…Honey Hush! Let’s play Twister with the Sisters. “…Double your pleasure, Double your fun…” You Da Man ‘Ed!

  2. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    Reading the third sentence in that story makes me want to go “Sister Mary” with a wooden ruler on the knuckles of both the author/reporter and “editor”.

    A minor rewrite: “….was attempting to rob (at gunpoint) a man who was sitting on the front steps of his home ().”

    KoB, yes those two could DEFINITELY double any red blooded, meat eating, man’s pleasure.

    • Old tanker says:

      Yep I had the same reaction to the wording there. I kept wondering if the reporter actually speaks English.

      • David says:

        I saw a comment elsewhere wherein someone commented that ‘older’ journalists were paid at a rate that would make a modern e- reporter envious…. the implication was that most of the folks who pass themselves off as ‘journalists’ now are basically minimum-wage. Well, ya get what ya pay fer.

  3. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    KoB,
    Yep. That Randall would make body disposal a whole lot easier. Only one tool to carry, use, cleanup, and not lose.

  4. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    An SF Major of my acquaintance, prior to my enlistment, stated that one should carry a Randall #18 with suitable kit, and a Swiss Army “Champion”.

    Pop had given me a Randall #1, and I don’t like the structural compromise of a hollow handle knife, so I didn’t take that advice. Carried the “survival” bits separately an a pocket case. The “Champion” was just about the best money I have ever spent on a knife. I had endless uses of it, on and off duty, and since then endlessly. Finally retired it ten years back for a “Swisschamp”.

    A Buck 110 was the substitute for the Randall in garrison. My CO was rather tolerant of properly utilized and stored cutlery.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Buck knives will be featured in later FGS posts. I’m a big fan, too.

    • rgr1480 says:

      Buck 110 …. I carried one for years and finally gave it up for a carbon steel blade. I just never could put a decent edge on stainless steel — no matter how “high carbon” content it had.

      Gimme carbon anytime. It may be a hassle to keep the rust at bay (especially in a humid climate) … but it’s so easy to keep it sharp.

      I’ve heard others say stainless steel is not hard to sharpen; I’ve just never mastered that skill.

      I had a Randall Model 23 Gamemaster (carbon steel) that I carried from 1983 until I retired in 1994; gave it to my iaido teacher who really lusted for it! Sure do miss it.

      Also had Dave Murphy make a combat knife for me. His father (and he) made fighting knives during WW2.
      Deleted by request.
      The handle was pancake-flat, so I returned it to have palm swells added. Lovely knife and still razor sharp!

      • rgr1480 says:

        OOPS — moderator, please delete that link above …

        Shoulda posted just the one image:
        https://i.ibb.co/MDSsQDH/Dave-Murphy-Knife.jpg

        Not the entire page.

        • Claw says:

          I liked the entire page, especially that picture of the M151A1 at NTC. Brought back my memories of me driving our Bn Maintenance Warrant Officers from Ft. Carson to NTC (79/80/81?) and back a couple of times in a M151A1./smile

          • AW1Ed says:

            ‘80s porn star mustaches were all the rage in the Army too l see.
            *grin*

          • rgr1480 says:

            I’m glad that I could entertain you.

            Yeah, the Sheridan was pretty cool as a desert-taxi; turbo-charged and went real fast … even over the {ouch} washboards.

            I never had to worry about being run over in my sleep in a Sheridan … the jeep — now that was something to worry about.

            One of our OCs got a bit lost one night and finally spotted the faint lights of Ft. Irwin in the far distance. He drove all night (in an M-113, I think) before he realized he was honing in on the lights of Vegas! I think he stopped somewhere near Baker or Zzyxx. This was before my time, I heard they sent a low-boy over the highway to pick him up.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        A Buck was -the- knife in my childhood neighborhood. The recent ones are not much like the one I had. I bought one when on a trip a few years ago, and was not quite so happy with it as with my original from the early 80s.

        I also prefer carbon steel.

  5. Can’t wait for the Buck Knives that will be featured which we will see some cutting edge comments.

  6. rgr769 says:

    I had an SFC in one of the ODA’s I commanded who was a Randall dealer/salesman as a side hobby. I wish I had bought one back in the day, but I thought they were too pricey at $150 plus prices. Little did I know that I would be buying a Randall Model #18 on E-bay about 43 years later for $650. The one depicted above has the 5.5 inch blade; mine has the 7.5 inch blade, with “5th Special Forces” etched on it. There are three solid brass grip caps for it. Two optional ones are: A compass cap and a pointed skull crusher one similar to that on a V-42 commando dagger.

    • rgr769 says:

      If anyone thinks they can order a #18 on Randall’s website for $490 and will get their order filled soon, they should expect to wait about three to four years to get their order shipped.

      • rgr769 says:

        Correction: It is now a five to six year wait.

      • AW1Ed says:

        They show up on eBay, at eye-watering prices.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          I took my #1 to a local gun show to get an opinion on insurance value from a collector/dealer who routinely attends.

          4 figure offer. He was annoyed I wouldn’t sell.

          He also explained his high but I think fair prices, versus the factory multi-year wait.

        • rgr769 says:

          There is an eBay dealer that goes by “sjjp” who has most Randall models for sale. But his prices have gone up about $300 plus per knife in the past four years. I see knives he had listed for $600 plus now going for $900 plus. He is a lifelong Randall collector. He includes a membership in the Randall collector club when you buy one of his knives.