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Okay, it’s not the ridiculous chainsaw bayonet that USA Today imagined affixed to the end of an AR-15... but this mini chainsaw may be the most delightful mechanical hand tool we’ve seen today.
With 4mm links wrapped around a 12-inch “NanoBlade” (lol), the Bosch EasyCut 12 Mini Chainsaw gives you big cutting power in an elegant, handheld package. Instead of being reserved for slicing up downed trees, this bad boy allows for precision applications on small-scale projects — from home renovations and repairs to body disposal — all with a 12V battery pack.
This is certainly fun as hell for the would-be Tim Taylor, but there’s a unique level of appeal for anyone who’s had to ruck a full-size chainsaw to clear debris, whether as an engineer downrange or a helpful neighbor after a bad storm. But the mini-chainsaw also has a level of warfighting allure to it.
The traditional chainsaw is bulky and unbalanced, extremely noisy, and too power-intensive to ever function as an efficient weapon, beyond the custom versions developed by firearms junkies in anticipation of the zombie apocalypse. But the Bosch EasyCut seems like a civilian development that has a clear military application. as a modern-day adaptation of the Lancer from Gears of War.
Anyway, this is a great tool for declaring war on your weekend home renovation list, and definitely not something you should maybe try to affix to your M4’s Picatinny rail. Definitely not. Absolutely not. No way. Never.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."