A Little Background of the Inventor of The Thumper Hand Guard
The designer of the “Thumper 2018” grew up in Southern New Jersey and served in the Marine Corps in the “60’s” and “70’s” This was followed by a 36 year Police career. Notable service included working at the WTC during the 9/11 search and recovery and the Salt Lake Olympics Security Task Force in 2002. Retiring from the force in 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan and served almost 5 years as a Police Adviser with US Special Forces, Marines and NATO Coalition Forces.
The story of The Thumper began in 1953, when at age 7 he was in the company of a friends brother and several other Marines who had just returned from Korea. During an afternoon of “War Stories” he showed the Marines an M-4 Carbine Bayonet he had been given. The Marines told of using those in hand to hand fighting and how a few had been altered by local blacksmiths to have fixed metal handles with knuckles, like the WWI Trench Knife and their effectiveness in close combat.
That winter he worked in his Dad’s basement shop and came up with the idea that the lock and ring on the bayonet could be used to hold a hand guard devise without adding anything to the knife it’s self. Working with hand tool and a vise he configures the first prototype out of brass. This brass piece survived about three years of young boy testing. Years later in the mid 1960’s the second prototype was made of steel plate for an M-6 bayonet and was sent to a buddy in Viet Nam, Two more hand made prototypes were made from aluminum plate in the late “70’s” Many years later while in Afghanistan the fourth prototype guard was fitted to an M-9 Bayonet that he had been give by a Special Forces Team. This pairing was very well received by those who saw it, and it was suggested that it be produced. Returning from Afghanistan a Fifth prototype was designed and a provisional patent was applied for. Tooling was done to produce the guard from investment cast aluminum. After all these years the result is the “Thumper 2018” The name is in respect to the 1918 Trench Knife which was made 100 years ago in The First World War.
The dream of that 7 year old American boy to build something that would help defend American Soldiers and Marines in close combat has now come full circle.