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July 16, 2016

Fix Bayonets For Excellence

3D capability to meet whatever you imagine

Ranger Industries meets a unique request to create a replica M9 bayonet that rewards excellence and fits in the palm of your hand.

The Request

NGAUS 2015

Colonel Sean A. Klahn values the exemplary commitment and accomplishment his troops of the Mississippi Army National Guard routinely demonstrate.

To celebrate their accomplishments he wanted an equally exemplary way to award them for their service.

Rather than choosing a traditional challenge coin, the Colonel wanted to award the men and women serving under him with something more unique.

The M9 bayonet, prized as a long-established symbol of valor in combat, was the desired basis for a completely custom coin.

After expressing the idea to Ranger Industries’ president Gene Frink at the 137th National Guard Association of the United States Conference, Gene suggested the idea of a 3-dimensional replica of an M9 bayonet, but at a reduced proportional size of 4 inches in length.

Ranger Industries specializes in creating custom 3D products, especially those for the military, and leaped into action to develop a start-to-finish process to meet Colonel Klahn’s specifications.


Getting it down on paper

The Colonel supplied the initial specifications of the knife, emphasizing the intricate details unique to the 154th Regiment.


Making It Work

Choosing to handle a project of this caliber personally, Gene Frink took the Colonel’s specifications and refined them for artwork creation and production notes. It was an extra challenging process as each section of the knife’s grip would need to accurately represent each individual battalion of the regiment.

3D Render

Making the artwork take shape

With the artwork approved, a 3D model was designed, from which molds for casts are created.

Raw Casting

Testing out the molds

A prototype sample made from seven separate pieces is cast to provide a general physical overview of the item before moving on to assembly.


Putting it all together

With the single piece approved, individual components are then cast separately and treated with an electro-chemical plating process to give them their bronze and silver appearance. Flash enamel filling is used to provide additional colors. The individual components are then assembled by hand to complete the now finished product.


Successfully meeting the objective

This replica knife is intended as an award for excellence and to build esprit de corps, and upon its completion, Colonel Klahn lionized its success:

“IT IS AWESOME…It is so well done that I am truly impressed. That is the attention to detail you expect from a SOF Operator. Thank you very much for the hard work, dedication to making what we wanted and exceeding the standard. I will look forward to ordering more in the near future.”

Colonel Klahn’s replica knife challenge coin has now become the envy of other officers, including those in branches outside of the Army.

Ranger Industries, LLC. has the capability to make your 3D project concept a reality. Call us today at (775) 461-3725 or email us at info@rangercoin.com to get started!


Some information about the Mississippi Military Academy

The Mississippi Military Academy (MMA) was established in 1958 to conduct an Officer Candidate Training Program for the state of Mississippi.

In October, 1976, its mission was expanded to include Noncommissioned Officer Education training which included the Advance and Basic Noncommissioned Officer common core training. The Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course was added in 1979. Its mission was expanded again in November, 1984 to include the First Sergeant Course.

In April, 1984 the Region III NCO Academy was established by National Guard Bureau (NGB) to conduct Noncommissioned Officer Education training for the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. The first course of instruction was the Primary Noncommissioned Officer Course (PNCOC). In 1985 the new Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) replaced the PNCO Course. In April, 1990 the Reserve Component Battle Staff Course was conducted at Region III.

In July, 1991 another change in mission included conducting several MOS specific courses and the M60A3 DET Team was brought under the Region III NCO Academy. In March, 1993 the mission changed to include the Phase 1, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course and MOS specific training was discontinued. Region III received its first Institute of Excellence rating by the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) in 1998 and again in 2001.

NGB established the Regional Training Site-Medical (RTS-M) in March, 1988 to conduct medical related training. In 1996 the RTS-M was redesignated the Medical Training Battalion.

NGB established the Regional Training Site Maintenance (RTSM) in March, 1988 to conduct maintenance training in several maintenance MOSs. In 1996 the RTSM was redesignated the 2nd Ordnance Training Battalion.

In October, 1996 the Army implemented the Total Army School System (TASS) and Region III, MMA, Ordnance Training Battalion and Medical Battalion Training Site were combined to form the 108th Regiment (RTI). In 2001 the Regiment was redisignated the 154th Regiment (RTI).

The 154th Regiment currently conducts MOSQ, Advance, and Senior level courses in Infantry, Armor, NCOES Common Core, Medical, Ordnance, OCS and WOCS. The Regiment currently trains over 7000 students per year with a staff of 169 soldiers.

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Contact Gene D. Frink today at (775) 461-3725, via email at info@rangercoin.com, fax at (775) 461-3729 or visit our contact page to get a FREE Project Quote.

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Unless otherwise stated, the custom items shown on this website are not for sale by Ranger Industries, LLC. and reproduction orders can only be made by the original client — items shown are examples of our capability. If you are inspired by any concepts or design elements you see, please contact us today to get a FREE Quote for your very own custom project!
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