If dem run outta rounds ah bruck back ratchet
If they run out for bullets they will use ratchet knives.
“Bruck back ratchets” (or lockback/slipjoint ratchet knives) are a notorious weapon with hoodlums in Jamaica, considered easy to open quickly. Ratchets are generally German-made (originally) but now are produced elsewhere too, the Okapi being a favourite brand (these may also be referred to as “three star’s” because of the three stars on the handle of Okapi blades).
The term used by Marley, “Bruck Back”, explains how it is opened by the blades being bent out.
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