Wilson Cop Tool

Reviewed by Guest Reviewer Chris T.

Tonights review is of the Wilson Cop Tool.

Wilson Tactical’s COP Tool was created to be MORE than just a knife.

Designed in collaboration with American Handgunner editor Roy Huntington, his 20+ years as a street cop and Wilson Tactical’s manufacturing experience have resulted in an important new design. Made of 3/16” D2, the COP Tool can be used as a pry bar — something any cop understands — without worrying about breakage. The chisel tip and thumb divot make it a handy scraping tool, perfect for license plate year tabs, evidence gathering and more. The serrations will cut much longer than a standard edge — without needing to be sharpened. The seatbelt cutter makes it a must for LE and EMT personnel, and does double-duty for cutting lightweight line. The cord wrap handle gives a positive grip and the exposed steel butt acts as a glass-breaker or pounding tool. The sheath is designed to be carried on your inner belt — under your duty belt — keeping it out of the way until deployed. The Wilson Tactical COP Tool is a perfect partner for anyone in need of a tough tool for the kinds of chores you encounter daily. Whether you’re a cop, EMT, truck driver, soldier or simply appreciate versatility and quality in a useful tool, the Wilson Tactical COP Tool is a solid addition to your bag of options

I received the Cop Tool as a gift for my academy graduation.

I have to say that this is a well made tool, strong, functional and well thought out.  I have used it multiple times to force open doors and it performed as advertised!  I used it to cut out windows to gain entry when breaking glass would have made too much noise.  The serrated edge cuts through almost anything with ease.

The sheath is made of kydex with a loop/snap to secure it on my duty belt.  The sheath holds the Cop Tool very securely, however; only having one option as to where to carry this is disappointing.  This is the one area that I suggest improvement upon.

The tool itself shows almost no wear even after continued abuse and the sheath only shows minor wear around the button rivet holding the belt loop to the sheath and the open rivets around the outer edge.  Even the paracord lashing around the handle shows almost no wear with nothing but minor ‘fuzzing’ on the tassel end.  This tool is built to look good, function as it’s advertised and last.

Having to carry this around the already too clustered belt gets frustrating.  An optional neck lanyard or a way to secure it on my ballistic vest would make this already great tool even better.  Also on the tool is a seatbelt hook that’s razor sharp.  The metal this is made of is very hard.

That being said unless you have access to special sharpening equipment the Cop Tool needs sent to Wilson Combat for sharpening which is the largest drawback I have seen thus far. On the plus side, I have had it for almost three years and haven’t had to send it back yet.  The cost of the Cop Tool is around $140.00 depending on where you pick one up at, but it is definitely worth the money.

One thing that needs to be remembered though is that the Cop Tool is just that a tool.  It isn’t designed for defense or offense but practicality.

Another thing that’s great about this tool is that it is entirely made in the U.S.A.

Overall, if given the choice I would most certainly purchase one of these again.

Tech Specs:

  • Steel – D2
  • Hardness – RC59-60
  • Blade Length – 1 3/4″
  • Blade Thickness – 3/16″
  • Handle Length – 4 1/4″
  • Overall Length – 6″
  • Weight – 4 oz.
  • Finish – Bead Blast
Features:
  • Full Tang Construction
  • Chisel Tip for Prying/Scraping
  • Thumb Divots for Secure Grip
  • Seat Belt Cutter
  • Single Finger Groove
  • Exposed Tang for Glass Breaking/Pounding
  • Serrated Cutting Edge
  • Kydex Sheath Designed to be Carried Between Inner Belt and Duty Belt
  • Includes a Lanyard
  • Scary Sharp Cutting Edge
  • Handmade in USA

Pink Streamlight STRION to benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation

NEW PINK VERSION OF STREAMLIGHT RECHARGEABLE FLASHLIGHT TO BENEFIT

BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Pink Strion® LED Features Three Lighting Modes, Strobe, and C4® LED 

EAGLEVILLE, PA, May 8, 2012 – Streamlight®, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting equipment, has introduced a pink version of its popular Strion®  LED tactical flashlight. The pink model is the first rechargeable product in the company’s growing line of “pink” flashlight products designed to raise money to fight breast cancer.

Streamlight will donate $5.00 from the sale of each pink Strion LED to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer.  To date, Streamlight has donated nearly $230,000 to BCRF from sales proceeds of its pink flashlight products, including pink versions of its Nano Light® and 2AA ProPolymer®.

“Breast cancer has such a devastating impact on so many American women and their families, and Streamlight is proud to continue doing its part to help raise money for a cure,” said Loring Grove, Streamlight Global Brand Manager, and a breast cancer survivor.

The lightweight, aluminum Strion LED has a 50,000-hour lifetime C4® LED for extreme brightness.  It offers three variable light intensity modes and a strobe function.  On the high setting, the light delivers 160 lumens. The medium mode generates 80 lumens, while the low mode provides 40 lumens.

“Going pink can also be a smart ‘green’ strategy because the combination of the Strion LED’s rechargeability and C4 LED results in one of the lowest operating costs of any flashlight on the market,” added Grove.  “And the Strion LED’s ultra-compact size and super brightness make it ideal for a wide variety of professional uses, as well as a great light to use around the house or on family camping trips, or for peering under the hood of a car.  It also makes a great Mother’s Day gift.”

The Strion LED offers a run time of up to 2 continuous hours at the high setting, up to 4 continuous hours on medium setting and up to 7.5 continuous hours on the low setting.  The strobe function operates for up to 5.5 continuous hours.

The light features a multi-function, push-button tactical tail switch, allowing for easy, one-handed operation of the light’s momentary, variable intensity or strobe modes.

The pink Strion LED system includes a 120-volt fast charger clamp-style charger holder and is rechargeable up to 500 times.  The light fits all existing Strion chargers.

The compact Strion LED model weighs only 5.2 ounces and measures 5.9 inches in length. The Strion LED is rated IPX4 for water-resistant operation. It is backed by Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and the system has an MSRP of $192.67.

Headquartered in Eagleville, PA, Streamlight, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high-performance lighting equipment for professional automotive, fire fighting, law enforcement, military, industrial and outdoor applications. Streamlight is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

For additional information, please call (800) 523-7488 or visit www.streamlight.com.

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Free Workboots from Workboots.com

Hey,

Want a free pair of Magnum Excursion Work Boots?

Well here’s your chance.

Workboots.com is giving away, yes GIVING away one pair of Magnum Excursion Work Boots.  Take  a look at the press release for more details:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          

May 1, 2012

WORKBOOTS.COM LAUNCHES MAGNUM BOOTS CONTEST

Chesterfield, Mo. – Spring is in the air, and with it comes camping, hunting trips, home renovation and weekend visits to the hardware store. With all this going on,WorkBoots.com understands that your work boots need to stretch far beyond the regular nine to five. That’s why this online retailer is teaming up with Magnum Boots to award one winner with a pair of their new Excursion work boots (retail value $120-180).

The Excursion collection is made for long days on the job, but with boots this comfortable there’s no need to throw them in the back of your closet when the weekend rolls around. This boot is named the Excursion for a reason—it’s built to take you where you need to go and designed to help you handle any venture.

Constructed with waterproof full-grain leather and coated with ion-mask, theseMagnum work boots protect against the elements while allowing air to circulate. Long-lasting comfort comes in the form of a compression-molded EVA midsole and an OrthoLite insole, for the ability to withstand hours on your feet. These boots are available in several cuts and colors.

For a chance to win a pair of Excursion boots, entrants have been asked to tellWorkBoots.com how they’ll wear their boots beyond work. Will they go hiking? Hunting? Shooting at the range? Tackling those DIY projects? There’s no limit to the versatility of these boots! Entrants may leave their answer at Work Boots News.

The final day to enter is May 31, 2012, and a winner will be selected June 1, 2012. This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

About WorkBoots.com

Founded in 2004, WorkBoots.com is a customer service-focused Internet retailer based near St. Louis, Mo. Serving hard-working professionals, the online superstore provides a wide selection of high quality work boots and delivers them right to your doorstep. Top brands include Magnum, Georgia Boot, Converse Work and Wolverine.

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MAGNUM Spider 8.1 SZ Urban Boots

Reviewed by Gear Torturer – Jason A

Our friends over at Magnum boots were kind enough to send us a few pair of boots to wear test. We have had them for several months now and took longer than normal to test in order to make sure that we got the best test that we could. Of the boots that were sent were the Magnum Spider 8.1 SZ Urban, and the Precision Ultra Lite-WPI.

The boots that are being presented here are the Spider 8.1 SZ Urbans.

APPEARANCE

These were definitely developed with first responders and tactical teams such as SWAT and Hostage Rescue in mind.

The combination of leather and 1640 denier nylon give the SPIDER a rugged, tactical “ready for action” appearance. It fits in nicely for day to day activities in the field as well as a nice presentation look for those times when you need to dress for a duty inspection.

FIT

After wearing the SPIDERs for the past few months, I found them to be lightweight, Comfortable, easy to put on and remove due to the side zip feature. The insole and inner lining of the boot provides a comfortable platform for either walking a beat, chasing someone down or driving a patrol for extended periods.

The inside of the boot also contains OrthoLite .13, which offers optimum levels of breathability, moisture transport, and anti-microbial function to create a cooler, drier, and healthier environment inside the boot. In other words, when you take your boots off, the sole (which delivers a comfortable feel) will also help fight that sweaty boot smell that many of us are quite familiar with.

The inner sole can best be described as a three piece system consisting of a soft toe and heel section separated by a rigid, molded rubber “fast rope system”. For those of you not familiar with the fast rope system it is:

Fast-roping, sometimes known as Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES), is a technique
for descending a thick rope. It is useful for deploying troops from a helicopter in places where the helicopter itself cannot touch down. First developed by the British with UK rope manufacturer Marlow Ropes, its first combat use was during the Falklands War. The original rope was a thick nylon that could be used in a manner akin to a Fire pole. The special ropes used today are braided (plaited), which results in pattern on the outer circumference that is not smooth and so is easier to grip. (Taken from Wikipedia.com).

For those who prefer a higher arch support the SPIDER 8.1 SZ URBAN are ideal, consequently others may find that they take some getting used to.

Overall, the sole is created using Vibram rubber soles, which are targeted to outdoor pursuits. Vibram soles are always produced with three objectives: to guarantee the best performance, the maximum level of comfort and long lasting quality. The comfort can definitely be felt.

PERFORMANCE

During my initial inspection of the SPIDERs, I was skeptical of the durability of these boots in less than ideal conditions due to the fact the outer sole is glued to the upper rather than stitched however; through rain, snow, mud and daily wear, all seams have remained intact and my feet have stayed dry and comfortable.

The black rubber outer soles are non-marking. oil resistant and provide excellent traction in wet and unstable environments.

The combination of leather and 1640 denier nylon provide a lightweight, breathable upper with strong foot and ankle support without giving the boot a “bulky” feeling.

During daily wear these boots have endured being exposed to water as well as scraping on concrete, stone and other hazardous environments. Other than minor scuffing they have exceeded expectations.

Some of the reason for such durability is the ion-mask coating that is given to these boots.

(Taken from the Magnum Boots Web Site): Originally developed for military clothing and designed to combat chemical agents, ion-mask technology by P2i is an award winning ultra protective surface enhancement pioneered by Magnum that offers truly groundbreaking benefits.

This breakthrough in surface enhancement works at a molecular (nano) level. Applied inside a plasma chamber, the ion-mask ™ treatment binds invisibly to a product material’s surface and fibres, without affecting the look, feel or ‘breathability’ of the boot.

The ion-mask also provides the following added benefits:

  • Waterproofing
  • Hydrophobic (open weave fibres material become repellent and less absorbent)
  • Breathability
  • Lightweight
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Pathogen Resistant
  • Stay Cleaner
  • Environmentally Friendly
A few other features are:
  • Metal detector friendly with non-metallic TPU shank and composite hardware.
  • Lace storage system on tongue
  • M-PACT comfortable contoured sock liner

RECOMMENDATIONS

The only recommendation that I could provide for this boot is to have the rubber sole continue up over the toe to provide protection from scraping and damaging the leather. Other than that, these boots are perfect.

The average price for these boots are around $160.00 and can be purchased either directly from Magnum Boots online with free shipping and a 10% discount for first time buyers, or you can pick them up at literally thousands of brick and mortar or other online retailers.
And if you’re having difficulty finding the right boot for your environment, give them a call (1-800-853-2896) and talk to one of their customer service representatives that will be more than happy to help you figure out exactly what you need.

Wald Training Wheels for 16-20″ bikes

Up for review today is the Wald training wheels for 16-20″ bicycles.

We recently purchased a 16″ bike for our 5 year old son and needed training wheels for it.  I stopped by Pedal Pusher Bike Shop on Walnut Street in Harrisburg the other day and spoke to a gentleman about a few things for my bike.

I’m glad I did because he stopped me from making a mistake and sinking way too much money into a bike that wouldn’t be able to handle it.  Very helpful and even though I wasn’t originally going to make a purchase, it didn’t seem to bother him that all I was after was information.  I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I will be doing business with them in the future.

While there I brought up the subject of training wheels and he said that he has a great set that was made in the USA and would fit the bike we got our son.

What he brought out was a set of Wald Training Wheels.  What I was expecting was something small, light and flimsy.  What I got was something that looks like you could use to do demolition with.  Now, when I say this, I don’t mean that it was ugly, I mean that it was STURDY.  And I do mean STURDY with all capital letters.

I haven’t heard of Wald before, but I’m sure aware of them now.

From their website:

Welcome to Wald, the cyclist’s source for quality bicycle baskets, training wheels, racks, and bicycle accessories.

We believe in the power of the bicycle. Our first patent in 1905 was for an innovative tire repair tool that kept cyclists on the road. Over 200 patents later, we’re still helping bicycle commuters, recreational riders, delivery workers, and alley cats get the most from their bikes.

The joy two wheels can bring may be unique for each individual, but those two wheels allow people from separate backgrounds, neighborhoods, and communities to find common ground. Without our bikes, in many cases, we simply wouldn’t have anything to talk about.

Wald strives to produce useful and reliable baskets, fenders, racks, training wheels, and many more accessories to help your bicycle serve your needs. So no matter what your bike is used for, we hope you’ll find our site useful and keep your two wheels spinning for many years to come.

Welcome to WaldSports.com. What will you put in your basket?

They carry baskets, training wheels, fenders, racks and accessories and it looks like I’m going to be picking up a few things for my bike, my wife’s bike as well as my son’s.  Their products are VERY reasonable and if the rest of their products are built as solidly as their training wheels, they’ll last a lifetime.

The set that I got for my son was the Wald 10252/252.  They’ll fit bikes from 16-20″ with a rear frame of 1 1/4″ or smaller.  They will be good for people 100 pounds or lighter.

Like I said earlier, they are sturdy.  They’re almost a 1/4″ thick and solid.  They’ve got stabilizer bars that attach from the rear axel to the rear frame and are extremely simple to install.  I put them on my sons bike in less than 15 minutes and he was off and pedaling and enjoying his new bike.

If you’re looking for a set of training wheels for your child’s bike or a bike shop in the Harrisburg area I highly suggest both Wald Training Wheels and Pedal Pusher bike shop.

Press Release – Streamlight – Press Release


STREAMLIGHT® INCREASES INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE

Industry Veteran and International Sales Professional Join Growing Team

EAGLEVILLE, PA, March 13, 2012 – Streamlight® Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance flashlights, announced two newly created leadership positions, reflecting the growth of the company’s global business operations.

As the new Director of International Business Development, Streamlight veteran Allen Lance will lead the company’s global operations, with responsibility for developing and executing market-focused strategies to enhance the company’s position worldwide.  Anthony (Tony) Iannozzi will serve as International Sales Director, working closely with Lance, and managing distribution, as well as overseeing independent sales agencies to generate product sales.

“Global demand for Streamlight’s products has prompted us to expand our international division and put in place leadership which can meet those demands,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah.  “Allen’s success as the leader of Streamlight’s Fire and Rescue Division domestically and abroad, and Tony’s international sales experience make them each uniquely qualified to oversee all aspects of the company’s operations overseas.”

Lance joined Streamlight in 2001. He most recently was the Director of Sales for the company’s Fire and Rescue markets, where he led a team of managers and independent sales agencies to implement market-focused strategies to generate sales among municipal fire agencies.  Before joining Streamlight, Lance was the Central Regional Sales Manager for the Technical Products Division of Bacou-Dalloz, a worldwide manufacturer ofpersonal protective equipment.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida.

Iannozzi comes to Streamlight with 17 years of extensive international sales experience.  He most recently was Senior International Regional Business Manager for the Dial Corporation, a Henkel Company subsidiary, and also served as a Regional Manager for the company’s operations in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America.   Prior to joining Dial, he was a Business Manager for The Hershey Company’s International Division. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Joseph’s University and an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Headquartered in Eagleville, PA, Streamlight, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high-performance lighting equipment for professional automotive, fire fighting, law enforcement, military, industrial and outdoor applications. Streamlight is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. For additional information, please call (800) 523-7488 or visitwww.streamlight.com.

Ian Sinclair CardSharp 2

I was fortunate enough to get a CardSharp 2 slim utility knife from Ian Sinclair designs.  I liked the look and style of this blade when I saw the original but was unable to get ahold of one.  Luckily, the good folks at Ian Sinclair designs remembered me and forwarded a piece for me to take a look at.

They made some improvements over the first one such as a better blade locking system and other minor improvements.

I’ve got to say, it’s a nice little blade.  It’s not for really heavy duty, nor is it a ‘survival’ knife in any sense, but if it came down to it and it was all you’ve got with you, it would do.

The first thing that impressed me about it was the weight and size.  This is an incredibly thin blade and is no bigger than a credit card in size. It fits perfectly in my wallet and doesn’t increase the overall footprint of my wallet.  The weight itself is only 13 grams and it’s only 2.2 mm thick.  Which in itself is approximately the same weight and size as a credit card.

It’s fairly easy to convert from storage to use and takes a few times to get used to, but once you do, it’s a fairly quick process.

I’ve tried to remember to use it as much as possible when I needed a knife.

I’ve used it to:

  • cut steak and other food items
  • open boxes
  • open letters
  • cut packing twine and string
  • cut seat belts
  • trim herbs
  • cut thread
  • cut out retail tags from clothing and shoes
  • cut out splinters (metal and wood)
  • clean tools computer keyboards, mice and checkered grips

It’s definitely a utility knife that you’d keep in your wallet, desk drawer, car console or in an emergency kit.  It’s not a workhorse but it’s built to be one so it’ll last a lifetime.

The only thing that I would suggest changing on the design itself is a better way of keeping the knife open on it’s own.  With the blade open and ‘locked’ the blade wants to unfold and lay flat.  Not sure if it’s the way it’s supposed to be or just needs to be used a little more to ‘break it in’ so that it’ll hold open on it’s own.  Maybe a little slide latch or something would make this in my opinion a perfect wallet tool.

Here’s some information from the site itself about the CardSharp 2:

LIGHTWEIGHT – 13 grams (regular Stanley® type utility knife weighs around 150 grams, Leatherman® same sized blade knife weighs around 85 grams, smallest Victorinox® Swiss Army penknife weighs around 23 grams).

ULTRA THIN – 2.2 mm thick (traditional Stanley® utility knife body thickness is around 25 mm).

RAZOR SHARP – Surgical blade technology with extra long 65mm cutting edge ensures longer lasting sharpness (Stanley® utility knife blade edge is only 25mm long). Blade made from high quality rust free stainless steel. Independent testing laboratory; CATRA awarded Cardsharp penknife; VERY GOOD status for sharpness (ICP mm) and life (TCC mm). Blade color choice: Teflon Black or Natural Brushed Stainless Steel.

SAFETY – Blade edge is protected when stored in wallet, drawer, or kit bag which avoids accidents and blunting (blunting often caused by rubbing against other knives or tools). Integral blade ‘sheath’ cannot be lost. Protective hilt appears when opened. When docked in closed position, design prevents injury. Cannot fold accidentally (as some folding pocket knives). Blade is locked solidly in open, cutting mode with no blade tremor allowing accurate precision cutting.

WATERPROOF – Machine washable with no hinged parts to rust up like ordinary folding pocket knives.

ECO FRIENDLY – Lightness and flatness reduces storage and shipping costs including carbon footprint. Simple two part construction with automated assembly saves manufacturing waste.

PERMUTABILITY – Highly suitable for customization by pad printing or invisible label (printed 1-4 color lithographic) and/or custom laser engraving blade – please email us if you have a promotion inquiry).

PACKAGING – Various options available including slimline card eco-pack for gift/mail order and harder sell retail design with euro hook.

LEGAL – Blade is under 3” (76 mm) and is visible when closed so easily identifiable as a knife (optional clear body versions show blade from both sides – P.O.A). Note: legal restrictions vary internationally.

  • Product size – 85.6 x 54 x 2.2 mm (size of credit card)
  • Product weight – 13 grams
  • Pack size – 120 x 120 x 5mm
  • Pack weight – 38 grams (including knife)
  • Construction – Black Polypropylene plastic body and brushed stainless blade (choice of natural stainless steel or black Teflon coated blade)
  • Country of Origin – UK and China

This would make a great executive gift or a great gift for the survivalist, preparedness person or overall knife person.  And at only $25.00 it’s a great price. Just remember though, it’s looking like about a month for the shipping, but also remember, it’s coming from the UK, so be a little patient and don’t wait till the last minute to order it.

Here’s a simple pictogram showing how to unfold the knife (front shown then back)

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Finished:

Keystone Guns Gear and Guides would like to thank Ian Sinclair Designs for allowing us the opportunity to review this fine product.