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New Review: September 2002

By Chris A. Choat


Cold Steel, a leading manufacturer of professional grade self defense knives, has announced the introduction of a pair of Sword Canes designed to provide a discreet self defense option for anyone who employs a cane. Cold Steel’s Sword Canes will be available in two models. One is a stainless steel handle model, the other features a handle of faux cocobolo wood. Each is a stylish complement for the well dressed gentleman, collector or businessman, and offers both support and protection to the elderly, handicapped or infirm. There is no denying that a sword cane is an uncommonly handy weapon and that it can be put into action with lighting speed as an effective and reliable means of defense. The stainless Sword Cane has a 24” long, 4 sided cruciform blade that is forged from 420J steel. The overall length of the cane is 37 1/2”, and it weighs 22.3 ounces. The actual sword is 31” long including the 7” handle. Cold Steel’s cocobolo handle Sword Cane also incorporates a 24” long, 4 sided blade forged from 420J steel. It is also 37 1/2” long but weighs just 17.5 ounces, while the sword and handle are the same length as the other model. The scabbards of both swords double as highly effective impact weapons. They are built from 11 layers of fiberglass, weigh just 8.5 ounces, and can be swung faster than the speed of sound. In Cold Steel’s impact tests they proved to be virtually unbreakable. The Sword Canes will retail for $139.99 for the stainless handle model and $119.99 for the cocobolo handle model. Like all Cold Steel fixed blade knives, each is protected by Cold Steel’s exclusive 5 year warranty. For more information contact Cold Steel, Inc., Dept. SAR, 3036-A Seaborg Avenue, Ventura, CA 93003. Phone 1-800-255-4716. Fax: 1-805-642-9727. Website:


Trijicon, Inc., the industry leader in the development of innovative, self-luminous aiming systems, has introduces the industry’s first triple illuminated sight. The new TriPower is a failsafe firearms sighting system that provides a fully illuminated reticle that’s easy to see under virtually any lighting conditions including partial or total darkness. The new TriPower features a red chevron-shaped reticle illuminated by three lighting sources. 1. The Integrated Fiber Optic System, which is an ultra-reliable system that automatically adjusts the brightness level of the reticle to the ambient light conditions. 2. Tritium-Illuminated Reticle, in which the glowing Tritium provides a vivid, distinct aiming point even in total darkness. 3. On-Call Battery Backup, a innovative system which is ideal for tactical entry or other uses in which the need for a bright reticle in low light is critical. This unique battery back-up system includes a reliable digital circuitry and an automatic shutoff. A remote pressure switch is optional. The TriPower has also been designed with an easy to mount 30mm tube, coated lenses, and it’s completely sealed for underwater use up to a depth of 30 meters. The TriPower is 5 inches long and weighs just 6 ounces. For more information on this and other high quality sighting devices contact, Trijicon, Inc., Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 930059, Wixom, Michigan 48393-0059. Phone: 1-800-338-0563. Fax: 1-248-960-7700. Web site:


Leupold has just introduced their latest and possibly their most talked about new optic, the Mark 4 CQ/T® scope. The new scope is the latest and maybe the most exciting addition the their line of tactical scopes. The Mark 4 CQ/T is a multi-functional optic sight designed specially for tactical firearms, such as the AR-15 and M-16. It combines the strengths of a red sight and a variable riflescope. Developed in cooperation with law enforcement and the military from around the world, the Mark 4 CQ/T can help accomplish a range of missions that can’t be done with any other single scopes. Use the Mark 4 CQ/T at 1X and it functions as a non-magnifying, illuminated sight for tactical scenarios or engaging targets at extremely close ranges. The Mark 4 CQ/T has a true 1X setting, allowing the user to use it with both eyes open. The clear, bright Circle Dot reticle is a bold aiming point for the operator, ensuring instant target acquisition in close quick encounters. You can also dial the scope up to 3X and accurately engage targets at medium ranges. This is where then Circle Dot reticle really shines. The dot won’t obscure a 9-inch target at 300 yards and the circle’s edge can be used to lead targets at long distances. You can also use the Circle Dot to estimate range. Ten illumination settings match any light conditions and even includes two low-intensity settings that work with night-vision devices. The scope also features built-in picatinny style rails that can be used to attach accessories. Other features include water-proof integrity, large field of view, windage and elevation adjustments of 1/2 MOA and DiamondCoat™ lenses. The new scope is powered by a single AA battery which provides up to seven hours of continuous use. It includes a mounting base for carry handle style AR-15’s and M-16’s and can also be mounted be mounted to weaver style bases with the optional mounting hardware. For more information on this innovative new scope contact, Leupold & Stevens, Inc., Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 688, Beaverton, OR 97075. Phone: 1-503-526-1400. Website:


Lauer Custom Weaponry now offers a full line of custom firearm finishes that will satisfy even the most discriminating users. Their CAMOCOAT is a proprietary oven-cured coating offering the perfect combination of outstanding durability, extraordinary artistry and unparalleled quality. They also offer Parkerizing which is a non-reflective and durable finish. Gun-Kote is another of their finishes which is a durable, thermo-set resin finish that will not break down, peel or dissolve. In fact, the only way to remove Gun-Kote is to blast the part with an abrasive. It can be used on internal as well as external parts where a close-tolerance fit is required. Dura-Kote is their proprietary finish that consists of a two-part oven cured urethane and catalyst. It is by far the most durable and versatile coating available in the industry. Powder Coating is another coating that has several benefits including a wide range of colors, show quality finish and outstanding durability. Teflon/Moly, Electroless Nickel and Bluing are also available. Lauer is one of the few refinishers that offer an H&K Finish that matches H&K factory original color, sheen and durability. All in all if you need any kind of firearm refinished Lauer Custom Weaponry can do it. For more information contact Lauer Custom Weaponry, Dept. SAR, 3601 129th Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Phone 1-800-830-6677. Web Site:


According to Barrett Firearms, noted at the Shot Show, they plan to import the new Israeli made Tavor 21 sporting rifle. The new rifle is a bull-pup configuration in .223 caliber. The Tavor 21 features a stock of a polymer type material and is completely ambidextrous. It also has a built-in picatinny rail for the attachment of accessories and a replaceable foregrip with various optional foregrips available. It is gas-operated with a rotating bolt locking mechanism. Barrel length is 18.1” with an overall length of just 27.8” and a weight of 7.7 pounds. Watch future issues of SAR for more details on this exciting new rifle. Until then you can contact Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc., Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 1077, Murfreesboro, TN 37133. Phone: 1-615-896-2938. Fax: 1-615-896-7313. Web Site:


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