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G2G GOOD TO GO GEAR Meyerco 18-XrAy AutoMAtic Knife John connor FIELD TESTED D E in the Until very recently i haven’t been a fan of automatic knives. more than once i’ve wished i had one instantly available, but problems in their designs kept me from carrying one regularly. Those without blade-locks were either too sensitive, deploying with a casual bump, or not sensitive enough, requiring too exact an angle and force to deploy. Those with supplemental blade-locks just added another separate manipulation to get `em into play; unacceptable for “urgent need.” meyerco’s 18-XRAY has none of those faults, and several advantages. This design by renowned knife maker Darrel ralph features an action that is both extremely safe and lightning fast. The SAS — Slide Auto System — combines a positive lock and blade deployment in one operating button. As you present the knife, you slide the button forward in its channel about one-quarter inch, then press down — into the frame — and the blade springs open and locks. it’s a natural, intuitive movement, but one you can hardly replicate with incidental contact. repeat the slide-and-push to unlock and fold it. The blade itself is tough 154cm steel, ground in a fine taper from base to tip, with your choice of a classic Bowie or modified Tanto profile. it’s just under four inches long — perfect — and its overall length opened is 87/8 inches. The body is hard-coated aircraft aluminum; fittings are stainless, and it weighs 5.2 ounces. The pocket clip can be set for tip-up or tip-down carry. Finally, the texture of the handle is like very fine garnet paper or sharkskin, providing an excellent grip. Overall, it’s a superb choice for duty at $349. For more info: night cougAr BinoculAr night Vision goggles By Atn John connor 0350 Blade // S30V stainless steel with Tungsten DLC coating, 3.25 in. (8.3 cm), .121 in. thick Scales // Textured G-10 in matte black 4.625 in. (11.7 cm) Overall // 7.75 in. (19.7 cm) Lock // Locking liner Weight // 5.6 oz. 800.325.2891 if you’re looking for a night vision device (nVD) but you don’t have several thousand bucks layin’ around, ATn’s Night Cougar might be a great entry-level choice for you, for several reasons: First, they list for only $569; second, they’re binocular, giving far better depth perception than singlelens types. Although they’re called “goggles,” they can be used either handheld, just like using field glasses, or hands-free using the included comfortable head-mount. The unit weighs only 1.75 pounds, so it’s not like wearing a brick. This is a “Generation One” device (think of “generations” in terms of increasing effective range) but performance is much better than the original Gen-1 devices like the old “Starlight” `scopes. The Night Cougar has a detection range of 150 yards and recognition range of 100 yards. it’s a “total darkness” nVD — many are not — thanks to an onboard ir illuminator, and range of focus is one meter to infinity. The housing is fiberglass reinforced plastic and weather-resistant. it features simple digital controls, and the front lens system is a fast, high-resolution F1.4, 35mm setup. All six optic elements are multi-coated glass. Focus is manual, and the diopter adjustment can tune it for your eyes. runtime on a single lithium cr123 battery is 10 to 20 hours, depending on use of the ir illuminator. Forget a two-semester course on operation: The Night Cougar is very easy to set up and operate. Simple, relatively inexpensive and capable, this is a good “starter” device, and one which will continue to serve you well even after you predictably step up a generation or two. For more info: WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MARCH/APRIL 2010 U MA SA 18 American Cop 1.3V.indd 1 1/8/10 12:35 PM

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