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GUNS Magazine August 2011 Digital Edition - Page 66
Clint on Concealed Carry: • P A T C O V E R T • he firm 5.11 Tactical, a leader in the law enforcement T apparel industry for over three decades, began adding knives to their growing line of gear and accessories two The 5.11 Tactical XPRT is big on features, and the price is right. BlACk BEAUTy years ago. To get their feet wet, the company turned to another industry insider, Blade-Tech, to design and supply their first line of tactical knives. Spearheaded by BladeTech veteran Mike Vellecamp, who also represents Fox Knives USA, 5.11’s first offerings were well received and their second round of designs appear equally exciting. The amply sized XPRT offers top-shelf features such as CPM S30V premium steel and sculpted G10 handle—and a price that won’t break the bank. “It’s a BIG gun when I put it on and it’s a BIG gun when I pull it out.” Learn how to choose a gun, carry concealed and draw carefully. Get Clint Smith’s Thunder Ranch DVD course. Three Course Includes: Concealed Carry Options Home Defense Vehicle Defense Two-disc set only $49.95 — Order Today: The new 5.11 XPRT model, designed by Vellecamp for Fox Knives USA, is a large-size tactical folder with more curves than a bag of Ramen noodles and all the right stuff to put it at the head of the class. This knife features a slick 3.75" recurved clip-point blade made of topshelf Crucible Industries CPM S30V XPRT TACTICAl FOldER MAKeR: 5.11 TAcTicAl 4300 SPyReS WAy ModeSTo, cA 95356 (866) 451-1726 WWW.gUnSMAgAzine.coM/ 5-11-TAcTicAl BONUS BlAdE MATERIAl: BlAdE lENGTh: S30V 3.75" 5.25" closed, 9" opened 6.5 ounces Contoured G10 Pocket clip $149.99 PRICE: CARRy: SCAlES: WEIGhT: OVERAll lENGTh: (800) 628-9818 (M-F 8am-3pm PST) www.americanhandgunner.com/TRvids stainless blade steel and rolls out on dual, ambidextrous thumb studs; a welcome sight for southpaws who are often overlooked in the tacticalfolder arena. The blade, flat ground to keep a durable edge, has a black oxide coating for low reflectivity and added corrosion resistance. On the backside of the blade a notched thumb ramp has been added for enhanced purchase. The XPRT’s curvaceous all-black, 5.25" handle will please those with the largest of mitts and has a positionable 2.25" pocket clip that can be mounted at any end of the knife for tip-up or tip-down carry in either pocket, and a Torx wrench is included to handle the locating chores. The handle has comfortable, sculpted G10 scales over a Michael Walker-style liner-lock frame. At the tip of the base you’ll find a glass-breaker point and hole for a lanyard loop. Whether you’re in law enforcement or just need a highly capable pocket carry for self-defense, there’s a lot to like about this knife. Better yet, the 5.11 Tactical XPRT’s $149.99 retail price tag offers up a ton of features at a very affordable price. 66 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • AUGUST 2011