The Cutting Edge: KA-BAR Becker Combat Bowie

When building a long, point-heavy knife, there are several things the designer has to get just right or he’ll end up with a chopping-only implement with built-in limitations. Few really worthwhile “do-it-all” features get added to knives, and when a knife comes along that does more than one thing very well without them, it usually reflects that the evolutionary stages were worked out by a designer who was also an experienced end-user.

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Offbeat: Bushnell Stealthview II

Digital night vision is a direct result of advances in video imaging technology. A digital night vision monocular is essentially a video camera. Existing light collected through the object lens is processed though a highly sensitive image sensor. The image sensor converts light into electronic signals. The processed signal is then displayed as an image

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The Cutting Edge: Pro-Tech Autos

I had planned to write this column on Pro-Tech Knives six months ago, but decided to give one of my Pro-Techs another half-year of testing to see if I could overcome one of my prejudices first. I have always felt that Pro-Tech makes quality automatic knives, however, their knives do not have a secondary lock.

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Offbeat: Kimber PepperBlaster II

When it comes to OC (oleoresin capsicum) delivery systems for personal defense, the Kimber PepperBlaster® is in a league of its own. Its compact ergonomic design, patented pyrotechnic propulsion system, and ultra-hot OC formulation make the PepperBlaster the ideal non-lethal tool for everyday carry. The unique pyrotechnic power drive employed by the PepperBlaster outperforms conventional

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The Cutting Edge: Lone Wolf Knives Paul Defender

Lone Wolf Knives® Paul Defender™ was the winner of the prestigious “Overall Knife of the Year” award at the 2009 Blade Show. The design of the Paul Defender is the result of collaboration between Lone Wolf designers and Paul Poehlmann, inventor of the patented Paul “Axial Locking Mechanism.” The semi-custom Defender combines a stunning appearance,

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Offbeat: Grooming The Next Generation Of Shooters

Recently my son Flint, my grandson Austin and I enrolled in a Hunter Education course sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. One of the reasons for taking the course was so that in January, when Austin turns ten years old, he can apply to hunt big game with Flint after successfully completing the course.

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Offbeat: Crimson Trace MVF-515

The MVF-515 is the newest rifle laser sight from Crimson Trace. The modular MVF-515 is designed to serve as a multi-purpose tactical platform as Crimson Trace develops new modules and capabilities. The MVF-515 will be replacing the Crimson Trace VF-302 and LG-525. The Crimson Trace MVF-515 Modular Vertical Foregrip Light and Laser combines a powerful

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