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Police Product Test: Spyderco Warrior Fixed-Blade Knife

Sometimes you need a tougher-than-nails edged tool to get the job done.

April 21, 2011  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

To say I found this pouch awesome would be an understatement. It fits close to the body, will fit belts up to 1.75 inches wide, and is fast and retentive. It is versatile and cost effective, retailing for $15.

Safariland's other "new" item is more a major improvement than totally new. A couple of years back the company introduced its Rapid Light System (RLS). If you are not familiar with it, the RLS has a rotating lock that quickly mounts to any handgun or long gun with a Picatinny rail simply by clicking it on. While it was a good light, the improved version is even better.

The biggest change in the RLS was to increase the output from 65 to 90 lumens. This is a major improvement, providing useable light out to 50 yards. The RLS also now ships with a belt mount. Yes, it comes with a clip, but it is not secure if you get in a scuffle. The new platform is a Picatinny rail and the RLS locks securely to it. This "new" RLS is truly an improved item, and because it is versatile it falls into the "must have" category.

Mag Instruments: Maglite XL100 LED

Maglites have been used on duty for years. Mag Instruments' sleek, tactical-looking XL100 LED provides a handful of light options in the palm of your hand for today's duty shift.

Durability is a key design element of the XL100. It's machined from high-strength aluminum, and LED lights both ensure ruggedness and a lifetime of use as long as you feed the light three AAA alkaline batteries.

With fresh batteries you will have 83 lumens of output for more than five hours; on its low setting you have more than 200 hours of runtime.

But what make the XL100 distinctive are its light settings: normal mode, strobe, Nite Lite, signal, SOS, and a lock out. The Nite Lite is a low-output setting to give you enough light to see by but if moved the light kicks up to normal output. The SOS mode is just that: a constant SOS for search and rescue.

Another cool light mode feature is the ability to set it to lower than full/normal output. Select the "dim" setting on the control ring, activate the light with the tail cap, and rotate the control ring; once the brightness is set, release the tail cap and this will be your default light setting.

Not only is the light output adjustable, but you can adjust the light beam from flood to focused beam. These features make the XL100 LED one of the most versatile lights on the market for duty use.

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Lloyd Reese @ 4/26/2011 5:57 PM

While the knife gets excellent reviews here and elsewhere, I can just see the look on a soccer mom's face when you begin to cut her seat belt with this knife. I think the more important issue for any LEO is the knife's price at 399.95 MSRP. Amazon has it for $239.99 but that's still a lot for a knife on a cop's salary. I believe there are plenty of good knives for cops at $100 or less.

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