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SWAT March 2008
Strider's DB:
A Crowbar with an Edge
By Erick Gelhaus

From time to time, circumstances arise that result in a solid piece of gear being developed. In the mid-1990s, a California offi cer—whose jurisdiction included three interstates, an international airport, major truck stops and a rail line— identifi ed the need for a new tool. This tool needed to be capable of prying and impromptu breaching, yet functional as an edged weapon.

The officer’s search warrant gear had a Strider WB fixed-blade knife on it. The shape was close to what he wanted, but the WB was too big for uniformed carry. The dimensions of the trauma plate pocket were used as a guide for size. Knowing exactly what he wanted, he designed a new tool that would meet the above criteria.

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