Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bug Out Bag - Contest Winners

We had a huge response to our recent Facebook "B.O.B" contest.
It was awesome to see so many of our fans share our enthusiasm for preparedness!

‎1st Place - Matthew Mann
Lynn thought Matthew had a really interesting and thorough B.O.B set up that showed a lot of thought and some really interesting choices. He also really liked the duracoated blowgun / walking stick.
Matthews B.O.B not only showed a lot of planning but a high level of customization to suit his personal needs. Very impressive.


Matthew described his B.O.B for us:
The total weight of the pack and all of the contents is 25lbs so it should be comfortable to carry for quite some distance.
Anything MultiCam you see in the photo is my own custom sewing,DuraCoating and Kydex.
I modified the Trail Master by removing the top of the guard, wrapping the handle in gutted 550 cord, and adding a shock-cord lanyard. The sheath is my own custom Kydex sheath which I DuraCoated and then added a pouch. The pouch contains snelled fish hooks in an ABS tube, a Lansky retractable diamond rod sharpener, a Light-My-Fire firesteel and a Photon light.
The X2 Voyager has Nutnfancy's recommended modification; I filled in the texture under the pocket clip with epoxy and sanded it flush.
The grappling hook is a 14/0 treble hook and it's not intended for climbing or rapelling, but rather for stabilization on steep terrain and possibly for swinging over crevases or streams.
The Figure 8 rescue descender is intended to be used with rope that I might come across rope while traveling. I've tried it with 550 cord and the 550 cord will hold my weight, but it stretches a bit and I have to loop it through the Figure 8 several times before I can lower myself slowly. The Figure 8 would be used in conjunction with one of the locking carabiners on my pack and my "last chance" belt - which I always wear outside.
I trust maps more than GPS. The case (which I made) contains 1:24,000 maps of my area as well as protractors, measuring devices and a red photon light. There are pace-counting beads hanging from the D-ring on the right shoulder strap of the backpack (not visible in photo).
The copper wire is for cooking meat over a fire. Rather than using a stick that can burn through, the copper will last indefinitely and can be bent to any shape necessary. I also weave the copper wire around the fishing net (in canteen cup) to hold it open and to be a handle for catching minnows.
The rat traps have 550 cord for attaching to trees or rocks so a larger catch doesn't walk away with the trap
The First Aid kit includes band aids, waterproof tape, antiseptic wipes, alcohol pads, benzoin tincture, moleskin, q-tips, rehydration salts, gauze pads, aspirin, a CPR shield, Neosporin, vinyl gloves, burn gel, clippers, nail clippers, scissors, a digital thermometer, and a needle and thread for sutures.— with Cold Steel BBBG Bamboo Darts, GI Poncho, Camo face mask with vents over eyes and mouth holes, Cold Steel Big Bore Blowgun 4' with DuraCoat (4 darts go inside while walking), Grappling hook w/ 50' 550 cord, Nitrile gloves, Silva Ranger compass, Bungee cords, 550 cord and rope to make shelter using poncho, 25x Zoom Telescope, Camera case w/spare batteries and tripod. Rat traps for small game, Fishing license, Handmade MOLLE hydration pack with pouches attached, Cold Steel K4 Neck Knife, Copper wire for cooking, Map case w/ local USGS maps and tools, Gerber Exchange-A-Blade saw, Cold Steel X2 Voyager, Toilet paper in ZipLoc bag, Rite-In-The-Rain notepad and pencil, Lansky diamond rod knife sharpener, ABS tube with fishing line and snelled hooks, Bullion cubes, Light-My-Fire firesteel, Cold Steel Trail Master Kydex sheath w/accessory pouch, PowerBar and cocoa mix, Cold Steel Trail Hawk with custom sheath and 550 wrap, Canteen cup w/ spoon and tinder and small fishing net, Grabber hand and toe warmers, Cold Steel Trail Master San Mai III w/ mods, Photon light, MSR MiniWorks water filter, Pocket Bible (OT and NT), Book: "Edible Wild Plants", Figure 8 rescue descender for rapelling, $1 coins, Zippo w/ DuraCoat, Key-silencer pouch, Zippo Fluid, Bushmaster P97S w/ DuraCoat, Petzl TacTikka w/ red lens and spare batteries, Waterproof First Aid kit (Underwater Kinetics box), custom chest rig w/Sig P226 & M4 magazines (designed specifically to be worn comfortably unde, Ear plugs, Mosquito headnet and First Aid kit tools and thermometer.


Matthew wins a rare discontinued Mini Bushman with Leather Sheath and a copy of Never Unarmed


‎2nd Place - Derick Myer
Lynn thought this was a good B.O.B which again showed a lot of thought. He said it seemed like a genuine "grab it in an emergency" B.O.B with great potential.


Derick described his B.O.B for us:
Cold Steel G.I. Tanto, a Cold Steel Kukri Machete, and a water canteen w/ pouch on my web belt and shoulder straps.
In the main pack we have: Cold Steel 12" Sax Machete (for fire prep mostly), Kershaw Fillet Knife, Cold Steel Finn Bear, Cold Steel Pocket Bushman, Cold Steel Super Edge, small folding shovel, a Paracord lanyard with caribiner, another canteen, 2 30 minute flares, 1 folder tent pole (for iprovised tent), 5 metal tent stakes, 10x12 ft. tarp, 20 ft. 3/8 nylon rope, Large and small zip ties,fire kit (includes 120 strike anywhere matches in waterproof containers, magnesium striker, 2 tea lights, 2 cheap lighters,and 10 homemade fire starters,100 ft paracord (50 ft. OD Green and 50 ft. digital camo), regular and map compasses, LED Mini Maglite, Sharpie marker, 3 space blankets, 3 18 hr hand warmers, 3 heavy duty trash bags (folded), 2 handkerchiefs, several square feet of heavy duty tin foil (folded), small fishing kit (includes 2 hook sizes, a few jigs, 2 mini bobbers, 2 steel 6 in steel leaders, and 2 spinners), 100 yards of 50 lb. test fishing line, 2 small spot mirrors, wire saw,mini tape measure, hardware kit (includes: several split rings, a bead chain, a few carabiners, heavy duty chain link, and a heavy duty ring and snap hook), roll of digital camo duct tape, small but thorough medical kit, roll of toilet paper, 2 pairs of socks and a change of underwear, small hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, several sewing needles, nail clippers, and tweezers), 3 containers of salt and pepper and 1 of Lawerys Seasoned Salt and Pepper, 5 food packs (contain either beef or chicken flavored dehydrated noodles packs, 2 granola bars, 2 bulion cubes of the opposite flavor of the noodles, 1 instant oatmeal pack, 1 quarts worth of Gatorade mix, and 1 quarts worth of iced tea mix), 1 can Planters mixed nuts,2 forks and 2 spoons, a small metal dipper, a small glass jar that doubles as a 1 cup measure, and a metal can to cook/boil in (soon to be enlarged).Thats about it. Further additions will probably be some 18 in. steel leaders to use as snares, a compact sleeping bag that i can strap to the bottom of the pack,and a PVC rain poncho. I'd also be carrying Cold Steel G.I. Tanto, a Cold Steel Kukri Machete, and a water canteen w/ pouch on my web belt and shoulder straps.
In the main pack we have: Cold Steel 12" Sax Machete (for fire prep mostly), Kershaw Fillet Knife (sry CS if u still made fillet blades it would be one of yours), Cold Steel Finn Bear, Cold Steel Pocket Bushman, Cold Steel Super Edge, small folding shovel, a Paracord lanyard with caribiner, another canteen, 2 30 minute flares, 1 folder tent pole (for iprovised tent), 5 metal tent stakes, 10x12 ft. tarp, 20 ft. 3/8 nylon rope, Large and small zip ties,fire kit (includes 120 strike anywhere matches in waterproof containers, magnesium striker, 2 tea lights, 2 cheap lighters,and 10 homemade fire starters (for adverse weather or when ur feeling lazy),100 ft paracord (50 ft. OD Green and 50 ft. digital camo), regular and map compasses, LED Mini Maglite, Sharpie marker, 3 space blankets, 3 18 hr hand warmers, 3 heavy duty trash bags (folded), 2 handkerchiefs (covert and non-covert), several square feet of heavy duty tin foil (folded), small fishing kit (includes 2 hook sizes, a few jigs, 2 mini bobbers, 2 steel 6 in steel leaders, and 2 spinners), 100 yards of 50 lb. test fishing line, 2 small spot mirrors, wire saw,mini tape measure, hardware kit (includes: several split rings, a bead chain, a few carabiners, heavy duty chain link, and a heavy duty ring and snap hook), roll of digital camo duct tape, small but thorough medical kit (upgraded with: 2 different sizes of ACE bandages, several hundred tablets of Ibuprofen (awesome stuff haha), a tube of Neosporin, and a small bottle of Excedrin), a small medical kit (basically a cut kit), roll of toilet paper, 2 pairs of socks and a change of underwear, small hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, several sewing needles, nail clippers, and tweezers), 3 containers of salt and pepper and 1 of Lawerys Seasoned Salt and Pepper (for heavy duty seasoning :D), 5 food packs (contain either beef or chicken flavored dehydrated noodles packs, 2 granola bars, 2 bulion cubes of the opposite flavor of the noodles, 1 instant oatmeal pack, 1 quarts worth of Gatorade mix, and 1 quarts worth of iced tea mix), 1 can Planters mixed nuts,2 forks and 2 spoons, a small metal dipper, a small glass gar that doubles as a 1 cup measure, and a metal can to cook/boil in (soon to be enlarged). I'd also be carrying my S&W 686 and some ammo. Further additions will probably be some 18 in. steel leaders
to use as snares, a compact sleeping bag that i can strap to the bottom of the pack,and a PVC rain poncho.

Derick wins a rare discontinued Carbon V Twistmaster and a copy of Never Unarmed


‎3rd place - Michael Quinn


Michael described his B.O.B for us:
My B.O.B pack comes in at 45 pounds.
It contains - North Face Terra 65 pack. Sea To Summit rain cover.
Eureka! Solitaire tent., Alps self inflating air pad.Seychelle water filtration bottle. Katadyn Hike Pro water filter. 100oz BlackHawk bladder. Suisse Sport 30 degree synthetic sleeping bag. IFAK (Quick Clot, med's, trauma dressing, gauze, tourniquet, Adhesive Tape)
Compass. GPS. Topo map. 550.Fire stick. Lighter. Petroleum Cotton Balls. Mora Clipper. Leatherman Multi-tool. Surefire 6P.Batteries. Mirror. Energizer Headlamp. Chem Sticks. Contractor garbage bag. MSR Pocket Rocket. GSI Soloist cook set. Mountain House. Jack Links jerky. Power bars. Vacuum sealed bags for clothing. Smart wool Socks. Crye Precision Multicam BDU's. Atom LT. Arcteryx Covert Beanie. Condor Alpha fleece. Under Armor leggins & top. Oakley SI Assault gloves. TAD Gear shemagh. Columbia Coremic Ridge 2 boots.
Poncho. Wet wipes. Hand sanitizer. US PALM Defender Body armor with 3 P-Mags and 2 Glock 19 Mags. AR15 w/ Surefire M900v, Eotech, K15. Glock 26 w/Comptac Spartan. PVS-14. Peltor Comtac 2. Radio

Lynn said "that's a pretty darn good all-round B.O.B but that guy needs a good Machete" so as well as the official 3rd place prize (a copy of Never Unarmed) Lynn has thrown in a Kukri Machete as well!


Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December Facebook Competition

We had a lot of interest in our Parking Lot Sale this year.
People travelled from all over the USA to come to Ventura, hang out with Lynn and the Cold Steel crew and pick up some bargains.

As always one of the biggest attractions was our rare and discontinued items table.
We always try to have a few surprises at the Parking Lot Sale and the event has become a must-see attraction for Cold Steel collectors.
This sale was no exception, with lots of unusual Cold Steel items (from rare custom classics like our Hatamoto to long-discontinued folders like our Night Force series)

We picked two of the most popular knives from our rarities table and kept them back as prizes for our latest facebook competition.

A rare Carbon V Twistmaster and a Mini Bushman with leather sheath.
Both knives are fan favorites and exceptional survival knives.

People who know our company President Lynn C Thompson well know that he is an avid survivalist and outdoorsman.
Therefore when it came to choosing the two knives for our latest competition (and the requirements of the competition itself) it came as no surprise that survival skills were mentioned.

We want to see your Bug Out Bags! What are you carrying for WTSHTF!?
What products have you chosen as essentials for survival?

Post your photographs (with a description) on the Cold Steel fan page by midnight on December 15th and the winners will be announced the following week.

Both of these knives will make an exceptional addition to any survivalists Bug Out Bag.
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1st Place: Cold Steel Mini Bushman with Leather Sheath and a copy of Never Unarmed

2nd Place: Cold Steel Carbon V Twistmaster and a copy of Never Unarmed

3rd Place: A copy of Never Unarmed
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All entrants must be over 18 years old.
Cold Steel is NOT responsible for any items seized by customs and will not knowingly make shipments to countries where said items are illegal.
We have suspended all shipments to Australia & Denmark, due to multiple seizures of our products by your country's Customs Department.
We suggest you contact your Customs Department for further information. Cold Steel is not aware of, or responsible for, the laws and customs regulations of countries outside the United States.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Teludyne Rifle Diary #2

Here are the latest photos of Lynn's rifle from Teludyne.
As you can see, it's looking awesome!

Lynn said "I'm really looking forward to testing this new rifle. It looks great and I hope it will accompany me on many adventures in the future".

Here are close-ups of the removable recoil brake and the hunter crowning devise (that are easily changed on a moments notice)



The front site...


The removable rear sight (done by taking out one screw)



And finally, Lynn's complete rifle (shown with the removable recoil brake installed)



We're really looking forward to taking this new rifle to the range and testing it out.
More soon

Monday, November 7, 2011

Winter Parking Lot Sale

If you've never been to one of our Parking Lot Sales before, make absolutely sure you're at this one!
Our Winter Parking Lot Sale will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 (8:00 AM Till 5:00 PM) at our new HQ.

6060 Nicolle Street
Ventura, CA 93003

Be prepared to find fantastic prices on all of the Cold Steel items we have in stock. Plus, there will be significant savings on close-outs, seconds, and shop-worn products and returned or repaired items.
You'll also find an enormous selection of sword 2nds (swords that have minor cosmetic flaws making them ineligible to be sold as firsts).

Meet Lynn and members of the PROOF team, see live demonstrations and get some great bargains!

Not to be missed!













Friday, November 4, 2011

Teludyne Rifle Diary

Our friends at Teludyne have caused quite a stir in the firearms community with their "Straightjacket" gun barrel technology.

We're going to be following the progress of one of Lynn's rifles as it undergoes an exciting "Straightjacket" transformation.


Here, Lynn's Mod 70 L.A. is re-barreled to .308 with a light profile and the
StraightJacket barrel system.
Next Teludyne will mount a one piece scope rail and iron sights (the rear sight will be removable for installation of the scope).
This rifle is also suppressor ready.

We're excited to see how this rifle develops (and performs) in the near future

For more information about Teludyne, visit their website here

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jack Dagger

Our good friend Jack Dagger had a very lucky escape. He crashed his truck (thanks to treacherous and icy roads on I-70, just east of the Eisenhower Tunnel).


He wrote to us to say "I crawled away just fine, but my poor truck! I cut myself free from the seat belt. Thanks to Lynn Thompson from Cold Steel I was free in no time. Thanks for the new knife Lynn!"


We're glad Jack is OK and we're very proud that our Hold Out was by his side when needed.
Jack is a good friend of ours and a very talented knife thrower. Check out his website here.
Also, here's Jack's awesome TV spot on Conan.



We're glad you are safe and well Jack!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Origins

While packing his prototypes for our move to the new Cold Steel HQ Lynn spotted a fascinating blast from the past.

Here is Lynn's first Navaja prototype from 1984. The beginning of a design journey that would lead to our world-renowned Espada series.



Many years of development, design and refinement have gone into making our Espada the powerhouse of a knife that it is today.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Customer Mail - The Right Tool for the Right Job

We received this interesting and amusing email from a fan in Australia.
Lynn enjoyed it so much he thought we should share it with you:

G'day Cold Steel!

I have a gripe I hope Cold Steel might have a go at fixing. For your next lot of DVDs could the subject be in regards to bushcraft?
Please set the record straight on the old adage 'the right tool for the right job'.
I am sick of the misinformation and bulls**t being touted by weekend warriors and survival enthusiasts as gospel bushcraft. Everybody is batoning knives though lumps of timber, then chucking a hissy fit when the blade fails.

The unrealistic expectations that are being placed on hardware is just flatout foolish. I have been a bushman all my life, I was a NORFORCE Patrolman for several years also and the principles of bushcraft are the same. Minimal waste and the conservation of energy is paramount with a minimal impact on whatever environment you may be in.

To elaborate:
In a military context, if you are in a survival situation you are most likely in an escape and evasion scenario and you will seriously want to leave as little footprint in your wake as possible; so the enemy has less chance of finding you.
If you genuinely find yourself in a survival scenario you will only be able to make use of the resources that your hardware is CAPABLE of processing (and that hardware may only be what's on your person or in your immediate vicinity).
Batoning 6-7 inch knives through 8 inch lumps of timber is just dumb when there is a more energy efficient and conservative alternative available that does not destroy your hardware.

I am a big fan of Ray Mears (I'm sure there are many US based bushcrafters who are just as brilliant), he always promotes the right tool for the right job AND presses the importance of the correct application of knowledge and skill to make bushcraft truly work in any environment.

I feel a new set of Cold Steel DVDs on bushcraft using Cold Steel hardware would be great in setting the record straight on how good Cold Steel is for bushcraft tasks.
Sorry about the gripe, but I had to get that one off my chest!

- David

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

COLD STEEL HQ


We are currently in the process of moving to our new Cold Steel HQ.
We will be closed from 20th - 22nd of October whilst relocating to our new facility.
Phones & Faxes will be back up 6:00 AM the following business day.
Any returns for repairs, sharpening, warranty, etc. will not be processed for 2-3 weeks during the move.

As you can see our new HQ is looking amazing!
We will be announcing our new location (and lots of exciting news) shortly.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Never Unarmed Review


We recently received this excellent and in-depth review of our new DVD NEVER UNARMED and wanted to share it with you...


Disc 1, Side A:

Airguns: I loved this part as it brought back so many wonderful memories! I was entertained and amazed with the distance and accuracy of the shooting, completely unaware of the 20 and 25 cal offerings, and shocked at how much diference pellet choice made in penatration.

Disc 1 Side A, Part 2:

Mini Revolvers: To me, much of this was a affermation of what I have been doing and carrying for a decade.
My freinds laugh at my diminutive pistols, but as Lynn states and demonstrates - two mini's and a large high-quality knife can be extremely formidable!
As Lynn says, you cant use the weapon your not carrying!
The part on grappling range use and contact shooting is in my opinion spot on, as is the stealthy deployment and cunning use of back-up weapons. His ability to hit targets at distance is astounding. I struggle to make hits at 25yds!
I will take Lyn's advice and pick up a 22lr mini as an understudy to improve my skills affordably.
In summary, outstanding!

Disc 1, Side B:

Pocket Pistols: These guns are very popular in my state now due to changes in CWP - it's now "must issue" not "may issue".
Very good imformation on reliability of the semi autos, (I also prefer the revolvers for that reason).
The part on movement when using smaller cals is a lifesaver, as is finding cover.
Once again the shooting keeps it fun and shows what can be achieved with practice. But seriously Lynn, 100 yds from a 2 inch snubie!? DAMN!!

Disc 2, Side A:

22 Rifle: This subject was really a reminder of how much fun a 22 rifle can be. I sold my ruger years ago and now regret it.
Until this dvd series I was unaware of the "understudy concept".
You reminded me of how much fun plinking breakable targets was, and what good training also. Different ranges, holdover and under,the "impossible long shot". I am one of those bench handicaped shooters and will now shoot everything predominately offhand!
The only downside is that I now have to get another 10-22 and a metalman!

I also enjoyed the defensive-use section, proper shot placement plus bullets in bunches!
Use that high capacity to full effect, and remember to move! The man who can shoot well while moving will beat the man who can't in a gun battle. It's also important to train to hit moving targets. Lynn is right on about most people not being able to hit them.
Tons of fun to watch, good info, great segment.

Disc 2, Side B:

Service Revolver: I liked the table full of different revolvers and their differing chamberings,materials, weights etc.
I had no idea for instance that their were 38 special or larger cals in 8 shot cylinders, or that the lighter material made such a big savings in weight.
I am also a fan of the rugers and own a GP100 stainless 357 mag, I really love its single action trigger pull.
This segment made me realize that I almost never practice double action, but would probably use it that way in a defensive situation.
I will remedy this!
I'm very happy Lynn talked about realistic skill assesment as most shooters (myself included) tend to think they can do "for real" what they can on the range without presure.
The draw, fire, holster drills are good as well. I've done these with friends who make 25yd hits regularly, but add a stopwatch and say go and four to five second double taps with no or poor hits are the rule!
Your explanation of aiming points on the human body was great and super informative.

Disc 2, Side B:

Service Pistols: I call this section "gunfighter 101"
It has all the basic (and not so basic) information nessasary to begin your walk as a modern warior.
If you have not had military or formal training such as gunsites classes this is must see TV.
The parts on searching and ripping fire were the first I have been exposed to and make good sense in a survival setting.
The pratice of using high capacity magazines to lay down suppresive fire and covering fire are super useful for obtaining cover or escaping danger. Once again Lynn's demonstration of distance shooting was amazing and motivating.
I managed to get three out of five hits on a cardboard human size target at 100 yds. Something I never would have even tried before, as I would have considered it rifle only distance.
I wish Lyn would have said how much hold over he uses for two and three hundred yard shots though as our range only goes to 100 yds so I can not practice these.
Very inspiring.

Disc 3, Side A:

Big Bore Revolvers: This was a cool section as I will probably never own one bigger than 44mag.
It was fun to see them all being fired, and I am constantly amazed that Lynn can make hits so far out with iron sights offhand.
The demos and penetration tests are always fun and encouraging.
My practice now includes 100yd pistol shooting at man size targets and I can make the shots surprisingly often now!

Disc 3, Side A:

Single Shot Pistols: These are not really my thing but if they are yours this part was good stuff.
The information on pros and cons seemed right on, and the instruction on cover, using camoflage and distance made good sense.

Disc 3, Side B:

Single-Shot Shotgun/Single-Shot Rifle/Double-Barrell Shotgun: My first "real" gun was a single shot 20 gauge, and the instruction brought back alot of memories of lessons hard earned.
This could have saved me much time on the learning curve!
Like lynn says - these firearms teach the importance of accuracy.
The same lessons apply to the single rifle as well, the double shotgun part tells me to get one with auto shell eject if possible,way faster reloads. Their advantages can make up for their short commings under certain circumstances.
Parry with the gun while using your knife close in could save your life in a fight with multiple assailants! Good info for those with small budgets and/or crappy laws.

Disc 4, Side A:

Pump Shotguns: Everyone's favorite midnight go-to gun, this section points out the features that make this a potent choice for close in defensive work. The intimidating nature of a big bore muzzle and sound of the slide being racked!

The pro's of reliability and ample ammo choices were right on as was Mr. Thompsons suggestion of a remmington or mossberg.
The penatration tests were way cool.
The 200yd shots with slugs were awsome and I completely agree with Lynns choice of 00 buck shot.
I use fedrals military two and three quarter inch loads.
Though slow to reload the combo of good capacity and big power make it a winner!
semi auto: I always thought these were less reliable choices but the newer guns are very good appearently, fast firing and tough.
The demo on the car was excellent.
Though expesive and more sensitive to bad ammo, they are also very good choices.
Very cool.

Disc 4, Side B:

Bolt Actions: Their weaknesses (slower shooting and loading) are true, but their strengths are strong (super accurate and reliable).
Not my choice for fighting but this shows how to best utilize this weapon in this role. Something advanced infantry training never did!
They are my choice for long distance and precision marksmanship however.

Snap shooting and point shooting? Ive never seen anyone do that with a bolt gun before! And in 30 years at our public range (100 yds only) have not saw a single person ever shoot one offhand!
Now that's the majority of my practice, instead of the usual bench shooting.
The run and gun tactics were great as is always the practice of utilizing cover and conceilment.
The penatration tests are always a favorite to see what does what for real!
The military arms section was super fun as these are my favorites (my brother loves the mausers best).
The long range shooting and penatration demos made me giddy!
This segment surprised me with how much information and just plain fun it contained, bravo!

Disc 5, Side A:

Lever Action Rifles: I bought one of these while working as animal control warden. A marlin in 44 magnum. It seemed like a good due it all caliber and just "felt right" in my hands.
I totally agree on the fighting with a levergun parts, always find cover, and the close in snap shooting and point shooting portion really hit home with me. That type of shot was what i had to due most times, (sick, wounded,or rabid) as they did not wait around long!
Wish i had these DVD's a few years ago!
As always the drills and demos rocked.
I set my rifle up with a Burris fast fire II halo sight and love it .
I use hornady leverevolution ammo almost exclusively, it really shoots flat.
Tried the dark reload practice drill, it's harder than I thought, good info for anyone.
I had heard they are a 100yd gun but after watching Lynn drill targets at 200yds offhand, I have new confidence and more practicing to do!
Great section, great info, loads of fun.

Disc 5, Side B:

Semi-Automatic Rifles: I have more rifles of this type than the others. I love the other types as well but the speed and fire-power of the semi-autos cannot be overlooked.
I now I dont mind the black gun stigma, I wear it like a badge of honor!

Lynn's observations on most shooters poor practice with these guns is so true. I see guys shoot ARs off the bench and bag at 25 to 50yds constantly! And with scopes to boot! Usually quite poorly as well.
I had a guy that was amazed when i hit a 243 20 rd empty ammo box offhand at 50yds, only 50!
Lynn's thoughts on the amount of mags and ammo makes me feel like I'm NOT Paranoid at all! I totally agree.
Nice to see that level of tactical thinking in someone else, I am not alone!

The part on fighting positions is great, I forget that not everyone has had infantry training and would not know this stuff - great addition!
Even on the army rifle team I have never tried a 300yd off-hand shot at a man size target, that's not easy! We shot this distance in the prone position.
The penetration tests for sand bags did not surprise me for the AR and AKs but did not know how well it would hold against the 308s.
This could be the first time the majority of people ever got any info on these mostly military topics. Nice inclusion!
The 300yd offhand demos with the battle rifles was super and way hard! Metal man looks damn small thru the iron sights at that distance!
This section was arguably my favorite and the parts of using cover, common mistakes etc. (shooting the bad-guys gun when exposed is advanced stuff usually only learned with years of experiance!!)
Outstanding work.

Disc 6, Side A:

Big Bore Rifles: This is a catagory of rifle I will almost certainly never have an opportunity to fire let alone own. I am not a hunter, and will not need this much power, that said, wow!
The slow-motion footage of the recoil traveling though Lynns body was crazy!
The meat penatration tests were real-world accurate and very cool
600 nitro magnum is shoulder launch artillary!
900 grain, over 7000 ft pounds of energy, this is nuts!
One really needs an understudy with this class of rifle.
A fun way to finish the series!

Summary:

In Summary: It's tough to know where to start with so much information, but here goes nothing.
I think the highest praise from me would have to be I disagreed with nothing!
At 48 years old I am opinionated and not shy about calling "bull" when I see it.
I'm no expert on hunting, but have put my "time in grade" (as Lynn says) into tactical training and mind set.
4 years Army infantry training all things combat, and all the time since applying that as a civillian.
Each catogory hit what was needed and any repetition from catagory to catagory was esential to burn in the brain its importance
Like always - fight from cover when possible! Reloading under stress, shoot and move, practice hard to fight well - This was a lesson I re-learned and have put to use already.
Since watching this DVD, my glock marksmanship has nearly doubled, and rifle skills are improving drasticly using offhand only practice and the understudy concepts.
Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing a lifetime of experience, Lynn! Super job!

Sincerely, J.B Rosenbaum

Friday, September 9, 2011

September Throwing Competition

We want to see photos and video of our friends, fans and customers throwing the Cold Steel Trench Hawk!

Photos and videos can be submitted via our Facebook Fan Page, Twitter or the THROWING COMPETITION thread of our forums.


Each of the 3 winners will recieve one of our newly released (and eagerly anticipated) Leatherneck SF knives and a copy of our 6 disc DVD Never Unarmed




The competition will run until Friday 7th October 2011 and the 3 winners (as picked by Lynn C Thompson) be announced shortly afterwards.

Entries are restricted to Cold Steel Trench Hawks only

Entrants must be over 18

Cold Steel is not responsible for any items seized by customs and will not knowingly make shipments to countries where said items are illegal.
Cold Steel is not aware of, or responsible for, the laws and customs regulations of countries outside the United States.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

COLD STEEL CHALLENGE 2011

We are very excited to announce the line up for our 2011 Cold Steel Challenge.
Our new 2 day program of events combines our ever popular fighting and throwing events with a series of seminars by world class instructors.


Taking place in Ventura, California on October 1-2, this year's Cold Steel Challenge is bigger and better than ever - truly a celebration of the Warrior Lifestyle!


An excellent opportunity to test your skills against like-minded competitors from across the globe in a friendly and respectful environment, watch amazing fights and throwing feats, meet Lynn C Thompson and the Cold Steel crew and a chance to try something new and take part in a wide selection of seminars by some of the worlds finest exponents of their chosen arts.


With thousands of dollars worth of prizes, internationally renowned instructors, exciting and unusual events and competitors from across the globe this year's Cold Steel Challenge is an event not to be missed!

Competitions and Events

Knife Fighting
Spear Fighting
Sword Fighting
Stick Fighting

Knife Throwing
Tomahawk Throwing
Special Forces Shovel Throwing
Spear Throwing

Seminars

Double Knife & Bowie - Lynn C Thompson and Ron Balicki
Sword & Dagger - Willie Laureano
Heavy Cavalry Saber - Jason Heck
Chinese Hatchet - Lynn C Thompson and Ron Balicki
Rapier & Dagger - Jason Heck
Stick Fighting - Troy Miller and Don McGuire
Double Machete - Ron Balicki
Small Sword - Jason Heck
Korean Short Stick Fighting - Russell Seveney
Spear, Torpedo & RPG Throwing - Lynn C Thompson
Walking Stick and Cane - Ron Balicki
Saber & Cutlass - Anthony DeLongis
Japanese Sword - Luke LaFontaine
Knife Throwing - Micah Posada
Indian Clubs - Willie Laureano
Spear Fighting - Luke LaFontaine
Tomahawk Throwing - Micah Posada
Kettlebells - John Spezzano


A full price list, further information and application forms will be launched on the Cold Steel website over the next few days.
An event not to be missed!