David's Performance and Training Corner
With David Salthouse from APC, Inc.
Associate Director of Training & Program Development
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
Equipment Review: Timberline Lightfoot Combat Pen

This month we will look at an interesting piece of equipment. The Timberline LCP (Lightfoot Combat Pen). The concept of using a pen as an impact and control weapon is not a new one to tacticians. A pen is something everyone should carry with them and the LCP gives you a fun, functional & very sexy option, but it is not without some flaws.

The pen itself is constructed from 7075 T6 Aluminum. The pen is 6 inches in length and .5 inches in diameter. It has a very nice charcoal satin finish. Greg Lightfoot is known for his amazing custom knives and collaborations with major knife manufactures like Columbia River Knife and Tool Knives. This design is no different. When you look at this pen and hold it in your hand, it is obvious that it was designed with defense in mind. The barrel of the pen is fluted and almost sharp around the sides. Finishing off the barrel is a rounded point that does an excellent job of condensing pressure from a blow.  The cap is round and blunt at the end. The pen feels very sturdy in the hand, which surprised me because is it very light, only 2.2 ounces. There is a pocket clip on the cap very similar to that of a folding knife. Once in the pocket it is very discreet. If kept in a breast pocket or the button line of the shift it offers an excellent above the belt option if you were unable to reach your firearm or pocket knife. As far as using the LCP as a pen, it uses Schmidt Refills. They write smooth and felt very comfortable in the hand.

Now for those flaws I mentioned earlier. The cap of the pen does not fit on the end when writing. That means you needs to keep an eye on the cap when writing. Another cap flaw is that when is it in on, it is a little wobbly and can works it way off through the day. I may try to put a thicker o ring on the pen and see if that fits. I also would have liked it if the pen used space pen refills, they are more available and half the price of the Schmidt refills.

In the end my opinion of the LCP is this. Does anyone really need a “tactical pen”? The answer is clear, NO. But is it is very cool and let’s face it, the 007 factor hold significant value.  It is packaged in a slick case, and I can not think of a better gift for the tactical guru in your life. The MSRP is just under $100, but like most gear, shop around, I have seen them for under $80.

Be safe and remember, Failing to Train is Training to Fail!
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