Famed Al Pickles, 32 year law enforcement veteran and tribal game protector, reviews equipment for “Guns and Weapons Magazine.”
In Feb 2006 he wrote:
There is always a place for a fixed blade knife in law enforcement in as much as the profession covers such a wide range of tasks. The TOPS, which stands for Tactical OPS, is appropriate for either law enforcement or military operations and is reportedly the fixed blade of choice for Seals, Special Forces, SWAT, Marine Force Recon, and a host of others. My sample is the TOPS Showdown DELTA. There is a thumb perch atop and a finger guard below. Weight is just a tad below a full pound. When you hold the DELTA in your hand you know you have a weapon that makes a fine tool. In a wooded canyon below my city abode my test/evaluation of various camp cutting chores left nothing to be desired"
...COPS TRUST TOPS....
Blade Length: 6 3/8"
Top Cutting Edge: 2 3/8"
O/A Length: 12"
Blade Thickness: 1/4"
Blade Color: Tactical Gray or Camo
Steel: 1095 High Carbon Alloy RC-58
Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta®
Sheath:Combat Ballistic Nylon
MADE IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS USA
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPIKE