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Test Report - Laser Rapier II

Laser Rapier (part 2) - Field Test by David Williams
(reproduced by kind permission of Treasure Hunting magazine)
Some time ago now I submitted to this magazine a Field Test on Laser’s   ‘Rapier Detector.  Having been a detector user since the 1960’s I suppose I had slipped into that comfort zone that I had learnt my trade and the only improvement would come from increased technology so as readers of that report will recall I had invested thus (over the years) and ended up with a machine that a N.A.S.A Scientist would have been proud to own.  So I had now gone as far as I could to ensure continued success right?     Wrong! This was when readers of that report will also recall along came Laser’s Rapier and bit me very sharply in the posterior.  So, when I learned that a new Mk II version was about to be released I was very keen to try it.  I admit to being slightly sceptical about the release of the new Mk 11 as the outgoing model was such a sound design I couldn’t see where the improvements would come , but ,come they have albeit   Admittedly small, but significant.  Firstly the Mk II Rapier circuit has been re-engineered to eliminate circuitry crosstalk.  The benefit being that a higher level of gain can be utilised.  Secondly, a beefed up voltage regulator delivers rock solid stability in all conditions, thirdly, a design innovation on the discriminate circuit has improved even further on what was arguably already the best iron discriminator on the market, more on that in a moment though.  Fourthly, they have introduced a two tone search option.  In the field the general performance was so similar to the outgoing model that I would direct readers to my original report so as to allow me to concentrate on the new features.   (Details of how to obtain the original report can be found  at the end of this article).  For starters I can’t say I found targets at any greater depths.  But, I can say that on some of my more difficult sites the higher percentage of good finds at depth was noticeable.  This could be a result of the circuit re-design allowing higher gain to be maintained.  The only thing I noticed in regard of the beefed up voltage regulator was a very clean all metal pinpoint tone.  The main benefit from this feature will be in very cold winter search conditions when low temperature can impair a detectors performance because of voltage drop.  The biggest revelation to me was on its performance on one of my iron infested sites.  On fields where I am used to my machine sounding like a bowl of rice Krispies  with fresh milk, on a couple of occasions I threw down a 5p to confirm it was working.  Also my find rate on these iron strewn sites was nigh on 30% higher, nothing really at any greater depth mind, but  just more of it.
I mentioned this to Frank Mellish at Laser and he said, ‘he had a very small patch on his test site where it is so iron infested that for the past twenty years he has waved machines over it for no other reason than how they respond. When he whisked the Mk II Rapier over it, it was noticeably smoother, but, he was also surprised to hear a very clean two way response.  On digging down about 6”-7” up came a George V halfpenny natural find, the first find ever from that area, very interesting results indeed.
Lastly, the new two tone option.   Personally, I loved the new high tone,  it was incredibly crisp, especially on ¼ & ½ cut hammered coins. There was a real bite to the signal, on the other hand my detecting buddy  Les , preferred , the low tone, especially on busy sites.  All said and done then another cracking unit from Laser/Tesoro stable.  So should you rush out and trade your current Rapier in for the new one?  If it’s still in good nick I would say ‘No’ but, if your in the market for a new machine, a big ‘Yes’.
To obtain a copy of my previous  Rapier Test Report.   Just send 4 x 1st Class stamps together with your Name & Address to Treasure World, P.O.Box 88, Downham Market. PE38 8BS and you will receive a pack containing a 68 page Booklet that explains the ins and out of detectors and detecting plus, “ Field Test Reports on other Detectors”.