I acquired Version A from Blue Ridge Outdoors, Blacksburg Va, in 1995.
Version A is forged from aluminum alloy and clear anodized. It has 30 mm. long, 10.8 mm. wide rope slots and a slotted eye. Mine is 88 mm. long, 57 mm. wide, 54 mm. high, and weighs 113 g.
The top of this Raptor is stamped "439."
The Wild Country Raptor is a pretty device that works well. The manual recommends a specific hand position
while paying out rope and then moving the hand when the climber
falls. I don't like changing had positions at the crucial moment,
so I tend to operate it more like a normal slotted
plate belay device, despite instructions to the contrary.
I acquired my Wild Country Raptor, Version B from Daniel MacKinnon in 2007.
Version B is 88 mm. long, 57 mm. wide, 53 mm. high, and weighs 104 g. Version B is not anodized.
The top of this Raptor is stamped "510."
When I acquired this one, I was just looking for a spare. I did not expect to find a new variation, but I found a few differences. First, Version B is definitely lighter than Version A. At first I thought that this was just due to manufacturing tolerances, but then I noticed a second difference: the clip in slot in Version B extends higher; in fact, it extends beyond the lines connecting the base two sides (see the red arrows in the side view). In other words, the slot on Version B could not have been cut by a standard end mill coming in directly from the side. Finally, Version B is not shiny. Looking at the two Versions more carefully, I realized that Version A was anodized and Version B was not.
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