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The weapons are a knock out, sire! (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

rapiers

Here is my best explanation:

'the weapons' is the definition.

(rapier is a kind of weapon)

'a knock out sire' is the subsidiary indication.

'a knock' becomes 'rap' ('rap' can be a synonym of 'knock').

'out' indicates an anagram.

'sire' anagrammed gives 'iers'.

'rap'+'iers'='rapiers'

'are' is the link.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for rapiers that I've seen before include "Double-edged swords" and "Straight swords with narrow blades".)

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