In the coming weeks, we’ll be doing an evaluation on this weapon mounted light that we’ve added to our personal rifles. Here’s a what we’ll be looking at:
As soon as it gets here from the retailer, it’ll be mounted and then tested in a very harsh environment during our winter survival training upcoming in February. We’ll offer a full report on our thoughts upon completion, however it turns out. Here’s the specs:
INFORCE WML Military Flashlight – White Single Function Weapon Mounted Light.
Designed for military and police personnel, the INFORCE WML (White Single Function Flashlight produces 200 lumens of penetrating white light with a tight beam for close- to mid-range applications and balanced peripheral light for discernment of the surrounding area. The WML Single Function Flashlight features the traditional momentary activation switch. Its angled activation button is comfortable to operate without interference of wires or tape switches. The integrated patent pending rail clamping system is compact, convenient and secure. Waterproof to 66 feet. In addition, the INFORCE Flashlight features two distinct easy-to-operate lockout systems are incorporated to avoid accidental discharge.
31 JAN 14 – UPDATE: First, the cost: $111 out the door. $99 for the single function model and $12 shipping (a bit much, in our opinion, but it is what it is…). The light came in a couple days ago; nicely packaged and protected via First Class USPS mail. I purchased the single function model, which is just momentary on capable. In other words, it’ll stay on as long as you are depressing the switch. Comes complete with a battery (it only takes one), and weighs about a ‘nano-ounce’. JK…probably 2 or 3 ounces at most, but it’s extremely light compared to the steel, 6 inch long light I replaced. Simple to mount on the rail. I mounted it on the left side of the forearm, as I’m right handed, and on the top side of the light bracket, there’s a small screw that is to tighten the bracket so the light doesn’t move. The light itself, at 200 lumens, is quite bright, and it lights up anything inside a 45 wide dark basement (intial illumination test). I also like the safety bar that swings up over the switch to help prevent inadvertent activation at the worst possible moment. The bar swings into position or out of the way (like in the picture above) without effort, but stays where you put it, so initially anyways, it has the right amount of tension to hold it. I also tried to activate the switch with the bar in the block position, and was able to do so, but only with conscious effort, meaning, I had to want to defeat the safety bar. I don’t see how you could do it accidentally.
Next, into the cold, deep winter next weekend to get some bush time in ‘adverse conditions’ to see how it performs.
Taken to Deep Winter Training mounted on AR platform. Worked in all conditions encountered; nice, bright, focused light; the cold did not take a toll on the battery. Very light, addes only a couple ounces to weapon overall weight.
The safety bar that can be moved over the activating switch kept being swept to the ‘live’ position when moving with the rifle slung (like when on snowshoes or walking on hard packed snow), so we’ll look to see if it can’t be snugged down a bit. If not, it does come off the forearm quite easily, with a simple twist of the protected set screw and easily remounted before low light conditions, so it’s not a ‘deal killer’ for considering for serious use.
Bottom Line: We like it at first glance; need to do further evaluation on it during shoot and move training sessions.