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Good but could be better. . .,
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This review is from: UTG 26mm IRB Combat LED Flashlight w/Interchangeable Mount (Sports)
This is a largish tactical flashlight intended to be used in hand or attached to a Weaver/Picatinny rail mount. It is made of what seems to be high grade and rugged aluminum. Overall it will do what I need it to do, but I wish it were just a little bit different in design.
-Very rugged design with nice, thick aluminum and a good feel to it in hand. Feels like a lead pipe. Nice tight tolerances.
-Size is about right for the intended purpose. Your hand will wrap around this comfortably and completely cover the length of the body, leaving only the conical lamp end and the end cap on the opposite end exposed.
-Comes with a separate body piece with integrated rail mounting solution for semi-permanent mounting to a long gun OR for carrying in hand as a traditional flashlight.
-Includes a pressure switch that can be mounted to a hand grip and it works well.
-Not very flexible in usage. It's an either-or light in that either it is mounted to a rail OR it's in handheld flashlight configuration. Given that you have to unscrew both ends and remove the batteries and swap in the normal piece, or vice versa. Yes, you can fairly quickly remove the light from the rail, but the rail mount then becomes an obstacle to holding it in hand very easily/comfortably. I hope you also didn't use the pressure switch on the light when mounted, as you have to disassemble it to remove that, too, and swap it out with the pushbutton switch.
-Pushbutton switch is not what I expected. Yes, it's a pushbutton, but it doesn't click on and then click off with each push. You have to press and hold the button to keep the light on. It's very similar to the pressure pad switch that is included, at least in function. The instructions say specifically to twist the end cap down until the light turns on then back off a few turns and press/release the button to turn on/off the light. Yes, this means that you can twist the cap all the way down and it will stay lit for good until you unscrew the cap, but this is not a tactical solution. If you have to have your hand on the flashlight button, it's not on the gun itself controlling it. You also cannot easily one-handed tighten the cap to turn it on/off in use, especially if under pressure, as it requires stopping and fiddling with the flashlight rather than paying attention to anything beyond the end of the barrel. Supposedly there is a real pushbutton switch available for this and I will definitely be investing in it if I can find it. It really should be included as the default option, though.
-Uses CR123A batteries. These are not easy to find in stores and provide no discernable advantage over simply using AA batteries, which are only slightly longer. These are the sort of batteries used in Sure Fire lights, which is all well and good, but they're expensive and difficult to replace unless you've stockpiled them (something else I'll need to keep that's single-use).
-Brightness is rather disappointing. Yes it has an LED lamp in it, but it is surprisingly mediocre. It should be sufficient to blind/disorient an attacker in the dark, but it's really no brighter than a number of much smaller and supposedly lower powered LED flashlights I own. This strikes me as old LED tech, possibly first gen (meaning about 5 years old) vs. most modern LED lamps that put out a lot more light with a lot less power. If this is "best in class," it must be the remedial class.
-Heavy for its size. Remember the lead pipe analogy? Well, this also includes a pretty good chunk of weight. The walls of this thing are thick, which is nice, but also means that it's excessively heavy on the end of any sort of otherwise light weapon system. From the outside, it looks like this flashlight ought to take C-sized batteries. It's that big of a tube, yet the interior is only big enough for AA diameter batteries. It's fine for my need for it on a 12-gauge pump, but on a light weight or precision shooting instrument, it would definitely throw off the balance. Then again, why would you want a flashlight on one of those?
-Weak lens/front end. This is apparently where they decided to save money. The lens is plastic. The reflector is apparently also plastic. That would be fine on a lamp 1/2 this price, but on something this expensive and otherwise built this ruggedly, it'll definitely be the weak point. For goodness sakes, even the pushbutton is made of metal.
-Pressure switch is either too long or too short, depending on your intended use. On my shotgun, the cord will not reach from the end cap to the stock/grip area without stretching out completely. This is with the lamp moved as far back as is possible without interfering with the pump forearm action. This would probably work if it were side-mounted and pushed further back on a different style of gun. It seems that they really ought to have two, or possibly three, cord lengths, one considerably shorter to permit a non-trigger finger hand mounting location and one about 6" longer to permit a placement closer to the trigger hand. Again, this might be available aftermarket, but I don't think I own a gun that would be able to use this particular cord length. Additionally, the kit includes hook and loop (velcro) tape patches to hold the pressure switch to whatever surface of the gun you desire. It wouldn't be strong enough to hold the fully extended cord as it tried to pull the switch back towards the light. This is a bit of a nitpick, though.
Overall, I'm going to keep this flashlight and look for accessories to make it work. However, I would not recommend this over other lights unless you can get it for a really good deal