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Recently I assembled a couple of Scout style weapon lights using Arisaka Defense parts and wanted to throw together a quick article showing you guys the parts I used and some of the different options you have when doing the same thing. So I took my lights apart and started taking pictures from the beginning which you can see below.

THE COMPONENTS

As you may already know, Arisaka Defense started out making light mounts and rail accessories. Recently they have introduced their own line of Light Components that allow you to build your own Scout style light. They now offer both a 300 Series Scout Body (powered by a single CR123 battery), a 600 Series Scout Body (powered by two CR123 batteries) and their own Click Tail Caps. They also make an Offset Scout Mount (shown) for MLOK, KeyMod and CMR rails and an Inline Scout Mount for MLOK and KeyMod.

Arisaka Scout Lights 1

Many AR owners who have purchased a Scout light before have an extra factory tail cap or two laying around (Click Cap or Tape Switch) which will work great with the Arisaka bodies. For those users, once you choose your desired mount and Scout body, the only thing left to do is pick up some CR123 batteries and a new E1 or E2 head from Malkoff Devices.

Arisaka Scout Lights 1

Arisaka Scout Lights 1

Arisaka Scout Lights 1

COMPLETE LIGHTS

If you don’t have any tail caps to start with, Arisaka Defense actually sells complete Scout lights with the Malkoff Devices heads. When I started piecing together my Scout lights, Arisaka didn’t offer Tail Caps or complete units so a buddy of mine gave me some tail caps and I purchased the Malkoff Devices E1 and E2 heads on my own. Since then I’ve picked up a couple of the Arisaka Defense Tail Caps. Shown below is the configuration that Arisaka Defense offers for the 300 Series Light and 600 Series Light. The biggest key is that you can basically get two lights for the price of one SureFire Scout light. The 300 Series complete light is $149 plus the cost of the mount and the 600 Series complete light is $159 plus the cost of the mount.

Arisaka Scout Lights 4

Arisaka Scout Lights 5

Arisaka Scout Lights 5

MY SETUP

I personally like to use the the SureFire Tape Switch’s because it allows me to mount the lights on the right side of my weapon, giving me more rail space to place my support hand, etc. Currently I run the Arisaka Defense 300 Series Scout Light on my SBR with an SRO7 Tape Switch while I have the 600 Series Scout Light on a 16″ AR with basic tape switch held in place by a Tareinco Tape Switch Holder. I’m extremely happy with these lights. The heads are extremely bright with the E1 rated at 250 out the front lumens and the E2 measured at 325 out the front lumens.

Arisaka Scout Lights 9

Arisaka Scout Lights 9

I’ve put links to both Arisaka Defense and Malkoff Devices websites and social media sources below. Both have pretty active feeds to follow. 

ARISAKA DEFENSE
www.ArisakaDefense.com
www.Facebook.com/ArisakaDefense
www.Instagram.com/ArisakaDefense

Malkoff Devices
www.MalkoffDevices.com
www.Facebook.com/MalkoffDevicesInd

Apex, NC, May 4, 2015 – Arisaka LLC is pleased to announce the release of its new Offset Scout Mounts for M-LokKeyMod, and Centurion Arms CMR handguard systems.

The Patent Pending Offset Scout® Mount is a low profile mounting solution for the Surefire Scout Light® M300 and M600 series weapon lights. The mounts are less than 0.165″ thick, making them very slim and unobtrusive. The light is positioned at a 45 degree angle and has four lateral mounting locations, which allows the light to be tucked in close to the top Picatinny rail or positioned outwards to gain clearance around front sights or other accessories. The Offset Scout® Mount can also be paired with the Arisaka 300 Series Light Body or 600 Series Light Body for an even lower profile light setup.

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

The Offset Scout® Mount is compatible with the Centurion Arms CMR and most KeyMod and M-Lok handguards, including the BCM KMR, KAC URX4, Geissele SMR MK8, Mega MKM, MML and Wedge Lock, Noveske NSR, and Midwest Industries SSK and SSM.

Weighing only 0.4 oz, the Offset Scout® Mount is manufactured out of 6061 aluminum and MIL-A-8625 type III hard coat anodized.

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

Arisaka Offset Scout Mount 1

www.ArisakaDefense.com

Elzetta Design Mini-CQB Modular Weaponlights Now Shipping

Posted on May 2nd, 2015 by ar15news

**Press Release**

Elzetta Design, LLC is pleased to announce that the new Mini-CQB Modular Weaponlights are now shipping and production models are even better than promised. The Mini-CQB delivers 375 lumens (60 more lumens than previously revealed) of neutral-tint white light from a single CR123A battery. As the name implies this new weaponlight is designed specifically for close quarters battle engagements and home defense applications.

With its high-lumen/low-candela output, the Mini-CQB produces an effective wall of light to optimize threat assessment and situational awareness. The Mini-CQB is available with any of six Tailcaps (Rotary, Click, Alpha High/Low, High/Strobe, or Tape Switch with 5″ or 12″ Cable). It is also available with three ambidextrous attachment mechanisms; M-1913 Picatinny, Keymod/M-LOK™, and MOE™ handguards. The Keymod/M-LOK™ system fits both mounting systems by utilizing patent-pending reversible nuts in one direction for Keymod and flipped for M-LOK™.

Elzetta MiniCQB on rail

Elzetta MiniCQB on M-LOK

The Mini-CQB Weaponlights join Elzetta Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie Modular Flashlights as The Toughest Flashlights on the Planet, featuring fully-potted electronics and solid-acrylic optical lenses (no reflectors). Mini-CQB Weaponlights weigh less than 5 oz. and start at just $210 MSRP. Like all Elzetta products, Mini-CQB Weaponlights are Made in USA with a lifetime guarantee.

www.Elzetta.com

Magpul M-LOK SureFire Tape Switch Mounting Plate Shipping

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by ar15news

If you own a SureFire Scout light you are probably aware that there’s not really any great way to mount the included ST07 Tape Switch to the rail as it comes from the factory, especially on rails like the new M-LOK ones where there are more open spaces than metal. Most people either fashion some gangster way to either velcro it, tape it or zip tie it to the rail or they end up upgrading to a more expensive tape switch like the SR07. Those of us running M-LOK rails are gonna be happy to see that Magpul’s M-LOK SureFire Tape Switch Mounting Plate is now available for purchase and ready to ship. This basically adds a housing to your existing ST07 Tape Switch that mounts directly to the rail and holds the ST07 firmly in place. Another nice part is that they retail for just $15 so its a very cost effective option. For more information and to purchase the M-LOK Tape Switch Mounting Plate, head on over to www.Magpul.com.

Magpul MLOK Tape Switch Mounting Plate 2Magpul MLOK Tape Switch Mounting Plate 2

https://www.magpul.com/products/m-lok™-tape-switch-mounting-plate-–-surefire®-st

Arisaka Releases 600 Series Scout Compatible Light Bodies

Posted on March 12th, 2015 by ar15news

**Press Release**

Apex, NC, March 11, 2015 – Arisaka LLC is pleased to announce the release of its new 600 Series Light Body.

The 600 Series Light Body is designed as a streamlined replacement for Surefire Scout Light M600 bodies. It is manufactured without the mounting interface for the stock Picatinny clamp, which increases clearance for front sights or other accessories. When used in combination with the low profile Arisaka Inline Scout Mount or Offset Scout Mount, the light can be tucked in very close to the rail system.

Arisaka 600 series scout body 3

The 600 Series Light Body is compatible with all E2 and Scout Light M600 series tail caps and heads. It will also fit in any aftermarket Scout mount, as it retains the mounting holes and square lug interface on the underside of the light body.

Arisaka 600 series scout body 3

Arisaka 600 series scout body 3

Like our smaller 300 Series Light Body, it is possible to build a complete light from scratch by sourcing a Surefire or aftermarket light head, and a tail cap or tape-switch.

The 600 Series Light Body is manufactured out of 6061 aluminum, type III hardcoat anodized, and made entirely in the USA.

http://arisakadefense.com/products/600-series-light-body

For a while now the main thing that has been missing from the whole KeyMod and M-LOK rail push is companies that were willing to create direct mount products for these systems…and that is understandable when you think about how fast this industry moves from one new solution to another. Look how fast M-LOK has taken off because its backed by Magpul. Up until now most companies have been making adapters for existing products such rail sections that allow you to attach a 1913 picatinny product, a light ring for adding a light, etc. This mindset kind of goes against the whole “new attachment method” thought process which should create products that attach directly to the rail without the need for adapters thus reducing weight, cost, etc.

Well, today I am proud to announce a new partnership between two very respected companies in the industry that have come together to create an amazing new product. Elzetta Design, makers of the toughest and highest quality flashlights known to man and Impact Weapons Components, one of the most innovative Mount and Accessory manufacturers have partnered up together to introduce the new MINICQB which combines their new ALPHA light and IWC’s modular light mounts into a weapon light. This is a true “Direct Attach” Weapon Light.

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

The new MINICQB Weapon Light features all of the same specs as the original Elzetta ALPHA single cell flashlight including 315 lumen output from a single CR123 battery and Elzetta’s Momentary, twist on tailcap with the others tailcap options available. The ALPHA is designed specifically as a CQB or Close Quarters Battle light producing a “wall of light” intended for room clearing and close encounters within 50 yards. The proven IWC mount arm is machined from the same piece of billet aluminum as the light body itself making a much stronger union than using the typical adapter style mount. 

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

Now this is where things get REALLY interesting. The MINICQB incorporates Impact Weapons Components new KML mount technology which basically means Keymod & M-LOK compatible. That’s right. No longer do you have to decide “Do I buy this for my KeyMod rail or should I go with the M-LOK version for my new M-LOK rail?”. This KML system is awesome. I’ve attached the MINICQB on both a Geissele SMR MK8 M-LOK rail and on my Rainier Arms FORCE Mod2 KeyMod rail (shown below) and it works amazingly well. To switch between KeyMod and M-LOK you just simply unthread the reversible nuts, turn them around and thread them back on. The MINICQB will also be available with a 1913 Picatinny Rail Mount as well. 

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

To give you some comparison information, the MINICQB Picatinny version weighs just 4.5oz and the KML (KeyMod / M-LOK) version weighs just 4.7oz. A SureFire M300 without a mount weighs 4.8oz and an Inforce WML without KeyMod or M-LOK adapter weighs 3.1oz. 

I’ve had my MINICQB for about 5 days now and am super impressed with it. The direct attachment makes it feel as if the Light is actually part of the weapon instead of an added on piece. The design of the mount keeps the light very close to the rail for a nice low profile design. Having an Elzetta flashlight with the IWC KML mounting technology is about as awesome as it gets.

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

IWC Elzetta MINICQB 1

The pricing for the new MINICQB is very reasonable as well with the 1913 rail mount version retailing at just $205 and the KML M-LOK / KeyMod mount version retailing for just $230. Once you purchase your MINICQB you will also be able to purchase the hardware for the other mount style. So if you buy the KML version you can purchase the 1913 cap and screws to give you a truly universal mounting system. 

The new MINICQB Flashlight should be available today at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. Don’t forget that you can use the code “AR15NEWS” at checkout to save yourself 5% off your order.

Also, check out JerkingTheTrigger and 47 Images Photography for additional reviews and photos.

Free Elzetta Knit Cap with Purchase of Any Flashlight

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by ar15news

Elzetta makes some absolutely awesome flashlights and now through the end of the month they are giving away a Free Knit Cap with the purchase of any of their Elzetta Modular Flashlights. Elzetta offers multiple different options including the single cell Alpha with an output of 315 lumens, two cell Bravo with your choice of standard (265 lumen) or high output AVS (650 lumen) heads and the three cell Charlie with your choice of standard or high output AVS (900 lumen) heads. You can also choose between many different multifunction tail cap switches and bezels. Head on over to Elzetta.com and get your purchase in by September 30th.

Elzetta Flashlight Free hat

Free USA-Made black-on-black knit cap with any Elzetta Modular Flashlight purchase from our website! Yes, even the Knit Caps that we are giving away FREE with any Elzetta Modular Flashlight purchase proudly wear the Made in USA label. (Offer good through September 30 while supplies last.) Every product we offer (even promotional items) are Made in USA because American Made Matters!

http://www.elzetta.com

Brownells BVL-530 Flashlight On Sale Today Only

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by ar15news

I’ve been handling one of the new Brownells BVL-530 flashlights for some time now and have been very pleased with it so far. It has a great size at just 5.5 inches long and boasts a 530 lumen output. It also has a removable pocket clip and lanyard ring. The battery compartment is double o-ring sealed and the light end has a large o-ring as well making it waterproof. This light is already a great bargain at its usual price of just $79.95 but today only they are selling them for $59.95. If you’re looking for a nice light that won’t break the bank, check out the BVL-530 info below, then head on over to www.Brownells.com.

Brownells BCL-530 Flashlight 1

Brownells BCL-530 Flashlight 2

Brownells BCL-530 Flashlight 2

The compact, amazingly powerful BVL530 is the light to have when you need emergency or supplemental lighting. At less than 5-1/2″ long, it’s small enough to go with you everywhere, so you’ll have it whenever you need it. Don’t be deceived by the size – the BVL530 delivers power that belies its small stature. An ultra-reliable, shockproof, CREE® XM-L2 LED emitter gives an astonishing 530 lumens maximum output that will illuminate the darkest corners. The Low (175 lumen) mode is brighter than “high” mode on a lot of other lights, and there’s a power-saving Ultra-Low (13 lumen) mode, too. High mode can be set to steady-on or strobe. Change modes by hitting a simple sequence of “clicks” on the sealed rubber tailcap switch.

All this power sticks around, too: you get up to 2.5 hours continuous output in High mode, and an amazing 9 hours in Low.

The rugged, machined aluminum body is 1” wide, so it’ll fit a lot of popular gun mounts, and O-ring sealed to make it waterproof. It’s topped with a stainless steel “strike” bezel for emergency self-defense. The light runs on two readily available CR-123A lithium batteries (not included) because so many law enforcement, military, and civilian shooters already have devices that use those.

Includes accessories to help you customize your BVL530 to your needs: a spring-steel pocket clip and a free-spinning lanyard loop that rotates a full 360° so the lanyard (also included) won’t get tangled. There’s a silicone rubber ring that slides over the body to serve as a finger stop when employing the popular “syringe” grip technique. All of these items are easily installed and removed as you need them.

www.Brownells.com

Wilcox RAPTAR ES and RAPTAR-Lite ES Sale at P.R.G.

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by ar15news

Our friends over at Potomac River Group wanted to let you guys know about their big sale they are doing this month. P.R.G. is the sold distributor of the Wilcox RAPTAR and RAPTAR-Lite which are awesome Class 1 (civilian legal) all-in-one, multifunction targeting units featuring things like IR Laser, Visible Laser, IR Illuminator, Visible White Light, Laser Range Finder, etc. This month both units are on sale and are heavily discounted. Take a look at the sale below but be forewarned…these are not your cheapo eBay lasers and you’re gonna want one! :)

We are having a JUNE SALE on RAPTAR’s and RAPTAR-Lite’s, both are Class 1 “eye safe”, so they are civilian-legal for purchase.

Potomac River Group is the sole distributor of 2 products from Wilcox Industry’s, the RAPTAR (Rapid Targeting and Ranging Module) and  RAPTAR-Lite (Rapid Targeting Module-Lite).

620 Wilcox RAPTAR ES RAPTAR Lite ES Sale1

The RAPTAR is a  weapons mountable, lightweight, rugged, IR Laser, Visible Laser, IR Flood, and a Laser Range Finder (LFR) designed for use with or without night vision devices, providing enhanced target acquisition and precision targeting capabilities. It incorporates all of a shooters ranging / targeting devices into a single unit, saving real estate on the host weapon platform, decreasing weight and utilizing only one CR123 Lithium Battery.

RAPTAR-Lite is a multi-function, laser & light system.  The RAPTAR-Lite features an IR Laser Pointer, IR Illuminator, Visible Red Laser Pointer, and Visible LED White Light. It incorporates all of a shooters illumination / targeting devices into a single unit, saving real estate on the host weapon platform, decreasing weight and utilizing only one CR123 Lithium Battery.

For more information and to purchase, head on over to PRGDefense.com.

INFORCE WMLx and Thorntail Offsest Mount Combo Deal

Posted on May 30th, 2014 by ar15news

I was perusing the Impact Weapons Components website last night and noticed they had some new combo deals listed. When I looked closer I realized they both included the new 500 Lumen INFORCE WMLx light and your choice of either a KeyMod Thorntail Offset Mount or a 1913 Picatinny Thorntail Offset Mount. I know a lot of you guys have been looking to buy the WMLx and this combo deal pairs it with offset mounts that were designed specifically with the INFORCE lights in mind. There’s not a ton of markup in either of these items but this combo deal will still save you $12.50 versus buying the two items separately. As you can see in the pictures below I personally own this setup and it really is awesome. Purchase these combo deals at the links below.

INFORCE WMLx and KeyMod Thorntail Offset Mount Combo Deal

3-Impact Weapons WMLx and KeyMod Thorntail Offset Combo 1

3-Impact Weapons WMLx and KeyMod Thorntail Offset Combo 1

INFORCE WMLx and 1913 Picatinny Thorntail Offset Mount Combo Deal

4-Impact Weapons WMLx and 1913 Thorntail Offset Combo 1

4-Impact Weapons WMLx and 1913 Thorntail Offset Combo 1

The Combo Deals on www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com do not qualify for any additional discounts but if you see anything else you want to purchase on their website, use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout to save an additional 5% off most items. This is a special code that IWC gave to us so we can help pass some savings on to you guys. 

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