Category Archives: CQB Flashlight

If you’ve followed AR15NEWS for any decent length of time you’ve probably noticed we build lots of ARs. Some times, as an AR builder, it’s easy to get in a rut and kind of build the same thing over and over again which gets boring. All it takes is a bit of imagination and planning and your next build can be the best one you’ve ever put together. This is the very case with my most recent build. 

Believe it or not I had SBR’d this Rainier Arms forged lower well over a year ago but had no idea what I wanted to do with it. Then it came to me and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. From there it was just a matter of time before I had the parts in hand and ready to build.

Lets start out with a few closer shots. From this angle you can see the Rainier Arms ambi safety, Juggernaut Tactical ambi charging handle and Scalarworks OPS (On Point Sights) fixed rear sight.

Rainier Arms SBR Build 1 - Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights Juggernaut Tactical Ambi Charging Handle - Rainier Arms Ambi Safety

As I mentioned above, this build got started as a Rainier Arms Forged A-DAC lower that I bought and Form 1’d just before the ATF41P effective date. I added a Rainier Arms forged upper and ambi safety, CMC Triggers Flat 3.5lb Trigger and LPK, Superlative Arms Piston Kit, Juggernaut Tactical ambi charging handle, Geissele MK4 rail and Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights and Low Drag Mount for the Aimpoint T1 and a SureFeed Magazines 20 Round mag.

Rainier Arms SBR Build 2 - CMC Triggers Flat Trigger Geissele SMR MK4 rail Scalarworks OPS Fixed Sights Aimpoint Micro T1 Rainier Arms A-DAC

Of course as a Rainier Arms SBR build I chose to use their 10.5″ .223 Wylde barrel. Covered it with a Geissele MK4 rail, Arisaka Defense 300/IR Series Scout Light and Inline Scout Mount, SureFire SR07 switch, Scalarworks OPS Fixed Front Sight, Magpul vertical grip and Griffin Armament Taper Mount Supresspr Mount. The Superlative Arms Piston Kit gas block is under there somewhere. 😜

Rainier Arms SBR Build - Geissele SMR MK4 - Arisaka Inline Scout Light Mount 300 Series Scalarworks OPS Front Fixed Sight magpul vertical grip Surefire SR07

Here’s another angle of the business end on the new Rainier Arms SBR build. From this angle you can now see how accessible the Superlative Arms Piston Kit gas block is under the rail. This isn’t like many piston kits were you have one or two settings. Its more like a Piston Kit that has a built in fully adjustable gas block so you can really tune it in.

Rainier Arms SBR Build - Superlative Arms - Rainier Arms - Geissele - Scalarworks - Magpul = Arisaka Rainier Arms

This next shot gives you a better idea of how tidy things are on this build. It’s got everything I need and nothing I don’t. The Scalarworks OPS fixed sights and mount for the Aimpoint T1 are absolutely amazing. 

Rainier Arms SBR Build - rainier arms = cmc triggers = scalarworks = aimpoint t1 - juggernaut tactical - magpul - geissele

And here it is. Hope you guys enjoyed a pretty detailed look at my new Rainier Arms SBR build. In the end, this SBR turned out even better than I had pictured it but the initial imagination and passion to create another gun is what got it all started. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to just slap together the first complete rifle you can. Take your time with your next build, map it out, think about what would make you smile every time you see it and then build that. 

Rainier Arms SBR Build - rainier arms - geissele - cmc triggers - magpul - scalarworks - griffin armament - surefire = superlative arms piston kit - aimpoint juggernaut tactical

Here’s the full run down of parts for this build. If you want to copy it, be my guest. Would make for a great AR Pistol build too.  

Already had a chance to get the gas dialed in on the piston kit and man this thing is smooth. Will be getting some range time this week with this gun getting it sighted in. Will let you guys know how it runs soon.

Arisaka Independence Day Sale
June 30 – July 5
10% off site wide and 15% off all Surefire products

Arisaka Defense 4th of July Sale

The sale covers everything on the Arisaka site, including weapon lights from Surefire and Streamlight, KeyMod and M-Lok light mounts, and our popular finger stops, vertical grips, and Harris bipod mounts. All orders ship for free!
  • Receive 10% off all products with discount code “1776
  • Receive 15% off all Surefire products with discount code “surefire

https://arisakadefense.com

Arisaka Defense AR-15 Father’s Day Sale

Arisaka Defense Fathers Day Sale

As fathers ourselves, we expect to spend this weekend kicking it back and enjoying time with our families, the great outdoors, and even a little shooting. We hope all of you get to do the same!

From today through June 19 take advantage of the following discount codes*

DADSROCK – 10% off the entire Arisaka site
SUREFIRE – 15% off all surefire products
MOUNTUP – 20% off all mounts & control accessories

*Coupon codes do not stack

www.ArisakaDefense.com

A few years back, AR15NEWS was one of the first websites to introduce the original INFORCE WML (Weapon Mounted Light) and we’re happy to help introduce the Gen2 WML and WMLx lights. The new WML and WMLx lights come a number of new features and have nearly double the lumen output across the board. Take a look at the press release and images below. The new Gen2 WML and WMLx should be available at retailers very soon.

Emissive Energy debuts four new Gen2 units in its
WML and WMLx White and White/Infrared Series

North Kingstown, RI – Emissive Energy Corporation, an industry leader in weapon mounted lighting products, debuts today the next generation of the WML and WMLx product lines. The new products continue to be lightweight and powerful as discovered with the original WML and WMLx Series, but with several new upgrades.

Extensively tested for performance, durability and reliability, customers won’t find a more dependable light on the market today. Incredibly powerful yet compact in size, the Gen2 WML and WMLx Series integrates with MIL-STD-1913/NAR rail and features a new reinforced polymer body which offers higher-impact resistance and durability. Patented heat dissipating vents provide improved LED thermal management and an ergonomic, contoured non-slip switch makes for easy on/off. There are three operating modes: constant, momentary and strobe (strobe is easily disabled) and the new products are waterproof up to 66 feet.

“With the new enhancements, all four Gen2 products offer brighter lumens and an all-inclusive rail clamping design that integrates seamlessly, providing simple, fast, mounting with no need for additional tools. The easy-to-operate lockout system ensures the light isn’t turned on until the operator is ready,” says Matthew S. Wolfe, Vice President of Emissive Energy Corporation. “We continually explore new ways to provide high-quality products and our new Gen2 products are no exception.“

inforce-wml-gen2INFORCE WML Gen2

The WML White and WML White/IR products offer many functional enhancements including:
–  Increased lumens from 200 to 400, at just 3 ounces
–  High efficiency emitter provides up to 1.5 hours of runtime in white mode, or 4 hours in infrared mode from a single 123A Lithium battery
–  Concentrated, high-intensity beam fills the field of view for close to mid-range target identification
–  Re-engineered cam lever and lockout bale with constant tension to maximize ease of switching between white or infrared mode (IR model only) and full function/momentary mode (white model only)

inforce-wml-gen2INFORCE WMLx Gen2

The WMLx White and WMLx White/IR models offer many functional enhancements including:
–  Increased lumens from 500 to 800 (White version) and from 400 to 700 (IR version), at just 4 ounces
–  High efficiency emitter provides up to 2 hours of runtime in white mode, or 4 hours in infrared mode from two 123A Lithium battery
–  Concentrated spot and far-reaching, high-intensity beam provides significant light for situational awareness and long-distance target identification
–  Re-engineered cam lever and lockout bale with constant tension to maximize ease of switching between white or infrared mode (IR model only) and full function/momentary mode (white model only)

About Emissive Energy Corporation
Emissive Energy Corporation is an ISO 9001:2008 certified, American manufacturer that designs, engineers and produces optoelectronic systems. A pioneer of portable LED illumination systems, Emissive’s mission is to design, manufacture and deliver products of superior quality, performance and value for every mission, task and operation. With over 140 patents, Emissive’s products set the standard in the advancement of portable illumination. For more information regarding the new products, please visit the company website at www.inforce-mil.com or contact Inforce at Matthew S. Wolfe, mswolfe@inforce-mil.com, 401-294-2030


This article was written by Mark B Wentzel

Elzetta Design is giving away one of their new 2016 Limited Edition flashlights. These lights aren’t even out yet and have not been revealed to anyone but someone will win one before the are announced.

To enter, all you need to do is like the Elzetta Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ELZETTA) and complete THIS FORM.

A winner will be chosen randomly on Wednesday, August 3.

Elzetta Design 2016 limited edition flashlight giveaway

A while back Arisaka Defense started offering their own take on the popular Scout Light to go along with their awesome Scout Mounts which have proven to be so popular they have had a hard time making enough light bodies to even keep them in-stock. With the success of their Scout Lights soaring, Arisaka looked for another cost effective option for their customers who needed something now and have found that in the Streamlight ProTac lights. 

The Steamlight ProTac lights come with a standard picatinny rail mount that attaches to the light body the same way any other scout mount does. Arisaka has started carrying the Streamlight ProTac 1 and 2 cell lights and pairing them with their awesome Arisaka Scout Mounts at extremely affordable prices. 

Steamlight Protac 1 2 Arisaka Mount 3Steamlight Protac 1 2 Arisaka Mount 3Steamlight Protac 1 2 Arisaka Mount 3

Coincidentally Arisaka Defense actually has 300 Series Scout Lights, 600 Series Scout Lights and the Streamlight ProTac 1 and 2 lights all in-stock right now so you have tons of options to choose from and customize a light that best meets your needs. Check all of these options out at www.ArisakaDefense.com.

Impact Weapons Components and Haley Strategic Partners have a history of working closely together to create some great light mount solutions. Their latest creation is the THORNTAIL INLINE light mount and THORNTAIL BACKBONE replacement Scout bodies for the M300 and M600. 

IWC THORNTAIL INLINE MOUNT AND BACKBONE body 1

The THORNTAIL INLINE light mount is a cantilever design that pushes the light forward, letting you mount the light just forward of your support hand for easy access to the tail cap. On the mount are two sets of mounting holes that let you mount the light further or closer to the rail to work well with other accessories on your rail such as front sights or lasers. The mount also features the BCM reverse KeyMod screws and can be used with any Scout light.

IWC THORNTAIL INLINE MOUNT AND BACKBONE body 1

Along with the new mount, IWC and HSP also introduced a new set of Scout replacement light bodies called the THORNTAIL BACKBONE. The new BACKBONE is slimmer and lighter than the standard Scout body and feature Four more lateral (side to side) mount holes that let you position the light right where you need it to be instead of the single position you get with a standard SureFire Scout light.

IWC THORNTAIL INLINE MOUNT AND BACKBONE body 1

As I mentioned, both the new THORNTAIL INLINE mount and BACKBONE bodies can be used with existing scout products but where they really shine is when they are used together. Pairing the INLINE mount with the BACKBONE body gives the user nearly a half of an inch of side to side adjustment for the perfect placement.

IWC THORNTAIL INLINE MOUNT AND BACKBONE body 1

These are both available for purchase now at www.ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. If you want to save 5% off your order, use the discount code “ar15news” at checkout.

Elzetta Design makes arguable the best flashlights on the market. I have purchased a handful now and have not regretted it one bit. I just got an email from Dave at Elzetta letting me know they are offering 20% off all flashlights now that Daylight Savings Time has ended and night will be falling earlier and earlier. If you’ve ever wanted an Elzetta Design flashlight but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, this is the time to do it. I don’t remember seeing a discount this large before so take advantage of it. Save 20% off using the Discount Code “FALLBACK” at checkout.

www.Elzetta.com

Elzetta design Daylight SAVINGS discount

Elzetta Design, LLC is pleased to announce the release of our 2015 Limited Edition Modular Flashlights.  For the first time, an Alpha Model has been chosen for the annual Limited Edition run. These 315-lumen single-cell Flashlights feature Mini-CQB Bezel Rings and Click Tailcaps, all professionally finished in Electric Yellow Cerakote over Elzetta’s legendary Type III hard anodizing. Even better, these electrifying Limited Edition Lights are priced the same as standard Model A312’s. That means professional Cerakote finishing, a unique Bezel Ring design, and the exclusivity of a Limited Edition are free! Elzetta Limited Editions always sell out quickly and are never reissued. Savvy buyers will order theirs today at www.ELZETTA.com.

Elzetta Design Electric yello limited edition 2Elzetta Design Electric yello limited edition 2

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

**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

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

**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.