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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).

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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. 

It’s a pretty well known fact that Elzetta Design makes the highest quality, indestructible tactical lights on the market and that they are 100% American Made Small Made in USA flag. What’s not so well known is that each year, Elzetta comes out with a small run of limited edition versions of their awesome flashlights. This year they have introduced another awesome looking limited edition model that is only available in Stealth Gray instead of the usual all black. The new Stealth Gray is a 2-cell Bravo 650 lumen model with a Crenelated Bezel and you get to choose between the Standard or Flood lens and High/Low or High/Strobe Tailcaps. 

620 Elzetta Design Stealth Gray Bravo Light 1

The Stealth Gray Elzetta Design flashlight may not give you super powers or make you an operator but it will definitely give you confidence in knowing that your light will still be standing with you no matter how dark it gets. If you are unfamiliar with Elzetta Design lights, CLICK HERE to see our past articles regarding Elzetta lights OR just click here to see the Google Results for “Elzetta Torture Test”.

The limited edition models are priced exactly the same as standard models which is a nice change since most places charge more for limited edition anything. You can check out the new website and purchase the Stealth Gray Limited Edition model or any other model for that matter at www.Elzetta.com

500 Lumen INFORCE WMLx – Initial Thoughts

Posted on April 19th, 2014 by ar15news

The other day I got a nice surprise box in the mail. In the box was the new INFORCE WMLx which is the 500 lumen variant of the very popular INFORCE WML. I personally own plenty of the standard WML’s so the new WMLx won’t take much getting use to as it really isn’t much different. As you can see in the picture below the WMLx is not much bigger than its predecessor. It is a bit longer just to accommodate for the extra CR123 battery and slightly larger head to help power the additional lumens. It still only weighs just 4 ounces with the batteries and has a run time of 2 hours.

620 INFORCE WMLx Geissele Voodoo IWC 1

The built in 1913 mounting clamp works exactly the same way on both lights as well as the lockout bar. Both of the lights pictured above have a lever on the side. That lever on the standard WML changes the output from White Light to IR Light. I assumed this was the same on the WMLx and expected to see the little red IR emitters glowing inside. Instead I totally blinded myself and realized that the lever on the WMLx changes the activation switch from multifunction to momentary only. This is one feature that I didn’t know about but really like. On one setting you have High, Momentary, Strobe and Off. With the lever flipped the other way you have Momentary ONLY. The Momentary Only setting is great for times when you only want a quick blast of light to blind an intruder, etc and have the light only stay on as long as you are holding the button down. As soon as you let go it shuts off. No fumbling through multiple settings, etc. 

Figuring out how I wanted to mount my new WMLx wasn’t hard at all. With any of my WML’s or Pistol Lights I either mount it to the top rail or use an Impact Weapons Components 1913 Offset Mount. To mount it to the Geissele SMR MK5 rail I used the KeyMod version. IWC makes some of my personal favorite mounts and this is one of them. They run $50 but you can save 5% if you use our discount code “ar15news” at checkout on ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. I just couldn’t find my bag of allen wrenches. Right next to me I had my Multitasker Tools Series 3 multitool inside of a Tareinco MT3-Xtra pouch. I remembered that the MT3 came with the correct bit and used the bit driver to install the part. Multitasker Tools Series 3 to the rescue. 

620 INFORCE WMLx Geissele Voodoo IWC 1

620 INFORCE WMLx Geissele Voodoo IWC 1

620 INFORCE WMLx Geissele Voodoo IWC 1

I’ve only had it for a short time but I’m really digging the WMLx. At 500 lumens its significantly brighter than the standard 200 lumen WML but not really that much bigger. Some will say 500 lumens is too bright for use on a home defense rifle but that is something you will have to decide for yourself. I know if an encounter spilled into the outdoors at night, 500 lumens would come in really handy. I’m going to get some additional play time with the WMLx before writing a serious review but wanted to let you know what I thought so far. 

Word on the street is that these will be available later this month and will retail in the $150-160 range. Keep an eye on your favorite INFORCE retailer to get these in. You can check out all of the other lights INFORCE makes at www.INFORCE-Mil.com

If you would like to purchase the KeyMod Offset Mount shown in the pictures above, head on over to ImpactWeaponsComponents.com. Use the code “ar15news” at checkout to save 5%. 

NEW!! Torch Backup Light from Mission First Tactical

Posted on March 26th, 2014 by ar15news

Mission First Tactical just released a new product called the Torch Backup Light. As you can probably guess from the name the TBL is not intended to be a your main tactical light but was designed from the ground up as a low output light that will illuminate your immediate surroundings or act as a backup in case your main light goes out. Many of your more expensive tactical lights will have a low output light mode but it requires you to either cycle through other light modes, etc which means you could accidentally turn on your brights when you don’t want to. The TBL’s super low profile design makes it very easy to keep mounted on your rifle at the same time so you don’t have to mess with your standard light when needed.

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The TBL comes in 3 different models. First is a standard White Light model which features 20 lumens of white light. The next two, to me anyways, are the ones that make the most sense. Second is a White/Red Light model which features 10 lumens of either white or red light. Third is an IR/Red Model which offers 10 lumens of either IR or Red Light. I like that they give you the option for Red and IR light as red light doesn’t give you that blind spot in your eyes like white light can and the IR will work great with night vision without blinding the operator.

620 MFT TBL 1

620 MFT TBL 1

The TBL’s are all manufactured right here in the USA by very well known light manufacturer Princeton Tech. Depending on the mode, it has up to a 24 hour hour burn time on a simple watch battery and it has a IPX7 waterproof rating meaning it can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Check out the 3 different Torch Backup Light models and their respective specs at www.MissionFirstTactical.com.

MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount – Review

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by ar15news

Recently I had the opportunity to try out one of the MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mounts. They make them for a few different modular rails such as Midwest Industries, YHM, Daniel Defense, JP, etc. and one of my favorite rails the Geissele SMR MK3. I’ve been using this Brightshot light mount on my Geissele SMR MK3 rail for a while now and have been pretty impressed.

620 MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount 1

It mounts directly to the rail using the backings that come with the rail from Geissele and you can purchase a mount that works with .825″ to 1″ lights. Just slide the flashlight into the mount, turn the screw on the side of the mount to lock it in and you’re ready to go. Because of how the mount attaches it can be mounted at 3, 6 or 9 o’clock on the rail. 

620 MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount 2

I mounted the Brightshot light mount on the left side of my rail (3 o’clock) as I shoot mostly right handed. In this position it works great with a Forward Vertical Grip which is why I have a 1913 picatinny rail section mounted at 6 o’clock. Another great option would be to mount it at 6 o’clock putting it right in the perfect spot for activating it with your side of your index finger.

620 MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount 3

620 MHA Custom Brightshot Light Mount 4

The Brightshot is definitely a light mount that you could beat the crap out of and it will say “Thank You” and keep moving forward. This is not one of those accessories you choose because “it’s just so sexy looking” but because it’s built like a tank and does the job. Being that it mounts at 3, 6 or 9 o’clock makes it not as low profile as some light mounts that tuck high and tight at a 45 degree angle but it wasn’t too bulky by any means. 

It is very easy and fast to install and holds the flashlight in the mount very tight. If you are looking for a no nonsense, well built light mount for your modular rail, this is probably one of the first ones I would recommend. I’ve really enjoyed this light mount and I think you would too. 

The Brightshot is available for purchase at www.4t5acp.com. Head on over and pick one out for your favorite brand of modular rail system.

NEW!! Elzetta Alpha 1-Cell EDC Light

Posted on January 17th, 2014 by ar15news

This is an update to our sneak peek we showed you guys a few weeks ago. Elzetta had the new Alpha 1-cell light at SHOT Show 2014 this week and my buddy Triple Bravo was able to get a nice shot of it (See below). According to TB it will boast 300 Lumens which is going to make this an absolutely awesome EDC light. The other great thing is that, as with all Elzetta lights, it is modular. You’ll be able to choose between different tail caps (High/Low, High/Strobe, etc.) and accessories for the Alpha. Look for this to be available for purchase in the very near future. No word on pricing just yet. www.Elzetta.com

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