Lights and Lasers


Lights and Lasers2022-01-26T10:02:55-08:00

A Programmable Duty Flashlight

Cloud Defensive's handheld lights have been out for a few years now. Their duty-centric flashlight, the  Mission Configurable Handheld-Duty light (or MCH-Duty-HO-DF), hit the market a few months ago. Matt Jacques at Victory-First sent me the new handheld and a long-gun light for articles. This light, the MCH-Duty-HO-DF, has a unique feature that makes it interesting. It has five different modes the end user can adjust. Having dealt with user-programmable lights in the past, I did [...]

By |July 18th, 2023|

Assistance With Seeing At Distance

By |May 17th, 2023|

The easy-to-carry and conceal handheld lights that go in our pockets are great. They let us identify people and things at the edges of parking lots or near ATMs. We can find the keyholes in doors on our cars and homes when we need to do that.  Sometimes though, we need [...]

LET THERE BE LIGHT | Thyrm’s VariArc VS Light Mounts

By |March 14th, 2023|

A helmet light is an invaluable addition to any helmet. It directs light where you need it in low-light situations allowing you to focus on the job while freeing up the use of both hands for the tasks at hand. A handheld flashlight provides illumination, but it occupies one hand [...]

Lights in a House?

By |December 23rd, 2022|

One of the things I’m fascinated about when it comes to low light is how different lights perform. And by different, I’m not just thinking about a similar design from different companies. Instead, I’m thinking about the differences between long gun lights, lights on my pistols, handhelds, and even headlamps. [...]

Low Light Principles

By |December 13th, 2022|

"Old" does not mean invalid. While tactics, techniques, procedures, and equipment (TTPEs) will change, principles will generally remain.   Ken Good and Dave Maynard spent significant time working on low light / white light issues for the US Navy back in the 90s. They formed Combative Concepts, and eventually, Ken [...]

Night AWLS – HRT Tactical’s Weapon Mounted Light

By |November 29th, 2022|

Suppose you have a shoulder-fired weapon – shotgun or rifle – as part of your work tools or home defense inventory. In that case, you need to have a way to locate, identify, and evaluate or eliminate potential threats (keeping Rule #2 in mind). Handheld lights should be the norm [...]

Keeping Your Lights and Dots Clean

By |September 7th, 2022|

Weapon-mounted lights and pistol optics both get dirty. Within a range session or three, it is not difficult for a layer of burnt-on crap to begin solidifying on the downrange lens. That crud causes two problems. With a weapon-mounted light, it robs you of lumen and candela that should be [...]

Keeping the Dot on your Pistol

By |August 3rd, 2022|

Last month I wrote about how you can attach an optic to your pistol. Using OEM or after-market plates from Glock, S&W, Shadow Systems, Unity Tactical, and others; direct milling from after-market sources like L&M Precision, Atei, C&H Precision, and a couple of manufacturers. Why am I addressing the process [...]

Batteries and the Direction They Seem to be Going

By |February 25th, 2022|

There are so many things that are battery powered I don’t know where to begin. So, I will confine this article to power supplies for handheld and weapon-mounted lights. It was not “in the beginning,” but it was long enough ago that it sure feels like it could have been. [...]


By |February 15th, 2022|

During SHOT, Streamlight gave several of us the new Pocket Mate task light they're offering. It is a mini-USB rechargeable, one-and-a-half-inch LED light with both a hook on it and a pocket clip. The output varies between 45 and 325 lumens – which is impressive when I think back to [...]


By |February 9th, 2022|

There are several considerations when choosing an EDC flashlight. Every flashlight compromises size, weight, light output, battery type, beam shape, beam reach, and runtime. Flashlights differ significantly in convenience and performance. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed a voluntary specification that standardizes evaluations of flashlight performance. Most major [...]

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