A product review of the….. “INFORCE WML WHITE’ Weapons Mounted Light .

By Thomas The Tinker

This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest

INF-WML-B-W-H’,  “Flashlight, Black Body (1) 123A Lithium Battery.’ 

9mm carbine

9mm carbine

I’m a lucky fella.  My idea of a hobby (one of them)… is the study, collection and training in the designed employment of my choice of arms.  Impact, edged, gas operated, modern or archaic. I’m no MacGyver and no longer any kind of “Pew Professional”… operatorwannabesealyreconrangerette,  just another of Uncle Sam’s (former) Misguided Children .  What I am … into is  what works for me regarding my choice of arms.  Over the last several  years I have come to know that the only add-ons I will trust on a weapon are the ones I can remove quickly or are ‘captured’ .. Bolted on.  My choices are of course … mine.   As there are many choices of equipment … there are a magnitude of expressed opinions as to ‘what Works’ better than my … opinion.   So here is my opinion of the ‘Inforce’ weapons mounted light.

Likes:    It’s run time is (1.5) hours on (1) one 123A Lithium battery.     It is  200 lumens of focused white light (I think of it as “Momma Bear” power.  Not “Papa Bear” 500 lumens and hotter, that will wash out a room…  blind you… and the perp… fix your posz for any drone or man-ed aircraft.  I have been the second and third and…. in the door (in training only).  I’ve watched No. 1 totally ‘wash’ the room white and blind us of any ability to ‘define’ shoot… from no shoot and I have been bloody arc blinded by the one coming in behind me.   It is not the “Baby Bear” standard 68 lumens of many hand held and ‘pistol’ grade add on lights… I own several of all of these.  Momma Bear is Juussst Right for my carbines and shotguns.  We are not ‘Jack lighting’ deer!

Shotgun

Shotgun

Me … I’m not going to attempt a long shot in low light… or no light… with a carbine any more than with slugs in my ShotWaffens.  IMHO!  I am not going to accept the fight … at night.  I’ll opt.  for staying  put… with my mouth shut… watching the area with the ‘NV’ gear I saved up for and bought last month (it works so well for hogs too! And no… I’m not saying that the lack of my “Acceptance” means there will be no fight).   Any  Maroon ‘will’ blink when hit with TAC light and you may have them…  A trained Maroon may blink… but they will likely dump rounds in your direction when…  as you kill your light and move low and left like so many are trained to do….. ! Crap Shoot!  A light ‘Will’ announce your general location.  A light ‘will’ cast your shadow on the wall, vehicle… pallets… stuff behind you.  A flash  …”Blink” of 200 lumens may give you the few heart beats it takes the perp to react to it… and the few more heart beats it takes the perp to act.  Finger… out… of the trigger guard until you abso-farkin-lutlly ID… your target.  It takes doing this… in the dark… a lot… to hone and to trust your skills.  Stairways….. Oh GAWD stairways…   Light … in a gunfight … at night can been seen by Eeev er ry body.

Ah yes… Likes:  It is a tenth over 4 inches long and weighs in at 3 oz. with battery.  It is ‘White Light’ only (no strobe… no SOS… no High/Low however you can get models that strobe and ‘Hi/low’).  The Switch end is beveled… bevelled? Slanted… forward so your ‘finger’… thumb… land on it as naturally as it does on the fore end of your rifle or shotgun (this I love… no jammed thumbs).   It has an ON/OFF switch that cannot be accidently activated… as you can retard the lens cap to disengage the battery… or…  It has a ‘lever… latch… bale’ that can be thumbed up or down to cover the momentary thumb pad switch.  It is ‘water proof’ to 60 plus feet.  You can get one in Black… Desert Tan… Dirt Earth.   It will clamp onto any  MilSpec  1913 / Pic Rail.  It is a ‘no tools’ thumb screw mount.  It does not… stick out like a corn cob in your line of sight or get in the way like a clipped on hand held light nor does it hang like a lump as my one fore end weapons light does on my 590A1 (that’s a ‘like’).   It will not get a fouled lens by muzzle blast/grit/vapor/crap like my ‘Surefire’ does on my 590s.  You can use it as a hand held.  You can mount it on a cane, ski pole, shovel or pitch fork. (see photo)

Pitch Fork

Pitch Fork

Dis-Likes:     None …. I’ll see what happens this July at ‘Gun Camp’  Shotgun night firing at TDI.  I have done the pie slicing in total darkness in the 4 stories of the empty Duplex next door (I own it) Not really a “Dis-Like” It is downright cheating when attached to an SBR or SBS (I own both… legally).

About “Add-Ons” and working ‘Iron’ …. As opposed to ‘hand held’.  (I will now attempt to set a personal record for a very long run-on sentence)  After years of moving my butt around in the grass, weeds, thickets, live fire houses, my dark house and darker basement and ‘field’ ranges… making my own mistakes… Paying to learn the hard way what does not work… while humping gear and assorted ‘Do…Dads’ I learned to be useless.. Tacti-cool but useless… and watching my fellow Gringos and Gringettes come to the same conclusions regarding the ‘Crap’… we… have screwed, glued,  strapped or clamped .. and paid for .. on our ‘Iron’,.. that I have come to the conclusion that any ‘Add-on’ goody can do one thing for you .. Every.. time .. you employ it ….  It will add time and the need for fine motor skills, we tend to lose when under the stress of live fire ….to our already stressed talents in the ‘accepted’ engagement

Every… ‘Thing’ we add on… adds the need for the muscle memory and gray matter to take that Nano-second to recall the lever-button-latch-switch-sequence needed to let it give us the advantage we hope.. Pray… it will.

In blessed closing…  If you the reader are a 24/7 currently employed in an ‘active’ role in the protection and defense of our current constitution…  with the use of arms …. Train constantly…. With all the goodies only governments and private ‘Contractors’ can afford…. An unlimited supply of ammunition and range time…. And a love for obligations you have taken on…. By Gawd bolt on a French shower and tub if it works for you.. if ‘it’ fits in with your known skills.   If you are of the vast..vast majority of the readers of this blog…. As Meself!…. Keep is simple and work from a zero sum as it per… tains to the bells and whistles that… the markets shove in our faces.  To those still earning their living doing the above… Thank You Ladies and Gentleman!

And so I end another submission and homely.  If there are any questions, comments, suggestions of where to put my opinion or… the odd death threat… well ‘Packers’  … try to remember that  MD’s blog is a venue for discussion not flaming .. Neither trolling… nor the exhibit of foul, yea… combative discourse.   Now go out and find out what works for you…………. Best O Luck!

Carbon’e du Bec (beak of the crow)

Carbon’e du Bec (beak of the crow)

A parting platitude… of my own:  Trust is earned.  Trust is your weak spot.  Trust… is your ‘Six’.   Trust cannot be bought for oddly it is usually sold cheaply or worse… given away.  Trust is too often demanded.  Trust is too often  given in hope .. More often in fear.

Prizes For This Round (Ends April 12, 2016) In Our Non-Fiction Writing Contest Include…

  1. First place winner will receive –   A gift certificate for $150 off of  rifle ammo at Lucky Gunner, an Urban Survival Kit a $109 value courtesy of  TEOTWAWKI supplies, a WonderMix Deluxe Kitchen Mixer a $299 value courtesy of Kodiak Health and a LifeStraw Mission Filter a $109 value courtesy of EarthEasy, and a 4″ Heavy Duty WaterBoy Well Bucket a $106 value and a WaterBoy Tripod Kit courtesy of Well WaterBoy Products for a total prize value of over $867.
  2. Second Place Winner will receive – 30 Day Food Storage All-in-One Pail a $119 value courtesy of Augason Farms.com and Berkey Light with 2 (9″) Berkey Earth Elements a $157 value courtesy of LPC Survival, for a total prize value of $276.
  3. Third place winner will receive –  International MRE Meals Supply a $72.00 value, a LifeStraw Portable Water Filter a $19 value, Yoder’s Fully Cooked Canned Bacon a $15 value all courtesy of CampingSurvival and one copy of each of my books “The Prepper’s Primer” and a copy of “The Prepared Prepper’s Cookbook“ for a total prize value of $137.
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Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. Still need to put some lights on a few long guns, so this helps.

  2. Great Review Thomas! I oddly understood everything in your review. Straight to the point and entertaining at the same time. I sure hope you review more products in the future!

  3. allykat25 says:

    One of the funniest things I have read in a while 😉 Thanks for the input!!

    • Axelsteve says:

      To me it was a study of what in the heck is he talking about? Being a career civvie I did not gain much info.

      • Thomas The Tinker says:

        Yaknow Axel…. my wife is saying that to me … all the time… is it my turn of phrase..? non-academic.. prose? My tendency to ‘stream of thought’…? ?? try a beer.. or two, then stare at a wall for say.. an hour.. then read it again…. ?? I stare at this screen for hours thinkin O what I’m writing…………. could be the radiation……..?

        • Axelsteve says:

          Could be I went to Komradfornia schools. I heard that we just barley beat Etheopia in a spelling b.

          • Thomas The Tinker says:

            HollyCrappollie Axe….. I myself am a product of the Burbank, California. public school system!! Small wyuld!

          • What’s funny here is I don’t know if you intentially, or inadvertantly misspelled barely.

      • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

        Axelsteve…don’t worry I am a combat veteran and I did not understand some of what Thomas wrote in his article. The beauty in these types of articles is that you can ask Thomas to explain something you don’t understand. This is one of the reasons we can comment and get replies (So just jump on in and ask). Remember Axelsteve when you are being approached with someone with a light on their shotgun or rifle you first determine which hand is on the trigger and if he is holding at hip level or shoulder level. If at hip level right hold on trigger adjust 12 inches to his left and up 10 or 12 inches you got center mass. If he is holding at shoulder level adjust 12 inches to his left and you got his upper chest his throat or his mouth. If he gets real cute and turns on his lazer light you grab a hand full of dust throw it up in the air so he has to walk through it and his lazer will shine bright from his gun and you adjust 12 inches to the right. I love lights on the other guys guns.

        • Axelsteve says:

          I like to keep my guns simple ,just a scope and sling. Kinda funny how people snivel about the weight of a rifle like a m1a or a garand . Then they get a poodle shooter and bolt another 6 or 7 lbs of gizmos ,then they wind up poodle shooter that weighs about as much as a 30 caliber but the poodleshooter has lousy handling cause of the messed up balance with all the dots and scopes and bipod and other misc junk.

          • Thomas The Tinker says:

            Now guys……….. I see… that you see…. what I was ‘thinking’.

          • That’s funny. An analogous anecdote; I have a mountain bike and race bike in which my mutual friends whom enjoy the same go silly about every available oz. they can waste large money on to make the bike lighter, yet they never once consider that they could lose a whole lot of ounces by simply losing some bodyweight. K.I.S.S and such.

          • Axelsteve says:

            Like I said we Barely beat Etheopia.

  4. Chuck Findlay says:

    MacGyver wasn’t MacGyver. so no reason we should be expected to be.

  5. The prose form was too annoying to finish the article: learn to communicate if you want to be heard.

    • JP in MT says:

      RickS:

      I’m sorry, I must have missed your submission….

    • Thomas The Tinker says:

      Ricky… I’ve always tried to make it clear that I’ve never cared for Scholarly Prose Form …. proper grammer …. or spelling. I had to cut a none-traditional student deal with my Grad advisor to accept my papers ‘as is’ along with an oral presentation…….. I was a Vet with degree Student and didn’t give a ….. flying folical…. like now! Annoying indeed… isn’t it.

  6. I chuckled at the tacticool pitchfork but the beautiful war hammer leaves me begging for more info on it.

    • Axelsteve says:

      I thought that you made the hammer Brad.

    • Thomas The Tinker says:

      Truck…. I think I got the name backwards… should be “Bec Du Corbon’e” Beak of the Crow. Got it nearly 20 years ago ala “Windless Steel Craft”.

      • I just consulted the oracle. Man they make some nice stuff.

        • Thomas The Tinker says:

          Ohuu and the period costumes….. Ack! I own one of there Oakenshout (sp?) swords.. solid. That one I had an edge put on. The lite English war hammer is my pet piece.. so easy to move with.. like an elegant polished tomahawk with a hammer head and a needle like beak. They used to… maybe still… put there prototype up for sale. I have the most beautiful one of a kind two hand proto of an early…early early pre-basket hilt Claymore with thistle tipped quillions, a 42 in x 2.1/4″ mirror polished bull blade… I do got my hobbies BC.

          • Thomas The Tinker says:

            did I mention it is a working sword with steel that sings like a baritone when you rap it with a knuckle.

          • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

            Thomas…….HMMMMMMMMMM..by chance did your claymore knowledge come about from 40 years ago? If so, I am sure you opened those claymores and took a small bit of c4 for cooking purposes.

            • Thomas The Tinker says:

              Right/Wrong: Coumon….. in my time each fire team or squad had the new guy hump a tube O C4…. for cooking purposes. Didn’t take much did it!

              I was referring to the Swoord yaknow.. right.

              • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

                Yeah….that long sharp pointy thing. As long as you understand my meaning it works for you and me…..right.

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