By Thomas The Tinker
This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest
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!
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)
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!
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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.