My Brightest Review Yet!

The LED Lenser X21R.2 Review

 

If you think you can handle a review half as powerful as the SUN, click here to see the video review of this monster flashlight.

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I did finally figure out the answer to why… BECAUSE.

 

 

EDC & Range Gear: Shot Show 2016

Here is a collection of what we thought were some of the best every day carry items (EDC) and Range Gear that we got photos of at the show.

These photos are just a few of the best photos taken.  They are meant to show the variety of what is to be seen at Shot Show and are not necessarily a reflection of our editorial support.

EDC and Range Gear

Range Gear

must haves include a vehicle

such as theAPE Flambeau

or the lovely Black OPS made for the NRA.

Another Ultimate Range Vehicle

ASYM Ammo:

Asym Presision Ammo

Benchmade Knives:

more Benchmade KnivesBenchmade Knives

Buck Knives:

Buck Knives

CRKT Knives:

CRKT Knives

Gargoyles Shooting Eyewear:

Gargoyles Shooting Eyewear

Helle Knives:

Helle Knives

Lapua Ammo:

Lapua Ammo

Lenser Flashlights and Leatherman Multitools:

Leatherman 1Leatherman 2Leatherman 3Leatherman 4Leatherman 5Ledlenser Leatherman 2Ledlenser Leatherman1Maglite Flashlights

Maxpedition Bags:

Maxpedition Bags & Range Gear

MTM Special Op Watches

MTM Special Ops Watches

Night Core Flashlights:

Nite Core Flashlights

OKC Knives:

OKC Knives

Olight Flashlights:

Olight Flashlights

Plate Carrier:

Plate Carrier

Smith & Wesson Flashlights:

Smith & Wesson Flash Lights

SteelStag Knives:

Steelstag Knives

 

 

 

Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February.  You can follow his adventures at AtticusJames.com.  In the meantime, he has left all of the photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him.  (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled.  Apologies in advance if this happens).

Shot Show 2016 Day Three is All Done!

Atticus gives his quick take on what he saw on Day Three of Shot Show 2016.  Bullets, magazines, .308 rifles and flashlights were the highlights that he discusses today.  Videos of products will posted in the days to follow.  Be sure to keep a watch for all the video and photos to come!  Its been an awesome week and so much to see and report on.  Only one day left and so much more to see and do…

The November Glocktoberfest Review

A Glock 30 Short Frame Review

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

I like the idea of not trying to be in the first wave of bloggers to review a firearm. I prefer to wait a year after a product comes out to review it because it means I have a chance to request to spend more time with a firearm. That way I get to know it more mindfully without worrying about the other reviewers waiting in the long line to test a firearm out.

I own a few Glocks and my favorite of all of them is my Gen 2 G21 .45ACP 13 round pistol. I requested the Glock 30SF for review about 5 months back, after seeing it at SHOT Show 2014. I have always been someone who loves the .45ACP over just about any other pistol cartridge, because of the size of the round.

GLOCK 30SF

I like knowing I have the power and punch that comes with the .45ACP cartridge. The old saying about carry a bigger stick comes to mind. I do not believe that this love of the .45acp  affects or deters my abilities to do my job when looking at different calibers with an objective view point. Let’s face it, they are all fun to shoot.

Glock 30SF Specs

Caliber: .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol)
Length: 6.88”
Width: 1.27”
Height: 4.80”
Barrel Length: 3.77”
Trigger Pull: 5.5 pounds
Mag Capacity: 10 rounds (standard) 13 Rounds (using Glock 21 mags)

Shooting

As I said, I requested more time with this gun to get 1 or 2 more rounds down range. This brought my round count to around 2500 rounds of ball and jacketed hollow points. I never holstered this pistol, as I use a large frame drop leg holster at the range.

When I first pulled the Glock 30 SF out of the box, the empty mags wouldn’t drop freely. I loaded the mags with 10 rounds each and fired all 20 rounds. After that, they had no problem falling free when I hit the mag release.

The Size

My groupings were better when I was running my Glock 21 mags out of the pistol because I had more real estate to grip the gun with allowing for better control. The 10 round mags just barely allowed for my pinky to be on the gun, not giving me as tight of a grip. The difference was a stray round left or right after shooting a few mags.

GLOCK SF

Cleanings

Normally I don’t worry about keeping review guns clean after every range trip. I like to see how they handle and if they slow down as they get dirtier. I didn’t do that with the Glock 30SF because I didn’t feel there was a need to test something that had been shown for years that even dirty, they work.

I cleaned the gun after every range day and the most rounds put through it at any one time was 800 rounds of Federal American Eagle Pistol .45 ACP 230 Grain FMJ which in my opinion is decently “clean” ammo compared to the Wolf and Tula Steel case. There was just really no good reason to torture test this pistol. When I opened it up, I saw exactly what I expected.

Ammo Used

One thing I have always noted with Glock is that they typically will shoot any brand or ammo type I run through them. I tested a box of brand new Tula steel case. After 5 light primer strikes without any ignition I switched the ammo to my 1911 and didn’t have any problems with the ammo. I have seen this problem before using the Wolf barrel on my Glock 21. However, when using the factory barrel, this was never an issue. I believe this was caused by the Tula primers being seated deeper than spec.

The brands I used:

· Federal (230 Grain ball)

· Wolf Polyformance (230 Grain ball)

· HPR JHP (230 Grain Jacketed hollow point)

· Monarch Brass (230 Grain ball)

· Monarch Steel (230 Grain ball)

· CCI Blazer Aluminum (230 Grain ball)

· Monarch Brass (185 Grain JHP)

· And a few other brands from people who shot the gun with ammo they brought.

In The Box

1 Glock 30SF
2 10 Round Factory Mags
2 Spent brass from the proofing department at Glock
1 “speed” Loader
1 .45 caliber nylon bore brush
1 Plastic Cleaning rod
Paperwork
1 cable lock

The “Speed” Loader

The speed loader they ship is a good thought, in theory, but in my hands it was slow and frustrating to use.  I was always faster hand loading each mag than using the speed loader provided.

Speed Loader

When trying to load the .45s into the magazine you still have to push the previous round down as the loader doesn’t offer enough room for the brass to slide in. The efforts are almost that of hand loading the mag without the use of your thumb on the round. This seems like more procedure and steps to just load one round.  

I do own a Maglula for pistols I found that I was faster using that then by hand.  The speed loader isn’t bad; it just did not work well for me. A few of the other crew members had better luck with it. Everyone did agree, in the end that the Maglula was the fastest.

My Sister and the .45

After getting out of college, my father and I figured if my sister was going to be living alone she needed a pistol to keep at her place. My sister has grown up around guns. She enjoys shooting with me every now and then.

She likes my Glock 21 and is a fairly decent shot with it. I did not want to part with my Glock 21. When I heard one of my friends was selling his Glock 22, I jumped on it and picked it up for a really great price.  I thought about giving it to her, but I just like it too much.

My sister has always lived within a 40 minute drive from my folks so we were never worried about her. Recently she has been looking for another job outside of the state. She has also been expressing more and more interest in getting her conceal carry.

I looked at a few pistols for her but it always came back to wanting the .45acp. I view conceal carry pistols as something you should WANT to shoot. If you enjoy shooting it, you are more likely to train more with it than something you just carry because you were told to.

I have taken her to the range with us a number of times to get some trigger time with this pistol and her comment is always the same “so this is my new gun right”?  “You are letting me keep this one because it fits me and I like it”

For Christmas I have ordered a Glock 30SF for her but now I am sitting here wishing I had ordered one for myself. You just can’t have too many guns, right???

Light Rail

The Glock 30SF has a rail for a light or laser mount. I don’t currently own any pistol lights or lasers due in part to the fact that I haven’t found one that has sparked my interest yet. I honestly haven’t looked that hard either. I am always open to recommendations.

The Recoil

I would equate the recoil to that of the larger Glock 21. This surprised me the first time I shot it as I was expecting a little harsher recoil. Later, I put one in each hand (the 21 and the 30SF) and I could feel that were pretty close to the same weight.  I guess I should not have been surprised.

Conceal Carry Note

At this time in my life I do not conceal carry. 90% of the time I leave the house, the place I am going will not allow me to enter with a pistol. This makes for a tough choice for me, do I carry in my truck and risk someone breaking into the truck because it is older or do I leave my gun at home and just pray I am never in a place where I need it?  I tend to keep my gun at home. One of the crew members is a police officer and I am normally within arm’s length of him. On top of that I live in a good area with very low crime.

Accuracy

I want to tell you that my shot groups looked like I only hit the target with one round. The truth is, even if the gun was that accurate I am not that skillful. The subcompact design is not meant for competition shooters, it is meant for conceal carry. In a conceal carry situation you are not going to try and engage the target at 300 yards like you see in the movies. This pistol, for me, was just as accurate as any of my other Glocks. I can hit a man size silhouette at 50 yards.

Glock 21 Mag

Final Thoughts

I have been a fan of Glocks’ for years (I know, you couldn’t tell). The subcompact Glock 30 SF is just another in a long line of quality pistols they are known for. While picking up this pistol from my FFL I was asked if I wanted to purchase their Glock 43 Single Stack 9mm. My only comment was, why mess with 9mm when you can have the power of a .45acp?

I wish I could get more range time with this pistol just because it is fun to shoot. If you get the chance to send some lead down range running this pistol I highly recommend it.

Gift Giving Suggestions

As said earlier in this article, I will be gifting this gun to my sister. That being said, she has shot many different calibers and pistols. She knows how to handle her firearm and herself. She knows she prefers Glocks. This was an easy choice for me.

As it is getting closer to the holiday season I would like to add this word of advice to anyone thinking about buying any pistol as a gift. If the person you are purchasing for owns a lot of firearms as it is and you know for fact they are comfortable with different pistols, go for it. If not, please think about taking them to a store and seeing if they like the pistol first.

I have seen too many couples at the range, where the guy bought a pistol for his significant other without letting her size the gun up first. I see them getting into situations that makes everyone uncomfortable. It can occasionally put them and others in harm’s way since they cannot handle the firearm yet. 

Buying a caliber that someone is not comfortable with shooting yet can cause people to be turned off by shooting. It can even cause them to mishandle the firearm and put themselves and other people in a dangerous situation.

Introducing someone to a firearm first is always the safer bet so they get a chance to have some hands on time. They can say whether they like the weight and if they like how the gun shoots. I know you are not always able to test first a gun before you buy it, but it is worth renting that caliber firearm first. I strongly recommend letting the gift receiver try it out at the range to see how they respond. This is always a smart idea. Firearms make a wonderful gift, just make sure it’s a wonderful experience.

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    Olight M1X Striker Review

    I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

    With this being the 4th flashlight I have reviewed on GEARS you might be wondering if I really use a flashlight that often and if I need all of them. You might think a flashlight is a flashlight is a flashlight in terms of finding one you like based on your needs and how that flashlight SHOULD be your “end all”… or at least until you find a new “end all” flashlight if you use one enough.

    My Truth

    My truth is a little different; I collect flashlights because there is always a time and place for each of mine. I have a small Extremebeam 160 Lumen that I like to keep on me when I am going for lightweight or when I am wearing a suit. I have my Olight 1100 Lumen Hulk of a flashlight I keep in my bag that goes everywhere with me. Then I have my LED Lensor 1000 Lumen and my Olight M1X Striker that I use in my everyday carry because they are perfect in size and weight for my day to day work.

     

    Olight M1X Striker Review

    Specs

    Olight M1X Striker Specs

    Olight M1X Striker

    I had been looking at a different flashlight from Olight when it was suggested I check out this light as it fit the specs I was looking for.

    Olight M1X Striker Batteries, and Charger

    My Specs

    · Has to fit comfortably in the front pocket of my pants without taking up too much pocket
    · Has to use standard type batteries like CR123.
    · Has to have a heavy duty pocket clip that is reliable and replaceable.
    · Has to be bright
    · Has to fit my hand comfortably
    · Has to be a single LED

     

    Daily Use

    As I said, this is one of the flashlights I use in my daily rotation. It gets used at least a few times a week and I haven’t noticed any wear in the function of the light. Yes, there are minimal blemishes on the body from dropping the flashlight. There isn’t any wearing on the coating like you might expect from being slid in and out of my pocket or from sitting in my pocket.

    The Olight M1X Striker is made of a multi part aircraft grade aluminum body and all the parts screw together with a tight tolerance feel so you are not worried about it unscrewing on you.

    Illumination

    The 1000 Lumens is sure to illuminate any area you are looking at. The lower .5 lumens setting is so you can run your light for days without recharging. The .5 Lumens would be great for backpacking if you want to drop as much weight as possible but still have a dependable flashlight. Chances are you are not going to need the brightest light in the world if you are just fiddling around with setting up camp or just looking around the campsite at night.

    The Clip

    The clip is pretty strong and always snaps back after yanking on it. It is connected to the flashlight with just a C-loop so if you do pull it really hard it will just disconnect from the flashlight and not break the clip off.

    The Olight M1X Striker has 2 buttons on it. The top thumb on/off switch and a mode switch near the light end. This makes it easy to change the mode without doing that stupid dance that single button flashlights have when they have different modes.

    I like to be able to quickly change my mode. I try to keep my clip pointed at the mode switch so when I pull the light out and have the on/off switch at my thumb I can quickly find the mode switch with my pinky.

     

    Gun Mounts

    Olight offers a couple of mounts for their light. I have not put this on anything, I use it for my EDC.

     

    The Battery

    The batteries are a pro and con topic for me. The Olight M1X Striker does not ship with a battery and I do some what understand the reasoning behind that. The 18650 battery is not one you can just pick up at the local big box store. I am guessing the thought is; most people will want a rechargeable. Rather than hiking the cost of the flashlight by adding one of their batteries (their 2600MAH sells for $20 on their website).  Olight will just offer them to you or let you just order your own from someone else. I picked up an Ultrafire 2pcs 3.7v 18650 3000mah Rechargeable Battery plus a NiteCore-i2-I2 Universal Intelligent Charger for two batteries on Amazon for $17.

    OLIGHT REVIEW CHARGER AND BATTERIES

    As you can see in the picture above I have two CR123 batteries in a battery sleeve. As you might have guessed but now you can see, I use 2 CR123 batteries stacked on top of each other with this sleeve that comes with the flashlight instead of using the 18650. The run time has been shorter in my experiments with the light but for those of us who use sights and other lights that use CR123 batteries this makes for a nice quick change if you don’t feel the need to order a new battery.

    Final Thoughts

    The Olight M1X Striker, as the name implies, has a striking bevel. I haven’t been walking down any dark alleys and been attacked while I have had this light so can’t talk about how good or bad it is. This light is built to be solid and ready to handle whatever you might throw at it.

    Olight has a massive line up of flashlights that seem to be built with the user in mind and not just building a flashlight. Things like the mode switch, c-loop clip, 1000 lumens and the battery sleeve for CR123.

    If you are looking for an EDC that has high lumens for a great price, Olight is a good place to start.

    Led Lenser F1R 1000 Lumen Flashlight Review

    I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

    Led Lenser F1R 1000 Lumen Flashlight Review

    I spend most nights doing things like going to the gym or grocery shopping or working so it has become automatic for me to grab one of my many flashlights before heading out the door, day or night. I like to carry at least one flashlight on me at all times. You just never know when you are going to need it.

    If you asked one of my friends or family they would probably all say the same thing when it comes to me and flashlights. “Atticus must be afraid of the dark with all the different flashlights he has around him”.

    A few months ago I acquired an LED Lenser F1R flashlight for review because of it size and lumens. While 130 lumens works great, I like to have the brightest damn light possible in my pocket. LED Lenser is part of the Leatherman brand so I trust their products to be reliable.

    The Packaging

    This is a great gift item. It is packaged for gift giving. You open it and it keeps on giving. Nicely designed LED Lenser!

    Specs

    · LENGTH: 4.53 in | 115 mm
    · WEIGHT: 4.23 oz | 120 g
    · BATTERY TYPE: 1 x 18650 Li-ion
    · RECHARGEABLE: Yes
    · RECHARGE TIME: 7h

    Includes:
    · Cleaning Cloth
    · Brush
    · Charging Station
    · Variable Clip
    · Tactical Ring
    · Replacement O-Ring

    1000 lumens packed into a 4.2 oz, HA III anodized package won’t disappoint, no matter the job, mission, or activity. The rechargeable lithium ion battery supports this high power LED for 3 hours on high along with integrated roll protection, interchangeable glass breaking ring, IPX8 waterproof housing, and a convenient battery charging station. The F1R brings a new standard in compact flashlights.

     

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    Overall Thoughts

    The battery life is great, the size and weight make this flashlight comfortable to carry in your pant pocket, the different modes of lumens is perfect for any job, the battery is a common enough battery you can pick up rechargeables online easily.

    Something that I really loved is that the light comes with a battery AND a charger. When it comes to batteries that are not your standard AA or AAA or CR123 I find that I am more apt to look at a different flashlight if it does not come in one of those three types or a rechargeable battery and charger.

    The charger is a USB plug so you can use your Smartphone cable adaptor or just charge from your computer. Options… I like that.

    Olight R40 Seeker 1100 Lumen Flashlight Review

    I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

    Olight R40 Seeker 1100 Lumen Flashlight Review

    I have been carrying a few flashlights with me where ever I go for the past few weeks. People keep asking me why so many. I’m reminded of this joke…

    A Texas Highway Patrolman pulled over an elderly lady for speeding. When he went to the car, he asked for her driver’s license, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to him. In with the cards he was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit.

    He looked at her and asked if she had a weapon in her possession at this time. She responded that she indeed had a .45 auto in her glove box. The Patrolman could just  tell something wasn’t right so he asked if she had any other firearms. She admitted to also having a 9mm Glock in her center console. At this point the Patrolman just had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38-special in her purse. He then asked her what was she so afraid of.

    She looked straight at him and said, “Not a damn thing!”

    Introduction

    I had never heard of Olight before I ended up on their mailing list. I have always been someone who didn’t need an expensive flashlight because I never really carried a flashlight with me.  While I have had some good flashlights over the years, I normally just kept a cheap dollar store flashlight in my truck. Of course by the time I ever needed it, it would be corroded and worthless.

    In the beginning of 2014, when I started going to the gym at night, I started to carry a flashlight with me. I have been on the lookout for a good everyday carry flashlight that is dependable and has good light.

    After months of emails from Olight I decided to really check out their product line. I found the R40 Seeker interesting. This hand held light boast an impressive 1100 Lumens. I contacted Olight and request a test and evaluation of the Olight R40 Seeker.

    Specs

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    Usage

    I have been carrying the Olight R40 Seeker for a month now. I have only had to charge it 3 times. First time was the day I got it. The next one during my testing and the last time was a few days ago just to keep the battery topped off

    I haven’t had any need for heavy usage but I try to use it every night. For my day to day usage this light works great. I haven’t had any dimming problems or any other problems with just light to medium usage.

    Testing

    Olight says this light will run for 2 hours on mode 1 (1100 lumens). So I figured I would test this and see how hot the body of the light got.

    The 1100 lumens is so bright that during my testing of keeping it on my desk at the ceiling turned on I started to get a headache. It took about 37 minutes for the light to get to it hottest point which is 104 degrees F. The light stayed at 1100 lumens for 2 hours and 12 minutes. In my experience with most of the LED flashlights, when the highest setting is 2 hour run time that means the flash light is dead and needs to be recharged. This is not the whole story with the Olight R40 Seeker. The battery is not completely dead and will still run for another 4+ hours on the lowest setting (mode 3 12 Lumens) For the first hour I thought this was a cool feature but as the hours past I was more annoyed than happy. I would rather have a light that has a full run time until dead rather than sitting there more battery life that I cannot use to the full lumen.

    At hour 5 the 12 lumens would stay on for 180 seconds and then shut off and would do this every time you turned the flash light back on. At hour 6, the light would stay on for 10 seconds before turning off.

    I did not find out the true length of time that the battery  life has because at 6 hours my head was hurting and hand tired from the constant turning the flash light back on.

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    Charging

    The light has a standard android style charging port on the back of the flashlight and uses a standard android style charger.

    The charge time has been a consistent 6 hour charge regardless of the usage. This to me is about 4 hours longer than it should be, but I am not an electrical engineer. I have no background to say that isn’t an impossible improvement. I just know that’s what I would like to see.

    The light uses a 26650 Lithium ion battery. Its not easy to get out. The only reason I make note of that is because you can buy that size battery and chargers if you wanted to keep spare batteries.

    Final Thoughts

    I like the size and feel in my hand, I like the 1100 lumens, and I like that it has a charging port on the light.

    Things I wish this light had was a shorter charge time, full battery life on the highest mode, and a rear on/off switch on the battery cap vs. the charging port. The Olight R40Seeker is rugged and build to be dropped and used.

    I asked a number of cop friends what they thought and they all agreed with what I have mentioned above.

    If you are looking for a good light to keep in your truck or car for emergencies this is a great light.

    I have found this light online for $120 which seems like a fair price for a 1100 Lumen single LED flashlight.

    Poll: Tech in Shooting

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    I have noticed as I go to the range lately, I carry out about 75 pounds of gear. This doesn’t even include my guns and their respective cases.

    Range Tech in the Range Bag

    While a lot of what I carry to the range is related to reviews and just normal work equipment, I have noticed that over the past few years my distance range tech as increased and yet my range distance hasn’t.

    I have observed more people with lasers and lights and camera mounts on their $700 M&P-15. I have asked a few why they have this mounted at all times and they tell me that they just need it. Mind you this is not your SWAT officers or Texas National Guard, I am talking to, but that guy who has been in the semi-auto rifle game for 2 years.

    Constant Evolution

    Like most every other industry, we are subject to constant evolution with the tech world. I carry out my electronic spotting scope for any shots over 25yds. I wear electronic ear muffs to help me hear and still mute the shooting. I use laser trainers at home to help me with my rifle and pistol skill. Tech is replacing the old school shooting world which is helping us with our shooting skills.

    Old School

    I look back to my grandfather’s era of hunting and shooting and how the trail cameras were the tracks you saw on the ground, the e-spotting scopes were binoculars and monocular spotting scopes, the laser trainers were tin cans on a fence.

    It is interesting to me, to see the distance shooters at my local range who are much older and the worries they have are about the clarity of their glass on their high end scope and the twist rates of their bolt action rifles. Then I see the younger shooters looking for every piece of tech they can get their hands on to make them the next top shot.

    Controversy

    Personally, I love the tech. Even with how tech is changing and making some interesting splashes in the gun industry. Some tech is even controversial such as the Barrett Optical Ranging System (BORS) or the Tracking point systems giving shooter an easier time making the right calculations to hit their target out at 1000+ yards.

    Shooting World has Room for All

    Change can be scary to some people. All I know is that you can adapt to the new tech in shooting or not. Old school and new school, both have their amazing shooters who defy what we think is possible.

    Extreme Beam Alpha-TAC SAR7

    I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

    On the last day of SHOT 2014 I met the president of Extreme Beam, David Wilson. He introduced us to his company and and their mission to be “A shining light in the face of darkness”.

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    After talking with him about flashlights, God and guns for about 30 minutes he offered me a flashlight so we could review and see what we thought.

    Specs

    Alpha-TAC SAR7

    “The S.A.R. Series is ExtremeBeam’s answer for a subcompact, high- intensity, long range microlight. Designed to withstand severe conditions with its high density, waterproof aircraft aluminum housing and its impact resistant glass lens, the S.A.R. Series will meet your needs.
    While small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, the output of the S.A.R. is anything but small. The S.A.R. outperforms many lights 3 times its size and is among the brightest and most advanced microlights available today, capable of working with both rechargeable and non-rechargeable CR123 batteries of any voltage.” Extreme Beam website

    · Anti-Recoil® up to .223Cal

    · Modes: On-Off

    · Weight(with battery) 58.6 Grams (2.1 ounces)

    · Total Length: 80.12mm (3.15 inches)

    · Width: 21.59mm (.85 inches)

    · Average Run Time: 1 hours

    · Light Volume: 130 Lumens

    · Light Projection: 137 Meters (450 feet)

    · Battery Type: 1, 3.0 CR123 batteries

    · Reflector Finish: Mirror-like

    Everyday carry (EDC)

    Since February almost every time I leave the house I have this in my front pocket (exception of when I am at my other job that involves corrosive materials). In February 2014, I made some changes to get back to better health and fitness. For anyone who knows me well enough in my real life, knows I love working out and that I work out late at night.  I am in the dark of night for hours on end. Something that shocks most of my friends, is that I do not conceal carry. I haven’t been someone who has a big EDC list.

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    Since February this is the list of my EDC

    1. iPhone with Magpul case

    2. Wallet

    3. iPod 160GB

    4. Ray-Ban Aviator Glasses

    5. Leatherman MUT

    6. Keys with 2GB flash-drive

    7. Headphones in a shredded beef jerky can

    8. Paracord bracelet

    9. EXTREME BEAM ALPHA-TAC SAR 7 Flashlight

    10. S&W SWAT First Millennium Run Knife

    Battery Life

    I have had to change the battery once since I got this light. I did not run the battery empty. I accidentally washed and dried the Alpha-TAC SAR 7 Flashlight in my washer and drier. While you shouldn’t do this, I can tell you from experience that the only problem was, the battery died. I can not say for a fact that is what killed the battery, as I am not sure. I would guess heat from the drier or maybe the light turned on in the washer or drier and just ran the battery down. I am pretty sure it was not because water got in the flashlight, as there is no corrosion inside.

    Overall thoughts

    I love this light. It is small and light weight so I don’t notice it in my pocket. The batteries are CR123 which are used in most of my EO techs so I know I always have a backup when I need one. The 130 Lumens are plenty for me to see clearly at night even at distance of 100ft+.  I think this is a great EDC flashlight.