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UNITY Tactical and TNVC Announce TAPS-DBAL

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

TAPS (Tactical Augmented Pressure Switch) from TNVC and Unity Tactical is a complete one-point command and control system for weapon-mounted electronics. It provides low profile, dual-device control for Surefire/Modlite weapon lights and Steiner DBAL lasers.  TAPS-DBAL mounts directly to any industry standard rail, including M1913 Picatinny, KEYMOD, and M-LOK.  No third party rail adapters are needed, keeping the weapon lighter and sleeker. It features two on-board buttons and three accessory leads.

TAPS-DBAL is designed specifically for use with Steiner DBAL-A3 and A4 models along-side Surefire and Modlite weapon lights.

TAPS-DBAL allows for full functional use of the unique “Visible Override” feature on DBAL-A3 and A4 lasers.  The Y-Splitter Crane Laser leads plug into the standard and Visible Override ports on the back of the laser.  The Light lead plugs into the Surefire or Modlite tail cap port.

Button 1 will fire the DBAL laser in whatever setting is manually selected on the laser housing

Button 2 will fire the white light + DBAL laser visible laser, regardless if it is physically set to an infrared setting.

TAPS-DBAL is the only switch that provides full functional utility of the DBAL-A3/A4 Visible Override feature.  This capability gives users unmatched control of their light/laser combo in all tactical situations. 

Weight: 2.25oz w/hardware

Waterproof: 1 meter for 30 minutes

Meets MIL-STD-801G(1)-512.6

Cloud Defensive LLC Introduces Its Trade-In Program

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Cloud Defensive is doing it again. With a 2-week trial run of its groundbreaking Trade-In Program tested back in January of 2019, Cloud proofed the validity of the concept. And a simple concept it is: Send in your old weapon light (with no conditions on make/model or even functionality – and yes, old retro-fit handhelds qualify too) and they’ll give you $100 off the purchase of one of their new REIN/Torrent light combos or an Optimized Weapon Light (OWL). Both of which are class-leading in both performance, features, functionality and durability. It’s as simple as it gets – and its virtually unheard of in the industry. The Trade-In Program is active as of the time of this publication. All the information you need can be found on the website.

www.clouddefensive.com

“When we rolled out the Trade-In Program in early 2019, it was done because we wanted to see how the world would react to it. We wanted to proof the concept. We ran the program for 2 weeks and had all the proof we needed when it concluded. We’ve since spent the last 2 years building our company, our capability and our manufacturing capacity. All the while looking for a time to re-launch the program and make it a more permanent fixture. With 2021 settling in a bit, we’ve had a second to fast-track a couple of key new product offerings and to dust off the Trade-In Program so we could finally re-launch it.

The idea behind the Trade-In Program is to do something for you most others are just unwilling to do. Specifically, we will give you, the shooter, value for the old kit that you have you don’t want or don’t use anymore. It’s the right thing to do by the customer. And in our corner of the accessory market, I think this is particularly useful. Weapon lights are a bit different than most gun accessories in that while quality lights don’t have a shelf-life, lights do see significant performance updates every few years. And most of us always want the newest and best gear. Which means if you are reading this, you likely have a few older or lower quality lights that are just sitting in a drawer somewhere. Or maybe it’s on your rifle or pistol right now and you want to upgrade. You should get value for that. And from our perspective, the Trade-In Program is great because we don’t care about the lights that you ship us. So, there are no qualifiers on what you send in to get that credit. We only care about the lights that we ship you. And nothing makes that easier for you than offering 100 dollars on a Trade-In Program. We’ve spent some time and resource to get this process largely automated on our website. It’s easy to do. And I made sure we have strong inventory to support this move. If it’s in-stock, it’ll ship same-day your order is placed.

We’re here to make some noise. And this program is doing just that”.

Sean McCauley, CEO

Cloud Defensive LLC

BioLite AlpenGlow Series Shakes Up The Lantern Game

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

Rechargeable Line Inspired by Lighting You Can Only Find In Nature

Brooklyn, NY (July 21, 2021) — BioLite, an innovator in off-grid renewable energy solutions, challenges the traditional camp lantern market with its latest offering, the AlpenGlow Series. The USB-rechargeable lanterns feature a sleek profile, custom white and color LED configuration, and firmware unlocked by an internal accelerometer, bringing sunsets and sunrises to the palm of your hand.

“It’s right there in the name: we were inspired by those breathtaking color blends you catch at daybreak or moments like the Northern Lights,” says BioLite CEO Jonathan Cedar, “with our design, users can select colors to match their mood – lighting plays a huge role in creating a sense of space and place and the AlpenGlow will help you feel at home, whether it’s the backyard or the backcountry.”

Available in two sizes, the AlpenGlow models offer 250 and 500 lumens of cool white illumination. The warm white setting utilizes ChromaReal LED Technology, emitting broad-spectrum light for accurate color rendering in lowlight conditions, a detail that comes in handy for activities like nighttime cooking and photography. Give that same warm white setting a shake, and the internal accelerometer will activate Candle Flicker mode, ideal for moments when an open flame is not available or permitted.

“The internal accelerometer is a really fun detail, but it also does a ton of work for the user,” says VP of Product Management Ryan Gist, “it enables you to interact with the unit in a hands-on way and access a whole range of settings like candle flicker, colorful party mode, and fireworks mode without having to navigate a bunch of buttons. The result is a beautiful lantern that brings the seamlessness of modern interior design to an outdoor setting.”

Perfect for camping, travel, and outdoor entertaining, the AlpenGlow is delightful for all ages. These lanterns are as functional as they are mesmerizing. Both models feature an IPX4 rating, a nesting hook for easy hanging, and USB charge-out capabilities enabling users to keep devices charged or connect to BioLite SiteLights for easy overhead lighting.

AlpenGlow 250 Technical Specifications:
• Lumen Output: 250 HIGH, 2.5 LOW
• 7 Light Modes: Cool White + Dim, Warm White + Dim, Single Color + Dim, Single Color Cycling +, Dual-Color (complimentary) + Dim, Candle Flicker, Party Mode (Dynamic Cycling)
• Light mode speed settings: 3
• Weight: 7.4oz (210g)
• Dimensions: 3.7” x 3” diameter
• 1 USB-A battery output at 3,200 mAh
• Rechargeable via Micro USB
• ChromaReal Technology – Broad-spectrum lighting producing daylight-quality illumination
• Cool, Warm, & Color Modes
• Controls: Press, Press and Hold, Shake (Accelerometer)
• IPX4 Waterproof Rating
• Hangable via nested hook
• Textured gripper ring for no-slip bottom
• Runtime: 5 HIGH, 200 LO, 1 Hour Power Reserve
• $59.95

AlpenGlow 500 Technical Specifications:
• Lumen Output: 500 HIGH, 2.5 LOW
• 8 Light Modes: Cool White + Dim, Warm White + Dim, Single Color + Dim, Multicolor + Dim,
• Candle Flicker, Party Mode, Multicolor Mode, Fireworks Mode
• Light mode speed settings: 3
• Weight: 13.4oz (380g)
• Dimensions: 5.4” x 3.8” diameter
• USB-A battery output at 6,400 mAh
• Rechargeable via Micro USB
• ChromaReal Technology – Broad-spectrum lighting producing daylight-quality illumination
• Cool, Warm, & Color Modes
• Controls: Press, Press and Hold, Shake (Accelerometer)
• IPX4 Waterproof Rating
• Hangable via nested hook
• Textured gripper ring for no-slip bottom
• Runtime: 5 HIGH, 200 LO, 1 Hour Power Reserve
• $79.95

BioLite’s fun, feature-packed AlpenGlow Series can be found at select retailers and BioLiteEnergy.com.

Rheinmetall to Supply the Bundeswehr with Laser Light Modules

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

The Bundeswehr has selected Rheinmetall to supply laser light modules for the German armed forces. A corresponding framework contract has now been signed, which envisages delivery of up to 130,000 laser light modules. To begin with, 2,460 devices worth a total of €3 million will be delivered. For Rheinmetall, the framework contract represents up to €178 million in potential sales. This is the largest order for laser light modules ever booked by the device’s maker, Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics of Stockach, Germany. The framework contract is initially set to run for seven years.

Because the devices can be mounted via a standard inferface onto all assault rifles, submachine guns, machine guns and sniper rifles currently in the Bundeswehr inventory, they will greatly improve the ability of German troops to fight at night. Delivery will begin this year. The Bundeswehr will initially take delivery of 360 devices earmarked for integrated verification management. These will be followed by the remaining 2,100 laser light modules now on order.

The device selected is a version of the Rheinmetall’s latest-generation LLM-VarioRay laser light module. Intended primarily for small arms carried by infantry and other soldiers who fight on foot, it is used for detecting, identifying and marking targets.

Weighing around 250 grams including the bracket, the LLM-VarioRay can be mounted on any assault rifle with a MIL-STD 1913 rail/STANAG 4694 and operated via a trigger cable. It features a powerful white lamp, a red-light laser marker, an infrared laser marker and an electrically focusable infrared illuminator. The light source can be selected with a rotary switch and is infinitely adjustable. The device has a fully integrated, factory-aligned laser block, enabling easy adjustment and alignment of the aiming device and weapon. Together with night observation and thermal imaging devices, it lets German troops perform a full range of operational missions around the clock and in all weathers.

Among other things, the LLM-VarioRay product family forms part of the German soldier system “Future Soldier – Expanded System” (IdZ-ES). It is also in service with the British Army, which calls it the Laser Light Module MK3, and with the Swiss Army, where it is known as the Laser-Licht-Modul 19.

Rheinmetall offers an extensive portfolio of infantry equipment, including a variety of aiming and illumination modules. These were developed in order to enhance the tactical effectiveness of modern small arms. One of these products is the LM-VTAL. Standing for “Laser Module – Variable Tactical Aiming Laser”, it is used by Bundeswehr special operators. Rheinmetall’s aiming and illumination devices are compatible with all standard night observation devices and can be coupled with the “TL-MissionLight”, a separate modular weapon lamp also made by Rheinmetall. Another top-of-the-line Rheinmetall product is the “FCS-TacRay Ballistic”, a rangefinder/ballistic computer for snipers and machine gunners.

Pelican 2490 Light

Friday, July 16th, 2021

You may remember similar lights form AIT, A School or Tech School, but the Pelican 2490 Light is pretty cool.

It features a lot screw-on traffic wand so it will be just as much at home during those low light marches to and from the classroom as it is checking for flight deck FOD (foreign object damage). Powered by 4AA batteries, the 2490 LED produces 64 lumens of clean bright light to ensure maximum communication visibility. And, with a run time of 12 hours, the 2490 LED will outlast a full work shift.

www.pelican.com/us/en/product/flashlights/specialty-light/2490

New Viridian HS1 Lasers and New FDE HS1 Housings

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – July 08, 2021 –Viridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to announce that its celebrated and innovative hand stop laser, the HS1, is now available with a red laser. Both the new red laser HS1 and the original green laser version are available in both Black and Flat Dark Earth housings.

“The HS1 has proven to be exceptionally popular,” said Brian Hedeen, President and CEO at Viridian. “The laser aiming capabilities add to the speed of an already fast rifle design and the minimalist hand stop design is ideal for ergonomic control without getting in the way. And now we’re adding new colors to both the laser and the housing. Fans of FDE can match their HS1 to their rifle’s forend and those who prefer red lasers have that option available, too, in Black or FDE.”

Viridian’s HS1 is the first laser integrated into a hand stop. The shooter’s support hand grips the HS1 and this grip activates the laser. The HS1 provides an intuitive control surface and instantaneous targeting guidance.

M-Lok® mounts make installation effortless and Viridian now offers a picatinny to M-Lok rail adapter. The HS1’s laser adjusts for windage and elevation. The HS1 lasers will be available through retailers, or on Viridian’s website: viridianweapontech.com/hs1.

Features
• M-Lok Mounts
• Grip Activation
• Daytime-visible Green Laser
• Ergonomic Design for varying types of guns
• Single 1/3n battery
• Adjustable for Windage and Elevation

For more information about the Viridian HS1, visit  viridianweapontech.com/hs1.

Sneak Peek – Paddle Shifter from Emissary Development

Monday, July 12th, 2021

This is a pre-production prototype of Emissary Development’s upcoming Paddle Shifter will make it easier to manipulate your pistol weapon light.

They are planning versions for the PL350, Streamlight TLR1, TLR7A and of course the Surefire X300 and all will be Holster Compatible.

Warrior West 21 – Streamlight

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Streamlight showed us two new lights.

The TLR-7 sub is intended for use with subcompact pistols including GLOCK 43 and 48 models as well as SIG P365 models. Powered by a single CR123, this weapon light features an ambidextrous rear switch and offers 500 lumens at up to 1.5 hours.

The Polytac X USB is a 600 Lumen, polymer construction, dual fuel handheld light. It is offered in Black, Coyote and Yellow. It can be powered by a USB chargeable SL-B26 power cell or 2 x CR123 batteries.

Streamlight products are available for unit and agency orders from ADS, Inc.