Archive for the ‘Lights’ Category

Cloud Defensive Announces Matt Jacques of Victory First as Brand’s Expert Consultant

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

October 26, 2021 – Evansville, Indiana

Cloud Defensive officially announced today that they have engaged Matt Jacques of Victory First as their expert consultant, focused on military/law enforcement applications.

Matt’s career has provided him with a unique combination of experiences that are highly valuable to a cutting-edge manufacturer like Cloud Defensive. After serving as Military Police in the United States Marine Corps, he served several years on a large Northern Virginia Police Department SWAT team as an entry team member. He was later was selected and served as a sniper team member until he was medically retired due to injuries sustained in a line of duty incident. After his retirement, Matt was hired as the Senior Manager of Weapons for FNH USA. He was involved in the FN SPR Precision Rifle Program; FN Belt-Fed Weapons section and the USSOCOM SCAR program. Matt was tasked with the user evaluations and New Equipment Training (NET) for SOCOM and the SCAR family of weapons. Matt left FNH USA in order to return to training law enforcement as a Firearms Instructor for The US Department of State Firearms Training Unit within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, where he was tasked with firearms and tactics training of Federal Agents for Diplomatic Security both stateside and worldwide. Matt left the FTU in 2013 to start Victory First, and has provided expert consulting to companies in the industry under that banner ever since.

The decision to engage Matt as a consultant is just the latest move in Cloud Defensive’s larger efforts to re-shape the illumination market to better serve the needs of military, law enforcement, and civilian end-users.

“The weapon light market has been mostly stagnant for years,” said Sean McCauley of Cloud Defensive, “and we have never been comfortable with the idea of just making something a little better. Hitting the repeat button doesn’t really help anybody ina meaningful way or solve any problems.

Our company exists to identify problems and deficiencies, create solutions, then produce and field the best lighting equipment on the planet. To do that, we rely on ourselves to a very large degree. We are shooters who train hard and stay very in-tune with the community. As such, we know precisely what needs to be made. We are also the design team. We’re the guys who create it all. When you understand what needs to be made and also make the gear, really good things start to happen. But we are not (nor have we ever been) in the military or law-enforcement community. We know a ton of those guys. But we needed an expert who has the depth of experience that Matt brings to the table. We needed a guy who would be able to immediately jump in and contribute in a substantial way. Bringing Matt on as a consultant gives us access to precisely that knowledge, thanks to his extensive first-hand experience in law enforcement, as well as his close relationships with countless law enforcement agencies across the country. We’re honored to have him on board.”

In addition to providing input during the development of new products, Matt’s scope of work will also entail demonstrating the capabilities and decisive advantages of Cloud Defensive lights to law enforcement agencies domestically and abroad as Cloud Defensive grows its capabilities and presence in the space. Matt will also work closely with the Cloud Defensive team as they increasingly move into the training realm as well, with planned low-light courses and educational content on the horizon as the company continues to grow and expand its’ offerings.

For weeks, Cloud Defensive has been hinting on social media about exciting projects they are working on behind the scenes, and this announcement seems to confirm that they are setting up some very big moves. Expect some large announcements on that in the future.  

“I couldn’t be more excited to be working with the team at Cloud Defensive,” said Matt Jacques, President of Victory First. “They have created a compelling product line with industry-beating performance, and as a guy who still believes that ‘Made in the USA’ should mean something, the fact that they also manufacture their lights in-house is icing on the cake for me.  They put out a product that I would stake my life on.”

If your department or agency would like to know more about the capabilities of Cloud Defensive’s weapon lights, please contact Matt Jacques directly via email: [email protected]

Introducing the Thyrm VariArc M-LOK

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Helmet Light Mount with 360? Rotational Indexing

Sunnyvale, CA – Thyrm® is excited to announce that the VariArc® Helmet Mount is now available for helmets with M-LOK® rails. Featuring positive indexing at forward, umbrella and admin angles, the VariArc mount directs light right where you need it with a quick twist.

The VariArc helmet mount features locking teeth biased to the forward position, keeping your light aligned for the most critical uses; but with a firm twist, the VariArc mount unlocks and rotates through 8 additional lower-force index points for administrative tasks and diffused lighting options. Its small footprint and low-profile keep things tidy and the 1913 picatinny rail allows for maximum compatibility with visible and IR lights. Its reinforced polymer construction is built to remain fully functional through extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, sand, water, drops on concrete, and other rough handling. 

Features include:

Positively locks in the forward index position

Picatinny accessory rail with 3 slots and 4 ridges

Retention holes on both ends for dummy wiring critical gear

Durable, reinforced polymer construction with steel hardware

Compatible with M-LOK slots

Available in black and flat dark earth colorways

As with all Thyrm products, VariArc mounts are designed and made in the USA.

To learn more or purchase, head to or your favorite Thyrm dealer. Government orders: [email protected]

AUSA 21 – Safran Optics 1 SLAM D

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Safran Optics 1’s Small Lightweight Acquisition Marker Designator (SLAM D) fills the role of multiple battlefield devices; a tripod-mountable high-power designator, a high-power NIR pointer with pulse feature, a see-spot observation device with laser spot tracking and PRF code counting, and a handheld laser acquisition marker. Designed for one handed operation, it was envisioned to safely designate a target at 5 km but in testing they have performed out past 8 km.

SLAM D’s high-performance Asynchronous Laser Pulse Detection SWIR camera core detects, tracks and brackets laser energy while deciphering up to three laser PRF codes simultaneously.

SLAM D serves as a STANAG 3733 compliant laser device, filling the role of long- range designation and LGB hosting during TGO. The user can program up to three different PRF code presets to allow the user to quickly cycle between codes to designate for different CAS aircraft, or set the code on the fly when an air weapons team checks on station unexpectedly.

Above, you can see the bottom of the SLAM D which gives a better view of the controls and tripod mount.

Additionally, Safran Optics 1 donated $10,000 today to Fisher House which provides housing for military families receiving medical care at major military and veteran medical care facilities.

Seen above are (l-r) Bob Lachance, VP Business Development at Safran Optics 1; COL Walt Kennedy (USA, Ret), Director, Business Development of Safran Optics 1; Marshall Banks, Director of Community Relations at Fisher House Foundation; Joseph Bogosian, President and CEO of Safran Optics 1.

Mr Banks said that they have just opened House number 92 and 93 cents of every Dollar donated goes toward the program. Visitors stays for free while family members receive medical treatment.

You can join in Safran Optics 1 in giving to Fisher House by following this link.

ODG MAWL-C1+ from B.E. Meyers

Friday, October 8th, 2021

B.E. Meyers has produced a limited run of ODG MAWL-C1+ for sale via participating retailers (starting at 1200EDT today, 10/8/21). All the MAWL-C1+, all the ODG. Happy hunting.

Participating retailers include:
Rooftop Defense
MOD Armory
OP Tactical
Big Tex Ordnance

Unity Tactical Announces the Release of the Spark CAGE

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

The Spark CAGE increases the versatility of the popular SPARK Marking Light. Molded from impact resistant polymer, it secures a single SPARK via press-fit. All four sides feature a split pass-through for standard 1? webbing. Integral rare earth magnets allow it to attach to most metal surfaces.

Rampart Range Day 21 – Rheinmetall Vampire

Friday, October 1st, 2021

The Vampire is Rheinmetall’s laser aiming device for rifles and carbines.

It is equipped with a red visible aiming laser, an IR aiming laser, and an IR illuminator (near IR illuminator if diffuser is closed), as well as a short wave infrared (SWIR) aiming laser and a SWIR illuminator. All lasers are co-aligned to bore sight with a single adjustment.

Additionally, there is an eye-safe training mode for force on force training.

Powered by two CR17345/CR123 batteries and waterproof up to 30m for 2h (IP68).

Rheinmetall products are available for unit and agency orders within Canada from Rampart International.

DSEi 21 – SureFire Micro Scout Light PRO

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Seen in the wild, SureFire’s Micro Scout Light Pro is their lightest, most compact Scout series WeaponLight.

A lot of people commenting when it was released didn’t understand that it is intended for applications such as this SIG Rattler, seen in the Edgar Brothers booth at DSEi.

Weighing in at just 2.1 oz, the Micro Scout Light PRO offers 300 lumens from a single rechargeable AAA battery that delivers 1.25 hours of constant runtime.

Introducing the TNVC EXCLUSIVE ECHO Arms CQBL Intergrated Light Mount (ILM)

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The ECHO Arms CQBL Integrated Light Mount (ILM) is a machined 6061 aluminum replacement body for all Surefire 3v Scout Lights and compatible tailcaps and heads with an integrated mount that allows it to be used with the Steiner eOptics CQBL-1 IR/VIS Laser Aiming Module by replacing the factory CQBL rail mounting bracket.

The low profile, one-piece body design closely hugs the CQBL-1, giving users a complete IR/VIS Aiming Laser and integrated weapon light – when combined with a dual spectrum light like the Surefire M3xxV family, the ECHO Arms CQBL ILM gives the user complete IR AIM/ILLUM and VIS AIM/White Light capabilities in a compact package that is less than 4.5″ long, 6.3″ wide, and 1.4″ tall, making it ideal for PDW, SMG, and PCC applications where rail space and accessory mounting and integration space is extremely limited.

Made exclusively for TNVC, the ECHO Arms CQBL ILM is available in both Black and Tan anodized finishes and includes a replacement mounting screw to install the light mount.

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, TNVC is offering specially priced CQBL ILM Bundles including a Steiner eOptics CQBL-1 laser system and Surefire M300V Dual Spectrum Vampire Light, starting at $1,229.80 – a savings of almost $300 from MSRP, and available in both Black and Tan.

The bundle package provides users with a COMPLETE, full-service IR/Visible Accessory suite for smaller weapons with a 250 lumen White Light and Red Visible Aiming Laser and 100 mW IR illuminator and 0.7 mW IR aiming laser for less than the cost of most Multi-Function Aiming Lasers in a much more compact package.