Check Your Lights and Optics: March 2015 Edition

| March 31, 2015 | 5 Comments

I initially decided not to to post these every month, as I was sure no one needed reminders to check the batteries in their lights and optics. I figured you would get bored of reading my reports.

That is, until The She Shepherd pulled out her Olight M18 Striker flashlight in a low light force on force encounter and it was dead. Smug as a bug, I checked my lights and optics yesterday. I was sure everything would be great.

I had two dead lights, including a catastrophic flashlight failure. The power of humility. 😉

Total dead optics found: 0/11

Total dead weapon mounted lights: 1/4

Total dead handheld lights found: 1/5 (I’m not including the dead one found during training, otherwise that number would be 2)

Additionally, the weapon mounted light that was dead had also come free from my rail. I am going to have to re-evaluate how much tension I put on the screw that holds the light to the top rail.

My backup flashlight was dead, and I couldn’t unscrew the tail cap to replace the battery. Turns out the battery exploded inside. I’ll be in the market for a small flashlight I can carry in my pocket.



Check your lights and optics, folks! Did you have any “casualties” this month?

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Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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5 Comments on "Check Your Lights and Optics: March 2015 Edition"

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  1. David says:

    Nope, you should keep posting them. I like the reminders.

  2. Kyliewyotie says:

    Agreed, its a great reminder.

    I have been using a Fenix pd22 that work got me. It is very small, and has held up to being beat up at work. They have a limited edition one that puts out a tremendous amount of light. Its worth a look at imho.

  3. El Jericho says:

    What kind of batteries was Mrs. Shepherd using? I am curious. Lithiums are supposed to be more more resistant to leaks, low temps, etc.

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