Check Your Lights and Optics, May 2017 Edition

May’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results:

Total dead optics found: 2*/11

Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4

Total dead handheld lights: 0/3

Total dead safe lights: 1/3

Total dead headlamps: 0/2

This was a rough month, but we learned some stuff I wanted to share.

First and foremost, my Primary Arms reflex sight (long since discontinued), finally bit the dust. I wanted to confirm zero on my SBR MPA 930SST after the battery died in January. The first two shots were close to each other, but not where I wanted them, so I started adjusting.

My rounds were all over the paper. I thought I adjusted the wrong direction (the optic had no indicator marks), but it was inconsistent. Eventually the optic shut off completely, and I thought the battery was bad. I tapped the top of the optic, and I watched the dot flicker on, and then move slightly.

Rest in peace, little optic.

The second thing we learned this month is to fully charge a battery before using it in a light or an optic. The AA / AAA batteries I buy are “pre-charged,” but I don’t think it was nearly charged up enough to keep up with the She Shepherd’s Meprolight Tru-Dot red dot sight. We replaced the battery in the middle of rifle class (always keep spares!).

I want to try a fresh battery once the alkaline inside conks out.

Lastly, I replaced the AAA batteries in my IKEA motion activated LED light. This thing is super power hungry, and one of the reasons I investigated rechargeable batteries in the first place. From this point forward, the batteries used in the light have “paid” for themselves compared to restocking the Dioder with alkalines.

How’d you do this month?

About the Author:

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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