Check Your Lights and Optics: October 2016 Edition

| November 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

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

Total dead optics found: 1/11

Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4

Total dead handheld lights found: 0/5

Total dead safe lights found: 0/3


The positive news item this month was how well the Nitecore P12 flashlight did at my team tactics / low light class with AIM Precision. I was also pleased with the Monstrum flashlight mount I purchased, despite a slight wobble / slack in the mount.

Some of you commented that the P12 may not be rated for use on firearms. The concussion from my Mini Draco vSBR AK47 is pretty stout, and the AIM class was very dynamic. The P12 was also installed on my 300 Blackout AR15 upper, but this was the first full class I’ve run with the light installed and activated.

I’m pretty confident about the P12’s reliability, and it puts out a ton of light.

Monstrum “makes” low cost optics and accessories. I bought their offset QD light mount to see if I liked the concept, and I did. I was surprised that the mount has survived EDC bag carry on my 300 Blackout and Mini Draco and the AIM carbine class without major issue. There’s slight play at the rail, but it otherwise seems good to go. There’s always a fine line with QD stuff — tighten the throw lever too much and it’s hard to remove the attached device. If you don’t tighten it enough, it wobbles. Balance.

This month’s battery casualty was my fault. I was considering installing back up irons on my PAP M92 SBR AK47 and needed to install a riser for co-witnessing.

I turned the Primary Arms MD-06 red dot on to check the height and forgot to turn it off.

Two weeks later I was moving stuff around in the safe. I check the optic of every rifle I put my hands on. I’d left the PAP M92’s optic on at full brightness, and it was dead.

I’m not sure how long the battery will last on the MD-06 at full brightness (maybe that’s a future test), but it’s less than two weeks.

I used the spare CR2032 battery in the grip to remove the MD-06 battery cover, installed a new batt, and was up and running again in less than a minute. I felt dumb, but at least I had the materials on hand to fix my problem.

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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