Are you looking for a weapon-mounted light that packs such a powerful beam that it hits harder than a punch to the eye? Light technology has progressed to the point that a rail-mounted 2.4-ounce light can deliver a constant 338 lumens of power, or for the ultimate in disorientation power 418 lumens in strobe mode. Of course not many lights can produce this kind of power. However, the XTL from Viridian is not only the exception, it is leading the pack when it comes to small, light and powerful weapon lights.
True, this kind of power does eat batteries; it is unlikely you would use it for hours at a time anyway. Viridian’s XTL runs off a single CR123 battery, saving weight and will power the XTL for 60 minutes in Constant mode or 90 minutes in Strobe. One of the coolest features of the Viridian XTL is the automatic activation thanks to the ECR Instant-On technology. With the ECR (Enhanced Combat Readiness), you press the button to turn the light on and insert it into the holster. Viridian makes a holster for most models of firearm, but also licenses the system to many of your favorite holster manufacturers. Once inserted, the light deactivates. As soon as you draw your weapon, the light automatically activates instantly making it ready to disorient an opponent or enter a fight.
|CREE LED Taclight||338 lumens constant; 418 lumens strobe|
|Battery Life||60 minutes constant; 90 minutes strobe|
|Construction||High-strength Zytel Polymer|
|Activation/Mode||Automatic activation with ECR Instant-On/User-defined operating modes|
Tell us what you think about Viridian’s latest in laser light technology in the comment section.
Growing up in Pennsylvanias game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Daves writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersens Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersens Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!
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