Predators thrive in the dark, which hides them while they are waiting to pounce. To stop these things that go bump in the night, tactical lights and lasers can illuminate them, allowing you to identify a target in darkness with accuracy and precision. Here are a few light or laser choices to consider for your self-defense carbine or shotgun.
Inforce WML Tact Light
The WML by Inforce has a 200-lumen output in a focused beam that is designed for close to mid-range scenarios. Four beam modes include constant, momentary high, low, and strobe. Powered by one 123A lithium battery, the run time for the WML is 1.5 hours on high mode and 10 hours on low. Constructed from fiber-composite material, the WML mounts to any Picatinny-style rail without tools. A safety lever blocks the switch from accidentally being activated. Finishes include Black (#2-INF-WML-B-W, $108.24) and Desert Sand (#2-INF-WML-S-W, $108.24)
Surefire M962LT WeaponLight
The far-reaching and high-candela beam of the Surefire M962LT WeaponLight is built for medium to long-range applications. The 700-lumen light is powered by three 123A batteries with a runtime of 1.7 hours. The light body is made of Mil-Spec type 3 aluminum. The Cheaper Than Dirt! price for this item is $625.50 (#17-M962LT).
Beamshot X1-G Green Beam Laser Sight
The X1-G visible green laser from Beamshot is compact and lightweight. It can take the recoil from a .50 BMG without losing zero. The laser dot has four modes: constant on, 2 Hz, 4 Hz, or 8Hz pulse. Dot adjustment clicks are ½ inch at 25 yards. Its power source is two AAAA batteries that give the unit a runtime of 1.5 hours.
The compact and lightweight AR-Laser precision aiming device by Burris is offered with either a Class 1 Infrared or Class IIIa red laser. The AR-Laser’s footprint it is only 1.13 inches above the rail and is available in either inline or offset configurations. A single AA battery powers the unit, and run time is five hours. Cheaper Than Dirt! sells this unit for $749 (#3-0931588).
Crimson Trace CMR-205 Rail Master Pro
Crimson Trace combines a red laser and light in the CMR-205 Rail Master Pro. Compact and rugged, the unit is constructed of tough polymer, which also makes it lightweight. The 5mW red laser and 100-lumen LED light are powered by one CR2 lithium battery. Four operational modes include: laser/light constant on, laser constant on, light constant, or laser/light dazzler. It attaches to any Picatinny/Weaver style rail.
Extreme Beam SX21-HO Remote Switch
The SX21-HO remote switch for SX21-HO tactical lights made by Extreme Beam can withstand recoil up to .50 BMG. Two remote switches are available, an 11-inch straight and 23-inch pigtail. Both switches offer momentary and full-on/full-off capability. The SX21-HO tactical light creates a 220-lumen beam that can project out to 900 feet. Two CR-123 batteries power it. The 1-inch body fits into a 1-inch rail mount, which can then be attached to any Weaver-style rail.
The LaserMax UNI-IR (infrared) unit is the smallest and lightest IR-laser unit available. It only takes up 1.75 inches of rail space, and it uses two 357 silver-oxide batteries. Run time is six hours. The UNI-IR mounts quickly to any Weaver or Picatinny-style rail. For more information go to lasermax.com or call 800-527-3703. Cheaper Than Dirt! sells this unit for $144.03 (#2-LMXUNI-IR).
LaserLyte Sight CM Dual Lens
The CM (Center Mass) unit from LaserLyte offers a user two green-laser patterns: single dot or center-mass pattern. The center mass pattern projects a ring of eight green laser dots with one green laser dot in the center. The circle pattern enlarges at a rate of 1 inch per yard. Either laser pattern is visible in high- and low-light environments. Run time is six hours on one CR-123 battery. Cheaper Than Dirt! stocks this item in Tan ($140.05, #90349) and Black ($140.05, #90348).
CenterPoint Laser and Light Converter Kit
This CenterPoint kit includes an integrated tactical light and laser in one unit that mounts to any Picatinny or Weaver-style rail. The laser can be seen up to 100 yards at night and up to 25 yards in daylight. Both the light and laser are equipped with tactical pressure switches.
MFT Torch Back-Up Light
The Torch Back-up Light from MFT (Mission First Tactical) is super compact and light as a feather. It features a white light and red laser sight. The unit is flat and attaches flush to a Weaver or Picatinny-style accessory rail. Used with a vertical grip, the unit can provide light on an AR platform without bulk.
Which of these tactical lights are you using, or do you plan on using, for your long gun? Share with our readers in the comment section.