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Lights and Lasers: It's Easy Being Green

Efficient green laser sights are among the best recent innovations in weapon-mounted lights and lasers.

August 31, 2010  |  by Dave Douglas

SIG Sauer Laser Sights

SIG introduced the G-LAD (Green Laser Aiming Device) this year. It produces a visible green laser beam visible for 60 yards during daylight and one mile at night. It's 20 times brighter than a red laser. The G-LAD produces a target dot smaller than two inches at 100 yards.

The G-LAD is manufactured with an anodized aircraft aluminum housing and includes a mount for Picatinny rails, a momentary activation pressure pad and cord, as well as a momentary pressure-activated tail cap. It easily mounts on any rail equipped gun and has high end optical scope-like adjustments for windage and elevation. It's powered by a single CR123 battery and has a continuous run life of four hours. The G-LAD is 4.7 inches long, 1.2 inches in diameter, and weighs in at 7.3 ounces including the mount. Since it has such great range it can be easily married with a good optical scope for long distance shooting.

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Streamlight TLRs

The folks at Streamlight announced the introduction of the TLR-1s and the TLR-2s, strobe-equipped versions of the company's very popular tactical gun-mount lights. The new lights feature C4 LED technology providing greater brightness than earlier models. The TRL-1s is a white light only system, whereas the TLR-2s features an integrated laser.

The new versions of the lights not only include a strobe function, but deliver more bright light. Both feature enhanced brightness over earlier models and provide the same ease of use when mounting to and detaching from the gun. The mounting system eliminates the need for tools or passing your hand in front of the muzzle.

The C4 LEDs are impervious to shock and put out 160 lumens of bright white light. Both models are powered by 2 CR123 batteries and provide up to 2.5 hours of continuous. Each offers a momentary-to-steady on-off switch and can be accessed by either right or left hands. The TLR-2s also provides a three-position mode selector switch for laser only, LED only, or both modes together. The strobe feature on both is activated with a double tap of the momentary paddle.

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SureFire LED Conversion

If you have one of the older SureFire Millennium Universal Weapon Lights with its tungsten filament light source, SureFire has introduced the new V-Series KM3 LED conversion head. It's a direct screw-on replacement for the existing head on certain Millennium Universal Weapon Lights.

The KM3 produces brilliant white light and intense IR output from a single dual-LED emitter assembly. A bezel selector ring allows you to easily switch back and forth from white to infrared output-and it's self-locking so it stays securely on the selected light output-until you decide otherwise.

The KM3 provides significantly longer runtimes per set of batteries than the older incandescent emitters of similar output. The KM3 head puts out 150 lumens and features SureFire's Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens that produces a comparatively tight beam suited for close to medium range. The O-ring-sealed aerospace aluminum body is Mil-Spec hard anodized in black or desert sand.

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Viridian Laser Sights

Viridian is one of the nation's fastest growing laser sight manufacturers and is focused exclusively on green lasers - hence the name from the Latin viridis, meaning green. They offer compact, powerful, green lasers for military, law enforcement, and civilian markets. Viridian's line is designed to precisely fit specific guns and uses the maximum allowed power.

So far this year the company has introduced the C5 (others will be right around the corner), the world's only subcompact weapon mountable green laser. It's so small it tucks neatly between trigger guard and muzzle with no overhang. It will work not just with subcompacts but with virtually any railed gun.

I know good things come in small packages but this is truly amazing. It mounts easily and contains a more than adequately bright white light as well as its powerful green laser. It runs on one small CR2 battery and has a runtime of four hours in the constant on mode and seven hours in pulsing mode. The laser is fully user adjustable for windage and elevation.

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Dave Douglas retired from the San Diego Police Department five years ago as a sergeant and the department's rangemaster. He held positions in various assignments there including patrol, investigations, bombs and arson, and training. He's a long-time contributor to POLICE Magazine.

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