Will this AR-15 weapon light live up to all the hype?
A gear porn bulletin from WATM friends The Mad Duo at Breach-Bang-Clear.
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We'll warn you in advance—we don't know too much about this WML (Weapon Mounted Light) from Firefield (@firefieldtm). The PR company that notified us about it doesn't do the best job of explaining things, or of providing decent imagery (at least, not the correct imagery, though that doesn't necessarily have nuthin' to do with the quality of the ole' lumens) but we'll tell you what we do know.
Given how they describe it, and the pitiful number of lumens it pushes out, it's going to be hard not to make fun of it...though we shall endeavor to persevere.
The Firefield Charge AR weapon light looks a heck of a lot like the PEQ-4, which is tacticool AF. (Photo from Firefield)
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The Charge AR works off a single CR2 battery, pushing 180 lumens of "blinding light" for up to 3.5 hours, activated by either a push-button or pressure pad. You're gonna want one because, "Low-light shooting situations call for an easily accessible flashlight accessory. Whether in a home defense, tactical or hunting situation, clear line of sight and quick target acquisition are extremely important."
Plus, it kinda looks like an AN/PEQ 4.
Firefield says the Charger AR can mount to a rifle's side rail so it doesn't interfere with the forward sight. (Photo from Firefield)
As you can read, Firefield has the dramatic prose down pat! Not surprising. After all, their gear is Forged in victory. "Transform fear to power, panic to excitement and chaos to glory with Firefield."
*Cue Wilhelm Scream here.
The Charge AR is 2.2 ounces and manufactured of aluminum, with an anodized matte black finish. It's compatible with both Weaver and Picatinny rails (a distinction they felt important to make) and designed to throw light offset from the rail to allow use unimpeded by an AR front sight post.
The MSRP on the Charge AR is $35.99 on the Fire-field website, which is good news for everyone saving their dollar bills for the dancing moms.
You can probably find it online for even less if you look.
The direct link to the Charge AR is here:
- Powered by 1 single CR2 battery
- Compact and lightweight
- Push button or pressure pad operation
- Low profile design
- Battery life (hours) - Light-3.5
- Battery Type - CR2
- Body Material - Aluminium
- Bulb Type - LED
- Height (in/mm) - 1.1/28
- IP Rating (waterproof) - IP55-water resistant
- LED Output - 180 lumens
- Length (in/mm) - 2.2/56
- Maximum Recoil - 800g's
- Mount Type - Weaver/Picatinny
- Operating temperature, F/C - -17° to 48° / 0° to 120°
- Shockproof - Yes
- Weight (oz) - 2.2
- Width (in/mm) - 1.65/42
Note—if you were wondering, Pic rails and Weaver rails are damn near the same thing. Pic rails are MIL-STD-1913; their grooves are to be .206-inches wide and should have a center-to-center width of .394-inches to be considered in spec.