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Review: INFORCE WML

There was a time when weapon lights were large, heavy, and expensive. Those days are long gone. The INFORCE WML is none of those things and that is what makes it great.

The INFORCE WML mounted on a Daniel Defense M4 FSPM rail

Overview

The INFORCE WML is an LED weapon light that has an output of 125 lumens for 2 hours. It accomplishes this with just 1 CR123 battery. The single battery form factor and fiber composite construction keep the weight of the WML down to an astounding 3 ounces including the battery.

Polymer construction can be hard on some LEDs lights since the polymer doesn’t allow the LED to shed heat. Prolonged overheating can shorten the life of an LED. INFORCE accounted for this by making the bezel out of aluminum wrapped in polymer and adding cooling vents in the polymer that allow the LED to shed heat.

These vents on the polymer covered aluminum bezel help the LED shed heat.

The WML does not require tools for installation. It has one of the best “lock-out” solutions that I have ever seen on a light. The model that I am testing has a multi-functional switch that allows for high, low, and strobe modes to be accessed from the same switch. The WML that I am testing in this review is the white light only model with multifunctional switch (there are also white light/IR and momentary only models).

Quality

The WML seems to be well built. It shrugs off impact and survived being submerged under 12” of water overnight in my test. The polymer feels durable and is thick where it needs to be thick. There are no obvious (to me) weak points on this light.

The LED is clean and well centered in the reflector. The reflector and interior of the lens are also clean and dust free.

The WML is very low profile. The sloped button on the rear sits nicely under the thumb.

Beam Profile

The WML has a fairly wide beam profile. The beam is more intense at the center and has a fairly bright spill beam. The beam is very well balanced for a mix of throw and spill so the hotspot is not as defined as some lights. I find it to be a very useful beam profile.

Single Battery Form Factor

I really like the single battery form factor of the WML. It keeps the light very compact and very light weight. It also keeps this light fairly easy on the wallet since you’ll use less batteries. The WML provides 125 lumens of light for 2 hours on just one battery. Most of my other lights require two batteries to provide similar output and runtime.

Note how thick the rails are on the underside of the WML.

Switch

The WML’s switch is probably the most unique and noticeable feature. The switch is a mostly flat rubber pad on the rear of the light that slopes gently from the top of the light down to the rail. This creates a switch that is very ergonomic to use.

The switch also allows the user to change the light’ output depending on how they interact with it. If the user clicks the switch, the light will come on in high mode and stay on. Click the switch again within 2 seconds to enter low mode. Double clicking the switch while in any mode will activate the strobe feature. For momentary mode, press and hold the switch for a ½ second (or longer) and the light will turn off when you release the switch. The light can also be reprogrammed to come on in low mode first and the strobe can be deactivated.

This lock out bar that prevents access to the switch is an ingenious feature.

Lock Out

The ability to easily lock out a weapon light is important for a number of reasons. It prevents accidental light discharge and prevents depleting batteries by accidentally activating the light during transport. Most lights can be locked out by backing off the bezel, the tailcap, or both. This works, but if the operator attempts to activate his light and finds that it is locked out, there is no quick way to bring the light into action.

The WML features 2 different lock outs. The bezel can be twisted to completely deactivate the light or a small bar can be pivoted up over the switch to block physical access to the switch. This set up is ingenious. The bar physically blocks access to the switch but doesn’t deactivate the light. If the user attempts the activate the light but the switch is blocked by the bar, it can be felt immediately and pivoted out of the way with the user’s thumb in one motion and without breaking the support hand grip on the rifle. I can’t over emphasize the cleverness of this set up.

If you like to mount your lights on the top rail, the WML is ideal.

Mounting Locations

I found that the WML works in a number of mounting location. It worked very well mounted on the support side rail in combination with a vertical grip or handstop. It also works very well on a short rail section mounted on the side of Magpul’s MOE Hand Guards. My favorite place to locate the WML is on the top rail of an extended free float rail. This location allows ambidextrous access, it works no matter which side you are shooting around cover, it minimizes the effect of shadowing caused by the barrel by directing shadows downward where they can’t be seen by the shooter, and it is low profile enough to stay out of the way of your iron sights or optic.

In Use

The main thing that I wanted to test while using the WML is whether or not the switch was too complicated for a weapon light. I found that it was generally easy to learn but there was some learning curve. When you are first learning how to use it, you may find that you accidentally drop into low mode or strobe. This may or may not be a big deal to some users and I found that with time and practice, the light is quite easy to use. Still, I can see why a momentary only option was so highly requested.

The rail clamp is easy to operate and does not require tools.

The lights that I use on most of my rifles weigh about 6.5-7 ounces including the mounts and batteries. The WML weighs only 3 ounces and it is a difference that can be felt on some of the rifles. The extremely light weight on the WML is definitely one of its best attributes.

You have to spend time using the WML to really appreciate the shape of the switch. The shape of the switch makes it very comfortable to use and allows it to be mounted in a number of different locations. I also find that it is very forgiving of how you press it. It can be pressed forward (parallel to the bore) like a typical tail cap switch, in (perpendicular to the bore), or any angle in between. If you can get a digit on the switch, you can press it.

I have already mentioned the lock out bar but it bears repeating. This is an extremely clever solution to preventing accidental light discharges. No other lock out system that I am aware of prevents access to the switch but allows the user to overcome it instantly in the event that the light is locked out when needed.

The switch seems to fall naturally under your thumb no matter where you mount the WML.

Conclusion

It is hard not to like the WML. It is light weight, compact, bright, ergonomic, versatile, and clever. The switch is probably more complicated than I prefer but INFORCE has rectified that with a new momentary only version of the WML. The WML might be the best value in weapon lights right now but that doesn’t mean it is good because it is relatively inexpensive. This is a good weapon light period.

Check out the INFORCE WML on INFORCE-MIL.com.

 

TAREINCO SOB-Pouch

The new Survival Options Belt-Pouch (SOB-Pouch) from TAREINCO is a compact, concealable, belt pouch that is designed to carry small survival items. The SOB-Pouch also has a trick up its sleeve. It can be removed from the wearer’s belt just by pulling a webbing tab.

This pouch looks like a very unobtrusive way to carry small survival or EDC items. Most belt pouches on the market are far too noticeable and they look a bit, well, silly. The SOB-Pouch hugs the belt and is hardly noticeable, especially when covered by a shirt.

If you need to access the contents or remove the pouch for any other reason, you can simply pull the tab to remove the entire pouch from your belt. This gives you easy access to the contents of the pouch. This easy-off, quick access functionality would make the SOB-Pouch great for a small first aid kit.

The SOB-Pouch isn’t available yet, but you can check out TAREINCO.com or TAREINCO’s Facebook page to stay in the know.

Why We Train: Situations Can Deteriorate Rapidly

I recently came across an article written by a deputy sheriff in Louisiana who posted on Jim Rawles’ excellent site, SurivalBlog.com. If you have never checked out his site, I highly recommend poking around over there as he’s compiled a lot of excellent information and updates daily. Your first reaction to the story maybe something like, “Well, how come I didn’t hear about that on the news?!” I never realized how selective news reporting was in terms of crime until I became a police officer and had the opportunity to be on many scenes that received, or should have received, news coverage.

Today more than ever everything is politics. Local politicians are under increasing scrutiny to “do something” about terribly high crime levels in many urban areas. Often, part of that “doing something” means downplaying crime issues and working hard to re-classify crimes so that fewer incidents make it into the hard stats that get turned into the FBI annually. Big sports towns are especially susceptible as local politicians court teams and work hand in hand with local media to cultivate a positive image of a particular city.

I’m not crying conspiracy here, but as is often the case real truth must be searched for and you can’t depend on anybody to spoon feed it to you. Want to really know what goes on in your area? Befriend a local cop and you might get the straight scoop even though sometimes cops are punished for telling people the truth about their neighborhoods.

Anyway, I digress back to the point.  Read the following description of how fast near anarchy broke out almost immediately after a local power outage. Are you ready to deal with a protracted situation like this? Is it time to start heeding the warning signs and make that move to another location that you’ve been delaying? There are also some good preparedness suggestions at the end of the article.

Check out the full article SurvivalBlog.com.

Jon Responds

Thanks, Matt, for the generous introduction and the opportunity to contribute to the blog. Matt is a pretty impressive, knowledgeable gear guy with a good sense of what works and what doesn’t. I too am very interested in guns and gear but focus will be different.

My contributions will include posts about maximizing fitness, providing motivation to train, and some LE perspective on current events and news stories that I think might interest you as readers. I’m also excited to try my hand at a few firearms reviews and share what I have found that works well in its prescribed role. You won’t want to miss a day here at the blog!

More Info on the Marker Panel, Individual, Lightweight from Battle Systems

Battle Systems gave us some additional information on their improved VS-17 based marker panel. It is tentatively named the Marker Panel, Individual, Lightweight. In the previous post, we noted the Velcro field for IR patches, light weight material, and compact size. Battle Systems has also clued us in on some additional functionality.

The panels will feature loops at all 4 corners. These loops will allow the panel to be lashed to gear like your pack. These loops will also allow the panels to be connected in order to increase the visual signature of the panels.

Battle Systems will be offering the Marker Panel, Individual, Lightweight in “fire team packs.” These packs will include 4 panels, 4 carabiners, and 4 IR patches. The carabiners can be used to attach the panels together.

Keep an eye on the Battle Systems website and Facebook page for more details.

John Felushko Joins Blue Force Gear

SAVANNAH, GA—May 14, 2012—Blue Force Gear® announced today that John Felushko will join the company as Product Line Manager, reporting to Blue Force Gear CEO Ashley Burnsed.  Felushko comes to Blue Force Gear from Canadian outdoor brand Arc’Teryx LEAF, where he has been Business Unit Coordinator since 2008.  He will be responsible for Blue Force Gear’s product strategy and the expansion of retail presence in domestic and global markets.

“Our passion is building game-changing products for the world’s best customers and John shares our vision for the future like no one else we’ve met,” said Ashley Burnsed, Blue Force Gear’s CEO. “His exceptional experience bolsters our commitment to deliver the best products and we are thrilled to have him join our team.”                                     

Before joining Arc’Teryx, Felushko’s background includes extensive outdoor retailing experience with companies including The Expedition Shoppe and Bushtukah Great Outdoor Gear where he gained valuable insights into improving the customer experience with high performance outdoor equipment.  Among other International travels, he taught English in Istanbul Turkey and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Carleton University with concentration in International Relations.
About Blue Force Gear, Inc.

Blue Force Gear® designs the best weapon slings in the world and leads the lightweight equipment revolution with its Ten-Speed™ multi-use pouches.   They have also reinvented MOLLE compatible pouches with the revolutionary Helium Whisper™ system and recently introduced RED™ Swivel which is redefining the future of gun sling connections.  Amazing innovation and attention to detail set Blue Force Gear apart from others in the tactical equipment industry.

Press Contact:
Brittney DeVane
Blue Force Gear
brittney@blueforcegear.com
(877) 430-2583

Blue Force Gear, Ten-Speed, Helium Whisper, and RED are trademarks of Blue Force Gear, Inc.  Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Shellback Tactical/TAG Touch Screen Gloves

Here is a first look at the upcoming touch screen compatible tactical gloves from Shellback Tactical and TAG. These gloves allow you to operate touch screen devices like tablet computers and smart phones without removing your gloves.

The gloves are in the testing and evaluation process right now so details are sparse. I will share details as they become available.

I should also take a moment to welcome Shellback Tactical as the newest advertising partner on JTT. I am excited to have them on board, especially since they make one of the all time great value pieces in tactical gear – the Banshee PC. Thank you Shellback Tactical!

Check out Shellback Tactical’s website and Facebook page.

Magpul MagLink Magazine Coupler Now Shipping

The Magpul MagLink Magazine Coupler is now shipping to dealers and distributors. This magazine coupler can be use to join 2 PMAG 30 or PMAG 30 M3 magazines.

Check it out on Magpul.com.

Californian Denied CCW Permit, Uses Handgun to Defend Neighbor

Yih-Chau Chang, of Examiner.com, reported the amazing story of a Californian citizen who’s CCW application was turned down at the whim of his local police chief for not demonstrating “good cause,” as if a fundamental and enumerated right wasn’t cause enough. 2 1/2 months later the same citizen used his handgun to protect his neighbor and detain a criminal until police could respond.

I can only hope that stories like these will keep the pressure on California and other states to recognize their citizen’s fundamental rights.

Read the article on Examiner.com.

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