Skimming The “Combat Cream.”
We culled out the products whose only apparent claim to the title “tactical” comes from either getting a fresh camo paint job, being photographed on a bed of mud-spattered leaves, or frame-stamped with a tiny ninja figure—things otherwise about as “tactical” as Timmy’s tricycle. Even at that, there are tons of new truly tactical arms and accessories, and all we can do here is skim the cream off the top, so let’s get started!
Tough Glass & Bright Lights
Meprolight’s battle-tested Mepro 21 day/night reflex sight has been the issue CQB optic of the Israeli Defense Forces for more than a decade, featuring a big bright 30mm lens and both tritium and fiber-optic illumination. Now the Mepro MOR offers both passive and active illumination and two aligned targeting lasers, one infrared for use with night vision gear and one visible. The IDF counts on ’em, and so can you.
Leupold has two tough new tactical tubes getting rave reviews from military torture-testers. The Mark 4 4x24mm HAMR is a compact illuminated scope made for any AR-15 variant. The etched CM-R2 reticle is highly visible even without illumination turned on, and the Xtended Twilight Lens system optimizes transmission of low-light wavelengths. For CQB work, the top is made to mount an optional 3.5 MOA or 7.5 MOA DeltaPoint red-dot sight, requiring minimal head movement to rapidly engage close-in targets.
In even greater demand is the Mark 8 CQBSS – Close Quarters Battle Sniper Scope. It’s amazingly versatile 1.1-8X magnification is just one of its many features. A tank-tough 35mm tube protects an Index Matched Lens System with incredible sharpness, brightness and contrast even in very low light. Exclusive “pinch and turn” windage and elevation controls prevent accidental changes. Two models are offered, one with a BDC reticle optimized for 5.56mm and the other with a BDC set for 7.62x51mm. Both are front focal plane so you get accurate subtensions at all magnifications. Good luck finding one!
SureFire’s latest handheld 2-lithium cell tactical flashlight, the Fury, is a great combination of a power-saving 15-lumen “nav light” and a blinding 500-lumen blaster, both quickly and easily engaged in momentary or constant-on modes with a single or double tap of the tailcap switch. Quality of construction and durability is typically superior SureFire. You’ll have to try the Fury to appreciate the power in this 5″ package!
First, Streamlight developed C4 LED technology, multiplying brightness. Then they worked to fine-tune deep-dish parabolic reflectors. Now both come together in two new weapon-mount lights, the TLR-1 HP and TLR-1s HP, the latter’s “s” designating on-demand strobe function. The “HP” stands for high power, and they’ve got it, with 200 lumens. The parabolic reflector throws a concentrated spot beam out to 400 yards, but still provides smooth peripheral illumination. Multiple mounting keys fit almost any rail system, and remote switches are optional.
By John Connor
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