28 czerwiec 2019
If you ask any expert to define tactical lighting, most will answer that these are flashlight that smell the powder. In other words, flashlights mounted to side-arms and rifles. This type of lighting is used on missions and in the daily work of uniformed services, such as:
• military police,
• CBŚ (Central Bureau of Investigation),
• intelligence and counter-intelligence,
• national security agency,
• border patrol,
• railway police.
The key feature of any tactical flashlight is that it can be mounted to a gun. The flashlight is usually mounted to a rail under the barrel or to the side. The top location, where mechanical and optical sights are usually located, is the less popular spot. First, the size of the flashlight should be matched to the arm's length (different units are used for side-arms and for rifles). The flashlight should be mounted in a way ensuring the best stability. It then should be calibrated in real life conditions. This is because gun-mounted flashlights have laser pointers that help find the target and improve shooting performance. The laser pointer comes in handy in dynamic situations, when there is little time to use mechanical sights to aim and shooting is situational. Using a tactical flashlight lets you react faster in hot situations.
For rifles, larger tactical flashlight are used. The goal stays the same - to find and illuminate the target as quickly as possible. A bigger flashlight produces stronger light, which is important when shooting at longer distances. Talking about flashlights for rifles it is worth going for units offering longer operating time and remote on/off (a cable with a gel switch), thanks to which you can operate the flashlight without letting go of the arm. A stable base is also important - which is why every gram off counts. A good flashlight is a light flashlight. The power in lumens and the beam focus are also important parameters to check. In case of flashlights for rifles, the light beam must be highly focused so that it's easier to pinpoint targets at a distance. Flashlights with crowned heads are useful in hand-to-hand combat (e.g. Defender 02).
Key features of tactical flashlights:
• High waterproof performance – tactical missions and operations must be completed regardless of weather.
• Mechanical resistance – the gear must work flawlessly when penetrating buildings or in the range, etc. Scratch-resistance glass and aircraft grade aluminium are obligatory.
• Resistance to recoil.
• Very high light power and range.
• Focus as needed (adjustable): illuminating larger areas – dispersed beam; precise target acquisition – focused beam. Adjustable via the focus function (e.g. Night Hunter 02).
• Strobo mode (side-arms) for blinding the target and incapacitating it without shooting.
• Flashlights with IR come handy in certain situations.
Usually, other types of flashlights may be called tactical, especially used for specialized tasks in extremely difficult conditions:
• Personal markers - for indicating soldiers and operators during combat or practice (e.g. Mactronic Marker).
• Hand-held flashlights with UV option for inspecting equipment or sites that requires special supervision (e.g. Mactronic UV Beam).
• Patrol flashlights - excellent for managing traffic, evacuation operations or guiding helicopters (e.g. Patrol Charger+).
• Flashlights with RGB filters for hunters, e.g. Sniper 3.2.
• Headlamps with helmet harnesses, e.g. for skydivers, paratroopers and spelunkers – the Nomad and M-Force XTR series.