The Pocket light challenge

I have been on a quest for the perfect pocket light for a while. I will start this off by saying I have a full time job and my dress requirements do not allow for a full size light. If yours does – rock and roll, more power to you. For those of us that don’t wear cargos all day long or have the ability to wear utility belts, the answer to this conundrum is a pocket light.

My general EDC, be it with a suit or khakis and a polo, is – a pistol (size dependent on dress), a pocket knife (size dependent on dress), wallet, phone, and a pocket light. The pocket light is one of those things like a pocket knife that once you have it in your pocket, it turns into an invaluable tool that you have a tendency to use three or four times a day.

If you ever take a GLOCK armors class, GLOCK has a number of accessories you can purchase when you’re at the class. One of those is a Streamlight Microstream Flashlight (I think they are like $10). At the time, I would just put a full size flashlights in my bag and pull it out if I needed a flashlight. I picked up a couple these lights at the armors course as gifts and decided to keep one for myself. It went into my pocket on day one and has lived there happily for several years.

The Microstream is a nifty little light that has a pocket clip that can also be used to clip on the front of your hat to be used as an improvised headlamp. The light is about 3 ½ inches long and weighs almost nothing of 1 ounce. It’s an LED light that has 43 lumens and has a runtime of about two hours. This was my goto light for years and I think I’m on my seventh or eighth one being they are so small they like to get lost. Every time I go back to renew my GLOCK armors cert I always taken the opportunity to pick up 4 or 5.

While perusing Modern Service Weapons blog, I came along a post by Tim Lau about how he was looking for another alternative to the Microstream. One of the lights he found was Pelican Flashlights 1910B which is about a quarter inch longer than the Microstream and weighs in a 1.5 ounces. But the main selling point is its 70 lumens vs the 43 of the Microstream.

His post got me thinking and I decided to pick one up as they are crazy cheap and while I was on Amazon I looked at what the other options were. The only one I could find at the time that in my mind was reputable was from Surefire. In true Surefire fashion the Surefire Titan is double the cost of the Pelican; that being said it is smaller and has a 115 lumens. Lumens are good especially in such a small light.

After living with these lights for about a year here are my thoughts:

The Microstream is done. The Pelican killed it. Really the only reason I see to get the Microstream is the cool clip that lets you clip it onto your hat as an improvised headlamp. Its a pretty cool clip and that feature works. Next questions you have to ask yourself is how often do you wear a baseball cap. If often, I think you may really want to look at the Microstream. Streamlight needs to do a refresh on this light and bump up the lumens. When that happens I may be going back.

Microstream throw on the right and the Pelican on the left

The Pelican 1910B is a great light. I was originally worried about the durability and I can say that it has not failed me yet carrying it everyday for over a year and using it multiple times a day. Once you go from the 43 lumens of Microstream to the 72 lumens of the Pelican its a done deal. It is a lot of extra light and for $5 more it’s a no brainer. The Pelican has a two modes, a high (72 lumens) and low (14 lumens) which is actuated buy turning on the light via the clicky tailcap and then giving the tailcap a half press. In actual use I never use this feature and Pelican did it right by giving you the high beam first so you can never use the low if you dont want to.

That brings us to the Surefire. This light is awesome! 115 lumens in this tiny little package (smaller than both the Pelican and the Microstream) in slighty unbelievable. The light is tiny, so tiny you can put it on your keychain. So what’s the deal you ask, why am I not carrying the surefire? Because it doesn’t have a clicky tailcap. You have to twist the body like a pen to turn on the light on, which sucks and is slow. The other part that totally sucks and is really the killer of the light is it has two modes – low (15 lumens) and high (115 lumens). To get to high you need to twist the light to turn it one and then twist it again to get to high.

Surefire throw on the right and the Pelican on the left

At the end of the day the process of turning the light on and getting it to high is a painful, slow process compared to clicking the tailcap of the Microstream or the Pelican. But it’s a cool light and if you are looking for a crazy bright light in a tiny package it’s the one to get. I may also be jaded from years of muscle memory of clicking the tailcap.

For now at the beginning of 2017, I am going to stick with the $20 Pelican 1910B. The little bit of extra size is worth it for the extra lumens and the durability. At $20, there is no reason not to have a few laying around.

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Disturbance in the force

The next few weeks are going to be turbulent to say the least no matter who wins the election.

I would recommend that everyone probably stop by the bank and get more cash on hand then normal. You may want to go to the grocery store and fill up the pantry and fridge. I would also recommend that you have all your cars gassed up. I think it’s best to prepare like a big winter storm is coming and you may have to hunker down for a few weeks.

For those that haven’t already voted you may want to think about doing it early when the lines are small to limit the amount of time at the polling place. A lot of chatter as of late for attacks on polling places.

Stay safe!

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The Election is coming

We published this in July and we are pushing it out again as the market is still in your favor. I would say the election is looking more like those against the 2nd amendment have a high probability of winning.

There is an election coming and it’s going to be a shit show no matter what. The boys over at Iraqveteran8888 just did a good video on what to pick up in prep for said election. I would add to the video’s list (lessons learned from the Sandy Hook debacle):

  • Lower parts kits – took a few weeks after Sandy Hook but when they went, they all disappeared quickly and none were seen for at least 6 months to a year after.
  • Mags – pistol and AR/AK. Buy them and leave them in the wrapper, you can sell them when the panic comes. If there is some stupid ban your will be grandfathered in.
  • AR receivers – they are super cheap now (Andreson’s you can find for $39)and you can throw one or two in the safe for later
  • Ammo 556 – Wolf Gold is awesome ammo for the price. You can pick a case or two for right around $300 per right now. That will not be the case in the coming months.
  • Ammo 22lr – if you own a 22lr you know how much of a pain it has been to find ammo. It’s starting to come back around with most quantity restrictions lifted. I would highly recommend picking up as much 22lr as you can find. It’s going to disappear again and you’re not going to see it for at least a year.
  • Pistol ammo – buy a case or two now while it’s cheap.
  • AR15 – If you have been putting of buying an AR now is the time. You can get a great AR for $700 and really great AR for $1200-$1600. These have the ability to dry up in a week or two and they won’t be $700 when they come back.

If you are in the market for a new reddot, bolt gun, other accessories, or scope I would recommend diverting those funds to the above list. You will be able to find those after the panic you will not be able to find the above.

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GLOCK 43 – Cerakoted (Updated)

As I had mentioned in the GLOCK 43 – Getting a better grip post, I have a gunsmith locally that does cerakote and he offered to cerakote my GLOCK 43 in the same color pattern as my Umbrella Corp/BCM SBR. It took a little while, I had to grab the gun from him as I needed it for a few weeks. He called me a few days ago to let me know it was all set.

I have to say I am in love. I don’t really love the 43 as a pistol. I think it’s the best one for it’s size category. It has the benefit of being all GLOCK and I think it is a great backup gun. That all being said, the cerakote really makes it pop. I will keep you guys up to date on holster wear and the general durability of cerakote on a handgun.

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UPDATE:

Had some request for images of the finish wear from use. The images below are from about a year of beating on this 43. I really dont baby my guns – I throw them in bags with other guns, parts and ammo all the time so any random chips are probably from that. Any frame wear is from an INCOG holster. I would say the wear on the frame is indicative of what you will get just like normal holster wear but the frame wear is from abuse. I would add that this gun has not been really cleaned on the exterior so some of the wear may clean up.

 

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Red Dot Use at Close Distances

I just took another weekend AK training class. Always good to get back to the AK. Ever since I have gotten into NFA stuff I have moved more to the AR world and there is something so nice about running an AK at full speed. I am a sucker for the simplicity.

Anyways, while I was there I was ruining my 19 with the RMR on it for transitions. Three people came up to me and discussed how they had guns with RMRs on them and they were OK for longer shots but they didn’t really feel comfortable with them at close range use or for EDC.

I actually hear this all the time from people who have RMRs on their guns and those that have just shot them. I think it boils down to two cases; 1) you have been shooting pistols for 10+ years and thousand and thousands of reps with iron sites and it burned into your brain how to react on the draw of your pistol. 2) People just don’t get how to use a red dot either on a rifle or a handgun – look at bad guy, put dot over bad guy and squeeze the trigger. I think a lot of people focus on the dot and not the target.

Anyways Sage Dynamics just did an excellent video on how to use an RDS handgun at close range and it made me wish he had done it before the class so I could point those guys to this video. It’s a little long but if you have an RDS pistol or looking to get one it’s a must watch.

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