Thursday, October 27, 2011
Two New Items on the Testing Bench
Well in order to do this, I needed to buy a weapon light mount. I considered all my options, and since this is preliminary testing of this light, I didn't want to spend upwards of $100 on a light mount. I'm not taking the gun to combat - I'm simply testing the light. What chassis is used to fix the light to the gun is not important at this point. However...
Viking Tactics produce a quality piece of gear here, and at $30 shipped, it's a good price. Initially speaking, the mount is very stout, especially being that it is plastic. I know a lot of guys out there will give me shit for buying a plastic mount instead of metal, and they'll toss out all kinds of cliches and stuff like "You pay more for a reason" and "if you want to trust your life with it, you'd better buy something of higher quality like [insert expensive brand name mount here]!"
The fact of the matter is that it doesn't matter how much an item costs. What matters is: does it work? If it works well, then who cares if it didn't cost a ton of money, or have Daniel Defense or Troy or whoever's name etched on the side? The bad guy sure won't know, nor do I think he will care once I "light him up," if ya know what I mean. Besides, if plastic is a deal breaker for you, then you'd better consider selling your AR15 all together. Last time I checked, the stock, grip, PMAG's, and even some people's BUIS are plastic.
I didn't buy the light mount with any intention of trusting my life with it. It's just a vehicle to test various flash lights to see what one I want to run. However, since I'm testing lights with this mount, I might as well evaluate this mount.
One thing I can say about the VTAC mount is I really like how close it keeps the flashlight body to the weapon. It doesn't stick out a mile. It looks really slick. You'll have to pardon the use of tape to shim the flashlight. Viking Tactics includes a shim that allows you to switch from 1" diameter flashlight bodies to .80" but the Scorpion's body is .90" in diameter. Go figure.