Preview: Bug-Out Lighting

by
posted on April 23, 2015
gsagi2015_fs-1.jpg (1)

Streamlight has a long history of delivering rugged and reliable lighting equipment for emergency personnel. The company’s line also includes weaponlights and lasers, so unless you’ve been living under a rock, odds are good you’re familiar with the brand and performance. undefined

The company’s latest isn’t gun-specific, but if your bug-out bag is getting a little heavy, or you have an array of lights for an emergency—each with a confusingly different role—the new Sidewinder Rescue may be an ideal remedy. It won’t break the bank, either.

I tried to drown the test light in a bucket of water for several hours, and it never needed resuscitation. According to Streamlight, it’s capable of surviving half an hour submerged at one meter. undefined
 
The Sidewinder’s versatility starts with an LED housing capable of rotating 185 degrees to provide lighting in front, above, behind or at any angle between. It’s a hands-free solution in a variety of situations, even if you always have a headlamp. The main lighting source is a C4 LED capable of providing up to 55 lumens of illumination, which isn’t a lot for tactical use, but that’s not this light’s primary function. An oversized and slightly recessed push button on the housing activates the lights with a single press. Hold it down and it toggles through four brightness settings. Simply release when you reach the desired output. undefinedundefined
 
Two quick presses and the white light kicks into strobe mode (user selectable at a rate of 50 or 120 pulses a minute). A rotary selector knob surrounds the on-off-dimmer-strobe switch, and when turned to the right position allows the use of similarly variable-intensity green, blue and infrared LEDs. Aircraft flying search patterns with night nods would be hard pressed to miss the IR, and if you have to leave a disabled vehicle in darkness, the strobe will make you painfully visible to unknowing motorists.

LEDs cast a very narrow field of illumination, though. To address situations where wider coverage is required, the Sidewinder has a diffuser that can be slid in front of any of the lighting sources. This feature sets this model apart from the rest of its siblings.

Add removable belt and helmet plates, lanyard and molle attachment, and it won’t be long until this versatile little powerhouse finds its way into bug-out and emergency bags. At 4 7/8 inches tall (with the LED housing rotated completely upright), 2 1/4 inches wide and 1 3/16 inches thick, it doesn’t occupy much space. With the provided AA batteries, it tips the scales at only 5 ounces and, best of all, it’s selling for quite a bit less than $99 everywhere I looked.          

Latest

Longshot
Longshot

New 4.4-Mile Shooting Record Set In Wyoming

A new long-distance shooting record of 4.4 miles was set September 13 in western Wyoming by a shooter who requested anonymity. Scott Austin and Shepard Humphries, managers at Nomad Rifleman, near Jackson Hole, Wyo., coordinated the massive undertaking that included a support team at the firing line and multiple spotters downrange to call impacts and document/verify the shot.

Review: Silencer Central Banish 46

The magnum-rated .30-cal. rifle suppressor has long been one of the hottest-selling segments in the silencer industry, thanks to its inherent ability to be used aboard a wide variety of rifles and chamberings, and nearly all suppressor makers offer at least one model of this type as a result.

Handloads: Simple, Reliable, Subsonic 9 mm Luger

Subsonic 9 mm Luger ammunition often fetches a premium across the gun counter, despite how simple it is to make. The key is to couple heavy bullets with a powder that burns with enough intensity to cycle the action, yet not so hot that it launches the projectile into the supersonic range.

New For 2022: Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun

New for 2022, Ruger has re-introduced the lever-action Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun, chambered in .45-70 Gov't. with a 19" barrel.

The Armed Citizen® Sept. 26, 2022

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Review: Savage Arms Stance

With one of its newest offerings, the Stance pistol, Savage recalls its past and proves that its name is not only synonymous with accurate, cost-effective bolt-action rifles.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.