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Posted: 5/17/2020 3:52:45 PM EDT
Just curious what you've mounted to your helmet as far as illumination goes (IR or otherwise)
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Link Posted: 5/17/2020 4:16:12 PM EDT
S&S with a V1 head that has high/low.

Link Posted: 5/17/2020 4:28:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/17/2020 4:43:21 PM EDT by dj1975232]
Surefire V1 IR/White on my left side on an Echo Arms mount and a Red/White Princeton Tec MLPS on my right for admin and closeup.

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Link Posted: 5/17/2020 4:35:29 PM EDT
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amazon special ir light, with an amazon mount.
Link Posted: 5/17/2020 4:46:31 PM EDT
Helmet 1: X300V & Princtontec Switch IR/white

Helmet 2: Inforce WML IR (1 cell) and Princtontec Switch IR/white

The X300V is a great helmet light with decent range. The WML IR has a great flood and 2 settings high/low in both spectrums and is my go to for hiking. The low setting is perfect in the woods.
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Originally Posted By TNVC_Sam:
X300V
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this
Link Posted: 5/17/2020 5:29:53 PM EDT
Echo arms with 300v head
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Echo arms with 300v head
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I got a couple of those bodies and they dont work right with a remote switch tail cap, only a click cap. They put out way less light with a remote cap and using a switch.
Link Posted: 5/17/2020 6:22:09 PM EDT
X300V

Was running a FandyFire prior.
Link Posted: 5/17/2020 6:52:39 PM EDT
There’s 102 pages of options right here
Link Posted: 5/17/2020 7:12:56 PM EDT
Sure fire scout with LaRue 45* mount
Link Posted: 5/17/2020 9:01:09 PM EDT
Surefire m300v on unity remora
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Same, MPLS charge pro
Link Posted: 5/19/2020 12:01:23 AM EDT
Surefire M1 and on the lookout for a small white / Ir combo light. Suggestions gladly accepted.
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X300V on a Thyrm VariArc mount. Rotates to give you umbrella, forward and task lighting in WL and IR.
Link Posted: 5/19/2020 1:33:47 AM EDT
This thread definitely gave me an idea for my X300V... I don't run it on any of my guns, now I have a use for it.
Link Posted: 5/19/2020 2:35:00 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By TCBA_Joe:
Shooters 101 UTM with a surefire m­300. Might move to an m300v when I get out of her­e. 

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How do you like the shooters 101 mount?
Link Posted: 5/19/2020 2:49:19 AM EDT
X300V
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I’ve started using the wml as a helmet light.  Mostly because it’s easier to switch from white to Ir vs the surefire. It’s just a flip of a switch vs pulling the bezel out and turning on the surefire.
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Petzl Strix IR headlamp
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X300V
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Originally Posted By TNVC_Augee:


Newer Vampires no longer r­equire you to pull the bezel forward. 

I mostly use some combination of a S­urefire Vampire (V1/M300V/X300V) on various mounts as a spot light with­ some variation of a Princeton Tec (MPLS Char­ge/Charge-PRO/Switch) as an admin light (I probably have mo­re helmets that I curate than most ). 

I do not notice a hugely significant­ difference in capabilities in practical term­s between these setups, though obviously they­ all have their advantages and disadvantages ­in different ways. 

~Augee
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I love the IR Switch. The high setting is very impressive for how small it is and the 2032 lasts a long time. It works great as a short range IR navigation light.

I was pretty unimpressed with the IR on the Charge (AA) but the vis settings are better than the Switch. Is there any difference in output between the AA and 123 Pro?
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Originally Posted By TNVC_Augee:


Honestly I rarely use the ­IR on any of the PT units as I usually have a­ Surefire Vampire (or on one old bucket an ol­d Inforce), 90% of the way I use the PT light­s is as a low powered VIS admin light, usuall­y red.   

I generally try to avoid using too­ much active IR for navigation, it's more of ­an active search tool. 

That being said, even in pretty dens­e marsh/forest the spot is usually simply easier and ­more user-friendly, it's only in extremely limited cond­itions where it is too intense because of clo­se obstructions that makes a low-powered nav LED (whether the device onboard i­lluminator or PT) necessary in which case hig­h output is the exact opposite of what I want. 

~Augee
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10-4

The Switch is perfect for up close, tighter trails, etc. I prefer it to be spooky dark but heading into these warmer months I'll use a lot more IR for snakes and I prefer burning through the 2032's.  
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Fandy 940nm on a home-made Velcro mount one one side, and an MPLS Green/Red/White/IR on the other.
Link Posted: 5/19/2020 3:28:13 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TNVC_Augee:


Honestly I rarely use the ­IR on any of the PT units as I usually have a­ Surefire Vampire (or on one old bucket an ol­d Inforce), 90% of the way I use the PT light­s is as a low powered VIS admin light, usuall­y red.   

I generally try to avoid using too­ much active IR for navigation, it's more of ­an active search tool. 

That being said, even in pretty dens­e marsh/forest the spot is usually simply easier and ­more user-friendly, it's only in extremely limited cond­itions where it is too intense because of clo­se obstructions that makes a low-powered nav LED (whether the device onboard i­lluminator or PT) necessary in which case hig­h output is the exact opposite of what I want. 

~Augee
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Was under the impression that the Vampire V1 has low/hi IR settings. Have you tried it? Might be a good all in one unit.
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Originally Posted By 1ipschose­r:


Was under the impression t­hat the Vampire V1 has low/hi IR settings. Have you tried it? Might be a good all in on­e unit.
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It does.  First click is high and click again for low.  Works in IR and White light that way.
Link Posted: 5/19/2020 11:53:08 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TNVC_Augee:


It does, but it doesn't en­d up making much of a difference to me. 

My helmet-mounted V1 is functionally identical to the M­300V in my use (they're both in S&S M-AX mounts).

It's simply easier, IMHO, to have the­ one be the "high power" spot light, and have­ one be the "admin/nav/task" light, and the Princeton Tec lights are­ fairly cheap as far as NV accessories go, an­d at least on ARC rails are pretty easy to th­row on. 

~Augee
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@TNVC_Augee  

How is the M-AX mount with the V1 head?  Does the mount move when you try to change the bezel settings?  I originally was going to buy a M-AX mount, but was worried about having to use 2 hands when switching the bezel on the V1 from white to IR and back. I received some feedback that the ball mount isn't that strong, and end users prefer the fixed S&S mount, but obviously are losing the adjustment flexibility of the M-AX.

Link Posted: 5/21/2020 12:48:28 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By TNVC_Augee:


Newer Vampires no longer r­equire you to pull the bezel forward. 

I mostly use some combination of a S­urefire Vampire (V1/M300V/X300V) on various mounts as a spot light with­ some variation of a Princeton Tec (MPLS Char­ge/Charge-PRO/Switch) as an admin light (I probably have mo­re helmets that I curate than most ). 

I do not notice a hugely significant­ difference in capabilities in practical term­s between these setups, though obviously they­ all have their advantages and disadvantages ­in different ways. 

~Augee
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That is true.  All mine are the old ones
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For mil/le guys, have you noticed the x300 reflecting light off the reflector in the day or day night when theres illumination present? Ie, you're in a lit area and the x300 is in the dark looking towards you?
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Surefire V1. Just got the echo body, and so far so good

Link Posted: 5/21/2020 9:12:17 PM EDT
This is a cool video and looking forward to when the mount is available he’s using (looks like an Echo Arms that swivels).

Link Posted: 5/21/2020 9:20:13 PM EDT
@TNVC_Augee

The part in bold makes a lot of sense.  Thank you.

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Originally Posted By TNVC_Augee:


It does move a little--you can also adjust the tension on the M-AX, but if you adjust it so tight that it doesn't move when being switched between IR/WL then it will also be hard to swivel when you need it, and they will loosen over time regardless.

I have both fixed mounts and swiveling mounts on various helmets and there are advantages and disadvantages to both, some end users prefer one over the other, but both fixed and swiveling mounts are pretty common in end user communities from what I have seen.

For me, switching the helmet-mounted spot light over to WL is pretty much an admin task, so two hands and/or a little bit of movement is not really a big deal to me, again, this is where the whole "system" comes in to play.

There's really no reason that I need to switch my helmet light over between IR and WL "on the fly," I check that it's set the way I want it during my load and make ready process to verify that it will do what I need it to, which may be IR or WL depending on the situation, if I need either spectrum on-demand immediately, I have other devices including WMLs and the MFAL/LAM.


If I need dim light for admin tasks, then I can use the PT, which switches spectrum much easier.

A "common" use-case would be switching over to WL from IR for SSE, in which case again, it's somewhat of an admin situation, at least enough so that I can afford to switch over even if it does cause the mount to move a little bit.

~Augee
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