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Posted: 1/6/2005 2:35:12 PM EDT
VIKING TACTICS  LIGHT MOUNT

Man I just got one of these in the mail and it cost my $25. total to the door.

Placed it on the rail, put a light in it and it works great.
2 screws to tighten it to the rail
3 screws to tighten to the light.

I had to give them some props for the product.a

www.vikingtactics.com/ForSale/LightMount/VikingTacticsLightMount.htm
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 2:47:29 PM EDT
looks nice, is it all steel?
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 12:05:59 PM EDT
By looking at it , it is either plastic or some type of polymer.

But I am saying Plastic.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 12:56:14 PM EDT
How was the customer service? Just curious. Like the looks of the mount, just never dealt with the company.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 1:03:46 PM EDT
No quick release feature - I can't change out the light, or remove it from the rail and use another if the primary light goes down.

I'll pass.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 3:07:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2005 3:14:30 PM EDT by Onslaught]
SWEEET!

I don't need QD on my flashlight.... Not like I'd have a second, weapons mounted light on me anyways.

FUBAR, this is one of the best "hey I just found this" threads I've seen in a while... I'm ordering one right now.  THANKS!

EDITED to add:  Just ordered it!  I'll give it a good once over, and if I really like it, I'll get a second for my Storm.  $9.00 shipping and handling though... that was steep!

You know, it might be quite possible to get some sort of thumb screw to replace the allen screws and make is kinda QD...
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 4:48:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2005 4:49:38 PM EDT by KL01]
If you contact the company directly instead of using PayPal they don't charge the 9.00 shipping and they invoice you, so you can pay by check.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 4:58:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Forest:
No quick release feature - I can't change out the light, or remove it from the rail and use another if the primary light goes down.

I'll pass.



Hey, Forest.

I got some of that TDI gear you were talking about.  Pretty good, low cost, sturdy, and flexible stuff. w00t!
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 6:57:48 PM EDT
Yeah - They are a good company.
Good service and product.

If they have anything in the future that I need I will not hesitate.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 8:38:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By markm:
Hey, Forest.

I got some of that TDI gear you were talking about.  Pretty good, low cost, sturdy, and flexible stuff. w00t!



And quick release with a push of a button.  I'm adding them to all my lights so even my handhelds can be pressed into duty should the mounted light fail.

Which reminds me I need to place another order for them..
Link Posted: 1/8/2005 5:02:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By URFUBAR:
Yeah - They are a good company.
Good service and product.





I have this mount and I agree on both points 100%
Link Posted: 1/8/2005 2:52:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:26:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2005 6:29:13 AM EDT by Onslaught]
OK, my mount just came in, and I thought I'd share my experiences...

REALLY light weight.  Lighter than the little 1" scope ring I was using.

Although the mount is plastic, I tried to break the ring by squeezing it, flex it in some way, and literally tried to tear up my new mount in my hands.  I couldn't.  I'm sure I could run over it and break it, or MAYBE stomp it into submission, but with a flashlight in it, I doubt it would break then.

The ring for the flashlight is a single solid piece, and the flashlight is secured with 3 SET screws.  At first I was not happy with this, until I put my Laser Products "Operator" weapon light in it.  It just turns out that the three set screws line up PERFECTLY with the very deep grooves machined into these flashlights.  Even before the light was tight, the set screws in the grooves wouldn't allow it to move forward or backward while I turned it to get the switch in the right position.  I have a 100% no-slip mount for sure.

On to the mounting screws.  Also by blind chance, I pulled a screw from one of my Yankee Hill 1/2" risers...  Exact same threads, and EXACT same length!  What this means is that I should be able to purchase two of the thumb screws from YHM and make this mount a "tool-free" installation.   Not as "QD" as Forest's very nice TDI products, but all I need considering I like the side mounting of this mount.

THE BAD...

The only thing I found that wasn't 100% about this mount is this... It mounts SO close to the rail, that on my Daniel Defense rail with XT panels, it's a little TOO close.  The mount starts at an angle and is pulled into place when tightening the screws, and the flashlight itself pushes into the XT panel a bit.  No big deal, but not 100% either.  If I were using KAC or TD panels, it may not fit at all since they're plastic and can't be squished.  I'm sure if I used the top or bottom rail, rather than the slimmer side rails of the DD, it wouldn't do this.  I probably also wouldn't do this with any other brand, BUT the slimmer side profile is what I like about my DD.

Overall, I like this mount for the price.  I will be e-mailing BrightFlashlights about a couple of thumb screws, and worst case scenario, I'll move this thing over to my Beretta Storm and try again.  But I think it's a keeper.

Thanks again for the heads-up URFUBAR!
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:34:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Boom:
Forest what mount are you talking about?


The TDI mount.  Brightflashlights sells them.  They are built along the same idea of the Fobus/First Samco mounts.  However they are much improved (and come in 3 colors).  Instead of a wedging block they use a strap that you can tighten (much more secure - especially with aluminum lights).  Also, instead of having a sing button/retention point the TDI had two buttons (levers actually) for doulbe the strength and a bit of redundanct.  They weigh and cost about the same as the Fobus units.
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