I am looking for a relatively cheap yet effective light. I am familiar with the SureFire but less so with the Pentagon series. Therefore I want to see how they compare.
First, do the tail cap switches on the Pentagon series work in a similar manner to those on the Surefire?
Which is brightest?
Next, I have a few questions about mounting options. Since these lights are going to be used on my spare AR's, I'm not going to buy KAC or Larue fore ends just so I can mount a $50 or $100 light on them. All I want is a light mounted at 6 o' clock, to be used in conjuction with a GG&G vertical foregrip and activated with the knuckle of my forefinger. I haven't yet decided on what handguard to use but it will probably be the GG&G UFIR rail on the standard handguards or a Fobus M-33. Remember, I want to keep it simple and low cost. Plus, I don't plan on mounting any optics on whatever I choose. I'll flat-top mount those. All I want in addition to that is just the light and foregrip, therefore I have no need for a $250 quad rail forend.
Therefore, what mounts have you found best suited to this type of mounting situation? What about the Fobus mount? Or 1" scope rings? If rings, what type would be best suited to getting the light at the right position, away from the underside of the gun but within easy reach?
I know that's a slew of questions, but I prefer asking them ahead of time as opposed to being sorry later.
Well, I have a thread going right now about sight tower mounts. I have found some cheap and they would allow either a 9:00 or 6:00 mount on either side of the tower. I haven't tested mine yet though and am seeking feedback on whether or not they affect accuracy/point of impact.
I note that a number of different manufacturers use this type of arrangement though. Using a Weaver style ring you could mount a Surefire or other light using this setup without a lot of trouble or expense I would think.
These are the mounts I found, they are rock solid while I have been "playing" with them around the house etc......http://www.cdnninvestments.com/arfrsitomone.html
Choice of light and mounting technique would be up to you.
Edited to add, I overlooked your use of the foregrip. This type of mount may not work for you. Sorry.
Good info! Thanks.
Considering I want to use this in conjunction with a vertical grip and activate with the forefinger of my grip hand (mounted at 6 O' Clock), what mount do you think would work best with that setup?
Yeah, great thinking. That's why I had considered the M33 handguards. Since I only need the 6 'O Clock position, I will be able to take care of two carbines with one set, which will further keep the cost down. In the end, it would be about as cheap as buying the seperate picatinny rails and being the M33's will be buiolt in, should be more sturdy.
I will likely just go with the 1" scope rings to stick to the simple and cheap approach and the Pentagon light. Not sure yet whether I'll get the X2 or X3, but I like the 135 lumen output of the X3 very well. However that light is a bit on the long side, so I'll think this over carefully before making a purchase.
Once I get one, I'll experiment with various rings I already have on hand and see whether or not I need to use medium or high rings to allow for clearance.
BTW, if you carry the X2 and X3 in HA finish, IM me your current price if you don't mind.