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Posted: 1/30/2006 12:36:59 AM EDT
Should I go with a L4 w/ larue light mount or gladius w/ larue light mount?

I like the L4 for being light and compact and cheaper than the gladius. But the gladius has a more powerful light output and longer runtime though it is bulky and heavy.

Here are some info I have gathered

L4 3.4oz 65 lumens 60 min runtime at full power
Gladius 5.55oz 80+ lumens 90 min runtime at full power

Price difference is around $70 more expensive for the gladius retail, though I can get both below retail.

The question now is which way to go? or do I wait for the new Larue battlelight?
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 5:31:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2006 5:35:39 AM EDT by DevL]
I went Gladius and will be buying the Larue mount. If I remember correctly the L4 is a 5 watt LED and has a short range like 25 yards. My Gladius is good to about 50, has a low level for nav light use and has the strobe and low battery alert. The 2oz is worth it if you want the range IMO.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:08:03 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 9:23:42 PM EDT
What is your intent for the use of the light? Let the mission dictate the gear. A Gladius is a very good tool for entries (enclosed structures) and marginal distances. I love mine as a handheld, but carry a Surefire M3 with the MN11 bulb for outside work. If you want it for the cool factor, that's a personal preference. I've met and talked in depth with the creator of the Gladius, Ken Good of Strategos, and I'm now a loyal follower of their (with Blackhawk) product line. Several other officers I work with deploy them daily, and it is an impressive site to see when properly used...I'm still learning and probably always will be. I guess this is a little off topic on an AR-15 forum. There is a great forum with info. on the Gladius as www.strategosinternational.com. Although if I remember right you have to have attended their class to get a password due to some info. being considered LE and Military sensitive. I've attended a class, but never posted there. I am off my tangent now and appologize if I've hijacked this thread.
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