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Cal-Irish
10-06-2009, 9:15 AM
So I want to finish up my AR-15. Being a KISS build Im going the low drag low cost route..so Im looking at the Fenix p3d review here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qbORxrUWcI)

I've currently got a sling attached so I don't want to mount the light on a hand guard rail under the barrel nor do I want it on top since I position my hand as far towards the muzzle as possible.

So I'm leaning towards a FSB mount. With the light in a scope ring. How are these mounts and what mount would recommend to me?

Required pic of rifle;
http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5517/lhsbg.jpg

SCMA-1
10-06-2009, 9:19 AM
Lots of options for FSB mounts; you can start here, although there are lots of other ones on the market:

http://www.botachtactical.com/fm.html

nrakid88
10-06-2009, 9:25 AM
Here is what your looking for, im running one of these on my AR

http://www.midwestindustriesinc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=94

gunsnrovers
10-06-2009, 11:09 AM
I think the Midwest FSB mount from the link above is probably the best answer if you're running a non-railed forearm. Run that on my carbine with MOE handguards.

tomd1584
10-06-2009, 11:25 AM
i have that light in the VTAC offset mount. very nice combo.

technique
10-06-2009, 11:28 AM
Here is what your looking for, im running one of these on my AR

http://www.midwestindustriesinc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=94

This is an easy way to go and not costly at all....+1


i have that light in the VTAC offset mount. very nice combo.

This is a great option too.....and its Surefire!!!! Can't go wrong. +1

Here is the link
http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_vtac_lightmount.html

till44
10-06-2009, 12:57 PM
I say go with the Vtac and G2 combo, less than $60 and both are solid products. http://www.vikingtactics.com/pop-lmc_g2.html

tomd1584
10-06-2009, 1:01 PM
to the OP, if you decide to run the Fenix PD30 light, make sure you get the correct mount. It has a smaller diameter housing unlike most 1" lights. the only mounts I know of that work are the VTAC and the Larue ($$)

thats the biggest downfall IMO. otherwise its a great light and very bright.

-Tom

fourXfour
10-06-2009, 1:58 PM
http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz267/edmateo50/photo-9.jpg

http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz267/edmateo50/photo4-2.jpg

I would suggest the Elzetta mount. It Will fit a variety of lights. It is also completely ambidextrous, you just push the front sling swivel forward to activate the light.

fourXfour
10-06-2009, 2:04 PM
www.elzetta.com

What flashlights will work with Elzetta ZFH1500?* Every Elzetta ZFH1500 comes with Sizing Adapters, giving the Flashlight Holder the ability to mount flashlights from 0.7 to 1.1 inches in diameter (18 to 27 mm).* This includes such popular flashlights as the Mini-MagLite®, PentagonLight®, Inova®, Streamlight®, Pelican®, Laser Devices®,* and many SureFire®* models.

maxicon
10-08-2009, 9:10 AM
Note that the P3D/PD30 isn't a great choice for a gun light. It should hold up OK - I put my P2D on my 12 gauge for about a hundred rounds, just to test it, with no problems - but the user interface isn't very tactical.

The P3D is a task light, not a tac light. I carry a P2D every day, and it's a great light, but not much good on a gun.

For a tac light, you generally want a soft-press function where you can flash the light on and off quickly without clicking it on, as well as a way to turn it on and leave it on. If it's multi-mode, you want a simple control that won't run the risk of going to the wrong mode and doesn't require cycling through other modes to get the one you want.

I'm a fan of the Fenix TK10/TK11 as a gun light. They have a standard 1" body that's compatible with most mounts, have a tactical clickie switch, and have a simple hi/low output control by twisting the bezel, which makes them useful both indoors and outdoors, or any time you might want to choose between 65 and 240 lumens.

There are lots of other good tac lights as well, depending on your budget.

Cal-Irish
10-08-2009, 5:57 PM
Good points!

Got me to thinking just what is important in a light.. I want to talk to a few LEO's and ask them about their patrol lights and if they feel the momentary on feature is 100% needed

The tk11 looks a little large though? Anyone have pics of it mounted up?

tomd1584
10-08-2009, 6:09 PM
are you a cop? is this going on your patrol carbine? If you are, i can see the momentary feature as necessary.

the TK11 is big and heavy. it may make your rifle front-heavy.

Cal-Irish
10-08-2009, 6:21 PM
Yup that's a consideration too. The tk11 is twice as heavy according to LA police gear.

Cal-Irish
10-14-2009, 10:41 AM
Picked up the lowest profile option I could find. CAA FSB rail.

http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/8272/lowprof.jpg

CAA,rail,mount,light,sight,fsb,ar15,ar-15,ar,15,polymer

tomd1584
10-14-2009, 2:54 PM
Picked up the lowest profile option I could find. CAA FSB rail.


CAA,rail,mount,light,sight,fsb,ar15,ar-15,ar,15,polymer

Nice. what is all this about? for search options?

saber
10-14-2009, 3:40 PM
I bought this kit from Riflegear.com.

http://www.riflegear.com/p-256-streamlight-complete-ar-platform-tactical-light-kit.aspx

I would suggest that whatever light you get you shoot with extensively. I just got back from a 4 day course at Front Sight and we did a night shoot.

In the middle of my shoot, my pressure switch fell off the gun which was a PITA to try and locate by feel in the dark. A classmate of mine had the Elzetta light and you could tell who he was because everytime he shot, his light switched off since the limited recoil from his AR moved his hand just enough that his light switched off.

I don't know if it matters what you get, Just make sure you practice with it including shooting to make sure everything works the way that want it to when the mutant zombie bikers come knocking at your door.

Cal-Irish
10-14-2009, 4:22 PM
Nice. what is all this about? for search options?
Yep to help people searching for info. I'm tired of never getting any hits with the CG search.

I bought this kit from Riflegear.com.

http://www.riflegear.com/p-256-streamlight-complete-ar-platform-tactical-light-kit.aspx

I would suggest that whatever light you get you shoot with extensively. I just got back from a 4 day course at Front Sight and we did a night shoot.

In the middle of my shoot, my pressure switch fell off the gun which was a PITA to try and locate by feel in the dark. A classmate of mine had the Elzetta light and you could tell who he was because everytime he shot, his light switched off since the limited recoil from his AR moved his hand just enough that his light switched off.

I don't know if it matters what you get, Just make sure you practice with it including shooting to make sure everything works the way that want it to when the mutant zombie bikers come knocking at your door.

Haha good advice. Yeah it feels like the rifle is going through puberty, will need to test everything that changes. Amazing what you can pick up on just dry firing and testing.

TwitchALot
10-14-2009, 6:09 PM
http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz267/edmateo50/photo-9.jpg

http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz267/edmateo50/photo4-2.jpg

I would suggest the Elzetta mount. It Will fit a variety of lights. It is also completely ambidextrous, you just push the front sling swivel forward to activate the light.

If you're going to mount it like this, take care to watch the temperature of the light (particularly if you're using a Surefire and don't have an exposed aluminum body) if you plan on doing any rapid fire strings. Overheating CR123A or other lithium batteries so close to you is not very... wise.