New Tool in the Box
This is a discussion on New Tool in the Box within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I just picked up a Gladius Night Ops tactical light. It has strobe, momentary on, constant on, and dimming capabilities. Anyway, it seems like a ...
August 23rd, 2007 09:26 PM
New Tool in the Box
I just picked up a Gladius Night Ops tactical light. It has strobe, momentary on, constant on, and dimming capabilities. Anyway, it seems like a great tool to have and will go with me on a daily basis.
Anyone here have more experience with the Gladius?
BTW, the price I found was $40 below any price I found in stores or online.
August 23rd, 2007 09:32 PM
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Not to drift your thread but eagle5 ... called to visit me recently and had a super small Fenix with him. It was super bright - from a AA battery and also had a strobe function if switch button touched when on. Oh yes, and dimming.
Rather liked it and may have to get one!
These are very attractive features, whatever the make.
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August 23rd, 2007 10:21 PM
I haven't heard of the Fenix yet. I'll check it out and hold my breath that I remain happy with my purchase.
May end up passing the Gladius off to my wife.
August 23rd, 2007 10:28 PM
Hope yours works well. My buddy sells em. He got a dud, it would not turn on , even once the tailcap was replaced(factory suggestion) . after looking at the innards , I think they are too complex of wiring / circuitry for a combat light.
Just my opinion.
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August 24th, 2007 03:47 AM
fenix are very good lights,,,just below the surefires,,,
August 24th, 2007 03:49 AM
have a fenix L2D-ce led ,that runs on 2 AA batts,,,135 lumens ,,strobe feature,very happy with it,,,
August 24th, 2007 06:15 AM
Remember a couple of things:
- the lumen rating is a verrrrry subjective thing, and just because they say 135 lumens, doesn't mean you're going to say, "Hey, wow, this light is more than four times as bright as my 30 lumen SureFire E1L!" Manufacturers find ways to disingenuously pad their numbers.
- Fenix is a chinese company. SureFire is American-made. Proven in the field.
- Given the kind of switch that the Fenix lights use (reverse clicky, or multi-mode) they are not really well-adapted to tactical use. If'n I'm gonna get tactical (not likely, but still) with a flashlight, I want to be able to zap 'em with light and then shut it off. That subject comes up in one of the episodes in the first season of Personal Defense TV.
August 24th, 2007 06:30 AM
I don't want to downgrade anyone's new flashlight. I have tried various brands that saved me a little cash...most times I have been disappointed...I always go back to my faithful SureFires...
My SureFires cost a little more, but they ALWAYS work...
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August 24th, 2007 08:05 AM
I just recently picked up a T.O.P. Stryker Compact. I really had no idea what to think about this little flashlight but so far I am impressed. I have been using a Surefire G2 but found that I don't carry too often because of its size. Everyone knows the saying that a .22 on you is better than a .45 in the sock drawer at home. Same concept. I was starting to go with the SF Executive 1 battery light....but was unimpressed with the 15 lumen issue Therefore I went to the TOP which utilizes a 30 lumen LED in which I actually get more run time on 1 battery than with my SF with 2. (sacrificing half of the power and SF light for LED....but life is a series of compromises) Overall, I am happy.
forgot to mention......it comes with a barrel extension so that it can be used with 2 AA batteries with the same output......just in case I run out of 123 batteries in a pinch
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August 24th, 2007 12:28 PM
The Gladius is a great light, you will not be disappointed.
August 24th, 2007 03:32 PM
I also have a Gladius and it saved both me and my dog the other night!
In a cross walk at night in a rather dark area the strobe sure got an approaching car's attention quickly and just in time too!
It's a great tool!
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August 24th, 2007 06:13 PM
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August 24th, 2007 10:17 PM
Thanks for all of the replies. I am always open to new ideas and equipment. So far, I am impressed with the Gladius.
I have used it several times at work in just one day without a hiccup. Even in broad daylight, it was able to eliminate the shadows that were blocking my view.
August 25th, 2007 12:46 PM
Agreed with others it is an excellent illuminator albeit at first folks will blanche at the price.
I've had mine a year and sent it in last month for review/replacement of the tail cap. They had said they would replace the tail cap but in fact they sent me a whole new unit with new batteries to boot!
My old one was pretty well worn as I used it often and carried it in the Gladius light carrier.
The strobe feature is quite useful and as a side item it works great to help settle my 4 and 1 yr. old when they get over tired.
I turn off the room lights and then blast them with the strobe which they think is great fun and I don't know why but they settle down from that quickly where as moments before they would be acting crazy or crying uncontrollably. For that alone it's worth the cost of entry.
I'd picked mine up discounted from Botach as per suggestion from a member over at SigForum. I've got zero complaints about it or the company.
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