Nightstick Long Gun Light Kits (MSRP $50-65.00) – @TerryHardy03
We’ve seen some very nice quality lights from Nightstick for as long as we’ve known about them. During that time, the behind the scenes discussions about future product directions have always been as interesting as they are confidential. For a long time, I was teased with promises of a set of lights that would be weapon mountable. For all that time I had to stay quiet about what I was being told. Now the cat is out of the bag and I couldn’t be more pleased that Nightstick chose to share the Long Gun Light Kits with us before anyone else.
Nightstick put up three offerings in the gun light category for us; TAC-460XL, TAC-300B and the TAC-302B. Each light is substantially different in the job it’s designed to do and each is well suited for its job. Each kit comes with a pressure switch tail cap as well as a regular tail switch. (These light’s function with on/off mode only because they are programmed to work with a pressure switch.) I was lucky enough to see samples of all three, I say lucky because I don’t know how I would have chosen between them.
The Nightstick TAC-460XL is the most expensive offering of the group at a very reasonable expected retail of $65.00. The light is all aircraft aluminum construction with the same toughness and size as its close cousin the TAC-560XL. The 460XL is a whopping 800 lumen tactical option that provides a maximum amount of light in the surrounding area while still reaching out to approx 205 meters of visible beam distance. This light is fully capable of sitting astride your 870 and filling the 1st floor with light in that bump-in-the-night scenario we all prefer to avoid. In fact, with 800 lumens bearing down, an intruder won’t need to be shot at all. He’ll likely be down for three days with a migraine. The TAC-460 also offers some options not found elsewhere; because it shares the same tube design with the 560XL it retains the recharging contacts, allowing the owner the option of purchasing a rechargeable battery and charger. This is a nice option as, each kit comes with a pressure switch tail cap as well as a regular tail switch, thus your light can pull double duty, mounted when you need it and in a pocket when you don’t.