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Press Release: Elzetta Design Mini-CQB Now Shipping

Elzetta Design, LLC is pleased to announce that the new Mini-CQB Modular Weaponlights are now shipping and production models are even better than promised.

A211A2 on M-LOK
A211A1 mounted to M-LOK
A212A1 mounted on Picatinny Rail
A212A1 mounted on Picatinny Rail


The Mini-CQB delivers 375 lumens (60 more lumens than previously revealed) of neutral-tint white light from a single CR123A battery.  As the name implies this new weaponlight is designed specifically for close quarters battle engagements and home defense applications.

With its high-lumen/low-candela output, the Mini-CQB produces an effective wall of light to optimize threat assessment and situational awareness.  The Mini-CQB is available with any of six Tailcaps (Rotary, Click, Alpha High/Low, High/Strobe, or Tape Switch with 5″ or 12″ Cable).  It is also available with three ambidextrous attachment mechanisms; M-1913 Picatinny, Keymod/M-LOK™, and MOE™ handguards. The Keymod/M-LOK™ system fits both mounting systems by utilizing patent-pending reversible nuts in one direction for Keymod and flipped for M-LOK™.

The Mini-CQB Weaponlights join Elzetta Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie Modular Flashlights as The Toughest Flashlights on the Planet, featuring fully-potted electronics and solid-acrylic optical lenses (no reflectors).  Mini-CQB Weaponlights weigh less than 5 oz. and start at just $210 MSRP.  Like all Elzetta products, Mini-CQB Weaponlights are Made in USA with a lifetime guarantee.

For more information, please visit: http://www.elzetta.com

SHOT Show 2015 – Elzetta

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Elzetta Design Mini CQB Light with Keymod, Picatinny, and M-Lok Mounts

New from Elzetta Design for 2015 is their Mini CQB Light.  The Mini CQB is based off of their “Alpha” model and is compatible with all of the “Alpha” light components and is in partnership with Impact Weapons Components (IWC).  The single CR123 battery light boasts an amazing 315 lumens and most impressively, will mount to Picatinny, Key-Mod, and M-Lok rails by switching out the interchangable rail attachment point, which will be sold separately.

Elzetta is taking pre-orders now and you can expect them to be available around late-March to early-April 2015.

The Mini CQB will run $235 for the M-Lok and Key-Mod models and $210 for the Picatinny model.

For more information, visit Elzetta Design at http://www.elzetta.com/.

SHOT Show 2015 Elzetta Design Mini CQB Light M-Lok 001-1000
Elzetta Design Mini CQB Light M-Lok


Elzetta’s Instagram Photo Contest

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Elzetta is having a photo contest on Instagram for your chance to win an Elzetta Modular Flashlight of your choice.

As the instructions above imply, post a photo of your Elzetta product on Instagram with the hashtag #ToughestFlashlighOnThePlanet by August 31 and the winner will be picked by none other than Top Shot Champ Dustin Ellermann.

As a huge Elzetta supporter and photographer myself, let me give you a few tips to better your chances…

  • Be Creative.  A generic shot of the light on your floor will not be noticed.
  • Be Tough.  Elzetta lights are the toughest lights you will find out there.  Show them in action and how tough they are.  A shot of them lying on bubble wrap or on a bed of cotton will probably not win you any points.
  • Be Bold.  If thousands of entries look the same, but one stands out with how bold it is, you may have a better chance.

    Good luck!

Elzetta Design Charlie Light with High Output Bezel 033-1000

Elzetta Design – Tactical Lighting Redefined


Elzetta Design Charlie Light with High Output Bezel 033-1000 Hitting the tactical market in 2007, Elzetta Design has become one of the most respected names in high quality and durable lighting.   Improving drastically with LED technology over the miniature incandescent bulbs of the past, handheld lights are no longer what they were a decade ago. Available in three different body lengths, the Alpha (1 cell), the Bravo (2 cell), and the Charlie (3 cell), the configurations of the Elzetta lights are nearly endless by changing the lens, bezel and tail cap options.

The lights are available with the following options by body style:

Alpha Light (1 Cell)

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Alpha Light shown with optional Speed Clip and makes for a perfect EDC light.
  • Lens: Standard or Flood
  • Bezel: Standard or Crenellated
  • Tail Cap: Rotary, Click,  Alpha High-Low,  High-Strobe, Remote Tape Switch (12″ cable), or Remote Tape Switch (5″ cable)
  • Custom Laser Engraving

Bravo Light (2 Cell)

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Bravo Light with Low Profile Bezel and Malkoff M60 Lens
  • Lens: Malkoff M60 (235 lumen – 2.5 hour), Malkoff M60F (235 lumen flood – 2.5 hour), AVS Module (650 lumen), or AVS Module (650 lumen flood)
  • Bezel: Standard, Low Profile, Crenellated, Standard (AVS), or Crenellated (AVS)
  • Tail Cap: Rotary, Click, High-Low, High-Strobe, Remote Tape Switch (12″ cable), or Remote Tape Switch (5″ cable)
  • Custom Laser Engraving

Charlie Light (3 Cell)

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Charlie Light with AVS High Output Module and Crenellated Bezel
  • Lens: Malkoff M60 (235 lumen – 3.7 hour), Malkoff M60F (235 lumen flood – 3.7 hour), AVS Module (900 lumen), or AVS Module (900 lumen flood)
  • Bezel: Standard, Low Profile, Crenellated, Standard (AVS), or Crenellated (AVS)
  • Tail Cap: Rotary, Click, High-Low, High-Strobe, Remote Tape Switch (12″ cable), or Remote Tape Switch (5″ cable)
  • Custom Laser Engraving


As you can see from the options above the lumens available on the Elzetta lights range from 235 to 900 lumens.  There is a misnomer with how lumens work and some believe that lumens=brightness, when in fact lumens are how much light is thrown from the lens regardless of how wide the spread is.  I could reinvent the wheel in explaining this idea, but Elzetta’s Dave Barnett does a much better job of explanation it in this video.


Tougher Than Nails.
Tougher Than Nails.

You could just take my word that the Elzetta lights are really tougher than nails, or you could watch a few videos showing proof.  The first video is one I shot at SHOT Show 2011 which shows Dave Barnett using an Elzetta light, while turned on, as a hammer to punch a nail into a 2×4.  The remainder of the video shows Elzetta’s product line as it was 3 years ago.  There have been some updates and additions since then. The second video is from Dustin Ellermann, you know, the guy from Top Shot, where he takes an Elzetta light and drops it out of a helicopter from 300 feet onto concrete.

If these videos are not proof enough, there are more, like the one where Dave Barnett submerges an Elzetta light under water, disassembles it, and reassembles it under water with full functionality afterward. Overall, these lights are solid, will hold up to a lifetime of use and abuse, and will provide a lot of light throw when and where you need it.  I personally carry a Bravo light with a High Output AVS Module (600 Lumen) on my duty belt and only need to replace the batteries (2x CR123’s) about once a month while working swing shift.  I’m sure I would need to replace them more often if I were working nights. Elzetta also offers various mounts for their lights such as the ZRX Lightweight Mount  and the ZFH1500.  Both of these mounts will accept a 1 inch in diameter light. The ZRX will fit in any picatinny rail slot and any weight gain with this mount is not noticeable at just 1.1 oz.

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Elzetta ZRX Lightweight Light Mount The ZFH1500 Light Mount allows the light to be mounted in the 6 o’clock position under the barrel while attached to the open space of a standard A1 or A2 front sight base.  The tail cap of the light is exposed in the back, allowing for ease of use.  A pressure switch tail cap can also be installed on any of the Elzetta lights.

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Elzetta ZFH1500 Light Mount with Bravo Light.

If you are looking for a light that will last you long enough to hand down to your grand-kids, then Elzetta is a great option for you to rely on for years to come. For more information on Elzetta or to purchase any of their products, please visit http://www.elzetta.com.

SHOT Show 2014 – Surefire

Surefire X300U


Surefire X400-IR

New for 2014, Surefire has released two new handgun mounted lights, the X300U and the X400-IR Ultra.  Both lights offer a 500 lumen beam, 1.5 hour run time light run time, offer ambidextrous switches, and require 2 CR123 batteries.  The X400-IR Ultra features a 5mw (500nm IR) laser with a 24 hour run time.

Surefire Ryder 22 Suppressor
Surefire Ryder 22 Suppressor


Surefire Ryder 22 Suppressor
Surefire Ryder 22 Suppressor

Surefire has also announced a new suppressor for 2014, the .22LR Ryder22.  The Ryder22 is the lightest .22LR can on the market at 3.1 oz, has pig nose baffles, and can be disassembled for cleaning.  The baffles are anodized red so the user knows when cleaning is done and the baffles are also numbered for proper reassembly.  The Ryder22 retails for $469.00.

For more information visit, http://www.surefire.com/, or call 1-800-828-8809.

SHOT Show 2014 – Streamlight

Streamlight ProTac HL3
Streamlight ProTac HL3

Streamlight has introduced a number of new products for 2014.  The ProTac HL3 is a 3-cell, 1100 lumen handheld light that has a wide light throw reduce tunnel vision.  The ProTac HL3 will reach over 300 meters and features a High-Strobe-Low tailcap with 10 Tap Technology that can be adjusted for customized needs for the order of lighting options.  The ProTac HL3 will retail for $155 and will be available in April 2014.

Streamlight Scorpion HL

The Scorpion HL is a 600 lumen handheld light with a rubber texturized grip that also features a 10 Tap Technology tail cap. The Scorpion will retail for $120 and will be available in March 2014.

Streamlight TLR-4G
Streamlight TLR-4G

The TLR-4G handgun light will accommodate sub-compact, compact, and full size handguns.  This 115 lumen light can operate in Light Only, Laser Only, and both Light and Laser.  The TLR-4G will operate in extreme temperatures from -20 F to 120 F.  This light will be available in February 2014 and will retail for $399.

Streamlight TLR-2 IRW
Streamlight TLR-2 IRW

The TLR-2 IRW handgun light features a 300 lumen light and IR laser.  It will fit on a MIL-STD 1913 Rail or the Glock accessory rail.  The TLR-2 IRW will be available in February 2014 and will retail for $575.

Streamlight Stylus Pro USB Light


Streamlight Clipmate USB Light


For those looking for a convenient rechargeable by USB light, the Stylus Pro and the Clipmate USB are great options.  The Stylus Pro is a large pen sized 70 lumen light and can be recharged using an USB cable. The micro USB port is accessed by pulling down a sleeve to expose the port.  The Stylus Pro will be available in April 2014.  The Clipmate USB is the perfect clip-on light that features a metal clip on the back side of the body to clip onto a pocket, MOLLE webbing, or any location that is accessible.  The USB charger tab is located on the bottom side of the body with a water resistant cover.  The light is attached to a bendable neck and features both red and white light in high and low settings.  The light offers 70 and 10 lumen options depending on the setting.

For more information visit, streamlight.com.