I will preface this post with the disclaimer that I have ZERO affiliation with nor do I do work for Matt Graham or Graham Combat, so this write up is non-solicited.
I took a training class from Matt Graham earlier this year during a closed LE course. During the course I had a closed-door meeting with Matt along with one other LEO with a verbal NDA regarding the contents of the meeting.
I guess the proverbial cat is out of the bag as Graham Combat just released the video below.
I encourage you to watch the video, though it is almost 15 minutes in length. I know that attention spans are usually too short to watch that length of video, but it is worth the view.
Matt has developed an entirely new ideology and platform for handgun sighting systems. I believe that this system will be commonplace in the future, but will take a while for all manufacturers to get on board.
As the video shows, when shooters get their hands on a handgun with this shooting system, the response is usually the same. Though I may have been a little more animated in my response that may or may not have included a few “holy shit’s” and “what the fu**’s” in there.
I have been a shooter for over two decades and have worked within the firearms industry for over half of that. I have spent the past seven years attending SHOT Show and having a first hand account of new products, including a lot that have never made it to market.
In my absolute honest opinion, this is near the top of the list of the most innovative and ingenious ideas to hit the firearms industry since I have been involved. The below video is good and explaining how the sighting system works, but does not do justice to having it in your hand and seeing the sights for the first time.
I cannot wait to get a platform in my hand with this sighting system installed. TOTAL.GAME.CHANGER!
Matt does a great job in the video explaining the nuances of how the system works, so I will leave it up to him.
The Elzetta Design VLOG’s (Video Blogs) are a wealth of knowledge and I typically share their content here on this page, however, I have fallen a little bit behind in publishing their content. Here are the last 3 VLOG’s that Elzetta has produced.
Dave Barnett from Elzetta Design is at it again and this time he is explaining how not all aluminum is created equal. And if you are going to SHOT Show, stop by booth 20601 and check these lights out for yourself.
Aluminum is aluminum, or so many people assume. In reality, very little is made from pure elemental aluminum. Rather, when something is said to be made from “aluminum”, it is almost certainly made from an aluminum alloy. (An alloy is simply a metal that has been mixed with other elements or chemicals.) There are a great number of aluminum alloys available and the properties of these alloys are critical in choosing the best alloy for a particular application.
In the manufacture of tactical flashlights, the most important material properties to consider are heat conductivity, heat capacity, electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance, and strength. The values of these properties vary significantly between different alloys (specifications may be found in various materials handbooks and online). High heat conductivity ensures that heat generated by LED chips and circuit boards is rapidly moved away from critical components while high heat capacity allows the material to absorb heat with minimal temperature increase. High electrical conductivity provides efficient electrical current flow with minimal losses. High corrosion resistance keeps components from degrading over time, especially when used in harsh environments. High strength, of course, makes components survive heavy loads and abuse. A well-engineered product will be constructed from an alloy that best optimizes these properties.
With these factors in view, Elzetta manufactures flashlight components from 6061-T6 aluminum. The differences in material properties of this alloy compared to other aluminum variants are substantial. For example, 6061-T6 boasts 28% greater heat and electrical conductivity and 20% greater heat capacity than 7075-T6 aluminum with a tensile strength 28% greater than alloy 6063-T6. The “T6” portion of the material grade refers to the heat treatment and is a critical specification. Simply specifying “6061” is woefully inadequate as 6061-T6 has a yield strength four times greater than 6061-T0. However, a heat treatment identifier without an alloy grade is meaningless (“T6 aluminum” is not a valid specification).
Despite the importance of the specific alloy used in construction, most flashlight manufacturers do not publish the actual aluminum grade used in their products. Marketing terms such as “aerospace aluminum” or “aircraft grade” are meaningless jargon with no solid definitions and such descriptors should raise suspicions. Of course, if a company does specify a specific alloy grade, the legitimacy of the claim is only as good as the integrity of the manufacturer making the claim. It is nearly impossible to identify an alloy grade by visually examining a finished product. Therefore, it is important that a flashlight manufacturer not only state the particular alloy material but also have the established credibility to be trusted in their statement (overseas manufacturers are notorious for substituting inferior materials, especially when the substitution cannot be readily identified by consumers). A well-designed flashlight is distinguished from a mediocre one by small details and often-overlooked specifications. Spurious claims of “aerospace” aluminum may indicate that a product is not made of The Right Stuff.