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Building flashlights - The War Wagon - 08-30-2019

I'm only about 15 years behind the times on this, but I just discovered flashlight building... so I'M having fun!

So I FINALLY got around, to putting this ancient LPC (the forerunner OF Surefire! [Image: shocked.gif]) lighted forend on my Benelli M1 Super90...

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Pop in the batteries, and... wow... how UNDERwhelming.   Confused   The old factory lamp, throws about 65 lumens; just slightly dimmer, than the faded, yellowed, domelight, in my '92 Ramcharger. [Image: shocked.gif]  I mean, I understand, that a shotgun light is a bit different than a pistol or carbine light - you wanna SEE the room, not BLIND it (OR you!), but holy crap!  I can barely see the end of the gun with THIS!  Sad

Soooo... I e-mail Surefire, and they recommend the latest 1,000 lumen LM2-B light!  At several hundred dollars, too.   Dodgy  So it's time to start surfing gunboard sales ads.

Sure enough, I come across a nice LM2 (1st gen) LED light.  And at 200 lumens, it sounds JUST right!

[Image: surefire-lm2-led-tir-conversion-for-fore...umen-7.gif]  For $70 delivered from CA, I'm NOW in business!

Buuuuuuuuuut... I keep reading (ALWAYS a dangerous thing...), and decide, that as BIG as the head unit is on the original light, maybe a lamp upgrade (it's a standard P60) would be a better use of THAT light.  So what to do with the LM2?

Turns out, Surefire used to make THIS little gizmo - the A21 body tube extension. 

[Image: opplanet-surefire-universal-housing-body...1-main.jpg] Just screw it onto a 6p sized light body, and then add a tailcap, and VOILA - INSTANT flashlight!

After winning this off fleabay, I also found an old z41 twist tailcap, with MOMENTARY on/off.

[Image: b0301514_1053811.jpg]Since I already have polymer G2 with the same cap, I'm now in the market for a z58/z59 clicky tailcap, to really complete the light as I'd like it.

With 200 lumens, it's PLENTY bright.

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I've gotten waaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind on "light technology" - I can remember when 90 lumens was a BRIGHT light!  I'm now cranking 400 lumens (INFORCE) on my Bren 805, 700 lumens on my HD rifle (also INFORCE), 500 lumens on my Benelli, and 400 lumens on another AR.  And 200 lumens for when the power goes out, is pretty cool, too.

Yeah, I know - welcome to 2005. Rolleyes   But building (or RE-building) flashlights, is a great way to upgrade your zombie spotters, before they bump into YOU in the night!

And as a note - you can add the A21 extension to a 6P, and turn it into a 9P, with the right lamp.  That extension holds another CR123 battery.