5.56 Timeline

The new Dual Fuel Surefire Scout Light

Image from Surefire.com

Just a quick comment. I picked one of these up. It is a weapon light that can run off 2 CR123 batteries or 1 rechargeable 18650 battery. It is amazingly bright. 1500 lumens. . . I wish I had one I could plug into the wall to use in my living room. It wasn’t that long ago that the 60 and 120 lumens Surefire lights were considered great.

I’ll talk about it more later when I have it mounted the way I want. I just wanted to say if you had been holding off or debating on getting one, it is worth it. Just make sure to shop around and get the best price. I paid $50 less than where I first saw them for sale.

Arisaka Defense Scout Light Body and Side Scout Mount

I was sort of caught off guard when Shawn posted about Arisaka Defense the other day as I had just ordered a couple of items from them.

What I got was their mini scout light body and a mlok side scout light mount.

Surefire came out with the Scout weapon light design, and now several other companies make interchangeable parts for them. I picked up the mini scout light body from Arisaka so I could use some extra pieces I had to piece together another mini scout light. This copy does not have the mounting holes for the stock Surefire rail mount claim, but it will work with most any aftermarket scout light mount.

Top is a the Arisaka body, the bottom a stock scout light body.

The mlok offset mount pulled a scout light in close to the hand guard and allows you to offset the light up or down.

You can see the scout light is much closer to hand guard when using the Arisaka mount over a stock mount and rail section.

These are the first things I have purchased from Arisaka Defense and I like them. I would caution to shop around also. I was going to buy a mount for my M620 scout light, but I found Arisaka offering for that was more expensive than the price of the HSP Thorntail, so I went with a Thorntail for the M620 light.

Other than that particular case, Arisaka Defense was slightly cheaper than other options I looked into. Their stuff is well made, and worth getting.

Hate Train Part 3 – Surefire.

Over at Facebook there is a response from Surefire. Here is the quote:

Dear Customers and Concerned Citizens:

It has been brought to our attention that past political donations from the SureFire Political Action Committee (PAC) have been called in to question along with SureFire’s stance on the Second Amendment. Before we get to the facts we’d like to thank you for your support and we sincerely appreciate your loyalty.

It’s a long read but the details should provide a fuller perspective:

Established in 2010 and disbanded in 2014, the purpose of the SureFire PAC was to gain the support and assistance of our state representatives (both Democrat and Republican) so that we had a chance at (1) obtaining congressional funding to develop sighting technology that would improve the warfighter’s ability to aim crew-served weapons, and (2) to be able to reach out to our representatives when we need assistance doing business in California.

During its existence from 2010 to 2014 the SureFire PAC made donations totaling approximately $10,356 to Democrat representatives and $16,610 to Republican representatives.

It should be noted that we were unsuccessful in obtaining congressional funding for the weapon-sight development project mentioned above, and that all of our product development has been self-funded. But if you are a defense business that hopes to get congressional budget earmarked funding and/or program support for defense-related projects, you typically need to get the attention and support of at least one of your state representatives—or all of them if possible—so they can “represent” your interests during the budget appropriations process.

This is how business is done in the defense industry, by most medium-sized defense manufacturers, and by all of the large ones. And, it’s what we needed to do to achieve our mission of ensuring the safety, success and survival of our customers—whether military, law enforcement, or patriot-citizen.

In 2018 one of our employees donated $500 to the DNC Services Corp, a pro-Democrat organization. This was a personal donation, had nothing to do with SureFire, and despite the fact that we, as a company, are not aligned with his political preferences, we recognize his right to think differently and to vote as he pleases.

SureFire (as an organization) is 2A to the core. I myself am an NRA Lifetime Endowment member; our VP of Suppressors and Weapons is a veteran and world-class competitive shooter; our VP of Sales and Marketing is a veteran and competitive shooter; our VP of Military Sales gave 21 years to his country, 18 of them as an Army Special Operations commando; our graphic designers practice dry-firing and handgun drills in the office; our team-building events usually involve shooting; many of our executives and employees are concealed carry permit holders and carry daily. Most of us worry about how to live our 2A lives without running afoul of so-called “assault rifle” laws, reduced-capacity magazine regulations, and all the other restrictions we deal with as firearms owners, and as a manufacturer of firearms and firearms accessories in California.

We also support organizations such as the National Rifle Association, American Suppressor Association, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, among others, and are proud of our long history of sponsoring USPSA, IDPA, 3-Gun and other shooting sports. Come by our office and you’ll see we share the same values as you do when it comes to the freedom to bear arms.

Our focus is on providing the warfighter, first responder, and armed citizen with the tools they need to win the fight, and we promise to keep making products that support the Second Amendment, the American worker, our economy, our military, and freedom in general.

John Matthews 
Founder & President

Lets all hop on the hate train

I was debating writing about this, then decided not too. Today I received a request to write about it.

Long long time ago I bought a Benchmade knife. The tip broke off, it constantly rusted. There was several other issues I had with it that I don’t remember now. I swore off their knives then. Funny story, back in the days of 56k modems I often would read a web page, then scroll back up to the top and look at the images as they finally load. I found an opinion article on the best knife available. The writing talked about a particular Benchmade model, how it was indestructible, it has an impervious finish that will never rust, etc. I decided I was going to buy one. I then scrolled back up to see the images and found the writer was talking about the exact same model I had previously.

Anyways, to get to the topic.

Now I’m going to go thru this from memory, so forgive me if I get some details wrong.

Benchmade destroyed some firearms for their local police department. This got us gun nuts worked up. Someone then looked into their political donations and found that they donate to anti-gun Democrats. So we are all suppose to hate them now. But people are already pivoting that hate to Surefire.

Cold Steel and Kershaw are both capitalizing on this and pointing out that they are pro-gun.

Now let me see, who all are we suppose to be still hating?

  • Cheaper Than Dirt
  • Starbucks
  • Walgreens
  • Ruger
  • H-S Precision
  • Team Wendy
  • Target
  • NSSF
  • S&W
  • Springfield Armory
  • Rock River Arms
  • Tactical Talor
  • Leupold
  • Apple
  • Samsung
  • Remington
  • Daniel Defense
  • Ted Nugent
  • ARMS
  • Colt
  • KAC
  • All of Hollywood
  • NRA
  • etc
  • etc
  • etc

I was trying to remember who all else we are suppose to still be boycotting. I found other lists with dozens and dozens of other companies where I don’t recall the issue behind them.

Sadly there are plenty of companies that are either anti gun, donated to the democrats, said stupid things, etc. It is worth looking into the places you spend you money, see what they support. Then decide if you really want to support them.