You may have seen our recent review of the 200 lumen pistol light by Inforce here. If you do not know who Inforce is the you can learn about them in our previous article. It is enough to say here that they are an American based company that builds lights here in the USA and is used by military, police and citizens for over 22 years.
As mentioned in pur previous article, a weapon light is one of the best early upgrades you can make to your weapon. One of the reasons lights are such a highly recommended upgrade is if you are involved in the survival or prepping communities you may have heard 1 is none 2 is one and 3 is 2. The logic behind that saying is simple, due to accidents or failures it is easy to loose access to your primary solution. Batteries die, items get misplaced or removed from your bag, most of all in the field events can unfold that leave you without all your gear or away from re-supply. Having a light directly attached to your primary weapon can be the difference between life and death in a high stress or unexpected situation.
The Inforce WML 200 is a upgraded new light from Inforce. This light is an upgrade to the long established line of WML 125 lumen lights that have been on the market for years and are in wide use by military and police across the world. Released just the other day on Aug 6th the 200 lumen WML is already creating a buzz in the market. While the size and shape have not changed, the amount of lumens delivered has increased 60% from 125 to 200 Lumens.
Inforce did make a special edition 200 lumens light for Haley Strategic Partners that was momentary only. Meaning it had no constant on function and would only light at the press of the switch. The special edition also did not offer the strobe or low light setting options available on the new Inforce 200 lumen WML that we are reviewing here. If you are not looking for a multifunction light and want momentary on functionality you may want to look at that limited edition light.
This video will give you a great comparison of what 200 lumens looks like though they are specifically referencing the HSP momentary light.[embedplusvideo height=”375″ width=”618″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1cQSiyH” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/FhFuN1oPwDU?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=FhFuN1oPwDU&width=618&height=375&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep1405″ /]
Notice with the WML you did not get the black center like on a traditional Mag-Lite. Also note that though the light was brighter on the Streamlight at 500 lumens that comes at an increased size, weight and cost over the Inforce WML.
Building on the success of the HSP momentary light Inforce has developed a 200 lumen WML with all the functions you could wish for in a top of the line weapon light.
- Reactive momentary/on-demand light setting
- Constant on High Beam
- Constant on Low Beam
- Reversible High low settings
- Disable of strobe
- Dual Lock out system
- Integrated NAR/MIL-STD-1913 rail compatible clamp/locking system
- No tool mounting solution
- Waterproof to 66 ft
Reactive momentary/on-demand light setting:
Sometimes when in the wild you want to have the ability to have an on demand light that is not constantly on. By pressing and holding the pressure switch you can get on demand 200 lumens of directed white light where you need it most and for as long as you need. Another advantage of the momentary system is that you have no worry about what setting will activate. You will not get the low beam when you need high or the strobe by accident, it is a consistent way to get on demand high output lighting.
3 Different light output settings:
Harness the ability to react to your situation in the field. If you need a long lasting low output light the 30 lumen low beam will provide you up to 10 hours of light. The high output 200 lumens light will last for a full 1.5 hours and the strobe can give you the ability to disorient your target when lethal force may not be necessary.
Reversible High low settings:
Even expensive light options often require you to work within their pre-programed confines. The Inforce WML offers you the ability to go outside the manufactures thoughts for what is best and work the way you want. Inforce offers you the ability to re-program the light go from Low to high or high to low based on your preference. The programing is simple and easy to do and is all clearly described in the enclosed packaging.
Disable of strobe:
Strobe lights are a mixed bag. Though they can work well to disarm or disorient an attacker or intruder with a non lethal force, they can also disorient the operator. I personally do not react well to flashing lights. Taking in to consideration both sides of the coin Inforce gives you the power to programmatically disable the strobe easily so that you don’t accidentally use it when you do not want to. Like the previous feature the instructions are included and easy to follow.
Dual Lock out system:
Like the APL we reviewed last week the WML has a built in lockout feature to avoid accidental light discharge. By turning the lamp head 1/4 turn the light is rendered unusable. This is a great feature for long term storage in a bug out bag so you don’t worry about coming back to a dead battery or in a situation where you need to be sure you do not break light discipline.
In addition to this the APL also offers a secondary more on demand lock out system. A rear bar can be raised over the pressure switch which makes activating the light by accident difficult. Be warned if you come in at an odd angle or are storing the item in a bug out bag with smaller tools or gear it is possible this button can be still switched. This did actually happen to me when taking my gun to the range only to find a dead battery when we got there. However in the field it is very unlikely that you will accidentally discharge any light with the locking bar in place. It is a very nice extra feature many don’t think about.
Integrated NAR/MIL-STD-1913 rail compatible clamp/locking system:
The mounting system employed on the Inforce WML is the best on the market IMO and I would be interested to see if anyone disagrees with this. Inforce uses a tension based system that attaches to your 1913/picatinny rail and is then locked in place by a thumb screw. This means no tools are needed to put on or take off the light. There is nothing more annoying then needing to remove a piece of gear from your gun and then being unable due to forgetting to bring a set of allen wrenches. Well there is something more annoying, that is having your gear fall off because of a crappy mounting system that does not hold the item firmly in place. Thank you Inforce for fixing both these problems with a single , easy to use solution. You can see an example of this in the above video.
All of this is delivered in one of the most compact and lite, lights on the market (See what I did there?). Check out the following technical specs on this light.
Measurements: 4.1″ L. x 1″ Bezel D.
Weight w/ Batteries: 3 oz.
Batteries: 1 x 123A Lithium
You may notice this is considerably lighter then the other lights on the market and only uses a single CR123 battery making it less expensive to operate. Due to it’s lower voltage, heat on this light becomes less of an issue then its competition.
A waterproof, high output, variable output, accidental discharge lockout in a tight form factor for around $100 is unheard of until now. The fact that it is American made for this price is just mid blowing. Inforce has really stepped up its game with this recent update and we could not be more pleased with the result. If you are looking for weapon light for a bug out bag, home defense gun, active duty rifle or even just your range toy, the Inforce WML is a fantastic choice and you will not be disappointed.