ASP Raptor DF Flashlight review

ASP Raptor DF Flashlight review
ASP Raptor DF with Holder

By: Fifty Shades of FDE

For my profession in Law Enforcement, a handheld flashlight is a must have tool on a sam browne or duty belt. It’s often is an overlooked piece of equipment and it shouldn’t be at all. Over my years on the job, I have heard many excuses for not having a flashlight and none of them were logical to me and to them after I started with some follow-up questions. The number one reason that I’ve heard the most is that, “working day shift, you’ll never need a light!” They couldn’t be more wrong. A handheld flashlight is for illumination, that helps you with information gathering for your eyes and brain to process when you’re in low light or no light conditions. None of us have the ability to control our lighting conditions in every environment so it’s best to be prepared with your own source of light when you need to find something, someone, directing traffic…you get the idea. In this line of work, you rarely get a heads up about what’s going to happen next. So deciding not to carry a flashlight on your person puts you at a great disadvantage. For those who are fortunate to have a weapon light attached to their duty pistol, that light should only be used when there is a reason to have your duty weapon drawn and not for any other purpose. That is why you still need to have a hand held light on your belt. Having a quality flashlight that has performance to back it up is important too. I see too many home depot and in some occasions, dollar store lights in the duty role and that is definitely better than having no light at all but not much at all. Those inexpensive lights usually don’t have much output and weren’t designed for hard use so relying on these with your life doesn’t seem like a wise choice.

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The new ASP Raptor DF (DF stands for Dual Fuel) was designed specifically for duty use. It’s definitely bright and powerful enough to light things up with a maximum output of 1,900 Lumens and has a range of 240 Meters with a runtime of One and a half hours. It also has a low output mode of 15 lumens and a strobe feature with 300 lumens. Those are some really impressive stats for a flashlight. It weighs in at 9.2 Ounces and has a rather large profile with a length of 6.5″ and bezel diameter of 1.57″ making it ideal for duty carry or in a backpack or around your home, it wouldn’t be ideal for an EDC flashlight. As a duty flashlight, it works great, it is easy to grab and takes some features from the ever popular ASP Batons with the foam located at center of body body. The bezel is heavy duty and makes the Raptor DF available as an impact weapon if needed. My sample came with the available Tactical Light Case and it is a nice rotating belt mounted holster that is similar to that of the Baton cases, it allows for an easy draw and reholstering of the light.

Having the option to use CR123s is nice if you run your 18650 dry!

The Raptor DF can be powered by the included 18650 Rechargeable battery or two single use CR123s. This comes in handy if your 18650 dies and you don’t have the ability to recharge it. Just throw in some spare CR123s and continue on with the task at hand. Both the Raptor DF and the included 18650 battery have a micro-usb port to charge. It came with a micro usb charging cable but any would work. This is a great feature for duty lights as it gets expensive to use CR123s and having to replace them over and over. Having a more powerful light and ability to recharge the batteries makes it a very practical and cost-effective light. The bezel rotates to uncover the charging port. It has a color led gauge, it blinks red while charging and displays a solid green when fully charged.

Charging the Raptor DF

The Raptor DF has a unique tail cap that rotates in to three positions. On the far left, marked ‘0’ is for momentary, the middle is Off so there won’t be any accidental activations and on the right, marked with a solid ‘0’ for constant. The push button itself is programmable and I have it on the Maximum Output with the first press and Minimal Output with a quick second press. This works on both momentary and constant positions. There is a strobe mode that can be programmed but I prefer not to use that function on any of my lights. It’s just my preference, however it’s there if you want it.

Evening with some ambient light.
Full power from the Raptor DF.
A little later that night with near dark conditions.
It illuminates a nice large area evenly with a good center hot spot.

The Raptor DF is by far, the most powerful hand held flashlight that I’ve used for work. The beam is wide and it has a good sized hot spot that goes far and it does well at illuminating at closer range at the same time with a decent spill. Some flashlights have better throw and be terrible at spill or vice versa, the Raptor DF does a great job at both. Is 1,900 Lumens too much? I definitely don’t think so, the more, the better. If you’ve heard from anyone who has said that there is such a thing as too bright a light and that you’ll blind yourself; to that, I say get some more training behind the use of lights tactically and then come back at me. The more light output you have, the better you can see, which gives your eyes and your brain more information to gather and then react to. For sure the Raptor DF will be blinding to whoever is on the business end, giving you a brief tactical advantage if you are faced with a deadly force situation.

Raptor DF on my duty belt next to the ASP Collapsible Baton.

I have had the Raptor DF on my duty belt for a good few weeks of receiving it and have taken it with me while outdoors. It has continually impressed me with it’s raw power and ability to illuminate in low light and no light conditions. It’s like having a portable spotlight without in a manageable size and weight.

One serious and heavy duty bezel.

The engineers at ASP know what it takes to make hard-use duty equipment and the Raptor DF lives up to the excellent reputation of tools that are 10-8 everyday all over the world. The Raptor DF is a great light that is also very practical and with the rechargeable 18650 battery, it’s also very cost effective. With all of these features, the Raptor DF is the perfect light for your duty belt as well as any other task that requires a good amount of illumination.

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Here are some other reviews on the Raptor DF!

New Micro Pistol: Taurus GX4

New Micro Pistol: Taurus GX4

By: Fifty Shades of FDE

New from Taurus is their GX4 pistol, a lightweight micro compact pistol chambered in 9mm that holds 11 rounds in a flush magazine with a msrp of….$392.42!

The Taurus GX4

Ever since Sig Sauer came out with their P365, something I personally carry everyday; many other companies are following suit and that’s a good thing for consumers. The more options, the better, in my opinion. Not everyone can afford certain pistols and not every pistol works well with every end user. With the current demand for firearms, the more models in production is always a plus.

To read more about the Taurus GX4, please read:

Save 10% at Toor Knives!

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The Anaconda in Ranger Green

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I have a few of their blades to include the Darter, a partnership between Toor Knives and Haley Strategic Partners as well as the Anaconda and their Multi Tool. Those reviews are upcoming. If you’re in need of high quality blades and tools, check them out!

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New ASP Enhanced Red Gun: HK416

New ASP Enhanced Red Gun: HK416

ASP HK416 Enhanced Red Gun


    The New ASP HK416 Enhanced Gun

By: Fifty Shades of FDE

Over my entire career in Law Enforcement, dating way back to when I was a teenager Police Explorer, I have been using ASP Red Guns for training. ASP is best known for their impact weapons, particularly with expandable batons as well as other law enforcement related gear. Red Guns are essential for safe training events where using live weapons is unnecessary and or too dangerous to have in certain environments.

There is no mistaking a Red Gun for a real firearm.

ASP Red Guns are most common in the form of handguns and pistols. They do, however make long gun versions as well. The new Enhanced Red Guns are a new and improved offering from ASP that features a functional magazine well and magazine release button. The model I received is molded from the Heckler and Koch HK416 with a 16″ barrel. It has an additional feature with removable rails in the foreend, a flat top upper receiver and a front optional sling mount. It comes with two inert red magazines modeled after the Hex mags.

Comes with two inert red magazines.

Since the HK416 closely resembles that of the AR-15 Platform, with only minor differences in certain areas, ergonomically they are close enough as a training tool to represent the AR-15 in that role. I find that the HK416 Enhanced Red Gun is a huge improvement of what I trained with years ago where the M4A1 Redguns had fixed carry handles and no rails at the foreend. With a flat top and rails, you can attach an optic and weapon light or laser if desired. That just adds to more realism into the training session.

I threw on a spare Primary Arms/Holosun ACSS Micro with Reptilia DOT Mount on the flat top.

Red Guns in the long gun form are useful for initial movement drills for active shooter or CQB training events where everyone can focus on moving safely with inert training tools. There is absolutely no mistaking a Red Gun as a training tool whereas blue masking tape on a barrel and magazines may not be seen in certain lighting conditions. While those in the early stages of training can get used to the movement in tight, dynamic drills, the Red Guns can take the beatings from hitting door jams, walls and other obstacles and saving the live firearm from unnecessary abuse, not that they can’t handle the abuse, but why expose them to it when live fire or simulations aren’t in play?

Weapon retention drills also are just as important with a rifle as they are with a pistol. Like their pistol counterparts, it isn’t practiced much and probably less by a long shot in comparison. The Red Gun will be much more forgiving than a full weighted rifle if there is any accidental contact during a drill, reducing and minimizing injuries if that happens.

With the HK416 Enhanced Red Gun, I was able to practice my emergency and tactical reloads in my living room with full confidence that I will not have any chance of a negligent discharge as there is no possibility of clambering a round in a mostly solid piece of polymer.

Practice those Tactical Reloads!

Since the Enhanced version has the capability of inserting and dumping a magazine, it can be an effective tool in teaching a total newcomer with the AR-15 Platform on how to safely handle and load and unload it before moving onto a empty live firearm.

There is an option for a collapsible stock on other Red Gun M4A1 and I wish the HK416 Enhanced Red Gun had one since I have short arms and an adjustable length of pull would be appreciated but I understand that it increases the cost of the Red Gun.

Overall, the quality, fit and finsh of the sample ASP HK416 Enhanced Red Gun is excellent. The addition of the magazine drop feature as well as the rails puts it on another level when compared to the previous Red Guns. It gives the end user more ways to practice safely than before. Red Guns are the best tool to stand in place of real firearms in the training environment where sims or live fire is not needed. ASP did a great job in improving upon their line of Red Guns to make them even more versatile and practical.

For more information and where to order:

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Fifty Shades of FDE 90K Giveaway

Fifty Shades of FDE 90K Giveaway

Here are the full details on my Giveaway:

Fifty Shades of FDE has reached a big milestone on Instagram even with all the shadowbanning and censorship of the Second Amendment. I stayed with it and now the account is now over 90,000 Followers!

Out of my appreciation of everyone’s support, I have been working with some awesome companies in the industry for this EPIC Giveaway in which ONE lucky winner will get all of these products! I will showcase all of the products in a IGTV video and in posts.

Here are the rules:
1. Follow Every Sponsor of this Giveaway
2. Tag a friend in the comments section of the ORIGINAL post. Posted on 12/16/20 (unlimited entries)
3. Be at least 18 years of age.
4. Reside in the United States of America
5. Winner must make a post or send me a picture of their prizes.
That’s it and good luck! I’ll pick one random winner on 12/23/20

The One Winner will receive:

Brownell’s: BRN-180S Gen2. 300 AAC Blackout Complete Upper. Slightly used for my review of it and definitely not cleaned.
-NFA rules apply, up to the winner to follow the laws in their area.

Cloud Defensive: REIN Micro Complete Kit

Impact Weapons Components: Torrent Offset MLOK mount

Burn Proof Gear: Rail Rap

Primary Arms: ACSS Micro Dot RDS

Reptilia Corp: DOT 1.93 Mount & CQG Grip

SB Tactical: SB PDW Brace & Swag

Ops-Core: FDE MK1 Glasses with full array of lenses.

Safelife Defense: Tactical Belt in Coyote Tan**

True North Concepts: Modular Holster Adapter & Gripstop of your choice**

Viktos Brand: Contractor AF Multicam Black pants.**

Haley Strategic Partners: Flat Pack 2**

HRT Tactical: RAC Plate Carrier**

The NeoMag: FDE NeoMag & Sentry Strap

Tactmed Info: Emergency Information Tags

Dynamic Fuzz: Earpro Fuzz and Covers, TQ Holder of your choice**

Legacy Gun Works: Customized P320 Stripped Frame

Sly Tactical: Sling of your choice with hardware.**

Slate Black Industries: Fifty Shades of FDE Edition Bundle

Rifle Supply: 5 Laser Engraved PMAGs & RS merchandise

And of course some Fifty Shades of FDE patches.

** Denotes that the Item(s) will drop ship from the manufacturer. I’ll put you in contact or provide a code for your order.

This Giveaway is not endorsed or associated in any way with Instagram. It does NOT include any firearms. The winner will be given tracking numbers from myself for items that I have and from the companies that will drop ship. We will not be responsible for items lost in the mail or stolen from your property.

I will use a random comment picker and DM the winner and ask to see an ID just to verify age and shipment address. If requirements are met, I’ll make an announcement, if not, I’ll repeat the process until we have a winner.

Thank you all for the support and Goodluck!