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!

https://www.housemorningwood.com/the-raptor-df-from-asp-the-night-killer/

Goat Guns Miniatures

Goat Guns Miniatures
Miniature M4 in FDE

If you’re into miniature weapons for decoration, check out Goat Guns! They sent me two M4s in FDE. They are about a foot long in length at a 1:3 Scale. All the parts are die cast metal and the attention to detail is excellent. The rear A2 sight on the carry handle is adjustable, charging handle is functional as well as many other parts. Here is the link to the same M4s that I have:

Their selection is huge, it includes the Barrett M107 and more are coming!

SBA4 Now Shipping!

SBA4 Now Shipping!

SB Tactical’s latest Brace was unveiled at SHOT Show 2019 and is now shipping! Truth be told, I built my first AR Pistol around the SBA3 and my next one will have the SBA4 on it.

From SB Tactical:

SB Tactical® Now Shipping the SBA4™ Adjustable Pistol Stabilizing Brace® for AR Pistols
Saint Petersburg, Fla. (May 2, 2019) – SB Tactical®, inventors and manufacturers of the Pistol Stabilizing Brace®, continues to support the PDW pistol accessory market with the much-anticipated release of the new SBA4™ Pistol Stabilizing Brace.
Based on the popular SBM4™ brace design, the SBA4 is a 5-position adjustable brace compatible with all pistol platforms that will readily accept a mil-spec carbine receiver extension. Featuring an integral, ambidextrous QD sling socket, the SBA4 greatly enhances usability by adding a third point of contact for stabilization.
Shipping with a 7075 mil-spec carbine receiver extension and adjustable nylon strap, the SBA4 offers the user enhanced cheek weld ergonomics, increased stability, and improved accuracy, while only adding 10oz of overall weight.
Like all SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces, the SBA4 is BATFE compliant, U.S. veteran designed, and proudly manufactured in the U.S.A.
For more information visit www.sb-tactical.com

The Primary Arms Platinum 1-8×24 FFP Optic – up on Mag Life

The Primary Arms Platinum 1-8×24 FFP Optic – up on Mag Life

The first LPVO I had on my SCAR 17s was a disappointment and couldn’t even get zeroed because it broke in less than forty rounds of 7.62×51 ammunition. The SCAR 17s is notorious for breaking optics due to the way it manages recoil. It is known for being a very low recoiling platform for the 7.62 Nato Cartridge…for the shooter that is, but the recoil has to go somewhere and that results in a lot of broken glass. So, I looked to the Primary Arms Platinum 1-8 x 24.

Read my thoughts on the optic over on Mag Life.

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