Adaptive Tactical Non-Lite

Adaptive Tactical Non-Lite

Adaptive Tactical is now manufacturing a new training tool called the Non-Lite. The Non-Lite is a replica of a pistol mounted flashlight.

The Non-Lite is designed to approximate the size and weight of a weapon mounted light. In training, weapon lights can take a beating resulting in broken or damaged lights. While military units, police officers and armed citizens may need to train with the real thing, there are other instances where training with the firearm does not specifically need the illumination capabilities of an actual light.

For example, officers conducting weapon retention training may put a lot of stress on the weapon and mounted accessory, but have no need of any illumination capability.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Bill

    Funny: I’ve taught low-light work with a “live” light on a dummy blue gun

    • Don Ward

      Train with a dummy light on a dummy gun?

      • No point, unless you are training some sort of hand to hand stuff involving the gun.

        IMO this is designed for live guns being shot.

        I’ve attached two pictures of my X300 after being shot on a gun for 10,000 rounds. The glass is permanently etched, I’ve tried ever cleaning method I know of, and it still remains foggy.

        The light works, but 99% of the abuse it too would be unneeded if this product was available. Granted my solution at the time was to buy 2 X300s. One to take the range abuse, the other for carry.

        • pew pew

          One day of training and five lights down…. $1,200 worth.

          • Did you contact Surefire? I am pretty sure that they will fix it.

          • pew pew

            Yes, they do to a point. We break about 35% of our lights a class. That’s roughly 66 lights a year ($16,500). Surefire wont keep replacing the same parts over and over. Surefire makes a GREAT product but they aren’t meant for everyday shooting, they are made for low light/no light. So we ordered NON-LITE’s to prevent the wear and tear on our operational lights. We will train with the NON-LITE’s during day light operation (70% of training) then simply switch out to our Surefire X300U for low light/no light and the shoot house.

  • Vitsaus

    I don’t understand the world anymore.

    • kevin kelly

      Yea, this is a pretty dumb idea

    • Grindstone50k

      There’s a sucker born every minute…

  • Yellow Devil

    ASLFAP!

    (A Solution Looking For A Problem)

    • DonDrapersAcidTrip

      Somebody posts this on every article about some new product on every gun blog in existence and it’s annoying and reductive and dumb. I know gun owner types instinctively reject anything non-traditional or new but there’s been plenty of things in history that we didn’t know we wanted or needed until somebody put them out. If we all just sat around only trying to come up with “solutions” to “problems” and only what enough people agreed were problems to begin with we’d be nowhere.

  • Cal S.

    So we’re training in applications where we have low-light, but because we have a “Nonlight”, will the lights be turned on so we can have ‘high’-light training?

    Yeah, that confused me as much as it did you. But, thankfully, it made just as much sense as this product.

    • Cymond

      Why assume it’s for low light training?

      “Train how you fight.” Some groups/people keep a weapon light mounted at all times, not just for low light situations. It makes sense to me to use a dummy during training when the real thing isn’t needed. I just looked, and some of the Surefire light/laser combos are over $700. It would suck to break one during rough training.

  • For people that don’t understand this, glass pistol light lenses will get etched if shot a lot on a pistol.

    I ultimately bought two lights, one to get beat on at the range, and another for carry. This non-light would be cheaper option.

    • All the Raindrops

      An even cheaper option would be to put some tape over your lense for range sessions, if you’re concerned about that.

      • Sam Schifo

        I assume you could also buy extra lenses; have one for the range and to beat up, and have another for carry that stays in good shape.

  • Grindstone50k

    If someone buys it, then there is a market.

  • sam

    I usually just tape on a roll of quarters or a TP roll full of wheel weights.*

    *kidding, the need this addresses isn’t much of a thing for me.

  • Nicks87

    “Gucci gear operators only” lol!

    For me, I want to know the limitations of my weapon light. If I break a light or scratch up a lens during training, oh well, at least then I know what the light can handle and what it can’t. This thing could give someone a false sense of confidence that their weapon light is a lot more durable than it really is.

  • Cymond

    If you think this is dumb and pointless, check out their pictures of damaged and destroyed weapon lights, and remember that a Surefire X300 is about $250.

    I do think their $65 price is rather high for an inert dummy.

    http://www.adaptivetactical.com/products/nonlite-surefire.php

  • Bill

    For all the comments about “damage” to weapons lights during training: dirty lenses, blown bulbs (not much of an issue with LEDs), mashed battery contacts, etc. Just take the head off, remove the batteries and cover the opening with some duct or masking tape. Or buy this thing.

  • Squirreltakular

    For $64? Not only no, but hell no. I wonder how much it would cost to buy an already-broken light off someone and just use that…

    • MR

      Plenty of brand new lights on the market for less than this. Sure, they’re not great quality, but for training they’ll work just as good as this thing.

  • All the Raindrops

    Might as well duct tape your pet rock to the gun.

  • N_Lightened_1

    You can buy a cheap knock-off light for less money to substitute during training, if the covering the end of your light with tape or a lens cover from a scope makes you feel less like an operator when you train.

    If I were a tactical operator type that bought an expensive light and trained with it on my gun and it broke, I’d like to think I chose one with a warranty.

  • MisterTheory

    Can’t you just replace the lens when it becomes etched? Are surefire lenses permanently mounted or otherwise not available?

  • maodeedee

    I’m Old School. I would never put any appendage on a handgun and especially not a fake one. I’ve trained with the hand held light and always have both a gun and a light handy. I’ve also tried lasers and was disappointed to find that it’s no easier to hold a laser on target than it is sights. and with both lights and lasers, they can make YOU the target.

    Gimmickry is no substitute for effective and continuous training. Americans are conditioned by advertising to believe that there’s some miracle product out there that will simplify everything and do all the work for you with “No Muss, and No Fuss”. Don’t believe the hype.

  • FWIW

    Folks, I think this is as funny as (most) everyone else does, but this is priced for government/corporate sales. It’s perfect for when a procurement Bubba is told to spend that extra $500 in the training budget by Friday. Then it’s sure, non-lights for everyone!

  • JWL69

    Trying to follow the discourse here…

    At my last count there are 31 different pistols being sold by Glock (including training pistols and LE only). Why so many? Why can’t one pistol please everyone? Other than pure marketing genius, I believe they are trying to meet the needs of as many potential customers as possible.
    As such, those of you responding with the single-customer mindset of “what works for you,” may not be considering alternate applications for this product. How another customer may find this useful.

    Our agency was forced to purchase a single light source for our pistols. And were fortunate enough to put quite a few rounds down range. Which caused a ton of breakage and wear-and-tear on the lights. And no, you cannot replace the lens of the lights. The rails and locking tab constantly broke. The threads for the rail screws stripped out, the switch parts fell off and were lost, the lumens were significantly reduced due to carbon build-up… Replacing with new lights became a constant and costly endeavor.
    The Non-lite has solved that problem for us. When we are conducting range training without the need for illumination we use this product. It doesn’t change holster fit, feel, weapon weight. The old “train as you fight” adage.
    When we need illumination, quick disconnect and our real light is back on.
    We have eliminated 75 percent of the wear-and-tear on our real lights. As well as significantly reducing the expense.
    Just consider what others may need to meet their training goals.

  • WEB

    Great product I work in a schoolhouse setting training up 35 students at a time and I have wasted time and energy fixing the X300 or getting a new light for the shooter. It is perfect for any flat range training environment during daytime shoots or when you are putting 1000s of rounds down range and you don’t want to put the wear and tear on a light that you spent $250 on and in case that you ever have to use a weapon mounted light system you will have the confidence that it will work. And for all of you that are hating on this (dummy light) keep on running with that 250 dollar bills on the end of your firearm dont be sad when your x300 breaks and it will break and you realize that you could have saved yourself some money

    -WEB

  • pew pew

    This is a great concept and training tool! I’m a advanced firearms instructor for the military. we break our weapon lights (Surefire X300U) all the time. The lens is the least of it. We have over $100,000 in Surefire parts on hand and one designated person fixing them. We have six shooting packages (8 weeks long) a year with 30 or more students per class. We shoot about 6-7 thousand rounds a class that’s between 36-42 thousands rounds per light in one year!! There isn’t a weapon light on market that can handle that. The worst part about is most of that training is during day light hours so we are just destroying our lights for holster drawing, the weight, grip/finger placement, and policy. If you qualified with a light on, than the light must stay on. I did some quick numbers:
    SF X300U cost $250 X 200 =$50,000
    NON-LITE cost $58.49 (military) X 200 =$11,698. That’s a savings of $38,302. As tax payers you all should be all about it! Also no spare parts or batteries, rant over cant wait to get ours next week!!

  • Bluefalcon

    At my last job we used Surefire lights on a daily basis for training. They are great lights however after doing numerous drills they end up getting a lot of wear and tear (carbon build up on the lense, mounting tabs breaking)which ends up being very costly. with the NON-LITE’s we are able to have the same effect without damaging an expensive light system. It’s easy also very simple to take on and off.

  • LE

    From what I understand this seems like a great product for military, law enforcement, or any person who trains a lot and doesn’t want to destroy their $300 light. I know when I go to the range I take my light off for that reason. Makes good sense to me. Spend a little to save a lot!