New Flashlight From UTG

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Lights have more than one use when it comes to firearms. They’re most commonly used for the obvious, lighting the way when it’s dark and visibility is next to nothing, but they also have their applications while hunting. Then there are their self-defense uses – yes, a light can offer defensive options – and myriad tactical purposes, which are a mixture of a few of these. Whether you need a light simply to brighten dark corners or want another tool in your self-defense arsenal, the new EL700 High Lumen Flashlight is advertised as doing it all.

The new UTG flashlights most important feature is that it can be used at ranges of up to 400 yards and remain effective. All too many lights fail when faced with anything not at close range, but not this light. It’s also adjustable so brightness can be changed as needed, allowing for more subtlety when faced with a potential assailant and less chance of spooking game (although there are lights specifically designed for hunting, the best lights can do it all).The EL700 High Lumen Flashlight can be adjusted between 20 and 700 lumens.  Of course, there are situations where startling and/or blinding someone is an excellent plan, and that’s where this light’s strobe function comes in handy. This is not just a flashlight, it’s a defensive tool.

Read below for full details from UTG and take a look at the company’s website at www.leapers.com. MSRP is not yet listed.

From UTG:

Libre means freedom. UTG’s new EL700 High Lumen Flashlight with L.I.B.R.E. (Light with Integrated Brightness Regulated Emitter) Dimming Technology places the amount of visible light firmly in the user’s hand, giving you the freedom to adapt to your surroundings and granting you maximum situational control. State of the art circuit board design, advanced mounting solutions, and superior handling performance combine to make this the flagship of UTG’s new illumination line up. One click of the soft textured end cap button unleashes a powerful 700 lumens of white light capable of illuminating a target out to 400 yards effectively. When less light is needed, a Lumen Control Pad placed strategically on the center main body allows you to scale the brightness all the way from 700 lumens down to 20 lumens any time you need. In any environment you want to adapt to, simply press and hold the pad until the desired brightness is reached. Should a threat be encountered, a double- click on the Lumen Control Pad will ignite an aggressive rapid strobe mode that can temporarily blind or confuse an aggressor or serve as a distress beacon in emergency situations.

EL700 comes standard with a removable rubber anti-roll ring that doubles as a finger rest for syringe style tactical shooting stances and can be replaced with an included grip spacer for every day carry. This unit comes standard with our innovative tactical offset ring mount (RG-FL138) and easily mounts to all mil-spec Picatinny rails. Made from aircraft grade aluminum and hardcoat anodized for surface longevity, the EL700 is sturdy and ultra-reliable. A knurled surface with additional gripping grooves over the elegant structure guarantees positive handling and long term carry comfort even in the most dire weather conditions. Dual lanyard slots further enhance this flashlights ability to conform to your personal carry style.

EL700 is not picky with its power supply and runs equally well with 2x CR-123’s or an 18650 rechargeable battery. The L.I.B.R.E dimming technology can also greatly enhance battery runtime with the lowest brightness setting extending the battery power to over 12 hours of continuous use.

UTG EL700 is not a light that will stand in the spotlight; it “is” the spotlight and stands out amongst others as a true innovation that gives you the freedom to choose.



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I think these companies get into the tac light game to funnel cocaine profits or arms money from the Taliban or something. The market is so completely oversaturated I cant imagine trying to turn a profit with that product line without some game changing feature which I have not seen on anything lately.

    • Bill

      Surefire recently announced that they were restructuring and reducing their staff due to slowing military sales. It’s a lot like the AR market, too many companies making the same old stuff, or trying to break out and coming up with something stupid and useless, instead of really innovative, unique and affordable. I think it’s telling that Surefire has dropped a lot of their high-end specialized stuff (a $500 wrist light? Really?) while keeping the plain-vanilla but really useful and practical G series.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        That’s a good thing.
        Surefire needs to get off the bottle if they want anyone at my income level to buy their lights. I cant think of any shooting related product group that is more overpriced.

        • Geo

          I agree. When I read the article about Surefire and the cost of those products, Colt came to my mind.

          • All the Raindrops

            You can get a surefire g2 or comparable streamlight for like 60 bucks and have a reputable, proven commodity. Utg products that involve electronics or moving parts are generally Terrible. I know from experience, unfortunately.

  • asdffdsa

    So is Katie A a payed UTG shill?

    • All the Raindrops

      Yes absolutely.

      One more utg crap shill article and I’m done with this site forever

      • That’s your choice but I can tell you that calling someone a shill is an insult. Don’t use the term again.
        You should know the difference between a press release and a full test article.

        • All the Raindrops

          It is pure shilling and a disservice to the gun community to prop up a subpar product such as this when you can get a proven product like a surefire g2 and a mount for LESS money.

          • Squirreltakular

            I’m looking forward to your product review, since you’ve obviously thoroughly tested it already.

      • Anomanom

        I’ve had a UTG pistol light for years, and it’s held up quite well. The switch was a bit wierd (a flat rotating switch not unlike the safety on a p90), but I never had any problems with it (including during and after shooting with the light attached. I got it because it used a screw clamp and would therefore fit on my USP without an adapter. Only replaced it because i finally found an M2 light.

    • MR

      I would guess TFB pays her, and she re-posts press releases. Not complaining, I just don’t recall much original work. ‘Couse, I don’t see ads for UTG on the mainstream sources, so gotta get them somewhere.

      • Bill

        Theres a reason for that. Try airsoft sites.

    • She is paid by TFB. I get press releases as does Steve and we send them on to the writers to choose from. It’s announcing a new product most times so your insult isn’t valid in the least.

      • Bill

        Uh, replacing the word that was used with a series of dashes makes it actually look worse, like she’s a ——- or a ——–, and I really doubt that she’s either one. Or a ————-.

  • Dave

    What’s the point of even writing the post if you don’t tell the price so we can complain about what a dumb idea it is? Unless it’s actually a good price in which case I might actually consider it.

    • Jared Vynn

      “Mrsp not yet listed”, so she couldn’t tell the price.

  • Bill

    I have to disagree with WMLs being used to “light the way,” at least in the domestic defensive realm. Whatever they cover, so does the muzzle, unless the user is VERY skilled and can use the spill from the beam. The aren’t general-purpose lighting devices, so a defensive user or LEO will typically need two lights and quality training. I’ve seen, and corrected, cops using them for reading VIN numbers, checking ID’s and in one case helping someone hook up jumper cables at night. In my opinion, they are only for target identification and verifying sight alignment. I will admit that my patrol rifle has a Photon light velcroed to the fore-end that I can adjust to different angles and use as a low powered navigation light.

    I also don’t know the value of trying to use a strobing flashlight as a deterrent. They are irritating, but still give an adversary a general direction to shoot at. Until we can mount military-grade laser dazzlers/signalers on firearms, I’d rather just have a really bright light.

    We don’t have much nighttime hunting around here. Actually, we have a lot, and it’s called spotlighting and is a crime.

    • Phil Hsueh

      They probably have watched too many TV shows and movies where you see people with lights mounted on their weapons and using them light regular flashlights whenever they’re in a dark area. I always cringe whenever I see that because it’s a great way to let people know you’re coming and a lot of them don’t have enough battery to be running around using them like regular flashlights.

      • iksnilol

        That’s why I don’t have flashlights mounted on pistols.

    • MR

      Are raccoons a protected species in your state? I’m sure there are ways to hunt them without spotlights, and there’s always trapping, but many states allow spotlights to be used when hunting furbearers. Deer aren’t the only game in town. Check local laws before doing anything.

  • Budogunner

    Spotlighting is illegal in my State. I’m pretty surprised the practice is mentioned by a TFB writer as a legitimate use to sell a product without the caveat that it is illegal in many States.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      I thought it was illegal in every state except for wild hogs.

      • MR

        Allowed on furbearers (raccoons, etc.) in some states. Check local laws before doing anything.

        • Budogunner

          Checking local laws is always good advice, especially related to any firearm related activity. Gun law is often deeply confusing and profoundly stupid but we are still accountable to it.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Im good, dude.
          No plans for any night time coon hunting.

      • Nope there are a good number of states that allow coon hunting at night since the buggers are nocturnal.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Don’t tell me people eat those things…

          • Phil Hsueh

            I’d like to know that too, or are they considered a nuisance because I can’t imagine anyone hunting them to stuff and mount as a trophy.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Gotta be only legal to shoot as pests.
            Or else some people have really low standards for game trophies and cuisine.

          • Bill

            I can’t believe Disqus would let you write “stuff and mount.”

          • Nicks87

            No but a few years ago a taxidermy shop in my area was paying $20 a piece for their pelts. You could easily make a $100 in one night.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Probably trying to cash in on the resurgent Davey Crockett popularity.

          • Nicks87

            Lol, I don’t know I think they ship them to other countries where people are still allowed to wear fur coats without fear of some crazy PETA person assaulting them.

  • sliversimpson

    You guys are some big freaking complainers. Need the price? Google it. That’s what you would have done anyway, right?

    Is spotlighting illegal in your state? Well, it’s not in mine. Stop whining.

    To the author – that for informing us of this new product.

    • Jared Vynn

      They just can’t read the “mrsp is not yet listed”.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      And I hate The Eagles.

      • Vitsaus

        Glorious.

    • Very welcome!

  • Phil Hsueh

    Is this a regular UTG product or is part of their new UTG Pro line, I know the article doesn’t mention anything about it and it seems it’s run of the mill UTG but I just wanted to double check. If it’s UTG Pro it might be worth it, if it’s regular then it’s probably going to be low priced but of questionable quality.

    • MR

      Good point, the UTG pro stuff that I’ve purchased has been made in the USA, and fit and functioned very well. Granted, I’m no door kicker, but it’s worked just fine for my range toys.

    • I think it’s part of the pro line. I’d have to call them to make sure.

      • Phil Hsueh

        Thanks, that would be good to know. I’m sure for a number of people knowing that it was part of their Pro line might make the light worth a gamble at only $85. Personally, I’d prefer to wait and see what the reviews are like for it and if the price comes down as it becomes more available; It’s available or will be on Amazon but it’s at MSRP from Leapers/UTG with no reviews yet.

  • Phil Hsueh

    MSRP is on the Leaper’s site now, it’s $85. Not a bad price but a little too much to be considered disposable test item, I’m not sure I’d be willing to spend $85 on something that might not last beyond a mag or two.

  • No it won’t allow that but I ok’d it anyway.