[SHOT 2016] First-Light TORQ

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First-Light is a small U.S. company that has some pretty cool lights which have a lot of utility in a number of venues.

The new model they were showcasing at SHOT was called the TORQ and immediately evoked nostalgia for those old school USGI Angle Head Flashlights—though the first light implementation was much smaller and infinitely more utile.

The First-Light TORQ is constructed of polymer (available in Coyote Brown and Urban Gray) and boasts a 320 degree rotating head (which is a differentiator from their Tomahawk model) that projects 155 lumens. The main body has a finger loop that allows for you to swing it out of the way without setting it down. The side panels are removable and interchangeable allowing for a number of different mounting options—everything from MOLLE to belts to magnets. The light also has the ability to illuminate using red, green, and blue. It runs on two AA batteries.

The TORQ can lay flat on its side and the had can be angled for use as a "work light"

The TORQ can lie flat on its side and the head can be angled for use as a “work light”

Magnet mount

Magnet mount

Finger Loop

Finger Loop

There are three main versions of the light. The basic TORQ (as listed above), the TORQ NV, and the TORQ LE. The NV version adds, you guessed it, an IR mode (momentary, constant-on, and IR beacon) which could make this a decent replace for the old Firefly. Additionally it has a white light strobe and a flashing white/red/green safety beacon. The LE model adds a white light strobe and a flashing white/red/blue safety beacon.

Blue

Blue

Green

Green

Red

Red

I really like the use of AA batteries

I really like the use of AA batteries

Here is a short demonstration of the strobing action. I wanted to put it to some dubstep but decided against it:

I was pretty impressed with the light may give it a try in an upcoming night shooting class.


Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Bill

    I have 2 FirstLight lights, including a Tomahawk. Both of mine suffered from parasitic battery drain during storage, and the multiple mode Tomahawk was almost impossibly complicated to use on duty, in terms of switching modes/colors/intensity and strobe. Strobing is one of those things that looks cool, but I’m not certain that it’s actually more effective than a bright steady beam in “disorienting” anyone. I’m not aware of any studies done that show whether or not it has any influence, good or bad, on shooting performance, but can see a lawyer raising it as a problem in target identification if a shooter claims that they perceived aggressive action, under a strobe light. This aint disco.

    I’m assuming that this is less costly than the Tomahawk, whose price made the difficulty in using it all the more frustrating. At a lower price point, using less expensive batteries, if it could be locked on stupid mode, I’d be interested.

    • Doc Rader

      Interesting about the battery drain. I would assume the strobe is more of an attention getter than a disabler.

      • Bill

        I’d hope that they would have taken care of the battery issue by now – I’ve had mine for years. Strobing was marketed to us in LE as the latest greatest almost-intermediate weapon that would dazzle the obstreperous into immediate compliance, if not actually make them curl up in the fetal position and soil themselves.

  • Joe Hathaway

    ” The TORQ can lay flat on its side and the had can be angled for use as a “work light”

    Unless oviparous (bird, reptile, etc.), the flashlight cannot lay an egg or anything else. It can lie just about anywhere (like Barack Hussein).

    What part is the “had”?
    A period is often used to complete a declaratory sentence.

    • Doc Rader

      It has been fixed, irregardless… 😉