Review: Firstlight USA Torq Flashlight

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I am a bit of a fan of Firstlight USA’s lights when they first came out with the Tomahawk a few years ago. I have a Tomahawk MC and Tomahawk NV in my flashlight collection. I got their new Torq LE to see how it compares to the Tomahawk. The concept of the Torq is similar to the Tomahawk line but with a few changes. Somewhat like SureFire and their Nitrolon series of handheld lights, Firstlight USA made the Torq out of polymer. They also changed the power consumption and updated the light with a more efficient LED that runs on 2x AA batteries.

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Due to the decrease in voltage the LED is not as bright. It is 155 Lumens, My old Tomahawks are around 200 lumens. Firstlight USA has improved the Tomahawks and they now have 425 lumens. There is a price gap though. The Torq retails from $90-$150 depending on the variant you get. The Tomahawks are double that price. The Torq comes in gray, as you see above, as well as coyote brown. There are three different version

The operation of the Torq and Tomahawk lights are similar. There are two accessory buttons and a main activation button that is all accessed by the thumb. Smashing down on the main button overrides any mode and produces full bright white light. The main activation button is momentary only so it is like a dead man’s switch, your thumb must keep pressing it. As soon as you let go it turns off or reverts to the previous light mode. The two smaller accessory buttons select the different modes. In the Torq LE model, the left button controls constant white light. The right buttons controls the color leds. There are some other modes like strobe and police beacon. If you press both buttons and hold them down, it will lock the buttons from accidental activation. Then by pressing both buttons again simultaneously the light is unlocked.

Due to the angle light design and finger loop, you hold the light like a pistol. You can then use it with a firearm.

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This light is unique for EDC and weapon use. It has a few features that other traditional handheld lights do not. Such as the finger loop and angle head with button activation that can be used in conjunction with a firearm. The use of 2xAA with this amount of features and modes for under $100 is rather attractive for a handheld weapon light. Like any handheld weapon light, practice is important to use it effectively. There are strategies on how to properly use a light for defensive use with a handgun and I recommend you seek training if you are interested. For more information on the Firstlight USA Torq, you can find it on their website.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Dickie

    What are the befefits to using this with a weapon compared to a weapon light. Can only see negatives.

    • Anon

      You don’t have to point a gun at every trashcan, car, small child, cop if you want to illuminate them

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Hours of low light training for me personally:

      0 – weaponlight
      16 – handheld
      32 – both
      48 – handheld

      There are so many reasons a weaponlight does not make sense unless you are detaining or working in a team. And only the advantage of its always there.

      Short version is, that guns work best when used center mass, and lights work best when used in eyes. If you don’t 100% grasp that, you have no business with a weapon mounted light, IMO.

      • Some Guy

        Do me a favor:

        Get your vision adapted to the dark. Throw your weaponlight of choice on the front of your gun. Stand 3m from a mirror and light your chest up. If your vision is still totally functional after doing so than it’s your light that sucks (or you have bionic eyes)

        That all being said if you’re only going to carry one light it needs to be handheld.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Have done one better. Force on force with people using weapon lights and handhelds on indoor low light me while shooting UTM.

  • Dickie

    Well thats how he is uning it in the picture. Otherwise a regular flashlight with lanyard would
    Be better. So u can drop it and proceed to handle the gun properly. Not with the flashlight also

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I run the Raven O-ring or grenade rings on my Surefire lights, flipping it around a finger durin mag changes is fluid and comes right back into hand. A wrist lanyard I feel like would flop around all over the place, but the idea is the same.

      • John Yossarian

        My only problem with the Raven Concealment Pocket Clip is that it isn’t more widely distributed. Their shipping charges are almost as much as the clip.

  • Armand Fight

    Neat…a flashlight that you hold in such a way that someone might mistake it for a gun. What could possibly go wrong?

    • mcameron

      in no way, shape, or form….does this in any way look like a gun……

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Oh cool, so this light gets you EVERY issue associated with “syringe grip”, every issue with “modes” on goofball lights, looks like it would be tougher to use in a Harris grip, shares nothing in common with other lights you may come across, and adds a form factor that is larger than it needs to be…

    Surefire G-series “tactical”, Raven Oring. Under $100 for one of the best setups you can get.

    • Steve

      You’re overlooking one of the biggest benefits to this light, and that is the versatility. Like the old GI-issue 90-degree ‘anglehead’ lamps, you can attach this thing to a belt or vest and still have it work in a functional way, hands-free. The 300+ degree head rotation is a game-changer in this form factor. The company also sells one of the best magnetic mounts I’ve used, so far.

      Mode selection is dead simple as the giant thumb-pad is momentary-only. You only get into other modes (High/Med/Low/Strobe, IIRC) if you need to.

      Would I buy one for personal use? Probably not – the entire First-Light line-up is really targeted to Law Enforcement and Military (vest and belt-mountable lights). However the samples I’ve purchased for testing are great little lights.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        old GI-issue 90-degree ‘anglehead’ lamps, you can attach this thing to a
        belt or vest and still have it work in a functional way, hands-free.

        So what you’re saying is they have a work light they are pushing as a tactical light?

        I have to stick with everything I wrote then. Work lights aren’t tactical lights. There is a reason the 90degree light is dead. A headlamp and a tactical light are different things on purpose.

  • skusmc

    Whoa watch it there, Acting BATFE Chief Kingery may decide that that light is dangerously close to transforming itself into a vertical fore grip of that pistol in the first picture.

  • USMC03Vet

    Nice Glock 40.