LaserMax Announces New AR Weaponlight

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Those seeking illumination now have one more option to consider. LaserMax, typically known for their lasers and rapid expansion into the weapon-light sector has announced the physical debut of their “Manta-Ray” series of weapon-lights. The Manta-Rays will be available for purchase at the NRA Annual Meeting show floor. As one would suspect with the name, the Manta-Ray is produced in partnership with Manta rails.

The Manta-Rays will be available for prospective customers to “touch and feel” after a soft-launch at the SHOT Show. LaserMax opted to release the concept after “overwhelmingly positive reception from media and shooting sports insiders.”

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The Manta-Ray is a quick-detach picatinny rail-mounted light that is user adjustable for brightness with a “unique light signature” (not sure what that means). The Manta-Ray is powered from an on-board rechargeable battery.

For those wanting to be night-time tactical, an infrared version coined the “LMR-IR” will also be available (for those curious, the standard Manta-Ray is called the “LMR-M”. The Manta-Ray will be compatible with the LMS-RAS tape-switch, which interfaces via Mini-USB.

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Retail is set at $219 for the visible-light version and the LMR-IR infrared Manta-Ray is set at $265. 

Features Courtesy of LaserMax:

  • Snaps on and off firearm rail in seconds

  • Mint green LED offers maximum visibility and prevents eye strain

  • Features adjustable brightness (dimmable from 140 to 20 lumens)

  • Discrete status indicator light displays battery life

  • Infrared (IR) version also offered for use with night vision (LMR-IR)



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Nicks87

    I like the concept and how compact it is, but I hate rechargeable batteries so I might have to pass on this one.

  • Nicholas Dunham

    This looks really cool! I like the idea of something a bit more low profile like this.
    One small possible correction: The switch looks like its interface is micro-USB, rather than mini-USB.

    • Anonymoose

      Yeah. Nobody uses mini-USB anymore.

    • jng1226

      Good observation about the micro-USB. However, those connections suck and just get worse over time. If you’ve ever had an Android phone you know exactly what I mean. That is a major design oversight to just rely on that to hold on and be “water-resistant”. Combined with what others have noted about the non-removable battery, this is product in need of a 2.0 version quickly.

      • BrianZ

        One possible reason for the micro USB connectivity is the ability to use any charging device of the same format. You might even be able to charge the light via the USB port on your computer. Although I agree that the connector is not very robust especially considering the conditions in which the light is expected to perform in. IMO.

  • Tim Barrera

    Battery life indicator should come standard on any/all weapons items these days. I’d pay about double the price for an Aimpoint with a 10% increment power meter!

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Make it directly M-LOK compatible and we have a winner. Till then I’ll stick with the Elzetta CQB

    • nova3930

      other than direct attach capability, my only concern would be the non-replaceable battery. I know that’s how they get the low profile but I don’t want to ditch a $200 light because the battery smokes itself.

    • jonjon7465

      and a lower price. At 1.8 ounces it would be great for my lightweight build.

  • Frank

    140 lumens, they’re really competing with 2005 technology there.