[SHOT 2016] First-Light TORQ

    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 teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. 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.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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