Engineered for the tactical enthusiast and soldier alike, the American made Recon series of products are efficient and versatile. Rugged yet lightweight, both are made of sturdy aluminum. Various lens and lumen options are available, depending on your needs.
The Recon M II is built to provide the soldier with an efficient hand held LED light with an integrated color changing lens system that allows for a quick tactical change of filtered lenses. Integrated white, red, NVIS, and covert (IR) filters are included. A reversible MOLLE-adaptable clip ensures your light is always on hand.
Ok, guys, everyone who is complaining about the lumins needs to understand what a real tactical light is for. I am a 20 year plus career military officer, and I can tell you that a real military tactical light is meant for close-in, near distance lighting, like reading a map, double-checking orders or objectives, checking for trip wires, and keeping your night vision. Anything that is brightly lite or can see out to (or be seen from) great distances will just get you killed. You want just enough light to see what is going on close up, but not enough that it can be easily seen by others far away. All the items you see on TV that advertise huge lumins and long distances as "tactical" are just playing on the romance of the military and trying to appeal to the common guy; these are not really tactical. If you realize this, and understand the Recon's actual purpose then it is perfect. I own three and use them not only for work (the military), but also at home, especially (as another reviewer mentioned) when my wife and kids have gone to bed and I want a great night vision light to move around without waking or disturbing them. I love these products.
Rugged, managable, multi filter.. i mean it works perfect for me... 40 lumens... clearly not the brightest... but for the size and the versatility its worth it.
My friend bought this light for camp because he wanted to be high speed, and have something better for land nav than our issued gear.. Idiot. As stated earlier, the lumens on this light are a joke. If you're in a cockpit or a tent or just searching through your ruck, it'd probably be fine. But if you're in the woods looking for something at a distance, then forget it.
Also the price. You would have to be either rich and blindly in love with Gerber, or a moron to spend over 200 on something of this caliber. I bought a 320 lumen light with a runtime of 2.5 hours for $90 elsewhere, and a red lens att. for 30. That's enough left over to buy a solid pair of boots. As someone on a budget and who likes quality gear, this light is literally useless.
Perfect for what it is intended for:
* Back up light with low output to preserve NVIS.
* Runs on the same cells as my Eotechs (a plus)
* Can be operated with one hand with practice - perfect practice makes perfect
* Size is ideal for the hand and the job. Can hold it in your mouth easily as well, or clip it to gear for a longer job.
* Take several sets of back up batteries and use it for its purpose - a back-up light - quick checks and mini emergencies.
* Goes great with the kit.
Issued this light, and will not use it. Cool it has the IR option but the run time, and the lumens is a joke. Shop around before you buy this. I gave it two stars for the different light options, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Kirk to answer your question it takes camera batteries, those 123 cells, its kinda picky though. i bought some from Radio shack that didnt work (CR123 cells), but then i bought some duracell 123s, thats what the batteries say on them, can find them any where they sell batteries. Those work just fine
I am a firm believer that the best 'tactical flashlights' are made by a very well known California-based company. HOWEVER, this Gerber light is a GREAT piece of kit and it proved itself in high-risk enviroments. No jams, no NDs, no breaking. Good job Gerb