I planned on taking it on my deployment with me and using it as a general purpose light/and or a weapon light.
If you put it on your weapon you probably want to leave it on your weapon. I found a little headlamp or even one of those little "photon lights" attached to the uniform or to dog tags to be good for general use. If you're going to have a flashlight on your weapon for anything other than finding your way back and forth to the latrine at night, I'd go ahead and shell out the coin for a Surefire. Otherwise, go to Wal-Mart, buy a set of 1" scope rings, go over to the next aisle and get a flat black Ray-O-Vac or similar flashlight and put that on your weapon. That's what I did my first deployment, before I was in a unit that issued Surefire as standard issue.
The E2D only puts out about 60 lumens. You could mount it on an M4, but it wouldn't be my first choice. It would be a fine GP light, though. I guess the unit isn't issuing lights?
I never liked the G2s; plastic lights suck. I much prefer the metal lights. Bulbs are a problem with any incandescent light, particularly when mounted on a weapon. It's one of the reasons I love LEDs.
You do make a good point about searches. Using a weapon mounted light for searches can be bad mojo and it's an ongoing issue in my world. Sometimes it's appropriate, most of the time it's not.
As for the weapon mounted lights, I have used the scope ring with G2 and it works okay. However when strobing, working dark holes and flooding during live fire, I have found the push cap switch sucks balls. I like the toggle style switch on the M3 tac-light and the TLR 1 sports the same switch in an aluminum body. Smaller, lighter and easier to use IMO, but I know how opinions go…
No light required, follow your nose to either place. But be careful, you may confuse them.Big issues on deployment where you will need light:
Power is out on FOB, need to find chow hall or shitter.
fuck fobbits...fuck 'em in the assFOBBIT Police want lights and reflective belt when walking at night.
With the new M9 sporting a light rail, I wonder if Uncle Sam will start issuing pistol lights. I used an adapter on mine to fit the light.I also prefer a hand held when working with a pistol, allows me to use more techniques when in low light.
With the new M9 sporting a light rail, I wonder if Uncle Sam will start issuing pistol lights. I used an adapter on mine to fit the light.