LAS VEGAS -- Surefire has unveiled a major redesign of its Scout weapon light series to help door-kickers attach these high-output lights to carbines and other weapons.
The Scout Light Pro line features a new body and mount that allows special operations troops, as well as infantrymen, to attach the light as close as possible to the rail, streamlining the weapon's profile to keep it from snagging in tight quarters, Andrew Wright, spokesman for Surefire, said at SHOT Show 2020.
"Some of the highest-end special operations guys have literally taken their lights to machining centers to get them direct-mounted as close as possible because they don't want a gap between the [light] and the weapon," he said. "It's what everyone is chasing; there is a huge aftermarket business on just trying to get the rail as close to the rail as possible."
The main design difference in the new Scout Pro line is that the swiveling mounting arm is directly milled into the body, Wright said.
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Every light comes with two special mounting cleats, one for Picatinny rails and one for M-LOK slots, so "you can direct mount it to M-LOK without an adaptor in between," he said.
"You can get it really tight in; you can put it exactly where you want it," Wright said. "It's a pretty big deal."
The Scout Pro line offers different sizes, light outputs and power-source options.
"We have both three-volt and six-volt options, meaning one-battery and two-battery options; we have both white-light only and vampire, which is white-light and infrared options," Wright said, adding that the Scout Pro line features models that output 250 lumens up to 1,500 lumens.
There are also dual-fuel models that take one 18650 rechargeable battery or two CR123 batteries, he said.
All of Surefire's original pressure switches will still fit these new lights, Wright added.
The Scout Light Pro, depending on the model, retails from $300 to $430 and is available now in black and tan.
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