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UTG 2-in-1 Tactical LED Flashlight with Red Laser Review

UTG 2-in-1 Tactical LED Flashlight with Red Laser: Is It a Big Gimmick?

UTG 2 in 1 LightThe purpose of a review site is to provide objective reviews. I’m going to start off by saying I wouldn’t purchase a UTG 2-in-1 Tactical LED Flashlight. My primary concern with the unit is the overall construction of it. It seems to me UTG spent too much time worrying about making the weapon look slick and not enough time worrying about the results when you fire your pistol or rifle!

If you’re not convinced read on, for the most part I sing praise for this particular unit.  The issue is that it doesn’t matter how good all of the other features are if the damn thing falls apart.

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UTG 2-in-1 Tactical LED w/ Laser: Functionality

Durability

I just finished a big rant about the durability of the unit. If I had to rate it on a scale from 1 to 5 I would give it a 1, maybe a 1.5 out of 5. Not very good for a pretty expensive weapon light!

If you take this to the range (I don’t expect all weapon lights to be range weapon – see the NEBO) you have a high probability of busting either the laser or the LED light before you finish. As I mentioned, I don’t expect every weapon light to be suitable for a firing range. Some weapon lights serve a singular purpose; to defend the homestead.

However, if you’re going to buy a light to protect your house in the event of an intruder it shouldn’t cost $60 and it doesn’t need to come equipped with a laser. I’m not against the laser, I’m against paying an extra $30 for a laser that has a tendency to break.

Lumens

This light is equipped with a respectable 150 lumens. For indoor uses this is a fairly substantial amount of light. The laser produces a nice beam as well, it easily crossed my field into the woods (which is at least a few hundred meters) and put a nice light on a target.

On/Off Switch

The On/Off switch on the rear of the unit is pretty cruddy as well. In order to keep the light on, you have to keep it pressed in. The other option is to tighten the cap all the way – then the light is on permanently until you unscrew the cap. It does come with a pressure momentary on switch as well.

This feature made me question what this unit was really built for. For an airsoft gun it makes a lot of sense – however, for practical purposes it doesn’t. Having the ability to turn the light on and off quickly can be advantageous even in a situation where you’re simply trying to defend your home.

Battery

This unit used 2 CR123A batteries and last 2 hours. Not much else to say about it, 2 hours is a decent run time.

UTG 2-in-1 Tactical LED Flashlight with Red Laser: Rails and Mounting

This particular UTG unit will fit on any standard picatinny rail or universal rail. One of the better features is the mounting deck is one of the better features on this unit, as it fits a lot of weapons without standard rails without additional attachments.

The laser also can be flipped around to any position which makes this unit suitable for lefties or righties.

UTG 2-in-1 Tactical LED Flashlight with Red Laser Weapon Review

As stated earlier, I wouldn’t recommend this unit unless you want it for Airsoft rifle or you want it purely for aesthetic appeal. I don’t know how practical it is to own any piece of equipment that has a high probability of breaking down.

On amazon this unit scored 4.1/5.0, presumably because it looks badass. The negative reviews are consistent with my experience; the light broke or the laser broke after unloading a few rounds.

If you’re looking for a high end robust field light with a red dot I would recommend the [easyazon_link asin=”B0077RHYWQ” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”tacticaldevices-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Streamlight TLR-4[/easyazon_link]. If you don’t want to cough up the extra $40 I would go in the other direction and purchase a [easyazon_link asin=”B004BNROME” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”tacticaldevices-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]NEBO ProTec for $30[/easyazon_link] for home protection purposes

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