Inforce APL

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Recommended? - undecided
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Manufacturer - Inforce

200 lumens

requires (1) CR123 battery

1.5 hour run time

Length: 3 in. / 7.619 cm.
Width: 1.2 in. / 3.048 cm.
Weight: 2.83 oz. / 80.229 g.

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August 12, 2013  •  01:31 PM
I recently acquired an Inforce APL weapon light and loved it but after letting my Glock wear it for a while and running some training drills one big thing jumped out at me so I wanted to do an overall review. My main weapon mounted light is my Streamlight TLR1s and I love it. The main reason I picked up the APL is due to its popularity and I had been approached many times asking to make holsters to accomodate it. The price point of this light is okay but I feel it could be a bit lower.

For around $130 give or take, you are getting some great features in this light. 200 lumens. 1.5 hour runtime, and it only takes 1 cr123 which is awesome if you ask me. Being that the body is made of a polymer material, the weight of the light is great while still feeling super durable. When the APL was first released, I thought it looked pretty funky, and still do excpet when its on a glock. It almost seems like the APL was made specifically to rest on the rails of your Glock. This also makes for an extremely aesthetically pleasing Glock/APL light bearing Kydex holster Im not a fan of how it looks on the M&P or 1911 platform (the 2 other pistols I run) but looks don't affect functionality and obviously, this is just one mans opinion... Attachment is a breeze. Unlike the Streamlight, which has a screw to lock it on the rail, the APL attaches with a flip of a locking lever. easy on, easy off. And it locks up TIGHT.

The switch is completly ambidextrous as each switch functions the exact same on either side. A quick press and release put you into continuous mode while a press and hold will allow for momentary lighting. The switches are easy to engage and disengage but the switches are also where this light loses it for me. What I have noticed and this is a BIG deal, is that under any amount of stress or any situation where you cant give 100% attention to activiating the switch, my finger tends to slip right off of the switch. Pairing that with the angle at which the switch slopes down is the perfect recipe for a negligent discharge. What I mean is that almost every time I activate the switch quickly or under stress, my index finger (trigger finger) slips right off of the switch paddle and always ends up right on the trigger. Now luckily, every time this has happened has been during dry fire practice with an empty, safe weapon or on a static range with the weapon pointed in a safe direction and it has never produced a ND because I have been able to stop myself but I cant say what would happen in a real world defense scenario...those thoughts are just scary.

Anyway, everything about this light is great for the most part and on paper, the Pros definitely out number the Cons but that one Con is what brings me to my final rating.. This situation may only be isolated to myself and if so, then great. I may just need to practice different methods of engaging the switch but the way that happens to feel the most comfortable and natural for me is what causes this so its looking like this light may sit in the workshop for holster building only. If you have had the same experiences or if you know of a fool-proof method of activating the light with absolutely no chance of this happening, by all means, share them in the comments!

Price Payed: $130.00
Recommended? No
Pros: Weight
Ease of mounting
Only requires one battery
Cons: May look strange to some
Price could come down about $30
safety concerns
Synopsis: Review of the Inforce APL pistol light