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Pops1085
February 9, 2013, 09:34 PM
So check this out, I was sitting around thinking about how to put a light on my HD Ar and I realized that I had a small flashlight that looked about the same size as one of my scopes. So I took the rings off a scope from another rifle and Whala! A weapon mounted light that only cost me about 5 bucks! Now it might not be a surefire but I can't see this thing falling apart on me. What do you guys think?

By the way, is that the right spot for a vertical grip on an ar? or should I move it back?

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Captains1911
February 9, 2013, 09:49 PM
yeah, a $5 light should hold up just fine...

Pops1085
February 9, 2013, 10:12 PM
well come on, its only a .223, That thing only kicks a little harder than a 22.

Onward Allusion
February 9, 2013, 10:53 PM
The scope ring mount isn't much different than some other weapon mounted lights, aside from the duty rating of the flashlight, of course. I'd probably spend a few more bucks on a heavier duty & brighter light. I mean, it is your HD weapon, right?

Pops1085
February 9, 2013, 11:19 PM
Correct, but with every light off and all the windows closed I can still make out my front sight against the farthest wall, honestly if it came to that though I probably wouldn't even be looking at my sights

Edward429451
February 10, 2013, 09:38 AM
I don't see a picture, but I love poorman technology. If it works and stands up to that vicious (sic) 223 recoil, why not? If not, go get a big bad 40 dollar light lol.

The naysayers prolly got 300 dollars in their light systems! LOL LOL :D
(They have to say that to feel justified in spending an insane amount on a LIGHT!) ;)

Captains1911
February 10, 2013, 10:17 AM
Riiiiiiiight. Call me a "naysayer" or what have you, but it doesn't take much to realize that a light costing less than the batteries inside probably isn't the smartest idea for a defensive weapon. But for the OP's sake, I really do hope it works out.

ohen cepel
February 10, 2013, 10:37 AM
Guys did this a lot years ago, usually the bulbs didn't last long at all.

With new LED's it may last, wouldn't bet my family on it though.

Edward429451
February 10, 2013, 10:47 AM
Oh, have a sense of humor, Captain. As with most things, the best is usually in the middle somewhere. I did say if it stands up to it. There is a lot of poorman technology that is very useful and works fine without spending an inordinate amount of cash on it. I too, thought about the bulbs.

Pops1085
February 11, 2013, 12:18 AM
Well seeing as that is probably only a HD rifle, I don't care if it doesn't work after a couple of shots because the only thing I need it to do is light up the BG (or neighbor sneaking in for a cup of sugar ) and let me know if I've got an issue or not. I could care less if it doesn't function after that, plus its an LED and it seems alright.

alex0535
February 11, 2013, 12:32 AM
I took a faulty scope mount for a rifle and bought a LED maglight. They had about the same curvature on the base of the mount as the outside of the flashlight. I carefully superglued it to the center of the light.

Took an extra scope ring that fits to the faulty scope base and attached the ring to the scope. The base secures the light to the scope and I can see a good 100 yards out and it turns night into day looking through the scope.