Given the amount of doodads available today, it’s easy to go overboard with firearms accessories. But when it comes to outfitting a tactical gun, there are some basics that should be considered.
Quality optics or sights should be the first concern, after which a solid weapons light of some kind is next on the shopping list. (Gun Digest writer David Morelli did a solid write up on just this topic, read it here.)
SureFire has been one of the leaders helping defensive and tactical shooters light up the night. And recently, the California-based manufacturer has initiated a number of refinements to a couple of their popular lights, which appear to make them more user-friendly accessories.
In essences, what SureFire has done to its M600V and M620V Scout Lights is slim them down, making them less burdensome when attached to rail. The big changes, reducing the LED lights’ heads down nearly a ¼ inch in diameter and cutting the weight, nearly 20 percent on the M620V and 23 percent on the M600V.
The weight reduction shaves 1.5 ounces off the lights. It might not sound like much on paper, but lightening the lights has the potential to add up for the weight conscious. And their smaller diameters and reduced profiles make them less likely to snag or bang into an object, thus maintaining a firearm's maneuverability.
The smaller heads have changed the dimensions of the lights, but they do not look to have affected their performance.
The output and runtime of the new LED heads remain the same in both lights, whether they are run in white or infrared. The M600V has a 1.8 hour runtime, while the M620V goes for 1.5 hours. The white light on the Scouts turns out 150 lumens and with IR they have 120 mW of output. They also retaine their weatherproof sealed heads, which make them useful no matter the conditions.
SureFire has kept switching from white light to IR as simple on the new Scouts as it was on previous models. Shooters need only twist the self-locking selector ring on the bezel to switch between heads.
The lights are also still constructed from aerospace aluminum, coated with Mil-Spec hard anodizing and boast O-ring and gasket seals for weatherproofing. They can be activated via either a tailcap click switch or an included remote pressure-pad switch, as in earlier models.
They both quickly and securely attach to MIL-STD-1913 rails, though in different fashions. The M600V uses a thumbscrew clamp and the M620V attaches via SureFire's proprietary Swing-Lever clamp. The latter devices also attaches to out-of-spec rails.
The M600V Scout Light has an MSRP of $485, while the M620V retails for $595.