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Gear Review: Inforce WML Momentary Only Weapon Mounted Light

Written By: Bob - Jun• 20•13
The Inforce WML is an example of the hard work it take to make something brilliantly simple.

The Inforce WML is an example of the hard work it takes to make something brilliantly simple.

I’ve known from the second I picked up my Templar Custom MCWS that I needed to put a light on her. I avoided doing so for a very long time, however, because every light I saw seemed either too expensive, bulky, complicated, or had too many potential snags and failure points. I wanted a dead-simple, idiot-proof light that was lightweight, easy to remove and reattach, and dead simple.

I found the Inforce online, and discovered the WML Momentary On Only variant, and thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The marketing material on the web site described exactly what I wanted.

The INFORCE WML with a momentary activation feature for those who prefer the single-mode function of a more traditional type switch. The INFORCE WML produces 125 lumens of penetrating white light for 2 hours, with a tight beam for close- to mid-range applications and balanced peripheral light for discernment of the surrounding area. The patent pending INFORCE WML uses an angled activation button that facilitates operation without interference from wires or tape switches. The integrated rail clamping system is compact, convenient and secure. And, two distinct lockout systems are incorporated to avoid accidental discharge. Waterproof to 66 feet. MIL-STD-810G certified.

I contacted Inforce in February for a light to review, and the Tactical Fairy brought a WML to me on March first. Since then, it’s been sitting on top of “Gretchen,” in the 12 o’clock position, just like in the photo at the top of the page. Why 12 o’clock? Entirely personal preference.  I’ve found that when I’m not doing the traditional standing/sitting/prone sling-supported positions pointing at slow moving or stationary targets, I am more comfortable with a “c” grip where my support hand far forward and that arm  is straight and locked-out as much as possible. I pivot with my hips, and I feel it is pretty stable (feel free to fill the comments if you personally find this bad/wrong/evil and explain why; you may know something I don’t).

The way I grip my rail with my support hand puts my thumb on top of the rifle… and when the WML is mounted in the 12 o’clock, that means I don’t have to shift my grip to activate my light. I move just my thumb to the pressure switch that is part of the light, depress it for as long as I want light, and let it go when I want dark. It even has a manual lockout that you can flip up over the pressure switch to make sure it doesn’t come on accidentally, that quietly and easily flips back down with no muss and no fuss. Everything about the light seems “duh-huh,” dead-stupid-simple… and folks it takes a lot of work to get a product to that level of perfect simplicity. The Inforce WML Momentary On Only simply does what I it to do with no muss and no fuss.

So for the more technical stuff, I’m going to cheat. I’m going to send you over to Moderno’s review, because it’s well-written and concise.

The light itself is listed at 125 lumens, and at least in my situation, that is all I could want. It’s bright enough to temporarily startle someone in the dark in your average residential home, and if it was too much brighter, you’d run the risk of blinding yourself in any reflection off a light-colored or white-painted wall (and yes, walls can reflect a shocking amount of light). It’s also bright enough to light up anyone in my residential yard to a reasonable distance, but I don’t think I’ll ever actually need to “clear” my neighborhood.

The light is incredibly light (3 oz)  and as I’ve mentioned before, quite well laid out. When I’m running BUIS it is unobtrusive and out of the way. When I have a 1×4 scope mounted in a LaRue LT104 on it’s 1x setting, I do get the top of the light in the bottom of the scope, but not anywhere near the reticle. When I have it cranked to 4x, I don’t see it at all (I don’t mess with the in-between powers much). Of course, if I was one to mount the light somewhere else, this would be no issue at all; this is how I chose to mount the light to suit my needs and preferences.

How rugged is the light? Frankly, I’m not going to find out shooting a WCMS (not without the .50 Beowulf barrel, and I don’t have that yet), but Mrgunsngear did a video review of the HSP-variant of the light with it mounted on a 12-gauge 870.

The HSP variant is a little different, having a brighter light 200 lumens output (versus 125) and 90-minute runtime (versus 2 hours), so it’s simply a trade-off on whether you want slightly brighter light or slightly longer run time. It’s the solution to my particular lighting needs, and I’ll be purchasing another for my next AR build and any defensive shotgun I eventually acquire.

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One Comment

  1. Right_2_Bear says:

    These are very nice lights and I was tempted to get one for a new AR. But the price points on these are a bit high. I have been testing and enjoying some generic 5 mode lights by UltraFire (#WF502B) for less than 1/10 the price and they are IMO some of the best for the money. These are now on 3 of my long guns and so far they haven’t missed a beat. Hopefully as Inforce recoups some development costs the price can come down for us frugal guys. :-)