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FOG HORN June 2019 Twobirds Flying Publications Streamlight’s TLR VIR II Copyright 2019, Towbirds Flying

FOG HORN

June 2019

Twobirds Flying Publications

FOG HORN June 2019 Twobirds Flying Publications Streamlight’s TLR VIR II Copyright 2019, Towbirds Flying Publications.

Streamlight’s TLR VIR II

Copyright 2019, Towbirds Flying Publications. All Rights Reserved.

Streamlight’s TLR VIR II

2019

Streamlight’s TLR VIR II – white light

and IR illumination with laser in one sleek package

By: Sal Palma

Streamlight announced its addition of an all new VIR light in January. The TLR-VIR II does not replace the original TLR-VIR, introduced in 2011; instead, it supplements the VIR line of tactical lights.

The TLR-VIR II Gun Light brings Streamlight’s VIR line to three weapon mounted offerings supporting the IR spectrum. The company currently offers the TLR-VIR Pistol, the TLR-VIR Gun Light and the TLR-VIR II Gun Light; however, it’s only the later that includes an aiming laser.

The picture 1 on the left is the VIR II’s aiming laser projected on tree foliage at roughly 45 yards from my position. There is some dispersion but as seen through the NVD it’s very visible and certainly useable to direct or control fire.

visible and certainly useable to direct or control fire. Streamlight’s designers clearly had the new SIG

Streamlight’s designers clearly had the new SIG SAUER M17 and M18 pistols, recently adopted by the U.S. Army, in mind when they decided on a form factor that fits both platforms like a pair of Bally Barnis. Activation paddles are perfectly

1 The actual image is your typical NVD green but I needed to decrease tube brightness to keep the dot from washing out.

located eliminating the need for the shooter to break his or her grip to operate the light.

the shooter to break his or her grip to operate the light. Accessing the mode selector

Accessing the mode selector is equally simple as all controls are located underneath the housing, and with excellent tactile. The shooter has three modes of operation to choose from, consisting of VIS (visible light), OFF and IR.

choose from, consisting of VIS (visible light), OFF and IR. When the operator selects the IR

When the operator selects the IR mode, he activates an Infrared LED operating in the 850 nanometer spectrum, with 600 miliwatt intensity and concurrently activates an IR laser, which operates in the 850 nanometer range at an output power less than .08mW. This is a Class 1 eye safe laser. Although I have no issue with that arrangement, I would have liked 4 modes of operation to include IR illumination only.

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Streamlight’s TLR VIR II

2019

The visible light mode provides a 300 lumen beam of well collimated light; with Streamlight’s signature tightly focused hot spot and an abundance of peripheral lighting.

Zeroing the aiming laser can be conveniently accomplished with the windage and elevation adjustments, in 3 mrad increments. Zeroing the laser is efficient with excellent tactile and no observable interaction between windage and elevation adjustments.

interaction between windage and elevation adjustments. The TLR-VIR II has a significantly smaller footprint than

The TLR-VIR II has a significantly smaller footprint than its TLR-VIR sibling. Performance is comparable in the VIS mode; however, the TLR-VIR edges out the VIR II in the Infrared spectrum with its 1000mW of output intensity. The TLR-VIR does not have an aiming laser.

Both of these lights are constructed from 6000 series anodized aluminum and are IPX-7 water resistant.

Streamlights TLR-VIR II continues Streamlights tradition of excellence and its ability to deliver exceptional value without compromising quality and durability. The TLR-VIR II places professional grade versatility on your weapons rail.

M.S.R.P. is $600 but youll find it at several online retailers at a significantly lower price point. If you need weapon mounted IR capability this is a light that will fill just about any need.

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Manufacturer Specifications:

White LED delivers 5,000 candela; 300 lumens; runs 1.5 hours.

Deep-dish parabolic reflector produces a concentrated beam with optimum peripheral illumination.

Infrared LED - 850 nm, 600mW/sr (min) radiant intensity provides optimum illumination when using night vision equipment.

Infrared Laser - 850 nm, Class 1, eye safe IR Laser with 3 mrad adjustment increment markings; output power less than .08mW

IR Illuminator/IR Laser runs 12 hours

Windage and Elevation adjustment screws provide tactile indication.

Powered by one CR123A lithium battery (included)

Operating temperature: -25°F to +140°F

IPX7 waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes

3.3” (8.39 cm); 3.82 oz (108 grams) with battery

Limited Lifetime Warranty. Visit streamlight.com for full warranty information

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