I was in the market for not just an EDC (every day carry) flashlight, but something that would also come in handy during a night time home invasion.  You see, I'm not into weapon mounted lights on my home defense handgun.  I know there are a lot of great arguments out there to have one on your gun, but I don't want to point the muzzle of my weapon at something/someone that I don't intend to shoot.  With a weapon mounted light, that is a scenario that does happen.

After reading a lot of reviews and doing some homework of my own, I decided to purchase the 5.11 Tactical ATAC A1 flashlight.  5.11 took the time to design this light with feedback from law enforcement officers and tactical operators to bring to the market a product of reliability, durability and utility.  The ATAC A1 uses a smart Cree LED bulb to throw 103 lumens on high/strobe up to 50 minutes or 28 hours on low (11 lumens) from 1 AA battery.  The tail cap switch of the flashlight allows you to move from high, low or strobe with no auditory sound.  In addition, the ATAC A1 also allows you to do a momentary on for a quick blast of light.

Last but not least, I truly am a fan of the pocket clip attached to this flashlight.  I know that sounds weird, but I hate when I'm trying to pull my pocket knife out and the clip gets stuck on my pants.  The pocket clip on this flashlight is smooth and has not yet gotten caught on any of my pants. "Happy Happy Happy"

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: An all purpose built tactical flashlight.

Target Market: Police, security personnel and the every day people.

FNB's:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Regulated circuit and CREE LED
  • Waterproof
  • Machined aerospace-grade aluminum
  • Multi-function tail cap switch with momentary-on (high/ultra low/strobe)
  • Anti-roll ring
  • 103 lumens for high and strobe, 11 lumens for low
  • 1 AA battery (included)

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black is the only color choice that 5.11 offers this light in.

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I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or 5.11 Tactical.

Our Rating: + Multi-function tail cap switch + Machined aerospace-grade aluminum + Break-away lanyard included + Pocket clip does not get caught on pants making it easy to access + Waterproof

Score: 9.090

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