By Eric Janhunen
I've been in the market for a rifle mounted light option for awhile now. After checking the usual suspects for something affordable, I went to the forums and that’s where I found the Primary Arms UWL (Ultimate Weapons Light). The light comes with an integrated picatinny rail mount, multiple o-rings to seal things up and tight machine work. I was also happy to see Streamlight batteries included to bring me the power needed to operate that light. When I first saw this, my first thoughts were that this is a bit on the big side when you configure the housing to hold all 3 battery cells. However, that was not the case. The light may be a bit on the larger side, but not so much as to causing it to be a hinderance. A small issue that I discovered is that I've yet to find a tape switch holder that will hold the switch to my rail. This has caused me to improvise a bit. From my research, I found that the rear housing and tailcap is outsourced. Primary Arms made the flashlight head and battery cell extension tube. So sorry guys, this is not a 100% made USA product. On the other hand, this sucker is bright at 450 lumens! The UWL features one high power LED inside of an aluminum polished bezel flashlight head. On a 16” bull barrel AR, there is slight muzzle shadow but it’s not enough to be an issue. I find the beam to be sharp and very solid. This makes the light comparable to some higher-end lights that I've used in the past. With that being said, I think this is a great option for someone who wants to light up their life ( ha-ha) and not break the bank in doing so. Primary Arms is on a lot of the AR and builder forums, so it’s clear that they listen to the customer base. Overall, I have a feeling that these lights can only get better from an already solid system.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: A value light that is a real contender!
Target Market: A weekend warrior’s rifle to duty guns.
FNBs: (Features & Benefits of this product)
- High Lumens for the price point.
- Very clean machining work on the housing.
- Aluminum reflecting bezel instead of plastic.
- Configurable from a 3 cell Cr123A body, to a 2 cell smaller body.
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: You have two options for colors; Flat dark earth and black. They also offer to bundle the light with a tape switch for another $19.
What others are saying?: YouTube
I need it now! Availability: Primary Arms ships these products out extremely fast. Primary Arms
Our Rating: It’s a great little light! I’ve been to the range quite a bit and don’t take it easy on my guns, so far its held up great!
+ Cheap! With the tape switch this is a touch over 100 bucks shipped + Bright (450 Lumens) + Waterproof/shockproof + One year warranty
- Made overseas - Tape switch is on the large side and wont fit most rail switch mounts - Housing and head on the large side with the 3 cell configuration