Primary Arms - Ultimate Weapon Light (Gen 2)

Primary Arms - UWL

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 Primary Arms - UWL 2went 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

Price point:

MSRP - $89.99 Retail - $89.99

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

Score: 8.080