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11/13/13

Quick Review: Inforce WML

The Inforce WML has been out for a while now and been getting some pretty good coverage in the gun blog-o-world. It's half the price of a Surefire x300, uses 1 CR123A battery instead of two, weighs only a few ounces and still manages to kick off a good amount of light. So, theoretically, it's a got a pretty compelling value proposition behind it.

Figured I'd give one a whirl, intending it for Project 590A1.

Unfortunately, a poorly designed pressure switch kills the good stuff that the light has going for it, at least in this version, from Haley Strategic Partners.


The problem - the switch is big and rubbery, but has a "sweet spot" that you have to press firmly to actually get the light to turn on. Too high on the switch, too low or off to one of the sides and the light will not activate correctly. The switch will actually even "click" like it has been depressed, but no light.

In the picture below, I've depressed the big pressure pad a little low. The switch has 'clicked' but obviously, no light.



In a perfect world, you'll hit the 'sweet spot' every time, but any time you find yourself needing a weapon light, things are not likely to go smoothly. In training and practice, I've found myself - numerous times - trying to activate the light, only to get nothing, or a dim flicker as the switch is only partially activated. The problem - my thumb is pressing too high or too low on the pressure pad/switch.

This particular model is the momentary-only from Haley Strategic Partners, so there's really no getting away from the lousy switch.

It's got fresh batteries and as far as I can tell, the problem is truly the design of the switch versus a defective unit. If I press the switch in the middle, with normal pressure, the light engages like it should.

I only have the one light, and I haven't heard others complain about the switch, so I'd be interest to hear if others have noticed similar problems. If you've got a momentary-only WML, let me know.

As-is, it's a complete deal breaker. Something like this needs to work predictably, every time.

My Opinion: Save your dough and get a Surefire.

Note: This light was purchased independently and not a sample provided for review purposes.

Update: I've reached out to Inforce, and they've asked me to send in the light. We'll see what they say.

Update 2: Looks like my light was functioning correctly. It has since moved onto a new home. I can't recommend the WML, at least in the HSP momentary-only format.

11 comments :

  1. I have one that is not an HSP version and don't have an issue with the switchl. I would ping INFORCE and let them know. I had a light of theirs that blew up (not a WML) and they got me a new one in less than a week.

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    1. I'll drop them a line, but not good to hear that you had a light "blow up" on you, even if they did take care of it quickly.

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  2. I have one of these as well, and never had any issues with the switch. Its a great light for the price, IMO. It's possible you got a malfunctioning unit.

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  3. Allow me to highly suggest the surfire mini scout light. I have one in black that is currently riding my mossberg 500.

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    1. I have an x300 Ultra that will probably take its place on the Mossie, but ya - you can't go wrong with a Surefire.

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  4. I got mine from Haley Strategic Partners, and I'm having the exact same issue with the switch. Do you know if it's just the HSP units with this issue?

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    1. Good to hear I'm not alone. The other guys who don't have problems seem to have the regular WMLs, versus the HSP momentary only. My guess is it's the HSP switch.

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    2. I've got it figured out. I was thinking that the "click" i was hearing/feeling when I depressed the switch should be turning it on. If I apply more pressure, (past the click) it turns on consistently no matter where I push. I have to apply a lot more pressure than I was before. I'm not sure I like pushing the switch this hard, but I am getting consistent positive results. Does this work with yours?

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    3. Yep, if you get it right in the middle and jam on it fairly firmly, you get fairly consistent results. Finding that 'sweet spot' and applying the right amount of pressure there is the tricky part...and that's in practice conditions. It's a friggin light, it should work easily, consistently, every time.

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  5. I have the same issue with my HSP version. Any non-HSP momentary-only units having issues?

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  6. I bought one a couple years ago but just took it out of the box for the first time and mounted it to an AR I wanted to zero to carry on duty. Prior to shooting light worked fine. X6 rounds into zero'ing the light came on, and stayed on, out of the blue with no pressure on the switch. Had to loosen cap to get it to turn off. Then re tightened and now won't work at all. Tried 2 fresh batteries still nothing. This is a huge problem in my line of work and I will not trust this light. I will send it in to be fixed but I will not be mounting it on my duty rifle again. Love the way it mounts and over all design, but epic failure on the mechanics/ electronics.

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