Nightstick Dual-Light Flashlights – SHOT Show 2016

   01.24.16

Nightstick Dual-Light Flashlights – SHOT Show 2016

At the 2016 SHOT Show, I stopped by the Nightstick booth. These folks make lights, not clubs for cops, and they make a lot of ’em.

What struck me (no pun intended) was their dual light. I can’t say I actively hunt for new flashlights, but I’m not sure how I’d missed this since they brought it out a few years back. The good news is they are coming out with some new dual-light models that should work well for hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts.

Basically, you have a typical flashlight–an oblong cylindrical object with a light at one end. That light is mighty bright and can be operated by rubber-covered pushbutton switches; one near the light end and one on the opposite end. Those switches work together in tandem.

That light is focused in a spot beam that can really reach out there–like 275 meters or 300 yards! But it’s way too bright for up-close work. So they added a second light, mounted in the side of the cylinder and shining perpendicular to the other light. The second light isn’t focused, so it makes a great light for up-close work.

Both lights can be on at the same time.

Nightstick XPP-5422GM Intrinsically Safe Dual-Light w/Dual Magnets
Nightstick XPP-5422GM Intrinsically Safe Dual-Light w/Dual Magnets


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Right away, I thought of hunting uses for such a light. Heading to the tree stand before daylight, for one. Here you have a light that won’t kill your night vision showing you the trail but that can be used to reach out when you need to look a little farther away.

It also seems pretty useful for recovering game. Whether blood-trailing or simply tracking a wounded animal, this light will allow you to flood the ground with light while giving you a strong spot beam shining outward so you can easily keep an eye out for the animal in the distance.

Couldn’t you use a light with a focusing beam? Sure you could, but focusing the beam can be a hassle, especially when you’re looking at things both near and far. I’ve been known to blast my night vision pretty badly when shining a bright spot light on something close-up when I forgot to refocus my light.

Whether you’re walking the woods or just getting up for a midnight tinkle back at camp, it’s nice to be have a fairly foolproof way to keep from blinding yourself with your own light.

Nightstick NSR-2522RM Dual-Light Flashlight w/Dual Magnets
Nightstick NSR-2522RM Dual-Light Flashlight w/Dual Magnets
Nightstick now offers several smaller, more versatile models of dual lights, including magnetic, Intrinsically Safe, Intrinsically Safe angle, and even helmet-mounted.
Nightstick helmet-mounted dual-light
Nightstick helmet-mounted dual-light
Some take standard batteries, others come with rechargeable batteries. All are worth a look in my opinion.


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