Nightstick Dual-Light Flashlights – SHOT Show 2016
Russ Chastain 01.24.16
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.
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.