“lamping” for animals after dark, here in america isnt the most popular thing done. pockets of coyote/raccoon hunters, and property owners aside.
as such, “best practice” here, and the quality and retail costs of light setups for rifles? vary widely and tend to run to “very expensive” for a “kit”… and a lot of them look to be…
1) over priced chinese lights with a cheap windage elevation mount for the light
2) fair or even really good quality lights? but, they REALLY know how to CHARGE for it. Retail syndrome.
my night vision site put me with a LOT of england hunters and european hunters, where “lamping” for animalsd and hunting at night it much more common… they have been at it a long time, and, they know what they want and where to buy it.
1) aspherics have about squeezed out reflectors for almost all of them. you can talk about candelas and lux and meters, and how reflectors are “better” at flood and throw? but… aspherics dominate with scopes.
2) a simple ebay search? will show a windage/elevation “torch mount” that is fairly standard. Even the expensive “retail kits” seem to be mostly using it. By itself its under 20 american dollars, and it the fairly standard thing to buy. No need to buy a 100 to 200 dollar retail kit, when THATS the main item you want. You’re left with simply “what light to buy”.
3) light that doesnt go into the scope view? is wasted.
4) everyone knows which aspherics are best at this, and aside from a few expensive aspherics that are famous? the “budget lights” that do almost everythinig for a LOT less money? are well known too.
once you have your 20 dollar windage and elevation mount? youre basically choosing a “zoomy”… its a 6 of one, half a dozen of the other thing…
1) bigger wider lens, longer focal length, smaller more powerful emitter, driven harder.
2) bigger wider lens? comes at the expense of weight and size and maneuverability and carrying/driving/storing the rifle/light.
3) powerfully driven emitter? less battery life. Bigger battery? more weight and size.
a FEW people get the Deerelights and a small handful of the others; this is the ULTRA PREMIUM option, and honestly its a bit much…
a LOT of people, if they want distance? use the 1504… if thats a little “too big” for them and they dont need that much range? they get the other versions with smaller lens. (t20, etc etc)
to be honest? i myself own three 1504s… a little big and heavier, but, i want max distance in an illuminator.
i have been “impressed” reading and looking at pictures of the brinyte, overall build quality, etc.
i didnt forget the original request, a reflector light?
honestly, i have been impressed with the tight beam and throw of this little light i have “rediscovered” i own… people have said its basically a “802” light… i looked, they are STILL selling the 802 lights, and in different color emitters too.
to me, its a very straightforward “mod” to swap out the emitter and driver in about any light i get… i value the host more than what it comes with.
i use INFRARED in my gun illuminators… if i was going white light? and i wanted big ranges? i would most likely go with a “xpg2” or the new nichia thats maybe going to replace its usefulness here on the forum as the goto thrower… in a 1504.
i would probably select a well driven driver, with “sane” high mode, and reasonable modes… no blinkies… i would EPOXY POT the driver pill to make it more recoil proof.
if i thought the 1504 was a little big or heavy or unwieldy? and i didnt need the range? i would prolly think along the lines of a T20… although, i have been liking the reports of how well made the Brinyte is…
at any range over 100 yards/meters? i dont know about you or your hunting buddy… i want to use higher magnification on my scope… for visible? i would be thinking xpg2, and a wide lens with long focal length… which is the 1504’s game plan…
reflector lights are being squeezed out by decent qualilty zoomies for a reason… in my honest opinion.