WICKED IN­NO­VA­TION

Do the Amer­i­cans know some­thing we don’t about lamps? The ed­i­tor asks

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Wicked Lights, an Amer­i­can com­pany, have come up with a so­phis­ti­cated light­ing sys­tem

Our friends at Scott Coun­try never sit still be­cause they’re al­ways on the look­out for the next ex­cit­ing prod­uct that will make hunt­ing just that bit more fun and, in par­tic­u­lar, hunt­ing at night. They sell the sex­i­est night- vi­sion and ther­mal­imag­ing kit money can buy, so I was a lit­tle sur­prised when they sent me a con­ven­tional scope- mounted lamp. For me, it was good news be­cause I’ve tried lots of high- tech dig­i­tal night vi­sion and, to be hon­est, I didn’t like most of it and stayed loyal to a good old lamp and scope set- up. They’re easy to un­der­stand and only a frac­tion of the price of the NV gear.

The sys­tem they sent me was quite clearly Amer­i­can, with a name like ‘ Wicked Lights’ model A67iC, which is a pleas­ingly com­pre­hen­sive sys­tem. It fea­tures the flash­light (or torch to you and I) a re­mote tail cap switch and a so­phis­ti­cated mount to at­tach it all to both 1” and 30mm body tubes. It also has two 18650 Li- ion bat­ter­ies and their charger all wrapped up in a soft, padded car­ry­ing case. I love hav­ing a case for things like this be­cause if you put all the bits in­side when you fin­ish a night’s hunt­ing, they’ll be just where you need them next time.

IM­POR­TANT FEA­TURES

The mount­ing sys­tem is well thought out with a ring that clamps onto your scope. It has a sec­tion of Weaver rail on top, and once clamped firmly in place, it won’t slip, dam­ag­ing your ex­pen­sive scope and los­ing the lamp’s po­si­tion rel­a­tive to your field of view. A sim­i­lar clamp wraps around the lamp’s body and the fe­male sec­tion of Weaver rail makes the con­nec­tion to the scope. The up­per clamp has a quick re­lease so that the lamp can be re­moved to get the ri­fle into your gun slip or when you need to put it into your gun safe. It also has thumb wheels to ad­just for windage and el­e­va­tion which is a very im­por­tant fea­ture. If your ri­fle is ze­roed at 30 yards, you can zero the lamp at that dis­tance too so that if you use the very nar­row pen­cil beam it will be ex­actly on your rab­bit. With the two halves joined, you can at­tach the re­mote switch to your ri­fle, ei­ther with the elas­tic loop at­tached or with the sticky Velcro patch in­cluded.

The re­mote switch not only turns the lamp on and off, but is also a ro­tary dim­mer switch, al­low­ing you to con­trol the out­put in­stantly, to suit the mo­ment. The switch feels good and solid, much like the rest of the sys­tem. Bright­ness is not the only ad­just­ment avail­able, though; the lamp head can go from a very wide flood to a tight and rather novel, square pen­cil beam, by ro­tat­ing the front tube that holds the lens. Fur­ther to this, you can se­lect white, red or green out­put by sim­ply ro­tat­ing a con­trol knob on the side of the lamp. This is mas­sively bet­ter then swap­ping fil­ters that all too of­ten drop off some­where in the mid­dle of a grassy pad­dock, never to be seen again. A fur­ther ad­van­tage is that all three colours de­liver full power, whereas fil­ters ab­sorb some of the out­put, which is ul­ti­mately then just a waste of power.

Also in­cluded in the kit is a rub­ber ‘halo shield’ that is slipped onto the lamp, from where it can be ad­justed to elim­i­nate any dis­tract­ing re­flec­tions from your ri­fle or si­lencer.

SPEC­TAC­U­LARLY BRIGHT

Scott Coun­try couldn’t of­fer me an out­put fig­ure in lu­mens from the man­u­fac­turer, but I can tell you it was spec­tac­u­larly bright on full power. In most air­guns sit­u­a­tions we’ll be turn­ing it way down, but full power can be use­ful for long- range search­ing ahead to spot where the rab­bits are, so that an ap­proach can be planned. For closer- range work, a soft, wide beam can be set, with enough power to get eye shine from the rats with­out

“If your ri­fle is ze­roed at 30 yards, you can zero the lamp at that dis­tance too”

daz­zling them into run­ning away. Ad­justa­bil­ity and con­trol are your friends in these sit­u­a­tions.

Even though all three colours de­liver the same power out­put, I found the green light suited my eyes well in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions, and as ever, I found red least help­ful. At full power in the white set­ting, the range seemed huge and I could see rab­bit eye shine at im­mense dis­tances.

It has to be said that this is not an in­ex­pen­sive kit, but you do get a lot for your money and I re­ally sensed that it was de­signed to take the knocks of a hard life in the field. Small fea­tures, like sup­ply­ing two bat­ter­ies, tells me that it was de­signed by peo­ple who hunt and who know the frus­tra­tion of a bat­tery go­ing flat just as the ac­tion gets go­ing. This is a su­perb sys­tem, es­pe­cially for hunters who also own rim­fire and cen­tre­fires, be­cause this ver­sa­tile kit will serve all your guns well.

The twist of a dial in­stantly gets you white, red or green out­put

ABOVE: This is a fully com­pre­hen­sive kit, tough enough for some hard work

RIGHT: The re­mote switch is top class

BELOW: This strong padded case is in­cluded in the pack­age

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