Mark Camoccio tests a couple of excellent lamping kits from Cluson
Mark Camoccio is seeing the light in more ways than one
L amping kit is one area where we can really see a difference, with today’s gun- mounted lamps a far cry from those crude arrangements of old. I remember expeditions into the field, when somebody had to hold the power pack – something akin to a car battery in both size and weight – whilst the other person took the shot, free from such encumbering paraphernalia. Today’s hardware leaves all that behind, and companies such as Cluson Engineering, are at the forefront of the technology, with their popular Clulite range of specialist lamps.
CLULITE SUPER BRIGHT LED GUNLIGHT (MG125)
The Clulite Super Bright LED Gunlight comes supplied as a full kit; there’s the torchlight itself, the gunmounting assembly, rechargeable battery, car charger, mains charger, tailcap switch, and also the remote stock switch. The lamp body is manufactured from aircraft grade aluminium, and is black anodised, giving it a high- quality look and feel. It’s also waterproofed, so fully protected from the elements. The gun- mounting assembly is formed from plastic/synthetic compound, which helps to reduce weight, yet again feels well made.
CLULITE WHITE EYE GUNLIGHT (WE1-GL)
In the smaller box, of the Clulite White Eye Gunlight, all the same components are included;
the gun-mounting assembly, rechargeable battery, mains charger, tailcap switch, and also the remote stock switch, except with this lamp, you don’t get the car charger as standard.
Next comes some basic preparation, and that means charging the Li- ion 3.7v battery, which comes supplied with both lamps. The Super Bright LED Gunlight takes four hours to recharge the battery fully from empty. Just snap the battery into its slot, the red light shows, and then time it for the duration. The charger automatically cuts out when fully charged, but it’s worth noting that the charger light stays lit red and doesn’t change colour throughout the process.
On the White Eye Gunlight, the charger still automatically cuts out when fully charged, this time after six hours max from empty, but this model shows red to charge, and this will change to green when finished.
Next we need to fix the lamps in position and both come with the identical clamp, as mentioned, so the process is the same. Fix the torch body to the rifle’s scope using the gun- mounted clamp, and if fixing to a one- inch scope tube, first snap the inner plastic ring, which comes supplied, onto the scope tube body, then tighten the jaws of the gun clamp assembly over the ring until finger tight. Now unscrew the main torch clamping ring, sit the torch in the clamp and re- tighten. When the battery is fully charged, unscrew the rear section of the torch, drop the battery in and screw back in place again. Both kits include a tailswitch, which carries a pressure switch at the rear, but also the option of the remote pressure switch, which also screws into the rear of the lamp. Fancy this option, and you first need to stick the Velcro panel to the gun’s stock. The remote gun switch can then be temporarily stuck to it.
EVERY WHICH WAY
The Clulite clamp features an excellent ball joint at the top, and this means that the torch can be angled and manoeuvred any which way, adding great flexibility. The choice is yours, and with a full 360
degrees rotation possible, both designs are supremely flexible.
Effective range of the Super Bright LED Gunlight is specified at around 175m, and 125m as comfortable shooting range. Obviously, if airgun hunting, quarry distances will be dramatically closer, but having the ability to scan the vicinity efficiently can make a big difference. The White Eye Gunlight has a huge advantage in lumens output on paper, so it’s hardly surprising that its specified effective beam distance comes in much higher, at 300m!
With both lamps, high and low beam is controlled via the pressure switch, once the lamp is initially switched on, and an additional press of the switch toggles between the two levels. The SuperBright LED gunlight worked a treat, with the beam directional as mentioned, and once I compared the White Eye Gunlight model alongside, the obvious advantage in super- brightness just won me over. Neither lamp allows for the beam spread to be altered as with some designs, but they really get a massive thumbs up for ease of use and performance overall.
Optional colour filters are available as a set for the Super Bright LED Gunlight (red, amber, green, blue, and yellow) whilst separate front assemblies can be ordered for the White Eye – red, green, an IR LED, or even a 1000 lumen LED assembly.
Cluson clearly know their stuff in this market, and it’s not difficult to see why they have built up such a reputation because both kits here are straightforward, well thought out, and very well made. The Super Bright LED Gunlight is a nice ,ultralightweight option, with plenty of performance, but given the marginal price differential, and the massive increase in performance from the White Eye Gunlight, the slightly heavier model would be an easy choice for me.
Using the Super Bright Gunlight was a pleasure