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  • Review of the new Surefire V1 - IR and White Light

    Alright sports fans, went out last night and did some testing with the new V1. I knew from the get-go with some and home and neighborhood hood testing, this light was the ONE. I can tell you Surefire hit it out of the park with the new V1. Below are my test shots at 25, 50 and 100 yards vs. the SF M1 on the left, V1 on the right. Obviously our TNV-PVS-14 Omni 8 is hugely clearer through the tube, but my Samsung Notepad III did surprising well.

    A note on true effective range. We define true effective range for a light to be able to see into the shadows at night. While the M1's beam can slightly light up a target at night at 100 yards, you can see by the pics below, it's barely effective to really see into the shadows.

    Equipment used: TNV-PVS-14 L3 Omni 8.
    Date: 28 August 2014
    Time: 2100hrs Pacific Time
    Conditions: Dark, No Moon, Clear-Starlight, City Sky Glow from 10 miles
    Temp: 81deg F.

    25 Yards (No white out ever noted real eye, camera processing too much light on white target with the V1


    50 Yards


    100 Yards


    V1 Specs


    **High/low mode operation**
    - First press high
    - 2nd press within 1/4 second goes to low mode
    -Clicky tail cap or momentary
    - Lock out tail cap, simply turn the tail cap until no contact with battery

    M1 Specs
    Output: IR Only - 10mW
    Runtime: 15 Hours
    Weight: 3.10 Ounces
    Length: 3.80 Inches
    Bezel Diameter: 1.00 Inch


    As I spoke about earlier in this thread, not only can this new V1 be used out to 150yards with TRUE effective range, it's lens design allows for much brighter spill which the M1 and it's perfect circular beam does not. You can see it in the beam pics, but indoors is where this light does extremely well seeing off to the side in the shadows. It's hard to depict the effective spill with a camera indoors because the camera wants to black out the scene outside the main beam which is not close to what the user see's through a Gen 3 NVD.

    Another great feature of the V1 is the ability to use as a pocket light and you can remove the clip and helmet mount using a V-Tac for helmet mounting. One area of the light that that requires a strong manipulation is the pull and turn feature of the bezel to change modes. While this is easily done with the light in your hand, having it on your helmet requires some effort with the pull and turn manipulation. Talking with Surefire engineering, this function will become lighter over time with more working of the mechanism.

    Here is the true effective ranges for each at night I observed.

    V1 (IR)
    High: 150 Yards
    Low: 30 Yards

    V1 (Vis)
    High: 75 Yards
    Low: 15 Yards

    M1 (IR Only/Single Intensity)
    65-70 Yards

    Pro's for the V1
    1. Light weight
    2. Pocket and helmet worn
    3. Dual Mode, IR/Vis
    3. Bright side spill beam for truly seeing off to the sides which really assists with indoor work
    4. 150 yard true range (high mode)
    5. Pocket clip (removable)

    Cons for the V1
    1. Tight "pull" mechanism when changing light modes
    2. Run times (for some users in high mode) IR Mode 4- 5 Hours High / 57 Hours Low - Vis Mode 1.5hrs High / 20.5 Low

    Pro's for M1
    1. Light Weight
    2. Price $112.00
    3. Run time, 15 hours

    Con's for the M1
    1. Too perfect beam, no spill
    2. IR mode only
    3. No pocket clip

    In closing, while the Surefire M1 has been my go to IR light for many years now for me and many others, I feel strongly the torch has been past. SF hit a real home run with the V1 and it's does everything I want a small lightweight light to do. I feel we have a real tool for both the day and night fighters out there. It's a gem of a light and for $279.00, I feel it will be met with open arms for many. These units should hit the official shelves in September.












    Vic Di Cosola
    Last edited by Victor-TNVC; 10-04-2014, 11:03 AM.
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    These are shipping next week! I cannot tell you all how good this light really is. I've been waiting a looong time for this one to be released and it's lived up to the hype! Surefire V1 Vampire ? Tactical Night Vision Company

    Vic
    A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of Ďup to and including their life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
    www.tnvc.com

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