It’s no great secret that WML-type lights are in use on UKSF L119A2s.
In fact, a pic of what is assessed to be one in use on an SBS L119A2 was recently publicised:
It cropped up on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, courtesy of The Misfit Society.
The other interesting thing is that the pic also seems to exhibit what could be a Magpul Suppressor Cover:
That’s doubly interesting, because multiple sources corroborate instead the use of Manta Suppressor Covers on SBS L119A2s (and it doesn’t look like a Manta in the pic, because it doesn’t exhibit ribs).
What is conclusive is that WML-type lights are out there; but which variant(s)?
In one non-public reference pic, the WML-type light depicted is much easier to identify. It quite obviously does not exhibit HSP branding. It is also, categorically, not the 4.1″ WML.
It appears, instead, to be an Inforce WMLx Gen 2 – in either white light or white and IR light. My money would be on the latter, due to the proportion of Surefire IR heads seen in the wild (edit: now confirmed to be IR).
The next question is, what colour is the housing? It appears to be the black model, which presents in the pic as a very dark grey.
That doesn’t mean to say FDE isn’t out there. Likewise, variants aside from the WLMx models may be in use. As with so much in the area of research, it pays to keep an open mind (see my most recent article on confirmation bias).
For L119A2 builders, the WMLx models present useful options. Firstly, they tend to be cheaper and more accessible in the UK than equivalent Surefire Scout Lights.
Furthermore, the WML-type form factor is unique. It features an integrated picatinny mounting system and a sloping, ergonomic tail switch – albeit with no remote option. The switch can be locked out, however, thus preventing neglect discharge of the light.
In terms of function, the WMLx offers the choice of constant, momentary and strobe light modes (except the HSP branded model, which is momentary only).
Here’s L119 Owners Group guru Andy J’s front end implementation, exhibiting smart ergonomics and excellent picatinny space utilisation.
Andy’s compact WML model is mounted on the left side, which – on the near side of the shooter’s body – is less of a snag hazard. Note also the cut down LA5 pressure pad.
Tying together this light and aiming cluster is an AFG2.
Thanks to The Misfit Society for posting the reference pic.
Thanks also to the following, in the discussion of the pic’s value and content:
More articles relating to the L119A2:
- The original L119A2 primer, here
- GG&G AR15 vertical fore-grip in use here
- Magpul QDM and ASAP QD in use here
- 15.7″ L119A2 upper in use here
- Surefire FA556SA Suppressor here
- GG&G Aimpoint T1 mount in use here
- Magpul MS3 sling in use here
- Magpul ACS stock in use here
- Colt Canada parts – as used on the L119A2 – here
- Manta Very Low Profile Rail Covers as used on the L119A2 here
- UKSF Newcastle raid pics part 1
- UKSF Newcastle raid pics part 2
- UKSF Nairobi Kenya incident L119A2 parts breakdown here
- UKSF Belize ‘Jungle Set-up’ L119A2 parts breakdown here
- Confirmation bias (and the HSP Thorntail offset light mount) here
- UKSF L119A2 Ecosystem: S&S Precision Sling Clip – Old Gen – here