There’s any number of decent YouTube reviews of the Inforce WML and WMLx series lights. Many show off the concentrated spot and far-reaching, high-intensity LED beam. As such, the output provides significant light for situational awareness and long-distance target identification.
What I’m most intrigued by, however, is the light’s functionality, controls and form factor; because for me, those are the main reasons to buy the WMLx Gen 2; even though at a modest 700 lumens it’s replacing my 1500 lumen Surefire M600DF.
Suffice it to say, lumens is just dick measuring and I won’t be choosing another light based solely on what is quite a one dimensional metric (although the DF acts as a great mini-floodlight).
The first thing you notice is that at 5.34″/13.54cm long and a mere 4oz/113.4g with batteries, the WMLx Gen 2 White/IR is compact and lightweight.
It’s composed of high quality plastic which I understand represents a significant upgrade from that used in Gen 1. You can find no end of stories about cracked Gen 1 units online, but Gen 2 seems to be holding up pretty well.
I bought my unit from Tactical Kit, in black – which is actually a very dark grey. It comes complete with two lithium 123A batteries, and features a removable head for battery replacement. The unit is waterproof up to 66′.
A quarter twist of the head anti-clockwise serves as a safety lock-out when in transit, but it’s not the only way to prevent negligent discharge. The tail features a safety lever which physically protects the activation pad:
It’s a neat feature which activates positively using a detente:
In fact, it turns out that Inforce likes positive controls, because the lever which switches output (white or IR) operates on a detente too – this one appears to be magnetic:
Light activation is accomplished by manipulating the aforementioned ergonomically shaped, rubberised tail pad:
This is also a positive transaction and incorporates three modes:
- Momentary – tap and hold
- Constant – tap on and off
- Strobe – double tap
I’m not a fan of tape switches, so making the tail pad feature-rich is a huge positive for me.
Rounding of the fundamental feature set, the WMLx clamps to picatinny using an intriguing sprung method.
It’s a tool-free design which is locked using a small thumbscrew:
At the business end are large, patented cooling vents and like all high output lights the WMLx can get pretty hot with constant use.
Something which really cannot be understated is how unobtrusive yet ergonomic the unit is, with no trailing switches and a small but powerful form factor.
It’s more of a niche product than something like a Surefire M600, but it’s an excellent fit if the features speak to you.