I’ve been playing with the Torch backup light from MFT for over a year now.
I’ll cut right to the chase.
It isn’t very bright for a rifle mounted light, from my perspective.
In addition, I’m not sure who puts a second light on their rifle. I settled on installing the little light on my Truck Gun Project build.
Then my wife started commenting on the weight of her AR, and I realized that for around the house, this little light could live on her gun. It’s not the light I’d prefer live on her gun, but it’s certainly better than no light, and I’m a pragmatist.
Yes, if she chooses to take a low light class with me (and I hope she does), we will remove it and slap a brighter light on. Until then (and possibly again after), this light will do just fine.
Honestly, I’d really like to see the maker of the backup light (I believe MFT buys from Princeton Tech) produce a similar light in a pistol configuration. If the button could be relocated, I think it could work for that application quite well.
Strengths and weaknesses
It’s durable and light weight. It’s not bright enough for most rifle applications, but it reveals nooks and crannies in a house judiciously. I’ll post some sample videos for you to see what I mean.
Still it’s an inexpensive option that will get the job done (in a house) and will provide a low light signature.
I like to keep it real with you.
I’d prefer more lumens— blindingly brilliant lumens. No really, I mean it. If an intruder is in my space, I want them to see spots for days.
The MFT backup light is adequate and cost effective. If you have experience with this little light, I’d love to hear your perspective.
There is an in depth review of this weapon’s light option from Rick here.
Photo credit Rick Dombroski