I know I'm kinda new here, but I wanted to share a few thoughts with yall. (Your comments are also appreciated).
First are the lanyard holes on the lights.
Have you noticed that some of the lanyard holes are placed in the most akward places? On top of that, some of the holes are drilled "rough as heck," and are just itching to get your light lost. Let me give you an example: The Fenix TK11.
This is my first "good quality" light. I am extremly happy with it, as well as being impressed with it's capabilities. But when I went to attach the lanyard...what the heck?!
The holes are teeny-weeny.
I know that there are not too many places to drill a hole to attach a lanyard...but geesh, at least make the holes so that they will not cut the lanyard if used.
Here are a few shots of the lanyard holes on my Fenix TK11, as well as the lanyard that almost gave up the ghost. (And my light). And get this...it happened in a very short period of time.
Below is the lanyard hole on the tactical ring:
Below is the lanyard hole on the end cap:
And below is the almost severed lanyard after only THREE HOURS!
I was very surprised to see the lanyard in this condition after coming home from a few hours on the job. (I am a locksmith and safe technician).
I do not want yall to think that I am "all that," so I am honestly telling you that I do not have the answer. But if the lamps come with holes drilled for a lanyard, maybe they should consider rounding-out or beveling the holes. It may be cost prohibitive...but if it's there, at least do it right.
On to the next topic (LAMP MANUFACTURERS. LISTEN UP!)...the tactical rings.
I think the tactical rings are a fantastic idea. Some of the customers who purchase these torches are handgun owners who will use these lights in conjunction with a handgun, and handgun training.
The way I train and use my light in a tactical situation is dependant on the torch at hand. Sometimes I use the "Cigar Grip".
The "Cigar Grip" is sweet.
But here's my qualm...the placement of the tactical grip. It's in the wrong place.
Below are a few pictures to help explain my madness.
In the below picture, you can see me gripping my 1911 pistol. I am right-handed, so my left hand will be my support hand. (For stability and recoil control). Notice that my support hand (my left hand) is firmly wrapped around my firing hand.
In the below picture, I have relaxed my support hand (left hand) to let you see how it is actually placed around my firing hand. This is how tight/close it should be to give the expected support.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Now that's a nice supportive grip.
But now let's look at "Cigar Grip" whilst using the tactical ring on the Fenix TK11...or most any other tactical-carrying torch.
With the Cigar Grip, the end cap switch is depressed with the back/knuckles of the firing hand fingers. But notice the big ole space in between my support fingers and my firing hand. Do you think that this is a comfortable firing position? Do you think this grip enables the support hand to "support" the firing hand? (Yea...maybee... with practice, practice, practice)! But is sure ain't "natural".
I can assuredly tell you, that if you want this grip to work, you DEFINITELY need to train with it.
Below is another picture of this Cigar Grip at a differnet angle.
Look at the HUGE SPACE in between my support fingers and my firing hand.
Here's my recommendation: Figure-out how to place the tactical ring nearer to the end cap. I know it may take some work, but if the tactical ring is gonna be placed there for the Cigar Grip...then make sure it can be used for that purpose. Otherwise it's just a pretty cool "Rambo/007 thingy used as a marketing gimmik".
I don't know about yall, but do you see what I'm talking about? Am I wrong, and my hands just smallish?
I think it can be done without too many complications, and will greatly benefit the shooters that actually train and shoot with this method.
OK, that's my rant for the night.
In Christ: Raymond