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    Default SPY 007 Gunner Grip option

    Textured metal grips have been around on guns and knives for years. I have always wanted to do this on theSPY lights but until now the CNC programming has eluded me. It is complicated and time consuming not only because of the machining but because of the bead blasting and tumbling needed to bring it to its final form.

    I am still experimenting with this but right now I have two finishes and I think that both are going to be available. One is stone washed and the other is bead blasted. Actually both finishes require both processes to be performed. The difference is what is done last. The bead blasted finish is blasted, then tumbled, then blasted again. The tumbled is even more involved.

    The Gunner Grip option 007 will be $1395 and you can go ahead and post here if you want one. These will be built to order in the first couple weeks in January. Of course you do not need to pay till the gunner grip 007's are ready.

    Lets get to some pictures. First up is the stone wash.






    This is the
    only pic of the bead blasted finish. It is on a junk part but at least you
    can see the velvet smooth blasted finish.



    Both of
    these bodies are old junk prototype bodies with terrible machining lines
    that are visible in the pictures. Please disregard this nature of these
    finishes as they will not be in the final product.

    I am only going to
    offer these in made to order form so if you are interested please let me
    know here and/or in the sales thread. Better pics of the bead blasted finish
    are coming in a couple days.

    Cheers
    Dave

    more Stone
    Washed pics







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    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by stevevh on 12-15-2010 09:50 PM GMT

    Dave, let me be the first to say,

    I will take one! Stonewashed please with neutral white XP-G.

    I take it the emitter will be the same as the others.

    Thanks,

    Steve

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by tricker on 12-15-2010 09:57 PM GMT

    how much for that old junk prototype stonewashed?

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by shado on 12-15-2010 10:10 PM GMT

    I can't see the pictures on my IPhone? Hopefully, I will be home in an hour to see the pictures? I'm working late so I can take tomorrow off and buy aSPY 007 XP-G.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by Data on 12-15-2010 10:11 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by stevevh
    Dave, let me be the first to say,

    I will take one! Stonewashed please!

    I take it the emitter will be the same as the others.

    Thanks,

    Steve
    Yes same bright white or neutral white XP-G.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by Data on 12-15-2010 10:14 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by shado
    I can't see the pictures on my IPhone? Hopefully, I will be home in an hour to see the pictures? I'm working late so I can take tomorrow off and buy a SPY 007 XP-G.
    I can see them on my iphone 4 in both safari and tapatalk.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by blitzlicht65 on 12-15-2010 10:46 PM GMT

    Hi Dave,

    I'll take a stonewashed one with bright white XP-G.

    Thanks.

    Dirk

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by Launch Mini on 12-15-2010 11:03 PM GMT

    I like thegrip but am not a fan of neither the stone wash nor bead blast.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by oj218 on 12-15-2010 11:13 PM GMT

    Hi Dave,

    I take a Stonewashed with Bright White XP-G.

    Thanks,
    OJ

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by wyldthng on 12-15-2010 11:24 PM GMT

    Oh my goodness. Please put me down for one!
    Dave would it be possible for you to post a pic that has both finishes next to a regular finish for comparison. I am having trouble making up my mind on finish!
    thx

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by proline on 12-15-2010 11:36 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Launch Mini
    I like the grip but am not a fan of neither the stone wash nor bead blast.
    I'm kind of thinking the same thing. A natural finish gunner grip might be interesting.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by sioncool on 12-16-2010 02:07 AM GMT

    Hi Dave

    I'll take a stonewashed one with bright white XP-G.

    Thanks again
    Sion

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by London Lad on 12-16-2010 03:12 AM GMT

    Hi Dave

    I would like a stonewashed one with bright white XP-G please!

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by mendhammarsh on 12-16-2010 07:50 AM GMT

    Hello Dave,

    Stonewashed with bright white XP-G please. Thx.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by sledhead on 12-16-2010 08:17 AM GMT

    Dave, why did you do this!Gunner grip and stonewash is to great a combo to resist. I'll take one - bright white, stonewashed and gunner grip. Take your time.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by Rudi on 12-16-2010 08:59 AM GMT

    Firm order for a neutral white stonewashed please.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by wyldthng on 12-16-2010 10:15 AM GMT

    Hi Dave
    Please put me down for a bright white, stonewashed gunner grip.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by proline on 12-16-2010 10:35 AM GMT

    I am interested in one in Neutral White. Would like to see the possibility of maybe a natural finish edition if it could be done...

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond on 12-16-2010 11:21 AM GMT

    Dave,

    Beautiful finishes! I would like a Stone Washed one with neutral emitter.

    Thanks

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by TranquillityBase on 12-16-2010 03:30 PM GMT

    Wicked awesome cool!!! I see aGunner switch knob in the future

    BTW..I hate you!!!

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by shado on 12-16-2010 04:36 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by proline
    I'm kind of thinking the same thing. A natural finish gunner grip might be interesting.
    Dave,

    I'm thinking the same thing Launch Mini and Proline are, would you concider a natural finish gunner grip?

    Thanks
    Todd

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by russtang on 12-16-2010 05:09 PM GMT

    Dave, sorry to clutter your thread, but

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by Data on 12-16-2010 09:09 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by shado
    Dave,

    I'm thinking the same thing Launch Mini and Proline are, would you concider a natural finish gunner grip?

    Thanks
    Todd
    The blasting takes the shiny divots away and the tumbling rounds the entire structure into a very slick shape that feels great has a super look. Of course I did not invent this, I just invested enough time to come up with my version of it that I think works on this flashlight.

    I do not know if some variation of this would look and feel good without the other processing.

    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by Rudi on 12-17-2010 01:45 AM GMT

    Sorry to introduce yet another variable Dave, but would it be possible, with theGunner Grip option, to protect the flat surface of the tail cap from the bead blasting and tumbling so as to retain the beautiful milled stripes?

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by karlthev on 12-17-2010 03:31 AM GMT

    Lordy but am I slow on the gun here! Yikes, just saw this! Nice, nice VERY nice! I'm approximating Old Mother Hubbard right now though so, I'll leave all these for the deserving gentlemen (and ladies!) of the viewership....at least for now....

    Oh, by the way, I prefer the bead blasted finish myself being a more polished fellow that I am....

    Hmmm....I wonder what my Jetta will fetch on the used car market....???

    Karl

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    Written by dcaprilia on 12-17-2010 05:35 AM GMT

    Hi Dave,

    Please put me down for one in bead blasted finish w a bright white XPG.

    Thanks,
    Derrick

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by RIDE on 12-17-2010 08:48 PM GMT

    This is SUPERB!!!! I love the newgrip......and the stonewashed finish is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

    Fantastic stuff Dave!

    RIDE

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by Data on 12-17-2010 09:58 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudi
    Sorry to introduce yet another variable Dave, but would it be possible, with the Gunner Grip option, to protect the flat surface of the tail cap from the bead blasting and tumbling so as to retain the beautiful milled stripes?
    The processing does not take that feature away completely. In fact I think it still looks good. I will take some pics of that soon.

    I started machining the Gunner Grip bodies that you all have requested. Plus a few more junk bodies to refine the finishing process just a little more. I will have more to show you all and there will be options for everybody to look at soon.

    This will not take long as I am keeping this on the fast track and I am hoping we will all have fun with it too.

    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond on 12-18-2010 04:00 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
    Dave,

    Beautiful finishes! I would like a Stone Washed one with neutral emitter.

    Thanks
    Additional request - and sorry to be a pain - but I would like my emitter to be a 5A/B/C tint XP-G. The 3A/B/C tints are still to cool for me. Is this possible? They should be readily available in a R4 flux bin just like the 3X tint ones.

    Edit - please cancel this request - the more I play with the current neutral tint, the more I am liking it. I don't know if I would consider it truly neutral - or more pure white - but it's looking really good to my eyes.

    Oye - I'm being fickle.

    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by stevevh on 12-18-2010 04:34 PM GMT

    Hey Dave,

    In your experience which of the 2 finishes resists scratches better? Also any chance of some more pictures of the bead blasted finish?

    Thanks!!

    Oh also, are these babies going to have the tactile clicks or soft clicks?
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    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 12-18-2010 08:17 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
    Additional request - and sorry to be a pain - but I would like my emitter to be a 5A/B/C tint XP-G. The 3A/B/C tints are still to cool for me. Is this possible? They should be readily available in a R4 flux bin just like the 3X tint ones.

    Edit - please cancel this request - the more I play with the current neutral tint, the more I am liking it. I don't know if I would consider it truly neutral - or more pure white - but it's looking really good to my eyes.

    Oye - I'm being fickle.
    Send me an email and we can talk about it.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 12-18-2010 08:22 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by stevevh
    Hey Dave,

    In your experience which of the 2 finishes resists scratches better? Also any chance of some more pictures of the bead blasted finish?

    Thanks!!

    Oh also, are these babies going to have the tactile clicks or soft clicks?
    So far I would say the stone wash hides scratches pretty well but I am surprised to find that the bead blast is more difficult to scratch than I thought it would be. So really both are good in that department. I will get more pics up soon.

    All my lights have the tactile clicks now but they are quieter than they have been on some of the previous lights.

    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond on 12-19-2010 04:41 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Data
    Send me an email and we can talk about it.
    No worries Dave - spent the better part of the night playing with my new spy and I am really digging the neutral tint you picked. It's just a touch cooler than most neutrals, but the color rendition (which is why I think people pick the warmer neutrals anyway) is really good. No overblown blues yet the red still pop. My original order stands all good.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Launch Mini on 12-21-2010 11:56 AM GMT

    The more I look at these, the more I am liking the BB finish.
    Do I "need" another SPY?

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by chipwillis on 12-21-2010 11:58 AM GMT

    Launch Mini you do need more Spy's I have a few and still need more

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Launch Mini on 12-21-2010 12:00 PM GMT

    Perfect advice. Short term goal "one for each night of the week".

    Might have to sell my Mac EDC-50. Nice light, just not getting used enough, this might help a bit towards the Gunner Grip option.

    I did just pass my Tri-V on, that should permit me 2 SPY7x additions.
    I still want to add a 5 to my collection though.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by London Lad on 12-21-2010 12:40 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Launch Mini
    The more I look at these, the more I am liking the BB finish.
    Do I "need" another SPY?
    Corse' you do! silly :-)

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by wyldthng on 12-21-2010 01:59 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Launch Mini
    The more I look at these, the more I am liking the BB finish.
    Do I "need" another SPY?
    Sigh! The word "need" is so subjective and open to interpretation. I personally, use that as an excuse to interpret it my own way, so I say......... of course you do!

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by jslappa on 12-21-2010 05:56 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by wyldthng
    Sigh! The word "need" is so subjective and open to interpretation. I personally, use that as an excuse to interpret it my own way, so I say......... of course you do!
    It's funny you would quote Launch Mini here. Be sure to thank him, because Tri-V #0442 used to be his. Now you will be the keeper of this masterpiece. See, these Tri-V's just love to live in O' Canada!

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by wyldthng on 12-21-2010 06:38 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by jslappa
    It's funny you would quote Launch Mini here. Be sure to thank him, because Tri-V #0442 used to be his. Now you will be the keeper of this masterpiece. See, these Tri-V's just love to live in O' Canada!
    Oh a big thanks to both you and Launch. I will be wearing a trough in my floor pacing as I wait for my new baby. Then he and his "brother" the Spy 007 will wait for the new gunner grip addition in January...... Nothing like an enthusiastic newbie.....

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Launch Mini on 12-21-2010 07:11 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by wyldthng
    Oh a big thanks to both you and Launch. I will be wearing a trough in my floor pacing as I wait for my new baby. Then he and his "brother" the Spy 007 will wait for the new gunner grip addition in January...... Nothing like an enthusiastic newbie.....
    Congrats on the Tri-V. It was hard for me to part with it, but glad it's back home ( well sort of).

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Rudi on 01-02-2011 06:33 AM GMT

    Dave,
    Having followed the entire history of Spy lights, I’ve noticed and admired the progression of the machining challenges you set for yourself. It is impressive to me that you can program a machine to gunner-grip such a pattern into an irregular area with such precision, and I’m wondering whether you had this in mind for the 007's flat surfaces from the get-go, or whether that idea came much later in the evolution of the light.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-02-2011 04:28 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudi
    Dave,
    Having followed the entire history of Spy lights, I’ve noticed and admired the progression of the machining challenges you set for yourself. It is impressive to me that you can program a machine to gunner-grip such a pattern into an irregular area with such precision, and I’m wondering whether you had this in mind for the 007's flat surfaces from the get-go, or whether that idea came much later in the evolution of the light.
    Rudi,

    I do not remember when I first thought about it. I think it was after I finished the original design but not long after. As I said before I have wanted to do this many times.

    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by DaFABRICATA on 01-02-2011 06:50 PM GMT

    OH MAN!
    This is absolutely beautiful!!

    A few questions...Will this have the most recent driver in it running the XP-G at 1400mA?
    What is the timeline for the sale?
    What is the latest date one will be able to say "I'll take one"?

    Any plans in the future for a redesigned Spy?...(not that it needs it but...)
    You have impecable taste when it comes to designing things and I'd LOVE to see what a 008/009 would look like!
    Interested to hear if you are willing to give us a "teaser" other than... ... ...Pleeeease??...

    Lifes pretty crazy for me right now, but I did find a bunch of stuff in storage to sell off and would LOVE to be able to get one of these. I just don't want to commit to one and not be able to raise the funds in time..
    That is why I ask about when the cut-off date sale will happen...so I can plan accordingly...(hopefully)

    Your lights/designs just keep getting better!!! An Ed Brown 1911 would go PERFECT with this design as it has the same "gunner grip"..(if I remember correctly) Combined, would be one hell of an EDC!

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Launch Mini on 01-02-2011 10:00 PM GMT

    I keep looking at the BB finished and am really starting to like it, a lot.
    Do I sell one of the Seoul SPY's to help finance one of these Gunner versions???
    Having a bit of Tri V withdrawl too, so do I hold out for the Tri V2?
    Decisions decisions decisions.....

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by StrayLight on 01-02-2011 11:40 PM GMT

    I have some questions (which I'll take to email), but please consider this a placeholder:
    Stonewash GG with bright white XPG.

    I also have to echo the broader timeline & redesign questions daFAB raised...

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by DaFABRICATA on 01-04-2011 11:35 AM GMT

    Email sent with some questions..

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-04-2011 02:49 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by DaFABRICATA
    OH MAN!
    This is absolutely beautiful!!

    A few questions...Will this have the most recent driver in it running the XP-G at 1400mA?
    What is the timeline for the sale?
    What is the latest date one will be able to say "I'll take one"?

    Any plans in the future for a redesigned Spy?...(not that it needs it but...)
    You have impecable taste when it comes to designing things and I'd LOVE to see what a 008/009 would look like!
    Interested to hear if you are willing to give us a "teaser" other than... ... ...Pleeeease??...

    Lifes pretty crazy for me right now, but I did find a bunch of stuff in storage to sell off and would LOVE to be able to get one of these. I just don't want to commit to one and not be able to raise the funds in time..
    That is why I ask about when the cut-off date sale will happen...so I can plan accordingly...(hopefully)

    Your lights/designs just keep getting better!!! An Ed Brown 1911 would go PERFECT with this design as it has the same "gunner grip"..(if I remember correctly) Combined, would be one hell of an EDC!
    Yes, these gunner grip models will be just like the 007's with an XP-G that are available right now. They have the STFu MK-I with the new Tri-V like code that I internally call STFu MK-I Rev 3.0 code. There is no cut off date for this option. I plan to offer this on a by request basis.

    There is not a new model SPY on the board yet. I am concentrating on the current variations of the 007 and the New Tri-V2. That will keep me busy for a wile yet.

    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Rudi on 01-08-2011 05:15 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Data
    There is not a new model SPY on the board yet.
    Cheers
    Dave
    Glad to read that last three-letter word: "yet"

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by easilyled on 01-08-2011 10:35 AM GMT

    I'd love to see a picture of a whole GG BB SPY007.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Launch Mini on 01-08-2011 10:53 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled
    I'd love to see a picture of a whole GG BB SPY007.
    Me too, but this is getting to be quite the Acronym for this light.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-10-2011 12:12 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled
    I'd love to see a picture of a whole GG BB SPY007.
    I am working on that.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by London Lad on 01-15-2011 12:40 PM GMT

    ..................

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by StrayLight on 01-17-2011 02:20 PM GMT

    So, how about those pics to tide us over?

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by RIDE on 01-18-2011 12:00 AM GMT

    I keep coming back to this thread.........I love this finish!!!

    Makes for a perfect EDC Spy....just screams USE ME!

    RIDE

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-29-2011 03:14 PM GMT

    I am excited at how the stone washed GG is coming out now. The process is stabilizing and I have gotten rid of some of the darker undertones. I have several other pics including pics of the bead blast finish to post yet but I wanted to throw this one up so you could see it. It is brighter than before and the stone wash effect is more lustrous. What do you think?



    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-29-2011 03:21 PM GMT



    It is hard to photograph the light and make it look as it does to my eyes as I hold it in my hand. But this magnified crop shows something of what it looks like up close.

    The aluminum pen above is polished bare aluminum and is of course a little brighter than the 007 SWGG.

    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Launch Mini on 01-29-2011 03:31 PM GMT

    Looks great
    Thanks

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by chipwillis on 01-29-2011 03:36 PM GMT

    nice real nice, I might have to get one.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by London Lad on 01-29-2011 04:57 PM GMT

    I have to say that I preferred the original photos. I liked the dark undertones.
    Last edited by Data; 03-16-2011 at 02:19 PM.

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    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-29-2011 09:15 PM GMT

    Here are two more of the Stone Washed pics.





    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-29-2011 09:30 PM GMT

    These are pics of the bead blasted lights. They do have water drops on them as it was snowing when I took the pics. This finish looks good but it shows finger prints and dirt easily.







    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by StrayLight on 01-29-2011 11:20 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by London Lad
    I have to say that I preferred the original photos. I liked the dark undertones.
    Same here.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by easilyled on 01-30-2011 04:57 AM GMT

    I have to agree with London Lad and Straylight that I too prefer the darker stonewash finish.

    I am also more partial to a darker bead-blast finish, akin to the earlier picture which showed a small section that had been bead-blasted.
    I don't know how easy it is to achieve, but contrast between dark bead-blasted and brighter gunner-grip sections would be very attractive in my opinion.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Rudi on 01-30-2011 05:58 AM GMT

    +1 for less bright

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-30-2011 03:38 PM GMT

    I went back and looked at all the pics I posted again and I agree with you guys, based on the pictures I posted the darker finish does look better.

    It did not come through with my post or my pics but what I am really excited about is that the new stone wash finish is a much better looking finish in person than it was. This is all really difficult to photograph.

    The actual brightness difference between the two is very very slight. Let me put it to you this way, this photo is of the same body as is in post #56 but it was taken without a flash. The flash makes it look much brighter than it looks like if you are holding it in your hand and without a flash it looks much duller than it really is. Sorry for the confusion.



    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-30-2011 03:43 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled
    . . . I am also more partial to a darker bead-blast finish, akin to the earlier picture which showed a small section that had been bead-blasted.
    . . .
    The bead blasted finishes you see in post #1 and in post #62 are in every way exactly identical. Again it is a flash pic verses non flash pic.

    Cheers
    Dave

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by London Lad on 01-30-2011 05:06 PM GMT

    It is so difficult to portray colour accurately under flash lighting...

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by dcaprilia on 01-30-2011 07:30 PM GMT

    Looks great! Im excited for the BB finish I have to start saving for this light.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by tino_ale on 01-31-2011 03:51 AM GMT

    Titanium is very difficult to accurately picture under various lighting situations. Potential buyers be aware it'll never show the same in picture than in person.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by easilyled on 01-31-2011 04:02 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Data
    The bead blasted finishes you see in post #1 and in post #62 are in every way exactly identical. Again it is a flash pic verses non flash pic.


    Cheers
    Dave
    Ah! That explains it. Please could you take a non-flash picture of the entire bead-blasted light then? I'm sure it will look fantastic.

    Re: SPY 007
    Gunner Grip option

    Written by Data on 01-31-2011 10:01 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled
    Ah! That explains it. Please could you take a non-flash picture of the entire bead-blasted light then? I'm sure it will look fantastic.
    BB GG



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    Written by wyldthng on 01-31-2011 10:10 AM GMT

    Ummmm.... As long as we are asking for pictures..... Could you please take on with the three finishes side by side. ie a "regular" Spy, a BB and a stonewashed? The comparison might help......
    thanx!

    Re: SPY 007
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    Written by StrayLight on 02-02-2011 06:10 AM GMT

    Data, thank you for making these available and for your efforts in regard to my switch question, but I am officially withdrawing my request for one of these lights.

    Re: SPY 007
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    Written by Rudi on 02-20-2011 10:19 AM GMT

    Must be close to time for an update?

    Re: SPY 007
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    Written by RIDE on 02-20-2011 07:05 PM GMT

    That BB version looks hot too!

    RIDE

    Re: SPY 007
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    Written by Data on 02-24-2011 12:09 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudi
    Must be close to time for an update?
    Sorry, I got my head in the sand here working on something. The GG is ready to go but give me a few more days so I can introduce a new option too.

    Cheers
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    Written by ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond on 02-24-2011 12:14 PM GMT

    Options.....? We like options.... It means we get to spend more money!

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    Written by London Lad on 02-24-2011 01:10 PM GMT

    Ow Err...
    Last edited by Data; 03-16-2011 at 02:21 PM.

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    I just hate seeing this thread at the bottom of the list week after week, so, up to the top it goes.

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    As the title reads......



















    Spy007 SWGG #503 landed in my mailbox today and I am very proud to say that I am the first owner of a beautiful new Stone Washed Gunner Grip Spy. Dave asked me to keep myself quiet while he prepared the light for me and wait to post until I had it in my hand.

    What can I say about this light that you can't imaging by looking it? The look and texture of this light is just awesome. If I had to describe how it felt in my hand the best word I could use to describe it would be "soft". That's right, if you can imagine a piece of metal feeling soft and velvety, this is it.

    This Spy retains the perfect ergonomics of the original Spy007 but the metal of the light feels soft in the hand. The stone blasted finish is smooth as can be and the gunner grip CNC work is exquisite. The gunner grip makes the light feel more secure than ever when held.

    Not sure what else to say until I get to spend a bit more time with the light. I will let Dave give the official opening of the ordering if he likes, but I think you can take this posting as notice that this light is available.

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    I am looking forward to seeing if the gunner grip & stonewashed finish will be options on the Tri-V V2 when it is revealed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackfly View Post
    I am looking forward to seeing if the gunner grip & stonewashed finish will be options on the Tri-V V2 when it is revealed.
    I would like to know the answer to that question too.

    The Tri-V2 will be nearly identical to the Tri-V externally. The flood will look a little different because it will be the XP-G in there and it will be behind glass. Having said all that I still do not know if the Tri-V2 body will take kindly to the SW GG treatment. The issue in my mind is how the stone wash looks around the head of the light. If I had to stone wash it with the head removed there are other hurdles I would have to jump through. I am just not there yet. If I had to guess right now though, I do think it just might work.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond View Post

    I will let Dave give the official opening of the ordering if he likes, but I think you can take this posting as notice that this light is available.
    Nice photos.

    The SW GG XP-G 007 is now available for order. I am going to build these one at a time because I have to stone wash them one at a time.

    This thread still serves as the sign up thread.


    Cheers
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    Hi Dave,

    I'll take a stonewashed one with bright white XP-G.


    (Not sure if we have to confirm our first order?)



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    Email sent :-)


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    Ordering one stonewashed Gunner Grip 007 please. Email sent.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by proline on 12-16-2010 10:35 AM GMT

    "I am interested in one in Neutral White"

    E-Mail sent 4/7/11

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    Re: SPY 007 Gunner Grip option
    Written by mendhammarsh on 12-16-2010 07:50 AM GMT

    Hello Dave,

    Stonewashed with bright white XP-G please. Thx.

    Email sent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Data View Post
    Nice photos.

    The SW GG XP-G 007 is now available for order. I am going to build these one at a time because I have to stone wash them one at a time.

    This thread still serves as the sign up thread.


    Cheers
    Dave
    Thanks Dave - and thank you for the SWGG light. After a few days with the light I am convinced this should be the new texture for the future. The smoothness of the surface is just amazing - it truely does not feel like you are holding a metal light. The grip with the GG finish is amazing!

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    Dave
    What would the ETA on A GG Neutral be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Launch Mini View Post
    Dave
    What would the ETA on A GG Neutral be?
    How did I miss this. Sorry.

    I am building them now. It will only be a few days till the ones that have already been ordered are ready to go. I am making a couple extra too.


    Cheers
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    The SW GG lights are moving along. The bodies are machined and blasted. Two of them are done with the stone wash, they came out really good. It takes 24 hours to stone wash each one and they can only go in one at a time. Five more days and all will be done. I can start shipping the ones that are paid for.

    Cheers
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    Paypal sent, with a smile on my face.

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    Received the GG-007 -- all I can say is WOW! and echo the previoius review in post #16.

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    This is an extraordinary accomplishment, Dave. The perfection of the dimple pattern belies this being your first attempt at something which, not long ago, you were trying to figure out.

    Visually the pattern fits the 007's design so perfectly that it prompted me to ask you, some time back, whether you had visualized something of this nature from the get-go (it’s in this thread somewhere). I was astonished that it wasn’t so because, side by side, the plain 007 looks like the prototype for the GG.

    The stone-wash erases the machining marks and gives the light a lovely semi-dull patina of an attractive grey tonality, softening the appearance and killing the 007's ‘fresh-out-of-the-machine-shop’ look. And what a bargain at only seventy cents per dimple, with a 24-hour stone-wash thrown into the deal!

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    While we wait for the Tri-V2 production, I thought a small update would keep things going.... .

    Just spent some time upgrade the XP-G in my Spy007 SW-GG to a nice neutral XM-L. I think the mod came out very nicely. Had to take about 0.25mm off the back of the reflector in order to keep the focus as tight as possible and still fit the brass ring.


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    SOYCD, Very nice indeed. I also like your trit layout in the knob. I've done similar in one of mine too.

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    That's a great looking SPY! Well done.

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    Thanks guys - it was a fun mod and taking my time I am happy with the results.

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    Nicely done!

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    That is a nice mod ShineOn!

    The XP-G version of the 007 will not be retired any time soon as it is still a extraordinary emitter. However, having said that, I am almost ready to offer the XM-L version of the 007. It has been in testing for several weeks now.


    Cheers
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    Thanks Dave, the XP-G is a great emitter, but it does hit a point of diminishing returns around 1100mA based on the Cree pdf spec sheets. In the 1000-1500mA range the XM-L is still readily gaining brightness on the flat part of the output curve. So, although being a bit more floody the XM-L provides a lot of output at the high-end with less heat as well.

    Can't wait to see your XM-L offerings! (and any Tri-V2 updates you may have )

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond View Post

    Can't wait to see your XM-L offerings!
    I'm really looking forward to a SPY 007 XM-L as well! In recent months I've found my Haiku XM-L at my side more than my 007 XP-G or Macs Customs EDC SST-50. I think a 007 XM-L might change that
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