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    Default Night Ops Gladius / Insight Typhoon

    I have a problem...




    Always been intrigued by the ability to add multi-levels to a light and still maintain tactical momentary. A lot of different designs have addressed it, and when the Gladius came along it seemed to be an ingenius solution. A multi-level rotary UI with constant on simulated "clicky" and a channel with momentary high output, and a strobe. When the Gladius came out, it was outrageously expensive for my meager budget (around $190 IIRC) Back when I saved up my pennies to buy a Surefire G2 for $60 and that was insane! Recently, Gladius and Typhoon examples have popped up on the 'bay and in forums here and there. Since the output leaves something to be desired in relation to today's new offerings, their budget friendly prices and user condition make them prime specimens for modding. I've accumulated a nice bunch of spare parts.

    The Gladius Maximus is still stock. Looks like an SSC-P4. The Gladius at the top and the Typhoon third from the top have XM-L2's that I put in. Using LED's on Noctigons and the reflector from the P60-drop in kit, both from mtnelectronics, it works well. The Typhoon has an orange peel and a more neutral tint. The Gladius at the top with the GG&G T.I.D. has a cooler tint and a smooth reflector. Using Tenergy 3.0v rechargeable batts. Stock functionality is preserved but much brighter. Planning on an XHP35 for the Maximus.

    Anybody else have a soft spot for these innovative bad boys?
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    Default Re: Night Ops Gladius / Typhoon

    Was the maximus the one that was done with milkyspit? They worked with him to do a much higher output & he would also mod them....


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    Quote Originally Posted by nfetterly View Post
    Was the maximus the one that was done with milkyspit? They worked with him to do a much higher output & he would also mod them....
    Dunno if Milky was involved, I thought it was an OEM offering once LED tech started to take off and the LuxIII was quickly outclassed.
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    Nice.

    When did these lights first come out?
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    Your problem sween has made me realise i have one ...................I have no night ops!

    Very cool lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by magellan View Post
    Nice.

    When did these lights first come out?
    Around 2004-2005 ish. Thereís reviews and a passaround thread on here from that time period.
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    Still have the Gladius that I got from you. Really love the light but really wish it could be modded. So if you know anyone let me know

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    Crap! I regret clicking on this link!!

    Now I want one.. or 3... or 5...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sween1911 View Post
    Around 2004-2005 ish. Thereís reviews and a passaround thread on here from that time period.
    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Night Ops Gladius / Typhoon

    Just put a fresh XHP50 from Mountain Electronics in the Gladius Maximus, itís a flamethrower now!


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    Quote Originally Posted by sween1911 View Post
    Just put a fresh XHP50 from Mountain Electronics in the Gladius Maximus, itís a flamethrower now!
    LOL... you want to do mine?
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    Funny you should ask! PM outbound.
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    Had the pleasure of sending my Blackhawk Gladius to Sween1911, to mod/change the LED.

    All I have to say is he is a top notch guy! Kept in communication with me the entire time. He mod it and had it shipped out the same day he got it in.

    The Gladius that I had was the 80 lumen model so nothing compared to now. The LED he replaced was a neutral tint and much better output. Took it out at night and glad to see my old favorite light was brought back to life.

    Definitely recommend him to anyone looking to mod they Gladius lights.

    Thanks again for he excellent work Sween1911!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPA261 View Post
    Had the pleasure of sending my Blackhawk Gladius to Sween1911, to mod/change the LED.

    All I have to say is he is a top notch guy! Kept in communication with me the entire time. He mod it and had it shipped out the same day he got it in.

    The Gladius that I had was the 80 lumen model so nothing compared to now. The LED he replaced was a neutral tint and much better output. Took it out at night and glad to see my old favorite light was brought back to life.

    Definitely recommend him to anyone looking to mod they Gladius lights.

    Thanks again for he excellent work Sween1911!

    My pleasure, buddy. Glad I could share the love for this classic light.
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    Default Re: Night Ops Gladius / Typhoon

    Some comparison shots to quantify the results of the modding...

    Malkoff M61N on left, Gladius XML2 on right


    Malkoff M61N on left, Gladius Maximus XHP50 on right
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    Default Re: Night Ops Gladius / Typhoon

    Updated family shot. Top down (left to right in emitter shot)...
    Grey, original Lux III
    Black, XM-L2, neutral white tint, OP reflector. Actually had this in the Typhoon and swapped.
    Black Maximus, XHP50
    Insight Typhoon XM-L2, smooth reflector
    Green, SSC P4. Curiously, not marked as a Maximus version, I think this one was sent back for an upgrade during its life.



    (the grey and green ones I think have the ceramic coating, and the logo is oddly enough reversed from the black ones I have.

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    Default Re: Night Ops Gladius / Typhoon

    Forgot to check back in here and give a HUGE thumbs up to Sween1911 for doing my mod/update.

    I did a writeup here: UPGRADE REVIEW Ė Night-OPS Gladius_SweeneyMod
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    Default Re: Night Ops Gladius / Insight Typhoon

    Any advice about diagnosing problems in the Gladius? I have one Maximus in perfect condition, and a second Maximus and a Night OPs I mistook for a Gladius that have issues.

    I also don't understand the difference between the Gladius and the Night OP... I got the first Gladius years ago and have been living in CR123 battery hell ever since.

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