It is difficult to quote a range as it has so many variables, the age of ones eyes, the objective size of the scope, the amount of light you require for target ID, etc. In the past we have quoted conservatively as we know it is natural to overestimate for humans. To give an indication to users we took our tape measure to the local park and used an A5 (1/2 of an A4 sheet) size piece of paper as a target, roughly rabbit size. These shots are taken at a measured 99 metres (the park was too small in this section to squeeze 100m out!) and roughly approximate what we saw. Worth noting is the amount of spill light, this is not a pencil beam, meaning if your target moves it moves into your spill light, you can still readily locate it and move the hotspot onto it.
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A close up taken from the above photo
Well known hunter Ted Mitchell Snr with the Sniper 260 Hunter rifle mounted
The beam of the Sniper 260 Hunter is designed for fast target acquisition. To this end it has a bright hotspot surrounded by spill light. This means you can aim the hotspot at your target, if your target moves they are still within your beam, you only have to move your light directly onto them, rather than searching in the darkness with a pencil beam. The Sniper 260 Hunter is pre-focussed between 0 - 100 metres, as focussing takes valuable time and of course if a torch is focussed for 15 metres it will not be in focus at 100 metres. The reflector in the Sniper 260 Hunter is especially developed with a long throw mirror reflector to suit the shooting conditions of the Australian hunter. The photo below was taken 1 metre away from a white wall, you will notice the beam with bright hotspot is suitable for searching targets while surrounded by spill light. The perfect beam pattern for chasing fast moving vermin in the scrub, such as pigs.
The Wolf Eyes Sniper 260 has an incredibly rugged construction, probably unlike most other torches or flashlights commonly used in Australia in police or military work. We recently compared the wall thickness to a consumer torch, the Led Lenser P7 and found the walls were DOUBLE the thickness in the Sniper!
Constructed of aircraft grade aluminium with a brass liner, the Sniper is designed to have a 25.4mm (1") diameter body, making it both easy to hold and easy to mount, 1" being the standard firearm mounting size. We have never had a Sniper body suffer a catastrophic failure (Edit: excluding the torch dropped in tank treads, but not many torches can stop a tank!). The Sniper 260 Hunter is a high output torch with modest size. Most people don't realise that LEDs put out considerable heat, but unlike an incandescent torch which projects the heat out the front, LEDs heat the base they are mounted on. Overheating an LED results in permanent damage and reduced light output for the life of the LED. To remove the possibility of damage to your LED, Wolf Eyes have a brass liner inside the torch and a substantial aircraft aluminium body. The brass liner, as well as maintaining high electrical conductivity, mates to the mount of the LED and conducts heat along the body of the torch or flashlight, using the mass of the body as a heatsink to dissapate the heat.
All Wolf Eyes Snipers are anodised tactical black and have a 5 Year Warranty on the body.
The Wolf Eyes Sniper and Defender range of torches are upgradeable to a brighter LED when they come out. Unlike older design torches and flashlights, the Wolf Eyes modular design allows replacement of the LED when a brighter unit (or different wavelength such as red, green or infra red, etc) is available. We have regularly upgraded 100 lumen, 130 lumen and 170 lumen models up to a higher level and expect to be doing the same to 260 lumen units in years to come. We have installed many coloured and IR LEDs in existing torches. The extremely durable construction of Wolf Eyes mean they last for years, reassuringly upgrades are available to keep your torch at the forefront of lighting technology.
The LED and control module/regulator removed showing the brass liner of the torch which mates with the brass base of the LED module for thermal and current transfer. This also illustrates how easy it is to change or upgrade the LED module in the future.
Wolf Eyes torches are regulated, meaning they don't dim or lose intensity like many other torches including other LED torches. The regulation has two advantages, it means the power to the LED is consistent, so the LED will be running at it's optimum with the battery being boosted as it is being depleted, the second advantage is you don't overboost the LED which can permanently damage it, this happens with torches not designed for rechargeable batteries or accumulators. Of the 2 hours 20 minutes runtime of high intensity light this torch is capable of, the first 1 hour and 50 minutes is regulated, with a slight dimming in the last 1/2 hour.
Australian Approved Charger
The Wolf Eyes Sniper 260 Hunter comes complete with rechargeable battery and Australian approved charger. We have noticed a number of torches on the Australian market with non approved chargers. The advantage of an Australian approved charger is that it is both safe and legal to connect to an Australian power supply, meaning it meets OH&S requirements and also your insurance is ok in a residential or business situation.
The Wolf Eyes Sniper 260 comes complete with rechargeable battery and Australian approved charger. We have noticed a number of torches on the Australian market with non approved chargers. The advantage of an Australian approved charger is that it is both safe and legal to connect to an Australian power supply, meaning it meets OH&S requirements and also your insurance is ok in a residential or business situation.
The battery utilised in the Sniper is the LRB168A (18650) rechargeable lithium ion battery. Utilised predominantly in notebooks, this battery provides large outputs (including rapid discharge high amp outputs) from a relatively compact package. So powerful is this battery that it powers the Tesla Roadster electric car (an electric car built on a Lotus Elise chassis with a 0-100kmh time of 3.9 seconds). One huge advantage of the Wolf Eyes Sniper flashlight is that it has been built with these rechargeables in mind, rather than disposable CR123 batteries (which cost $10 each in shops in Aus). This means we can use the 18mm versions of the batteries which are 50% more powerful than the 17mm versions. Torches or flashlights designed to only fit CR123 batteries, such as the Surefire 6P or Surefire G2 (in fact most of the Surefire line) can only fit the 17mm version (available in our recharge kit), which means 2/3rds the power.
All Wolf Eyes batteries are protected, meaning they have a small computer chip built in to one end, this controls charging and discharging, designed to reduce the risks of powerful batteries. We have seen lithium ion batteries explode and would never sell an unprotected version.
As many are aware, most police departments in Australia or the Australian Defence Force do not generally supply batteries for their staff. So a rechargeable torch (or rechargeable flashlight, depending on your terminology) is both an environmentally sound decision but also an economic necessity. Some police officers have reported that their rechargeable torch has paid for itself in as little as 3 months when compared to their previous CR123 battery older style torch. With our rechargeable batteries you can top up at any time, no need to wait for the battery to run down, so you are always prepared for that critical mission.
Environmentally, rechargeable batteries are a winner. Like most quality lithium ion batteries, our rechargeable batteries are rated for 1,000 recharges under ideal conditions. Even if you took 500 recharges as a reasonable figure, each rechargeable battery you use would save 2,000 AAA batteries, 1,500 C cell batteries or 1, 000 CR123 batteries from landfill, a wothwhile saving (based on a 2 x CR123, 3 x C cell or 4 x AAA torch providing similar runtime). Even if the environment isn't your priority when purchasing a torch or flashlight, the financial saving is huge and as a bonus you get to feel good about the environment.
Cold Weather Performance
One of the huge advantages of rechargeable lithium ion batteries, besides their huge outputs, is the ability to operate in colder temperatures. Many have been frustrated by the loss of power in AA and NiMh batteries in cold temperatures. That is not a problem with Lithium Ion. To take the photos here, we turned a torch onto low, placed it in a tray of water in a freezer for 4 days till the water became an ice cube, then removed and photographed. The torch was on for the 4 full days in the freezer!
In the 2009 July - September Guns & Game there is a 2 page review on the Wolf Eyes Sniper 260 Hunter. Included is a photo of a .93" 5 shot group shot at 100 yards by the light of this exact torch. Obviously a testament to the ability of the writer, Andy Montgomery, but shows the level of accuracy acheivable with these torches.
In the box:
1 x Sniper body
1 x Fast charger
1 x Smooth LED lamp & regulator module
1 x LRB 168A battery
1 x Gift Box
Firearm Gun Accessories
(Filters are less effective on LED torches, flashlights or spotlights than incandescent torches or incandescent spotlights .)
A better solution to provide red light for hunting. Can be installed and removed in 1 minute. Usable red light up to 50 - 60 metres away.