Gear Preview: Insight WL1-AA Weapon Light

At SHOT this past January, Insight Technologies rolled out a new set of weapon lights – the WL1-AA weapon mounted tactical light. With a brightness of 150Lumens and an “on” time of 90 minutes, you might just walk right by. . .  There was no fanfare, no parade, just the humble presentation of a low profile weapon light and its sister variant which sports a laser for aim assistance. No big deal right? Been there, done that? Well, not exactly. . . This little guy’s different – and guess what? It’s for anyone.

Insight has just gone into full production with this model, and it’s definitely an excellent offering into an already saturated market. I say that because in order to compensate for being late to the game, you’ve got to toss in a little innovation – or at least something a little different. It’s not the strobe function, that’s definitely been done. Included momentary pressure switch for use with a rifle or shotgun? Nah,  nothing new there either. “Quick Release Rail Grabber?” Still not standing out.

Alright, so why are we paying attention to the WL1-AA? Turns out, it’s all in the name. The WL1-AA is powered by two AA batteries; average every day Copper-Tops. On those remote-powering, R/C car revving nuggets the WL1-AA will run continuously for 90 minutes at 150 Lumens. Not bad at all; especially when half of little-Johnny’s toys will provide you with an endless supply of replacement power sources.

The model I’ve gotten my grubby paws on is the non-lasered variant pictured above. It’s going to ride on a few different weapons during evaluation. I’ll report back as testing progresses. My “out of the box” impression is guarded optimism. Insight might have something here – Joe Everybody might finally be getting taken care of in the  accessories department.

For more information on L-3′s Warrior Systems branch and Insight products (specifically the WL1-AA), visit their commercial products website.

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3 Responses to Gear Preview: Insight WL1-AA Weapon Light

  1. avatarTTACer says:

    AA’s will not work that well in a “The Road” type SHTF scenario since the cold weather performance and longevity is not good. As that is the SHTF scenario that I am currently primarily concerned about I will give this light a pass. If the SHTF scenario that I am fantasizing about changes to “Resident Evil” or Katrina maybe I will give it a look.

    • avatarA. Lee says:

      AA is just a size and voltage format – you can buy lithium AA’s as well.

      I’d be interested to see how it stands-up to the repeated shock of shooting and if it has a option for a support-hand pressure switch.

    • avatarDave says:

      AA may not be optimum, but they’d be easy to scrounge up replacements for. There’s always tradeoffs.

    • avatarjim says:

      thats only true if you use alkalines. lithium aa’s are available way more than cr123a and have the same capabilities etc. nice to have that goto alkaline option though

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