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September 26, 2014
Last updated on 9/27/14.
Back in May (2014), DefenseReview (DR) published a piece on the very impressive-looking Applied Ballistics/Wilcox Industries RAPTAR-S (RAPid TArgeting and Ranging Module-SABER), which we got to view and handle at SHOT Show 2014. Wilcox Industries also makes a simpler, lighter and civilian-legal RAPTAR-Lite ES model with less powerful visible laser, a variable-focus IR (InfraRed) illuminator, a tactical white light without the expensive laser rangefinder, and the RAPTAR-S’ fancy (and expensive) Applied Ballistics ballistic computing, GPS, etc. The RAPTAR-Lite ES is a pretty slick little civilian-legal tactical rifle/carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) sighting/targeting accoutrement, especially since Wilcox recently upgraded it with a 300-lumen SureFire Illumination head.
If you’d like to purchase a Wilcox RAPTAR-Lite ES for your tactical rifle/carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle), DR recommends you give Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) a call, as they carry it. Here’s the important spec/feature info on the RAPTAR-Lite ES from the TNVC page on it, written before the SureFire white light head was upgraded to 300 lumens:
Recognizing the civilian market and the restricted nature of the RAPTAR, Wilcox developed the RAPTAR Lite ES. The Lite ES model replaces the restricted Class IIIb lasers with civilian-legal Class1 0.7mw laser modules so that it can be sold without restriction to individual civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel. The Lite ES also substitutes the very expensive range finder with a Surefire 80 Lumen [now 300-lumen] LED white light head, providing the user with a multifunction device at an affordable price. The RAPTAR Lite ES contains a Class1 IR Laser Pointer, Visible Laser Pointer, Variable Focus IR Illuminator, and 300 Lumen White Light. All functions are controlled via onboard buttons or remote pressure switch. Laser pointers are slaved together for easy zeroing.
In the meantime, the following is the Wilcox Industries press release on it:
“For Immediate Release
Contact: Kadra Mitchell
September 15, 2014
Wilcox Industries Upgrades RAPTAR-Lite ES with 300 Lumen Illumination Head
Newington, NH-Wilcox Industries, manufacturer of tactical equipment, has upgraded the visible light head on their RAPTAR-Lite Eye Safe (ES) ™ laser aiming/illumination device. The upgraded 300 Lumen SureFire® illumination head provides increased capability and versatility for the operator, with seven selectable output-illumination levels.
The RAPTAR-Lite ES model accommodates Military, Law Enforcement and the Sportsman-Outdoor communities. It offers a visible red aiming laser, an infrared aiming laser, and a variable focus infrared illuminator, along with the updated visible illumination flashlight head. The unique wrap-around low profile design allows the operator an unimpeded view. An easy to read LED display indicates the selected modes of operation, active laser emission and low battery indication. The display is adjustable for both day and NVG conditions.
All of the features and functions of the RAPTAR-Lite ES are controlled by ergonomic buttons within the housing of the unit. Included with this unit is a remote pressure pad which mirrors the same button configuration as on the unit, allowing for a quick adjustments and a variety of mounting positions. The visible illuminator and IR flood intensity can be controlled “On the Fly” through either the remote pressure pad or through the unit itself. While compact and lightweight, the RAPTAR-Lite ES does not require the use of special tools for installation or removal. This system can be mounted two ways: directly onto the rail using the ¼”-20 screw or using the included rail interface. A single CR123 battery powers the RAPTAR-Lite ES. All lasers within the RAPTAR-Lite ES are co-aligned for easy bore-sighting and retention of zero.
RAPTAR-Lite ES Update-2
As with all Wilcox products, it is easily maintained and designed to be repairable unlike any current system in the field. The body of the RAPTAR-Lite ES is manufactured from a high strength polymer for durability while also designed to be upgraded with emerging technology.
For pricing and ordering information, contact Wilcox Industries at www.wilcoxind.com or 603-431-1331.
Wilcox Industries® is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of high quality tactical equipment for use by military and law enforcement in the United States. Product lines such as NVG Helmet Mounts, the PATRIOT® Hybrid Life Support System, Weapons Video Display, Mission Helmet Recording System, and Vertical Grips, present a significant tactical advantage for the end user.”
Company Contact Info:
Wilcox Industries Corp. (Corporate Headquarters)
25 Piscataqua Drive
Newington, NH 03801USA
Email Contact Page: http://www.wilcoxind.com/ABOUT-US-C2.aspx
Wilcox Industries Corp. (Virginia Beach Facility)
One Columbus Center, Suite 680
Virginia Beach, VA 23462 USA
Email Contact Page: http://www.wilcoxind.com/ABOUT-US-C2.aspx
Applied Ballistics LLC
1411 Lakeshore Drive
Medway, OH 45341 – View Map
AB Website: http://appliedballisticsllc.com
AB Kestrel Website: http://www.appliedballisticsllc.com/kestrelwab.html
AB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AppliedBallisticsLLC
Potomac River Group, LLC. (PRG Defense)
19775 Belmont Executive Plaza, Suite 525
Ashburn, VA 20147-7608
Email Orders: [email protected]
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