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whats the best torch

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by andyw74, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. andyw74

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    ive just bought a hatsan at44-10, whats a good torch with a decent beam and good distance?
     
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    What colour light do you want, how much do you want to spend and do you have any batteries already?
     
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    A modded WF501B and Terry1001 is the man to see. Atb Paul.
     
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    yep will second that
     
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    I also vouch for Terry
     
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    not sure on the light colour really or price, depends on what battery I need, I don't need it to set fire to the grass lol
     
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    Modded interesting please say more ive got two 501b one green bulb and one red, with tail switch, so how can they be made better,!!!!!!!
     
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    The preferred mod is to concentrate the beam and get rid of the light spill around the edges. You need an aspheric 28mm lens (from DX or Ant) which replaces the standard flat glass and then you rough the surface of the reflector and paint it matt black. There is a further step for a bit more range and that is to fit a different (more expensive) lens - the Ahorton one which requires a replacement for the reflector and I think that 'some bloke' on here does supply them.
    Doing these mods does improve the maximum range but it tightens the beam such that at close range you might not actually illuminate all of your scopes field of view or it may be too bright. The 501 series of torches is very useful and generally they are quite well made.
    I am trying mods to a torch host that is slightly smaller than the 501 but does have a focussing head which, in my opinion, does make it a bit more flexible for air rifle users. I've got one out now being tested and the first news was encouraging.
     
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    A lot depends on what you need to use the torch for. Red light is generally considered to be the most suitable for night time use, it's right at the end of the (human) visible spectrum and believed to be outside that of many quarry species. Having said that a very bright light is still likely to cause disturbance.
    White light is going to give you the most natural view but is very noticeable, particulalry the type that is 'brilliant' or 'blue' light, many animals seem to be more sensitive to light at the blue end of the spectrum. Green light is also quite popular, it is the wavelength which humans are most sensitive to so will always appear brighter.
    I would suggest a red led torch, I prefer them with a zooming/focussing head as I believe it to be more flexible, for you rifle light and possible a small white light one to keep in your car/pocket.
     
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    I use a CREE torch, the beam can be focused to a spot, Mapl-n sell them for £19.99, you can get them off Am-zon or Flebay, for about a fiver, if you don't mind waiting for delivery from China. Good beam, 30yds no problem. Can be fitted to gun, using a normal 1 inch mount. cree-technology-flare-led-torch.jpg
     
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    great info thanks, I will be using it for hunting mostly, so I need a 501 with a red lense cover?
     
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    which is best wf501 or 502 as there is both on ebay?
     
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    I can't remember the difference between the 501 and 502, to all intents and purposes they are the same. If you want red then get one which has a red led already fitted or you could get a white one and also a red 'drop in' which can be swopped over in seconds without tools.
    I suggest getting one which uses a single 18650 battery (which is rechargeable) and you may find one on ebay which is a red led and comes with a rifle mount and batteries/charger.
    Anything you order from China will now be held up by their New Year celebrations and is most unlikely to be posted before February 5th at the earliest.
     
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    Brilliant tip for 501, finished mine today and wow what a difference, quality tip. Cheers
     

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