Inforce APL Initial Review

For a video review of this light instead of reading through this novel, you can click on this link to watch my review on youtube.

Having a handgun or pistol for home defense is a good idea, but when the sun goes down and the lights go out in the house, the danger is still ever present. What do you do if there was a bump in the night, and your dog(s) start barking? You go check out the source of the noise with the trusty pistol of your choice and you navigate throughout your home with no problems because you’re familiar with the house’s layouts. You have no issues moving around because of the ambient lights from the different electronics around the house, as well as the night lights in the hallway.

But who is that in the hallway?

Is that an intruder that had just broke into the house and is about to burglarize the place?

Or is that a family member that had simply stayed out till the wee hours in the morning again, drunk, knocking everything over while staggering about, trying to make it back to their bedroom?

All these thoughts are going through your mind, and you wished you had a flashlight so you could figure out who it was that is in your house, but you don’t have one, so you do the next best thing and you call out to the person.

“Hey, is that you down there Jimmy?”

The next thing you hear is BANG. And another one, and another one.

Wish you had that flashlight now, don’t cha?

Well, that’s why I got one, so I can identify who is in my house if there was a bump in the night.

I got me the new kid on the block, the Inforce APL.

This light has a simple user interface (UI), sleek design (3in in length and 1.2in in width) that is not bulky, lightweight (2.8oz WITH the single CR123 battery in it), and has a 200 lumen LED that is plenty bright, but not so bright that upon hitting white walls that it will white wash your own eyes and temporarily blind yourself.

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As you can see, mounted on a Glock 19 Gen 4, it is just about the same exact width of the frame so there isn’t any excess width added to the pistol by mounting this light. The paddles (one on each side and both have the same functions) for turning the light on are just long enough to not protrude into the trigger guard, so even with gloves on the actuation paddles will not impede on the function of the firearm itself.

For my small/medium hands, however, if I hold the pistol one handed in such a way that the pistol is in line with my forearm, my index finger is just a hair too short to reach that paddle, thus requiring a slightly more compromised hold on the grip of the G19 in order for me to be able to operate the light and the firearm one handed. But nobody is going to put 5 rounds into a quarter sized hole in 1.5 seconds anyway, so the compromised hold on the grip shouldn’t be an issue.

Holding the firearm with both hands, however, I can actuate the light with my support hand’s thumb, as I hold the firearm with the thumbs forward method. This allows me to turn the light on via the momentary on method to check around corners or anywhere that the ambient light in the house doesn’t illuminate, or if I need to, quickly tap the paddle to turn it constant on, shoot to eliminate the threat, then turn it off.

Now would be a good time to talk about the UI of this light, and it is quite simple. To turn the light on momentarily, you press and hold the paddle (either side, doesn’t matter, it’s the same for both sides) until you need to turn it off, then you simply lift off of the paddle, and the light turns off. To turn it constantly on, you give the paddle a quick tap, and the light stays on. To turn it off from constant on, you just simply give it a quick tap again.

The mount that came on my APL was the universal mount, which is the mount you would need to mount it onto any Glocks. To mount it, you simply lift the latch on the left side of the light (with the LED pointed away from you), which then loosens the left side rail so that it’s free to pivot a little bit. From there, simply rock the light onto the rail, with the cross bar in the proper slot on the frame, then push the latch down to lock the pivoting left side rail in place, and the light is mounted on the Glock. Rock solidly mounted.

In the box for the APL are the instructions and a standard 1913 picatinny style right side rail, as well as an extra set of bolts specifically for the 1913 rail piece and the wrench needed to install it with.

The beam of the light seem to be the standard “hotspot + spill” type beam pattern when you shine it onto a wall, and it does have rings in the beam on the wall due to the reflector design, but in real life application you won’t notice the rings and the hotspot + spill pattern is not as apparent either. When used in my house for example, the beam pattern seem to have become a pretty big hotspot that lit up most of the house, and the dimmer spill beam was fairly unnoticeable. This could be a good thing, because with one blast of the light, you could identify who and how many people are in your house, and you could react appropriately there after.

I purchased this light from Impact Weapons Components out in Colorado, and initially I had an issue with the order, but Earl took care of it in no time, so not only do they design and produce some of the more innovative weapon accessories out there, but their customer service is also top notch. I highly recommend anyone that is looking to get their hands on this product to get it from them, as their shipping price was very reasonable as well. And just to clarify, I do not work for IWC, nor am I affiliated with them in anyway. I am just a very happy customer that had the pleasure of doing business with them.

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