"I tested a flashlight called the Tomahawk MC Tactical Light from First-Light USA. It is a compact yet versatile and powerful flashlight. The Tomahawk is a right angle flashlight with a removable finger loop that helps to secure it in your hand and allows full use of your hand to grasp and manipulate things while still holding the flashlight. It also has a molle compatible clip that can secure it to your belt or a pocket. It is a LED flashlight that is powered by two 3-volt lithium batteries and, depending on the model, has just white light or white, red and blue or white, red and infrared light. All models have three output levels.
The Tomahawk has a run time of between two hours and 60 hours depending on the output level. The Tomahawk MC model has the red, white and blue LEDs. As with the other models of the Tomahawk with colored LEDs, the colored LEDs are much lower in intensity then the white LED. The white LED output is 80 or 120 lumens on the high setting depending on the model. All light output can be set to high, medium or low. The Tomahawk MC has three switches that are located on the top. There is a large semi-circular ridge that is a momentary on/off switch for the maximum white output. To the upper left of the momentary switch is the on/off switch. A brief push turns on the colored LEDs at the last intensity setting. A longer push on this switch will turn on the white LED also at the last intensity setting. To the upper right is the “CYCLE” switch. This switch scrolls through the three power settings when the light is on. When the light is off the “cycle” switch scrolls through the color options and levels. The choices are red three levels, blue three levels and both red and blue three levels. Always the rear momentary switch will turn on the max intensity white LED!
One of the many unique features of the Tomahawk is the “lock out“ function by simultaneously pushing the on/off and cycle switches. This locks out all switches, and is confirmed by the brief red illumination of a lock icon between the switches. Also each time any switch is pressed the lock will illuminate to remind you that the “lock out” function is on and you do need new batteries. To turn off the “lock out” function just simultaneously depress the on/off and cycle switches, the lock icon will illuminate green to confirm.
I used the Tomahawk on both routine patrol and during SWAT call outs. This is a great light, small in size and very powerful! It has adjustable power settings. It can be clipped on to clothing, belts or MOLLE. The finger loop allows you to hold the light and still do other things with your hand and it comes with two sizes of finger loops. It is easy to operate and the controls are intuitive. The Tomahawk MC is one of the best I have used."
National Tactical Officers Assocation Tester