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AUG 2018

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Winning is much more than surviving conflict. Be completely prepared for your challenges with our inspiring and world-renowned classes with Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Nancy Fatura & team. PoliceMag.com 55 my latest T&E from Optical Dynamics I was expecting the next-generation torch, not so much different than those before it. My key mistake was assuming the OD40 Long Distance Illumi- nator was a run-of-the-mill flash- light. It's not. Designed for hunters but just as valuable to snipers, Optical Dynamics created the OD40 to fill a role almost no other handheld flash- light can; illuminate targets at extreme distance with almost zero light bleed. is means the beam is ultra condensed, simi- lar to a laser, and the field of illumination is crisply defined. Weighing in at 13 ounces, including the two CR123 batteries, the OD40 produces a collimated, condensed beam of focused light that is adjustable via the 40mm ro- tating bezel. At 50 yards the beam is only 27 feet wide. Anything within that beam is crisply illuminated, everything outside is absolutely dark. is means there is no wasted light to reflect back at the opera- tor or illuminate unintended target areas. Optical Dynamics claims a maximum effective range of 200 yards, a runtime of 100 minutes and a diode lifespan of more than 100,000 hours. In the hand the OD40 is definitely hefty and not something I'd use as a duty flash- light, but then again that's not what it is designed to do. e IPX6 and IPX7 rated body is smooth anodized aluminum with a few machined grooves for grip. e be- zel is very stiff and requires quite a bit of effort to rotate but this feature actually comes in handy as it prevents unintended adjustments. I would compare this more to a weapon accessory; once you get it configured and mounted, leave it alone. e OD40 comes with a zippered ny- lon case and both red and green filters. ere's also a mounting kit avail- able with dual rings and a remote pressure switch, although the body of the OD40 will fit any 30mm or 1-inch scope ring. If you're a nighttime hunter, sniper, or even a beat cop with a need for the best possible long-distance illumination tool the OD40 is a true contender. TRAIN TO WIN Bring the best in law enforcement training to your agency: CLASSES: The Winning Mind The Winning Mind for Women Career & Officer Survival For Dispatchers The Winning Edge (NEW 2-day class) Developing Successful Staff Skills (630) 399-1645 Winning is much more than surviving confl ict. Be completely prepared for your challenges with our inspiring and world-renowned classes with Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Sgt. Nancy Fatura & team. LENS DIAMETER: 40mm TARGET IDENTIFICATION: Up to 200 yards LONG DISTANCE BEAM: 235 yards BEAM PEAK INTENSITY: 11,633 candelas RUNTIME: 100 minutes COLOR: Gin Clear LIFE OF DIODE: 100,000 hours BATTERY TYPE: CR123A(x2) Batteries Included WEIGHT: 13.696 ounces with battery MOUNT: Fits 1-inch and 30mm scope rings PRICE: $214.99 http://www.longdistancelight.com/od40mm- illuminator-kit/ OPTICAL DYNAMICS OD40MM ILLUMINATOR KIT A.J. George is a sergeant with the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department assigned to the Technical Operations Unit, Special Inves- tigations Section. He has more than a de- cade of law enforcement experience in pa- trol, field training, and traffic enforcement.

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