A PEQ-15 for your Pistol! SureFire’s XVL2-IRC – SHOT Show 2020

Visible and infrared lights and lasers all in one package.

To find out more, please visit SureFire.com.

While SureFire makes some amazing equipment for the US Military, they haven’t forgotten about us civilians. This year at SHOT Show 2020 they have introduced the XVL2-IRC, a pistol mounted visible and infrared light/laser module. It is a civilian version of the unit sold to Military and Law Enforcement.

Above is the military version which is largely the same, save for higher output lasers.

For those of you familiar with military weapons and gear, think of it as a PEQ-15 for your pistol (or carbine), a combined unit that gives you illumination and aiming capability regardless of lighting conditions. Running white light and visible laser one minute or transitioning to night vision and using the infrared light and laser the next, the XVL2-IRC has you covered.

In white light mode, the unit produces 400 lumens of light, throwing a wide flood rather than a focused beam. This is great for illuminating the inside of structures as well as open spaces. This is coupled with a green visible laser, which can be picked up much easier by the eye in varying lighting conditions, as compared to red lasers.

The settings can be adjusted by the switch located to the rear of the unit on the left side.

In infrared mode, the XVL2-IRC produces 300mW of light. This is brighter than the X300 Vampire light, but throws a much broader flood of light as opposed to a focused beam. The unit has a civilian class .7mW infrared laser for use with night vision.

The unit is activated by an ambidextrous switch on the rear. Allowing the user to turn it “on” (momentary or constant settings). Eventually a pressure switch will be released that can be used with various pistols, similar to the SureFire DG Switch. Additionally a tape switch will be made available for those choosing to run the unit on a carbine or sub-gun.

Depending on if you want illuminator or laser or both at once, it is just a matter of scrolling through to the setting you need.

For ease of zeroing, the visible and IR lasers units are connected internally. This will let you zero the visible laser, using 1 Mil adjustments for windage and elevation, while automatically zeroing the IR laser at the same time.

The battery compartment is located behind the light lenses. This allows the user to easily swap out CR123 batteries as needed, without necessitating the removal of the unit and the subsequent re-zeroing that follows that process.

The unit’s settings are controlled by a switch on the side. It moves between 6 different combinations of light and laser in both spectrums with an “off” between the spectrums.

The unit can be attached to most any pistol or rifle rail.

The SureFire XVL2-IRC will be available in both black and tan in Q1 of 2020, with a MSRP of $1,349. If you need a solution for shooting during any lighting conditions, check out the SureFire XVL2-IRC. Visit SureFire.com..

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About the author: Ivan Loomis has spent a lot of time outdoors, backpacking and camping as well as extensive international travel. Eventually, he landed in the Marine Corps in the late 90’s. After a hiatus from the service to race the Baja 1000 a couple times, he reenlisted with the Air Force. Departing that he wound up in a large metropolitan Police Department for a spell before landing in the Security Contracting world.One constant through these experiences was gear and weapons. Having spent time in a lot of environments and with the opportunity to field a lot of equipment, he’s grown fond of well-made gear.He now shares those experiences, adventures, and knowledge through contributing articles and videos to various publications, including his own site: www.kitbadger.com

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  • Craig kremin January 23, 2020, 5:32 pm

    Sorry, my comment above was for another review but somehow came back to the first item I was looking at. feel free to delete. Thanks

  • Craig kremin January 23, 2020, 5:29 pm

    Innovation is great but there are always drawbacks. Kind of reminds me of a CORNER SHOT but in kit form. I see this as a great peek around or low light seeing a device that allows you to maintain cover. As far as sighting goes the problems I see in practical application are lots of people will certainly sweep themselves unintentionally with the muzzle. Whether this happens before discharge or on recoil or follow up who knows. I like the video portion may keep you out of jail if the video shows what you want. however, if you panicked and it wasn’t really as clean of a shoot as you were thinking in your head you may have just handed them the evidence to put you away. Dropping back to marksmanship it’s like a laser and will make you lazy as far as sight alignment and sight picture and most likely screw with trigger control. I have done years of CQB and would have loved a crystal ball to look around corners compared to cutting the pie I am just very mixed on one hand on the phone and one on the weapon. People will have to go out and truly practice with this. then I see some kid who knows no firearm safety picking this thing up finger on the trigger and accidentally popping his friend because he was confused about muzzle awareness while looking at the screen. Then as soon as some jackass uses one placing it in the porthole of a check-cashing place, bank or liquor store the states will be coming after it and the manufacturer. I would maybe use this as a teaching/training tool while working on movement and marksmanship. The instructor having video during and after so he can see what the shooter’s muzzle is actually covering. Also after going through a live-fire training house or other after-action reports. Video playback can show lots of things that were never noticed during adrenaline boosted event. Sorry to run long-winded good luck with it guys I hope it comes through for you.

  • Hendrik Haan January 23, 2020, 10:23 am

    I just don’t see the value of a laser beam. I call it “Giving away information to the adversary”.

    • Shiv Pakal January 28, 2020, 1:48 am

      I can tell you never train properly with a laser. Is an awesome tool if you know how to use it properly.

    • derek January 28, 2020, 10:41 am

      giving away information? lol…Are you sniping people in a self defense situation? Chances are, in real-life and not in internet commando land where you live, you’ll be engaging a target within 25 feet of yourself and that target already knows where you are. If the target doesn’t know where you are, then you probably shouldn’t be shooting him because he’s probably not a threat to your life at that point.

      For 99% of self defense scenarios, you’re target will know exactly where you are and will be attacking you in such a manner that you need to respond with deadly force. Anything else is basically murder.

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