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Manta Rail's prototype navigation rail light

May. 22, 2014 - 09:10AM   |  
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Manta has been working on a low profile rail mounted navigation light in the form factor of a rail cover. The light is 6 inches long and about a quarter-inch taller than the rail it sits upon. The light runs on a built in battery for an hour per charge at its maximum brightness of 100 lumens. It’s a very simple affair with just one control that turns the light on and off, and when held down, dims the light continuously. It also activates a smart strobe function that emits a randomly varying pattern of strobe light that can attract attention but prevents an observer from using high school math to judge the distance to the origin of the flashing light.

The light is shockproof, waterproof and stiff enough to use as a handheld in a pinch. Manta plans on producing an IR version at some point, as well. Look for the light to hit the market at SHOT Show 2015. ■

Rob Curtis is a blogger for Gear Scout .

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