When shooting a gun with a tactical weapon light mounted close to the muzzle, it’s inevitable that carbon build-up will fog up the lens, for every time you discharge a firearm.
Even with fully charged battery, a fogged flashlight lens dims the lumen intensity & reach, making the light much less effective & annoying during training & real life combat events.
So… it’s important to keep it clean before engaging in low light.
In this article, we are going to talk about how to keep weapon light clean. It’s a very easy process with the use of recommended tactical light conditioner by Grand Thumb carbon removal solvent & tools…
Top 3 Ways To Remove Carbon Residue Off Flashlight Lens
- Rubbing alcohol, cheapest option
- Carbon removal solvent
Whether you shot over 200 rounds or 1000 rounds at your local gun range or at a training class the carbon fouling builds up as the day goes on.
How To Remove Hardened Carbon Residue Off Weapon Light
The basic way to remove solidified carbon build up off the flashlight surface is to put couple drops of carbon removal solvent on the surface of the lens & let it soak for a couple seconds.
NOTE: There is the potential for scratching the lens if you try to clean too hard.
How A Fogged Weapon Light Affects You
A fogged lens covered up with carbon residue does the followings:
- Reduced brightness
- Weaker hot spot
- Light beam pattern smeared
- Floodlight diminished
- Worst case scenario - can't see the light
For all day training classes
The volume of the shooting & heat throughout the day basically bake all that carbon residues on the lens & No amount of finger wipe would completely remove it.
...Until you apply some effective carbon removal compound
Some outdoor tactical classes roll into the night, so it's a good idea to take care of that before the low light portion of the training.
Tips To Keep Weapon Light Free From Carbon Build Up
The best way to keep the lens from catching all that carbon build-up is to mount the light far away from the muzzle blast.
It's easy for a long gun, but for handguns, you just have to live with it and clean it as soon as it gets dirty.
The best way to make carbon build up easier to remove is to place a transparent barrier between the lens and the gas. The barrier that we're talking about is to use:
- Break cleaner
- Hand sanitizer
- Almost anything that can dissolve carbon will work
These are inexpensive method to clean the lens & makes carbon residue hard to stick to the surface of the lens.
NOTE: These material allows the user to easily wipe off any residue in seconds
If don't have a weapon light yet, please check out this guide here.