Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Malkoff M61 and VME Head

My upgrades will first start with getting a few goodies from yet another red-white-and-blue-blooded Yank by the name of Malkoff. Gene Malkoff.

With his wife, Cathy, Gene owns a family-run business famously creating drop-ins. A drop-in is a lingo that means Gene creates a 'light engine' that is designed as a direct replacement for an existing light engine of a 'host'. The host in question is SureFire flashlight bodies.

The original light engine series is called the 'P60' among flashlight enthusiasts, and Malkoff Devices creates one of the best drop-in in this class. I was lucky enough to get an M61 LED light engine for my SureFire C2 Centurion to replace the stock incandescent P60 lamp module. In the order, I also threw in another coveted item among enthusiasts - the VME head.

The VME head is a collaboration between Valiant Concepts and
Malkoff Devices to produce a head that is SureFire E-Series compatible to host a Malkoff M-Series drop-ins. Since I will be using this M61 in my C2 Centurion, I will get another M-Series drop-in and one of their 2x AA bodies to effectively create another flashlight.

In the mean time, let me present to you the M61 and the VME head.

CR123A battery for size comparison.

VME head disassembled - Lower body, upper body, rubber weather-sealing gaskets, shatterproof polycarbonate window.

Malkoff Devices M61 Module - Exerp from the website:

"This is the Malkoff Devices P60 style dropin with solid brass heatsink construction.This design utilizes a custom orange peel reflector designed by Don McLeish.The reflector offers a very nice balance between throw and spill. It is an outstanding room lighter and short to medium spotter. It was designed specifically for use in Malkoff MD2, Elzetta ZFL-M60, and SureFire 6P, 6Z, C2, M2 and G2 flashlights. It may or may not fit other models. The input voltage is 3.4 - 9 volts. Below 3.4 volts it will drop out of regulation and run direct drive. The output is approximately 260 measured out the front lumens. The current draw is only 650ma at 6 volts. The full output runtime is approximately 2 hours on two CR123 primary batteries with a nice long taper as voltage drops. It will easily illuminate objects at 350+ feet and will blind opponents within a 100 foot radius. The LED is a Cree XP-G."

Business End.
Sealed Unit.
Machining is top-notch!

To install:

Step 1: Place the M-Series module onto the lower body.

Step 2: Place the gasket inside the upper body, on the inside.

Step 3: Carefully place the window onto the module. Don't touch the reflector, the lens, and the LED emitter. Screw the upper body onto the lower body to complete the unit.

Awesome combo!

The VME head is Hard Anodized (HA) a.k.a. Type III (mil-spec) anodized. The color is a rather muted black, but not as matte as the SureFire body.

Overall, I am perfectly happy with this purchase, as it allows further options for my SureFire lights.

Options are always good, right?

Thanks for watchin'!

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