With “O Fan Day” well under way, I’m providing you with my OLIGHT Sigurd flashlight review for the newest offering from OLIGHT. If you’ve ever wanted a rifle flashlight integrated into a fore grip, then it’s worth giving this product a shot. First I’ll cover installation and operation instruction. Next come the technical specs. Finally, my overall experience with this flashlight. So without further ado, let’s get into the review!
First off, the OLIGHT Sigurd rifle flashlight was incredibly easy and straightforward to install if you are using a picatinny rail system. However, if you’ve got an M-Lok system, you’ll need a picatinny adapter. Similarly, if you use a key-mod system, you need to install a length of picatinny rail to use this product. It’s worth noting that no adapters were included, or as companies commonly say “sold separately.”
Pictured above is all hardware necessary to attach the grip to your rifle. Additionally, pictures 2 and 3 show how the grip is locked into place. Personally, I would have preferred multiple locking mechanisms. But the grip held fast during testing.
Another point to consider is that the included socket screw came with some type of Loc-tite already on the threaded end. Additionally, OLIGHT provides a second screw and washer. However, if you plan to swap this grip out on different rifles, you should consider having some Loc-Tite on hand to ensure a tight fit.
Sigurd Operation and Settings
Similar to installation, the OLIGHT Sigurd is easy to operate. There are two switches toward the front of the flashlight that control on and off. Additionally, double-tapping the switch while the light is on toggles through high and low output modes.
There is also a lockout feature which is a bit more convoluted. Honestly, I wasn’t able to get the lockout mode to work, so I wouldn’t count on this feature. But, if you can get it to work, I can see this being beneficial if you have to travel with your rifle cased.
Unlike the Odin GL, the OLIGHT Sigurd flashlight does not have any of the bells and whistles. Therefore, the Sigurd doesn’t have a strobe effect or laser. It really is a no frills grip that only provides illumination, albeit to varying degrees.
OLIGHT Sigurd Tech Specs and Battery Life
Similar to the OLIGHT Odin GL, and many other offerings, the Sigurd flashlight uses a rechargeable internal battery. Recharge time will vary depending on power source, but for a standard US outlet and Walmart USB plug it took roughly 3 hours.
As with other units, the documented run times were pretty spot on. In low output mode, the Sigurd flashlight will run for about 4 hours, and 2 hours on high output mode. However, it’s worth noting that the high output is stepped. Therefore, you’ll only get the max lumens for about 2 minutes before the unit goes into conservation mode.
During the OLIGHT Sigurd flashlight review testing, I stumbled across an interesting quirk. When my Sigurd unit got low on power, it actually turned off prematurely. Typically, when other OLIGHT flashlights turn off dues to loss of power, the battery power is completely drained and you cannot even turn the units on. However, I was able to get a few more minutes out of the Sigurd after it initially shutoff. Whether this is intentional, or unique trait of my unit is unknown.
According to the OLIGHT Sigurd manual, the unit is rated to 1 meter for dropping. However, for the OLIGHT Sigurd review, I dropped the flashlight from my deck onto the asphault from about 5 meters, and the thing kept on working. Looked a little worse for wear but operated fine.
Additionally, I submerged the Sigurd in my sink after doing the drop test. Although the rear portion took on some water, it did not seem to affect the high or low output settings. For about 10-15 seconds the unit was fully submerged. Based on appearances, I was surprised the OLIGHT Sigurd performed as well as it did. However, I wouldn’t recommend abusing this unit. It’s one wrong angle from cracking the lens on the flashlight.
Pros and Cons of the OLIGHT Sigurd Flashlight
If you’ve read any of my other OLIGHT reviews, you know that excessive heat is a byproduct of many lights. However, the OLIGHT Sigurd does not suffer any issues related to overheating. On low output mode, the unit is barely warm to the touch. When high output is enabled, the unit can get a bit warm up by the bulb over an extended period. But, overall the unit runs significantly cooler than any of the predecessors.
Another key feature is the ergonomic design of the flashlight housing. I’ve used other angled fore grips before and they all work nicely given how I hold rifles. My only concern is about the button location for the flashlight. If you use a more overhand, thumbs forward, style grip the button is a bit awkwardly placed. However, for those who support the rifle underneath the barrel the placement is workable. But it depends on your hand size I suppose.
One major con for me was that the lockout feature was not intuitive…at all. After several failed attempts to enable lockout mode, I finally gave up. However, this feature isn’t really all that attractive to me anyway. But any feature that isn’t easily deciphered loses a product points in my book.
Hopefully my OLIGHT Sigurd flashlight review has touched on any of your concerns about this integrated fore grip and flashlight combo. I’m not partial to this kind of grip, personally. However, it’s tough to argue with results. Despite appearances, this tool took a bit of a beating and kept on chugging along. If this is your style and a solution you are look for, I’d recommend giving it a chance. Thanks for taking the time to read to the end, and I hope you’ll come back for future articles!