The American company ASP (Armament, Systems & Procedures), was founded in 1976 by Kevin Parsons, who began his career as firearms and defense tactics instructor of the Police Academy, and subsequently he ideated training systems for American law enforcement. A team with experience in the military and law enforcement sector complements the company’s leadership.
Peculiarity of the ASP is not exclusively the production of high quality equipment, but also the development of training activities aimed at the correct use of the individual products proposed.
The Spectrum is the ASP’s first-ever multi beam-color tactical flashlight. In addition to its primary white light, it offers red, green and blue beams, as well as a low level (15 lumen) and strobe, for a total of six available modes.
It’s machined from 6061 T6 aerospace aluminum and type III hardcoat anodized in a proprietary matte black finish. The barrel is wrapped in our exclusive, all-weather foamed vinyl grip. The pocket clip, in polymer, is replaceable and reversible in order to customize the carry (lens up or lens down).
The power-on button is located at the top of the flashlight (tail cap). Through the three position rotary sleeve, positioned just below the tail cap, it’s possible to select between momentary lighting, fixed light or blocking, the latter to prevent inadvertent power-on during the flashlight extraction.
While the 300 lumen white mode is the default setting, the user can program a secondary mode and activate it by double tap on the tail cap.
Access to the gray selection button takes place by rotating the bezel; once has been selected the desired color or function, simply screw it again to make it operational.
The alternate-colored beams include:
- Red: Preserves night vision
- Green: Extends run time, may not startle animals
- Blue: Cuts through fog, tracks blood and other bodily fluids
The flashlight comes standard with two high-performance ASP CR123A primary cells; alternatively, you can upgrade the Spectrum to rechargeable, simply by purchasing an optional 18650 lithium battery or a complete Dual Fuel Charge Kit. Installing the 18650 battery activates additional onboard features, including a charge status light and remaining charge capacity indicator. Premium components include Cree XPG LEDs, gold-plated connectors, polished aluminum reflector and frosted optical glass lens. The preformed sheath for carrying the belt is sold separately as well as other items.
We tested the Spectrum DF at the TSN in Busto Arsizio (Italy) using dynamic shooting "classic target", placed at different distances. The particular glass lens makes the ambient lighting uniform and the 300 lumens ensure good visibility at medium / short distances which, given the type of use, are more than sufficient; in case of prolonged use, there is a significant increase in temperature near the flashlight head.
The foamed vinyl grip is comfortable, the power button is well proportioned and easy to use both by selecting the momentary on and the fixed light. Instead, a little practice is needed in switching from primary to secondary light, in fact the "double tap" was not so intuitive.
The battery recharging system is an added value; the colored LEDs provide an immediate assessment of the battery consumption, a fundamental detail for the operator during his service. The 3-position twist selector for the lighting type and the locking system to avoid unwanted power-on are very interesting; its positioning near the tail cap makes the quick action avoids having to change the flashlight grip during the action. Such a large selection of colored beams is an interesting feature, that few products on market offer.
The ASP Spectrum DF is a robust flashlight in which the operating characteristics immediately recall tactical use. The ASP company, in wanting to create a product that is simple and intuitive to use, had to make very precise choices regarding the flashlight functioning: if on the one hand it has favored a simpler selection between fixed or momentary light, on the other it has reduced to the essential the immediately available lights of which the primary is the white light at 300 lumens and only the secondary remains at the operator's choice.
In Europe, the retail price of the ASP Spectrum DF is € 130
Manufacturer: ASP - www.asp-usa.com
Led: 1x CREE XPG
Operating Modes: 6, electronically regulated
Powers and Durations: 300 lumens (1 h.) -> green light 70 lumens (3h 45min) -> red light 40 lumens (7 h 30min) -> blue light 15 lumens (3h 45min) -> 15 Lumens (18 h) -> Strobe 245 lumens (4 h)
Maximum illumination distance: 88 meters
Power-on method: tail cap with 3-position twist selector : "Momentary On" selection, fixed or locked.
Light selection method: Retractable selection button for secondary lights
Head: aeronautical aluminum
Body: aeronautical aluminum with foamed vinyl grip
Finish: anodized, Type III
Lens: satin optical glass
Batteries: 2 CR123 batteries or alternatively with a 18650 with the possibility of recharging directly via micro USB socket
Size: 15.9cm (L) - 2.54cm - 3.6cm (D head)
Weight: 184g. batteries included
Impact resistance: withstands drops from 2m in height