When I got my Surefire Mini Scout kit last year, I wanted a better solution to mount the ST07 momentary tape switch than the included velcro tape. The velcro tape works well in some configurations, but leaves the switch exposed and the excess wire gets caught on everything from your gear to environmental obstacles. I did a Google each and only found low quality mounting solutions.
I ended up buying an entirely new dual switch from Surefire, the SR07 momentary/constant on switch that clips onto any picatinny rail. Just recently, I found a perfect mounting solution for the ST07 tape switch from a new company, Cloud Defensive LLC. I got in contact with Sean, the owner, and ordered one of his LCS (Light Control System) with ICC (Integrated Cable Clamp). He already knew I’d want some shade of FDE so he sent me the first one in Burnt Bronze. I got the LCS and ICC a few days later. Inside the box were several little zip lock bags with the LCS, ICC, four screws and instructions.
Both the LCS and ICC were machined well with no sharp edges and the burnt bronze finish was nicely done. The LCS MK1 is a one-piece part machined out of aluminum in order to have a strong, light, low-profile mounting solution. The ICC is an optional piece that attaches to either side of the LCS with two small screws.
To install the LCS MK1, it’s recommended that you use non-petroleum based lube on the ST07 tape switch and slide it into the LCS. It’s a very tight fit and with some effort, it gets in snug. After the tape switch is in, simply slide the LCS from the front of your picatinny rail into your desired position. Then attach your ST07 to your Surefire light. Next, take your ICC, place the cable in the cutout, attach it to the LCS, and you’re set! No zip ties necessary, and you have a compact, tidy system.
I installed it on my SCAR 17s, specifically on the Kinetic Development Group MREX rail extension. The LCS MK1 slid right on the MREX’s top rail with ease. As soon as I was done installing the LCS and ICC, I was very impressed with the new cleaned-up look without loose wires. The LCS is something truly innovative because not only does it provide a secure home for the tape switch, it does so with a small signature. Combined with the ICC, the loose cable is no longer an issue.
Sean called me to make sure everything was going okay. I gave him some feedback, and he’s already working on what I was thinking about: a two-piece LCS that clamps on a picatinny rail instead of sliding through one end. As soon as that model is available, I’ll be one of the first ones to know and get my hands on it! You can bet I’ll write a review on that model as well.
As I was writing this review, Sean thought FDE would be a better match for my SCAR and me, so he sent me a LCS/ICC set in FDE. I got it in just in time to get some pictures with it installed. It looks great, as you can see here. If your rifle isn’t black, I highly recommend getting your LCS coated in a color to match your rifle. Sean offers a lifetime warranty, very similar to Surefire’s no hassle warranty, which is one of the best warranties around.
Thanks to Cloud Defensive, we now have a solid, without-peer solution for Surefire’s ST07 tape switch. It comes standard in Black, but is available in different finishes for an additional cost. ,
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