I was really excited to try out the Viridian as soon as I first heard about it, so when The Armory Life’s editor reached out to me and asked if I wanted to do a review for the site, I jumped at the chance.
So, you might ask, why would you need a camera on your gun? While the “tactical” applications of this are pretty obvious, like for law enforcement officers who would need to have a record of any action they might take with their firearm, there are other users for this cool product in the civilian realm as well. Let’s dig in and take a look at the product and explore this more deeply.
Upon first look of the Viridian XTL this is a surprisingly slim and compact product, for packing in not only a 500 lumen LED light but also 1080p HD camera. The XTL is light as well, weighing in at just 3 oz. It measures in at 3” long by 1.4” wide by 1” high. It is designed to interface with a standard Picatinny rail.
It is described by Viridian as a “Gen 3” and this gives it a waterproof rechargeable battery, and a two-stage momentary switch for quick and easy use in the day or night. The unit comes with a USB cable for attaching it to your computer to upload video and also doubles as a charging cord. The XTL has a rechargeable battery and features two push buttons for ambidextrous use of the 500 lumen LED Tac-Light & 1080P HD camera.
This unit is designed to clearly capture full-HD video and crisp audio from handguns and long guns. Installation of the Viridian XTL is extremely easy, taking me less than a minute to install on my Springfield XD-M .45 ACP. The only tool required is a single flat headed screwdriver not included.
The application of this device can be suited for multiple roles. Take the Vernon Police Department for example, which deploys these on all their officers’ firearms. In fact, this has already been used in court for one officer on April 2019 where an officer was attempting to make an arrest of a felon who had multiple felony arrest warrants. The felon pulled a shotgun on the officer and fired at him striking him in his left shoulder, knocking him to the ground. His body cam and the Viridian XTL caught it all on camera. The XTL showed the unobstructed view of the shotgun pointed right at the officer and proved that he was justified in returning fire.
However, let’s say you’re not a police officer and you do a lot of sports shooting or you just love the thrill of doing tactical training in a shoot house. This device will suit your needs and will help you out by providing you with a different perspective. Whether you’re a police officer or a civilian, having something like the XTL could be great for you.
Personally, I love the XTL. I put around 500 rounds down range with the camera on. It has a wide-angle view, crisp video quality and sound. It doesn’t weigh down the front of the pistol as the unit doesn’t weigh much at all considering what it has on it. It’s easy to see why Viridian is a leader in weapon-mounted technology.