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if you like weapon mounted lights

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    if you like weapon mounted lights

    This post is just my opinion about a specific model. I wasn't looking to start a discussion on the relative merits or draw backs of having a light mounted to a weapon. ( as an LEO I personally am in favor, YMMV)

    Surefire has the X200 series that are nice small and bright. Problem is not everyone afford $200.00 for a light.

    I just picked up the Streamlight TLR-1. It's a bit larger than a Surefire model . It uses a reflector and a 3w LED. Of the 2 I have handled both have had nice white tints to the LED (sometimes you get blue, sometimes cat urine green). Streamlight seems to be using a decent "bin" on the LED. Run time is rated at 2 1/2hrs on a set of CR123 batteries.

    This sucker is bright, easily in a class with any 6v incandesant "tac" light. It pretty much matches my Gladius in ouput. Since it uses a reflector rather than an optic you get a nice central hot spot with HUGE side spill. The level of light is rated at "up to" 80 lumens (LED"s have variable's that determine output). being an LED you have no lamp to fail under recoil or burn out. It is more than adequate for it's primary intended use of being pistol mounted. It would also be excellent mounted on a shotgun.
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    I have a rail on my 226 but never used it - but have thought of having something to add at night times perhaps.

    This sounds quite interesting - but can you give a ball park price for reference. Could be if affordable I might go for one.
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    I know my M-5 light sure is nice for use on my HK. Might have to check out the TL light next.
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    I find that although I prefer to have a primary white light in my off hand rather than attached to my handgun, it can be useful to carry a secondary so that it can be attached when/if necessary. There are times when a weapon-mounted light can be useful. My suggestion would be to not carry the weapon with the light attached, though.
    However, I do think that the benefits of having your primary white light mounted on a handgun are somewhat over-rated.

    Now, on a long gun it's a different story.

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    I've been around, the pic is from the U.P. trip I took last summer, though.
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    For those asking for price. I can get the TLR-1 retail locally for 119.00. I would imagine that if you look hard enough you could get a better price.


    (btw, I agree that this is one heck of a light)
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    I have recently become interested in the TLR-1 myself to mount on my Operator.

    I hope I'm not out of place in putting this here, but here is a link to a dealer on AR15.com selling them for 109 shipped.http://www.jobrelatedstuff.com/forum...f=142&t=142740

    Please note, I am not affiliated with this dealer, and have net yet done business with him, but I will be.
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    rocky said:
    the pic is from the U.P. trip I took last summer
    Pictured rocks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyC View Post
    rocky said:

    Pictured rocks?
    Yep
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    I was going to say average street price is running around $110.00
    I was thinking of picking up a second one to mount on a shotgun using a coiled cable switch that Streamlight offers.

    For a shotgun I don't think an LED is a bad choice, distances are generally reduced but recoil is way up.
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    If you use a mounted light, be careful! You will be pointing the barrel at the same place as the light.

    I carry a Surefire light next to my spare magazine on weak side. That way my off hand can retrieve it if needed. I can also use the light alone, which happens more than you would think, the light get used a lot!

    At night another Surefire is on the bed side table, with a handgun in the partially open drawer. That way it is ready to go with the weapon & I don't have to worry about pointing a loaded gun at one of the dogs or MY WIFE... Once you know where family is then you can use a light technique like 'Harris' or something similar.

    I have one weapon with a mounted Surefire, it is a pump shotgun that I use when venturing outside after dark. I know when I go outside after dark any vermin that are there SHOUDN'T be, so at that point I don't care about breaking a firearm rule.
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    I just ordered one as I like the fact that the LED probably will NEVER burn out where an incandescent lamp surely will. It will replace my MX-3 on my Sig. Thanks for the reminder as I have been intending to replace it. BTW, I paid $104 for it at farmpolicesupply.
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    I paid $105 (approx) for my TLR-1 from LA Police Supply. It matches the Gladius in output- they both emit 80 lumens, according to the spec sheets. That Gladius looks like an awesome tool.

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    While it was a Christmas gift, I learned that the price on my LedWave Z-5 was about $70. It puts out 65 lumens and is pictured here on my Beretta 92G-SD, which helps provide security for the lower level of our house, resting in a one-gun safe with quick access.


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