This is a discussion on Pistol Weaponlight within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I am looking into purchasing a weaponlight for the picatinny rail on my M&P pistol. I am planning on keeping it as a nightstand gun ...
January 25th, 2007 01:26 AM
I am looking into purchasing a weaponlight for the picatinny rail on my M&P pistol. I am planning on keeping it as a nightstand gun locked in a quickaccess safe. I have decided that I would like to buy a surefire pistol weaponlight. Please don't harass me about putting a metal light on a plastic gun. I have just been impressed with the quality of their products in the past and trust them. The question I have is, which of their two lights would you recommend. They have a narrow focus 60 lumen light and a wide focus 100 lumen light.
The wide focus 100 lumen light is supposed to be better for peripheral threat identification while the narrow focus light is supposed to be better for long range threat identification. I am currently leaning toward the 100 lumen broad focus lamp. Which light would you recommend and why?
January 25th, 2007 07:45 AM
Either one would be a good choice, Surefire doesn't make any junk! For a home defense handgun, my choice would be the "B" model. I like the wider focus for room clearing. A momentary flash of the light lets you illuminate the entire room with a single flash. This allows you to illuminate and move quickly without making yourself such a good target. A more focused beam requires multiple illuminations to catch all the corners of the room.
January 25th, 2007 08:54 AM
Welcome to the forum.
I have an X200 that I have clamped on my home defense Beretta Vertec 92G 9mm. I purchased that one due to Surefire's quality, the features of that light, and because I got it cheap (it was used).
I would have preferred getting the Bravo model due to the reason you stated: broader beam. That allows for, as you again stated, better peripheral identification.
The bottom line is this: given where you are planning on deploying your weapon/light, do you have very long corridors? Shorter spaces? Does your house have enough windows allowing outside streetlight and/or moon (when available) illumination? If so, the X200 maybe good enough. For my purposes it is. Plus the light "spillage" is sufficient that I do get some peripheral illumination from its more narrow beam.
...and don't worry, no one is going to "harrass" you here.
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