Thinking about a light for my G17 G4

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    Thinking about a light for my G17 G4

    Used mainly for range and home defense. I currently have a separate flashlight... What light should I buy? Is strobe light functionality worth it?

    I am just a regular Joe (no military or LE training just fun range time). Weapon could potentially be used by wife/daughter who don't care about guns.

    Advice is appreciated.

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    This is what I have on my HD Glock-21...SureFire X300 LED WeaponLight--White Light

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    Thinking about a light for my G17 G4

    I have a little Streamlight TLR3 on one of my home defense guns and it puts out more than enough light for indoor use IMO and even enough for some limited outdoor use if required. No strobe though but I'm not sure I care about that. Paid $76.

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    There will always be controversy regarding WML. Either you like them or you don't, I do.

    J&G sales has police turn in M-3 lights for $49 I believe which will fill your needs. I have several. I also have the M6 model with the added laser which while I leave it engaged it is not really needed.
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    Thinking about a light for my G17 G4

    Thank you for the suggestions.

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    i been looking at the aim 150 lumen tactical light not a bad deal for 30$ shipped

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    The Streamlight (TLR-1 or TLR-3 maybe?) series of lights will serve you well I think. I have a number of their lights and have found them to work very well. Surefire's have a great reputation as well, but they also cost much more.
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    I have been pondering whether to mount one of these lights on my AR15..... What do you think.......
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    If I am in my house and there is a bump in the night, I know where I am and where everything is and there is always enough ambient light for me to see enough to know enough. The BG does not know my house and does not know where everything is and surely does not know where I am before I make a decision, if I even will, to somehow investigate/confront. In this scenario, a light on my firearm is telling the BG where I am and I am losing one of my prime advantages over him. I just do not understand what the light is suppose to be for under the above scenario. It is one thing if you are in a large open area that is darkened beyond your ability to see and then I can understand, but if the firearm is for home defense, it just makes no real sense--at least to me. Hey--to each his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelcarry View Post
    if the firearm is for home defense, it just makes no real sense--at least to me. Hey--to each his own.
    So you think shooting at an unidentified target is a good idea? Remember the laws of gun safety? What happened to "be sure of your target and whats behind it?"

    Adding a light to your weapon doesn't take away from your ability to know and move through your house. You don't have to turn it on and walk around giving your position away. Once you cross paths with the intruder you hit them with the light, then make the decision to use deadly force from there.

    Hit them with a light, see a threat, shoot. That quick, that easy. You still maintain the edge and know for sure what you are engaging. You will also be better able to deliver accurate fire to stop the threat.

    Hit the intruder with a light and see a drunk college girl that accidentally walked into the wrong house, start at a lower force level and work up as needed. Potentially save yourself from taking the life of a person that meant you no harm.

    See what I'm getting at? Just because you have the ability to use deadly force on any person that enters your house without your consent doesn't mean it is always the first thing you should do. A light gives you another advantage, another tool. I see no reason to go without one on a home defense weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkykb View Post
    So you think shooting at an unidentified target is a good idea? Remember the laws of gun safety? What happened to "be sure of your target and whats behind it?"

    Adding a light to your weapon doesn't take away from your ability to know and move through your house. You don't have to turn it on and walk around giving your position away. Once you cross paths with the intruder you hit them with the light, then make the decision to use deadly force from there.

    Hit them with a light, see a threat, shoot. That quick, that easy. You still maintain the edge and know for sure what you are engaging. You will also be better able to deliver accurate fire to stop the threat.

    Hit the intruder with a light and see a drunk college girl that accidentally walked into the wrong house, start at a lower force level and work up as needed. Potentially save yourself from taking the life of a person that meant you no harm.

    See what I'm getting at? Just because you have the ability to use deadly force on any person that enters your house without your consent doesn't mean it is always the first thing you should do. A light gives you another advantage, another tool. I see no reason to go without one on a home defense weapon.
    As I said--to each his own. You make perfect sense in your reply. In my house, where it is only my wife and I, there is no such thing as someone making bumps in the night that I could mistake for anyone other than a BG, and in SC and its Castle Doctrine I am allowed and will presume imminent threat and act accordingly. Personally, my home defense consists of staying in my locked bedroom---I am not going to be leaving that room to investigate or confront. If a so-called innocent happens to defeat my locked bedroom, I am sorry but they will not leave the way they came in and they will never have seen me in the dark with a light.

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    I like my Crimson Trace LightGuard for my Glocks. It could be something that could work for you.

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    I have a Streamlight TLR2 (light laser combo) to mount on the rail of my FNP40 for home defense.
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    I use the glocklight works great, have huge backyard when dog barks it easy to go an clear the yard love it

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    I've gone back and forth on the weapon light on a pistol. After doing a little testing each way I decided I preferred my light source unattached. It allows me more light manipulation (instant on, strobe, lighting a direction that I don't necessarily want to point my pistol at) and it also offers me the ability to have my light source not clearly indicate my exact position (I can hold my light with my off hand extended away from my body).

    I'm not sure how much of any of that actually would matter because I have, thankfully, never been in a position where I actually got into an armed confrontation at night, but I do practice some that way, so I'm fairly confident that it'll work if I need it to.

    Now I do keep a light mounted on my shotgun, but obviously that's a different animal altogether.
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