What are some decent weapon lights that wont break the bank?

What are some decent weapon lights that wont break the bank?

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    What are some decent weapon lights that wont break the bank?

    First, please do not turn this post into a battle royale on the use of weapon mounted lights..... sail with whatever floats your boat....

    Ok.so i am curious about weapon mounted lights on a HD handgun and would like to try one out for a bit. I do not however want to drop a large chunk of change for something I may not like. What are some decent yet inexpensive ( $50 or less ) weapon lights. I would like to especially hear from anyone who actually uses one... I can google search prices too. It will be mounted on an M&P 9mm fullsize.

    I would like to hear any likes /dislikes specifically related to the light itself too.... Thanks and merry christmas
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    It's more than $50, but the Streamlight TLR-1 is great on an M&P 9mm FS. That combination is on my hip right now. It's about $100 on Amazon.

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    For handguns that price range is very limiting.

    For long guns, I prefer a dedicated surefire WML, but have used simpler set-ups, like a Surefire G2 (their least expensive light), with a 1" ring with good results on an AR.

    I have a Streamlight TLR-1S (I think that is the model), that I found on sale for about $90 a year or so ago at LA police gear that I like. I think Streamlight makes some of the better pistol lights, as they generally come with attachment options for multiple rail styles, are sufficiently bright, and I like the ambi on switch located at the rear of the light. They are more than your price range, but that would be my recommendation.
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    I also have a TLR-1S and its an amazing light but is a little under $100. If you have the option i would say try and save up a little more and get at least a Streamlight TLR-1. You now the old saying you get what you pay for.

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    If you are looking to spend less than $50 I'd say put the cash toward a good handheld light (Like a Fenix PD20 or PD30). If you already have one, save your money and get a TLR-1s or TLR-1 HL.

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    Look at DVOR they run speical on lights I have gotten tac lights for good price and Amazon is good too.

    Yeah I would go with streamlight I have a 4 on my gun bright as heck and good laser .. If jut 50$ buy a good feinx flashlight

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    Hmmm ... lots of likes for the TLR-1. I have several handhelds so i have that covered.... I actually use a $20 coleman flashlight that is 150 lumens with a contact bezel.... gotta love walmart lol. I think I am going to follow everyone and save up and get a TLR-1..... if someone should have one for sale I might now a buyer lol....
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    Just a few weeks ago my son shows up from college at 5 am; unscheduled and unannounced. I met him at the door with my 1911 with CT Lasergrips but no light. I decided then and there to add a light so I picked up a Crimson Trace Lightguard. Cost me about $140 off the web with shipping. It attaches to the front of the trigger guard with the "on" button right beside the laser button. Now both come on as I grip the pistol. It isn't heavy and really lights up the target area and I can see the laser spot in the center of the light beam.

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    I have the Viridian X5l gen 2, on my HK P30, way out of your price range but a very sweet light and laser.

    Something to think about if this is your carry weapon is a holster. I haven't seen a lot of choices when carrying with a light. I ended up with a raven with mine and it isn't as comfortable as my cross breed was, but I like have the light/laser combo.

    I guess I could solve that issue and get two HK haha

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    I bought one from Walmart with a pack of 2 extra Cr123 batteries and a 2 year replacement warranty for around $45. And it is mounted on the slide of my Mossberg HD. 190 lumens and with strobe. No problems yet.

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    Streamlight TLR -3. Around a $100 most places.

    110 lumens is more than enough for defense in and around home.

    I have it mounted on my P99. Fits perfectly w/appropriate "key"
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    Surefire X300u $200
    Streamlight TLR-1s $100
    Inforce APL $120

    ..................are all worth the money, and if you don't like it you can sell it to someone that does for about what you paid for it.
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    With all respect to "value shopping", I am unaware of any <$50 gun-mounted light upon which I would depend. You must only buy quality...once.
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