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5 years 28 weeks ago, 11:17 AM

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Best Pistol Light

What is the best brand of light available to be mounted on a pistol? I have had Insight's M3, Glock's pistol light, and the Streamlight TLR-1. Of those, the TLR-1 is the best, followed by the M3, then the Glock light. The TLR-1 and M3 use a rocker switch which allows me as a right handed firer to have the light constant on by pressing down on the switch with my trigger finger during the draw, or momentary on by pressing down on the left side switch with my support hand thumb. The Glock light goes to constant on by pressing down on either side, and for momentary on, you just don't press as hard. This is not a good idea, as under stress, you will press down all the way. The TLR-1 uses an LED which doesn't get as hot as the M3 bulb, and the TLR-1 has a runtime of about 2.5 hours with two 123 lithiums, as compared to about one hour with the M3 and Glock light. I haven't tried the Surefire X-200 or 300 series yet, as they are about 100 bucks more expensive than the TLR-1. Any other thoughts?

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5 years 28 weeks ago, 11:23 AM

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Mounting a pistol. Wow!

5 years 28 weeks ago, 12:53 PM

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Surefire x 200

I have a surefire x200 on my house gun. I love the thing. It also is LED, I can't emember the lumens it puts out, i have had it for a little over 3 years now. It also has the rocker switch which can be used from either side. THe thing will definetly temporary blind you. Mines the wide beam model and works really well 15 yards or less. It's darn near industructible, only thing is the batter life sucks.

5 years 28 weeks ago, 12:57 PM

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Upon trying to find out how many lumens the x200 puts out, I have realized, I don't think they make the x200 anymore. You have to go with a 300 or 400 model. Supposed to be better, and more expensive...of course!

4 years 42 weeks ago, 11:48 AM

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and screw this light. It has a very inconsistent light that dims and brightens. Even with new batteries, you never know if it's going to be full brightness or really dim. It's usually full power if you use the momentary on, and usually dim if you use constant on. Not a good investment, and I'll be sending it back to the factory. If that doesn't fix it, I'll be saving for a Surefire.

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4 years 42 weeks ago, 12:19 PM

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Love this thing.. bought it before our trip to idaho couple of years ago to use as a motel room light as well as defense.. Very bright for a tiny light, good batt life (now out) figured my wife would get used to it if we used it all the time as i bought the pistol for her...sure enough we were gone a week, and she became real comfortable using it... only problem is ever notice how women will shine a light in your eyes when they have a flash light..now add the fact that its mounted on a pistol and telling you it makes ya nervious.. every place we stayed heard "Put that thing down" "dont yell at me" "Dont point the damn gun at me" ahh.. true love..its sweet...

im adding this in edit so i dont bump...wouldn't know i was bumping were it not for runs...sheessh.. anyway the surefire was a steal for me when i got the P-22's from J&G i got two of them, and Brad (owner) says im going to make you a deal on the sure fire at $79.. so just based on his honesty they are great people i got it.. thought at the time it was a lot of bucks...turns out thats a fantastic price.. ive seen the litttle mini i have for well over a hundred a couple of other places, and NOT sure its worth that.

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4 years 42 weeks ago, 12:18 PM

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including two M6 Guardians that use 6 of the 3v lithium batteries and have an output of 225 lumens. No weapon mounted Surefires yet, but from now on, that is the only company I will buy lights from. Although my Night Ops Gladius light is pretty badass.

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4 years 42 weeks ago, 3:58 PM

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Reaper, you have PM

blackmail, huh? Maybe you were thinking of the dirt Nimrod has?

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4 years 42 weeks ago, 7:09 PM

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I really like

that streamlight scorpion light i have,very sturdy and brite and it can go in a 1 inch weapon mount,it uses 2 lithium batteries and it's good for an hour or so,i have been looking at getting a TLR-2 as a weapon light tho.

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4 years 41 weeks ago, 7:45 AM

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1. The Streamlight Scorpion and most other incandescent (standard-bulbed) lights are not shock-isolated...the recoil and/or rough handling can break the bulb easily, especially after it's been heated. Dedicated incandescent weapon lights should be shock--isolated (SureFire Classic, Glock GT, etc.).

2. I strongly prefer remote switches on weapon lights. The SureFire X200 (still available aftermarket) and the X300 can use a remote switch called the DG (DevGru) switch....very compact and lo-snag; runs down the frontstrap. The longer 'rat-tail' flexible switches are not as durable.

3. My choice would be a SureFire X-series. The brand definitely costs more but in my experience it's worth it. I've had 6 (just 3 now) personally owned Classic (incandescent) 6v and 9v lights on various pistols and long guns....each has run flawlessly. Several guns at work have newer SureFire dedicated lights, and aside from some potatohead allowing the switch to remain depressed while the gun is stowed there have been zero problems with them.

Weapon lights are one thing I think you 'get what you pay for'....I've run several cheap or 'home-built' lights and each has failed in short order.

Lastly, several associates run the Glock brand pistol light....the bulbs break easily and are not easily replaced. It's not a bad light, but there are much more compact, bombproof, brighter lights. GO LED!!!!

4 years 41 weeks ago, 11:46 AM

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on pistol lights. The M3 and TLR-1 have roocker switches which work very well for me. If I depress the left side rocker with my support hand thumb, it's momentary, or I can depress the right side with my trigger finger as I draw or pickup the gun for constant on. I think the Surefire pistol rockers work the same way, but i haven't used them. The Glock switch has an ambidextrious switch which is momentary with a little pressure down on either side, and constant by depressing the switch all the way down. I don't like this feature because when you are under stress, a little pressure isn't likely to happen. You're gonna depress it all the way. There are also very few holsters that will accomodate the Glock with factory light. I really liked my M3 that I had on my G22. It's not metal like the other ones, but it was pretty bright with no spots or rings.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.

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