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Considering a weapon mounted light. Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by KiloBravo, May 22, 2011.


  1. KiloBravo

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    Let me preface this by saying I carry a standard surefire G2 with me everywhere I go. I will continue to do so regardless of what I decide to do next.

    I have been reading a lot of reviews and doing a good bit of research on the streamlight TLR-1 and have determined that is the light I will buy if I go this route. This will be for a new rtf2 G17. It is my new carry gun from now on.

    Anybody heard of any significant reliability issues with lights on the 9mm glocks? I realize every gun is different, but that seems to be more of an issue with the .40 cal glocks. I have checked on a holster from Bladetech to carry the new setup. But it states it is for a glock with a surefire x300. Does anybody know if it would work with this set up?

    Please keep the comments about what and how I want to carry to yourself. I am accustomed to carrying a full sized steel frame 1911 so weight and bulk do not bother me in the least.

    Thanks for any help in advance. :wavey:
     

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  2. dukeguy

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    I have a TLR-3 mounted on my G19, as well as a Polytac on my Rem 870. Both Streamlight products have been very reliable. I would also recommend Crown Holsters, if you're looking for a kydex holster. Customer service is exceptional, the quality is very good and the price is reasonable.

    http://www.crownholsters.com/store/
     

  3. KiloBravo

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    Awesome! I spoke to Chris from Crown Holsters earlier this evening. He is a super nice guy. I will be placing my order tomorrow.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  4. pisc1024

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    Hey,
    That’s the set up I run with my 17 and I have had no issues with it. I've probably put about 500 rounds through the gun with the light attached.
     
  5. Genin

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    My TLR-1 has seen about 1k rounds through it on 2 different G19s and it has been flawless. It also served on my 12 gauge for a while so I'd say it's a very robust light.
     
  6. swinokur

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    Insight M6X LED light laser on my G29SF. Surefire X300 on my G30. Surefire LED fore end light on my 870. No issues at all.
     
  7. tk_it_ez

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    I was planning on buying a tac light/laser combo until I had a chance to talk with 2) ex LEOs behind the gun counter at Cabelas.

    80% of their gun area employees are ex LEO and have years of experience ... at my local store anyway.

    Both of them made me think twice about having a tac light on a handgun though and that conversation really sticks in my mind.
    Whoa.....when I put myself in that position I agree 100%.

    They were also discussing several other advantages of carrying a small really bright light like a Surefire separate from your weapon.

    Such as:
    So I think I'm forgoing the taclight except.....the Streamlight Model TLR-2S
    has a strobe configuration that I think would do nicely in disorienting an opponent:
    http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=179

    Surefire's equivalent X400 model does not offer the strobe mode, and I think they are waaaay overpriced.

    I have little personal experience in the combo on a handgun, but since I'm crippled I'll use any advantage I can get, and a laser on my gun is close to being a necessity.

    I am a green laser proponent, but have heard they don't function well in cold weather and use a LOT more power to operate.
     
  8. cowboy1964

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    You can lay that light on the floor, roll it and sweep a room without making you the target.

    I'd love to hear from a pro on whether or not that is a recommended technique. Sounds pretty mall ninja to me. For example, wouldn't you be a target while you turn the light on, lay it on the floor, and roll it? Wouldn't it also be a disadvantage to not have the light anymore? Unless you want to expose yourself more while you retrieve it. etc. etc. etc. Why am I even discussing this?!!?

    Each light type has advantages and disadvantages. Read this:

    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/ayoob128.html
     
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    I think I know why they are EX LEO's...
     
  10. BlackPaladin

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    This same way of thinking makes its way around GT about every 4 months or so. I will say the same as was said the last time it went around "stupid thinking." Just because you have a weapon mounted light does NOT mean it has to be turned on. There is a good reason why current LE and military use these daily. I am not sure what kind of mall ninjas told you otherwise.

     
  11. Bilbo Bagins

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    So now your holding a light in another hand and that is going to prevent the bad guy from shooting at the light and hitting you? Whoa...The light is not under the barrel but a few inches to the left or right, so now I'm safe? Does it really matter?

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    Stobes can also distracting to not only the Badguy, but to the shooter if you are not careful. I have a TLR3 on my gun, basically so I will always have a light, in case I cannot find Fenix flashlight. Its better to have a BRIGHT flashlight with a strobe function only because handgun mounted lights are not that strong yet. my TLR-3 is 85 lums and great for ID'ing your target, and to find a badguy hiding in a dark corner, but having +200 lums flashlight makes it difficult for a bad guy to even look directly at you.
     
    #11 Bilbo Bagins, Oct 12, 2011
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