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Handheld flashlight options

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by cliffsta, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. cliffsta

    cliffsta Who, me?

    Dec 3, 2009
    Not looking to break the bank (The gun, holster, extra mags, mag holder, ammo and NRA membership already did that....) but I desire a small handheld flashlight to complement my G22 I just purchased. I prefer to NOT have a weapon-mounted light for several reasons, chiefly, everywhere my light is pointed, my muzzle is pointed.

    I have the good old-fashioned 12" Maglight but its pretty unwieldy in combination with my gun (using the FBI and Harries techniques) though it works for now (and its a great melee weapon, too) I have a dollar-store special LED light in my car but its not what I want to use in conjunction with home/self defense.

    Looking at the TL-2 by Streamlight its around $75 or so. Is this what I'm going to have to spend on a handheld LED tactical-style flashlight? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    MidwayUSA occasionally has clearance sales on lights, and I bought a Surefire G-3 for $30 a couple of years ago. It puts out a strong beam that would blind an assailant. It uses the Lithium batteries but I've still got the original ones that came with it and they're still going strong. Excellent for outdoors and illuminating dark areas.

    I also have a small LINK carabiner light that has a lesser beam but is smaller in size. It takes one AA battery and in more than a year I've only replaced the battery once even though I take it with me on my nightly walks. It has a high and low beam with easy on/off options. It sells in the $17-$20 range.

    From reading various threads it seems there are a lot of good choices in lights available.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012

  3. Butcher

    Butcher NRA Life Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    Fenix. Can't go wrong. I carry a TK21 as my primary light, TK15 as a backup, and a spare battery. I end up loaning my backup to my partner more than having to use it in case of failure of the primary lol (it never fails!). Also I use a PD30 off duty.

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  4. Butcher

    Butcher NRA Life Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    Oh sorry, check Amazon for decent prices on most tactical lights. Especially if you are a prime member and get free 2-day shipping

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  5. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    Fenix is what you desire.
  6. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    200 Lumen Led array, single AA cell. Focus from about 10 foot square at 150/200 feet, to general flood. $7 off ebay, free shipping. I have 4. Fantastic.

    I just received a 3800 Lumen flashlight W/Led Array. Uses two or three (choice for battery life) from 18650 Lithium rechargables (5 A Hr). Three functions, low, high, strobe output. Comes with 3 batteries and charger.

    $46. Free shipping from NJ.

    Your hand can feel the heat in the beam. The third battery is removable along with the adapter to shorten the light length.

    Short of a laser, it's great.

    Very good lights out there.
  7. NoShow


    Jul 24, 2008

    Both have lots of lights. Fenix is a great brand. I carry a LD10 daily. Takes one double a battery and does 140 lumens. These are real lumens not this fake crap off eBay. Eagletac is another great brand along with Olight.
  8. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    If one shops around for around $30 one can find a Fenix or Olight that will is rated for 100 lumens or more that will be as or nearly as bright as a Maglight.
  9. PEC-Memphis

    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Doh ?
    I have a Streamlight TL-2, Insight H2X, Surefire (single mode LED - cant remember the model), several Maglight LEDs and assorted Princeton Tec headlights.....

    .... but by far the handiest, most used, flashlight that I own is a ~$24 Streamlight Stylus Pro.
  10. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    When I walk the farm at night I actually rely on my handheld tac light to keep me safe. I use a Fenix TK-11. It is one of the best handheld lights in the world, today; AND it doesn't cost a fortune. (Very well made, too!)

    Because I'm often alone I, also, prefer to use a handheld tac light, and do NOT want my muzzle and the light to always be pointing in the same direction. Here's a, 'killer tac light' that I consider to be state-of-the-art; (and, again, it doesn't cost a fortune!)

    [ame=""] Fenix TK21 468 Lumens LED Flashlight: Sports & Outdoors@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]
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  11. Lior


    Jul 23, 2004
    My Surefire Aviator A2 has been giving me a decade of excellent service. Three LEDs for general orientation and a Xenon for high power - very effective in stopping dog attacks during nighttime cross country runs.
  12. Shipwreck-The-Sequel

    Shipwreck-The-Sequel Beretta 92 Nut!

    May 11, 2010
    Hockey City, Texas
    I was up to about 30 LED lights recently - sold a few as my "collection" just sorta sat there, with me just using about 5 of them regularly.

    For every day carry, my two favorites are the Eagletac P20C2 MK II, and the slightly larger T20C2 MK II.

    I own many Eagletac lights, including two T20's. What I like is that as new tech comes out - you just change out the LED module for around $28 - you needn't buy an entirely new light.

    T20C2 MKII is here: - The newest version is the XM-L U2 COOL - 770 Lumen (at emitter)/620 actual out the front lumens for $89.99

    P20C2 MK II is here: - The XM-L T6 High COOL version is 720 Lumen (at emitter)/524 actual out the front lumens for $73.99.

    The P20 is a little more pocket friendly - slightly smaller reflector. AWESOME amount of flood. The T20 throws a bit further.
  13. mwcky2204


    Jul 5, 2012
    Dot, KY

    any more info on this 3800 lumen flashlight?

  14. bikerdog


    Feb 11, 2009
    Ill throw in another vote for fenix. I own 3 of then and they are great. For edc the pd32 is awesome.

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  15. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    Surefure G2's go on sale cheap if you keep an eye out. I much prefer the incandescant to the LED for a tac light, but if it will double as a task light the LED saves batteries.

    I personally carry a E2E daily, it is a great light, but is significantly more expensive than the G2 or 6P.

    I have a a couple 6P's and G2's and they are a great value for the money.
  16. cliffsta

    cliffsta Who, me?

    Dec 3, 2009
    Well I sprung for the Fenix E11 for $26 shipped via Amazon

    I figure, if it doesn't do what I want handheld in conjunction with the G22, then it'll be a great nightstand flashlight when I don't feel like lugging around the 4D MagLite. :workout:

    Plus in Louisiana, you can never have enough flashlights...

  17. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006


    I'm using it for a couple of days now and it is AMAZING. Don't know how long the batteries last but the ad says 4 hours.

    One ad I read said to not look into the beam (up close) will cause eye injury. At a few feet it is safe, but astoundingly bright even at a few hundred feet. Really built well.
  18. carbuncle

    carbuncle is not cool.

    May 27, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    My streamlight ProTac 1 was about 40 bucks shipped, and it's pretty much equal to my Surefire 6P LED but more versatile.

    Sent from my T-Mobile G2 using Tapatalk 2


    Feb 1, 2006
    S.A. TEXAS
    If that doesn't work try the surefire fury ......:steamed:
  20. Shipwreck-The-Sequel

    Shipwreck-The-Sequel Beretta 92 Nut!

    May 11, 2010
    Hockey City, Texas
    Just so you know, Trustfire is well known for over estimating their lumens.

    I can say that the Trustfire is putting out 1000 lumens max, and my best guess is that its about 800-850 actual out the front lumens.

    Don't get me wrong - that is a lot of light, and I have a Jetbeam that is around that light output range. I LOVE the output of my jetbeam. VERY bright, and not that huge.

    But I also have a 2200 lumen Fenix TK70. The light is HUGE. It's well known to be one of the brightest LEDs out there, and actually puts out 2200 lumens (has 3 LEDS to do it). There is no way you are getting 3800 out of the Trustfire
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2012