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Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by clarson_75, May 23, 2013.

  1. clarson_75


    Mar 25, 2010
    Not that long ago I changed my 23 out for a 20sf. Last week the flashlight that I edc died. I was wondering if anyone made a flashlight that snaps into place on the rail. I was hoping to find something that I can carry in my pocket or on my belt, since I use the light a lot. Then if I needed to could just slide onto the rail of the 20 to have both my hands on the gun.
  2. Inebriated


    Feb 20, 2012
    The last thing I want to do when I'm in a situation where I need my gun, is shove my hand in front of the muzzle to put the light on.

    I'd suggest learning some techniques regarding light/pistol manipulation, and do some one-handed shooting practice.

    Probably not the answer you're looking for, but just my couple pennies.

  3. clarson_75


    Mar 25, 2010
    I'm not saying i want to attach the light to my gun in the middle of a firefight, but if i get home and my door is kicked in I would like to be able to have a light and have both hands on the gun.
  4. MikeG21

    MikeG21 Not a doctor

    May 8, 2013
    Sorry, this kinda seems silly to me as well.

    But to answer your question-

    I'm not aware of any light that "snaps" on. Most lights "slide" on and are tightened. The TLR-1 is pretty easy to take on/off in under 4 seconds. Can't vouch for other lights...
  5. Glockster_James

    Glockster_James Man W/ A Badge

    Nov 26, 2002
    Aberdeen, WA
    Sounds like what you want is going to be a Surefire X300. You can slide on/off anytime, just need to pull down on the tab and slide off to take it off.

    Having said that, many will advise that you still need to identify your target prior to pointing a loaded gun at them so a dedicated weapon mounted light may not be favored by everyone. I for one use a dedicated light at home and still have my handheld light that I carry with me and also use.

    Get both a handheld and weapon mounted light and train train train.
  6. plouffedaddy


    Apr 1, 2011
    APL gets my vote---great mounting system and you can turn it on 'safe' so it doesn't activate in your pocket. Here's my review:

    [ame=""]Inforce APL (Auto Pistol Light) 200 Lumen Weapon Light Review (HD) - YouTube[/ame]
  7. Gonetodarkside

    Gonetodarkside owl protector

    Feb 7, 2006
    Blackhawk builds one which works in conjunction with a proprietary SERPA holster.

    I have the old school Streamlight m6 on my night stand gun.
  8. clarson_75


    Mar 25, 2010
    thanks for those examples. they both look like they will work. Glockster James, i'm not looking for a dedicated pistol light. like i said before, i want something with a quick attachment so i can carry it in my pocket and use it when i need it. If a situation would ever arise where i felt the need to draw my gun, i could just snap it on the rail and keep both hands on the grip.
  9. Ryobi

    Ryobi SummertimeRules

    May 10, 2002
    Not much use for a mounted light for ccw. If you use one, have a dedicated light, such as a tlr-1. Mounting a light to a loaded gun under stress equals fail. If you have that much time, you probably need a cellphone more than a gun.
  10. Glockster_James

    Glockster_James Man W/ A Badge

    Nov 26, 2002
    Aberdeen, WA
    Didn't mean dedicated as in permanent attached. Dedicated as in that's the purpose of a weapon mount light, designed to be weapon mounted, not hand held, though it can be used that way (hence the reason I suggested what I did). If you research the Surefire X300 you'll find that it's one of the best slide on/off lights out there. TLR series are great too for the money, but you've got to tighten them down (using up even more time in a gun fight). Never tried the one from Blackhawk because for the money you can get better and brighter lights.

    For what it's worth, there is a reason people run their guns with a light attached constantly or they use a hand held light instead.
  11. Mr. S

    Mr. S

    Apr 11, 2006
    Lancaster, PA
  12. RayB

    RayB Retired Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Glock has long offered a magazine floor plate with a ring for mounting a flashlight... Original Glock Model 17 10 Round Magazine with Bottom Flashlight Adapter

    I suppose, you could dedicate one magazine for bedside duty.

    I have no issue sweeping an intruder with my weapon mounted light. If it ain't the wife or the dog, it don't belong here!

    Besides, you can flash-light an entire room by skipping the beam off the ceiling.