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Streamlight Polytac Review

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by plouffedaddy, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy

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    I bought my Polytac primarily because it was cheap a while back and I've been using if for a couple years now; here's a quick summary of my findings thus far.

    Pros:
    -Cost. The light can be had for under $35 shipped.
    -Uses relatively common CR123 batteries.
    -Fits in common 1'' mounts.
    -It works. So far I all the Polytacs I own have kept on ticking even with use on rifles and shotguns.
    -130 C4 LED output. It's a nice white light with a good peripheral cone.
    -Has o rings to seal out water on both the tail cap and lens cap.
    -Lightweight. Weighs 4.1oz with batteries.
    -Comes in black, coyote, and bright yellow.

    Cons:
    -1 of the 3 I lights I have flickers slightly under recoil (can be seen at the beginning of the video below). Is it a huge issue for SD/HD? Maybe. I really doubt I'd ever shoot in the dark with the light off in a HD/SD situation but for use with night vision devices it's a different story.
    -It's not as bright as some lights on the market.
    Here's a video with some shooting/testing, a night time comparison between a 104 lumen Maglite and a Surefire 6PX Tactical, followed by a discussion of the light:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DABfAsNUVKM"]Streamlight Polytac Light Review (HD) - YouTube[/ame]
     
  2. bmoore

    bmoore

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    Under a regime.
    I and many friends have used them on the fire engine and medic units for quite a while. They are good to go for sure.