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which tactical light

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by win, May 16, 2012.

  1. win

    win

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    Looking for a tactical light for under a $100 or so.
    Is the streamlight m3 good? Is it better to spend more and go with LED?
    thanks
     
  2. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    LED vs incandescant is not really a big issue. How often are you going to use your WML? I flash mine a few times a month for less than a second or two just to verify it works. I prefer incandescant light for tac light usage.

    My 870P has a Surefire foreend on it that is incandescant. My P220 has a TLR-1 LED on it.

    I have been happy with both. When I bought the Surefire shotgun foreend they were not offering the LED versions.

    I would recommend stepping up to the TLR-1. The M3 just seems cheap to me. For $30 bucks I would step up. The TLR-1 is tough as nails. The SWAT team at my dept has issued the TLR-1's for years and they hold up to duty use no problem. It would last 25+ years as a HD weapon light.
     

  3. ive used the m3 and m3x in the past and never had issues with them. they were issued by the military and held up ok.
     
  4. ijacek

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    LED would be the way to go. You will have longer battery life and the light element is not as fragile. TLR-1 seams like the light for you. If you can spend a little more, look into the Insight Technologies, I have a Procyon 150 and it is very good light. If you want to get the best, hands down SureFire X300.
     
  5. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    Surefire 6PX. Pro model on Amazon for about $80.
     
  6. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

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    Need you guys to dumb it down for me. I check online and there are about 20 versions of every light out there. TLR-1 had multiple item numbers. Any links or specific model / brands would be appreciated. Thanks
    Edit: I mistakenly thought this was a thread about rail mounted tac lights. Any suggestion on those?

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  7. Lampshade

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  8. K. Foster

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    You definitely want a LED. Much more shock resistant and longer run time. If you mean weapon mounted, the TLR1 is a good choice. For hand held, a 6P or G2X.
     
  9. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

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    Thanks Lamp


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  10. ronin.45

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    Tlr-1 would be my choice too.
     
  11. win

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    I do like the TLR-1. Have any of you tried the TLR-3?
    thanks
     
  12. Glock40man

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    A friend of mine has one, he likes it.
     
  13. carbuncle

    carbuncle is not cool.

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    I like my Surefire 6P and 6P LED, but I have my eye on the Streamlight TLR1, TLR4 and Pro Tac 1 too.
     
  14. i just got an insight WL1-AA light. its a bit more at $150 but uses AA batteries and is an LED with a strobe feature.

    for handhelds, i prefer the Greg McGee Engineering C3-907. its brighter than my surefire 6P and uses 1 AA battery. and it only cost $25.this is my EDC light, one in my pocket, one in my truck and another in my 72hr kit.

    after i quit getting the CR123s from the military and had to pay for them, i wanted AAs again. with todays technology, there really is no reason not to use the cheaper, more readily available batteries and get at least the same performance.
     
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  15. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    TLR-1s, I think this is the best around $100 tac light, good light with strobe and good value









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  16. rich52us

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    Botac is having a sale on streamlight.
     
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  17. WoodenPlank

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    Assuming you ever GET your order from them.
     
  18. go good led. My streamlight Strion led was in your range and rocks! Love that its rechargable to boot.
     
  19. mark olindale

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    I prefer LED, but the M3 is a pretty good buy. I had one for awhile and it was very durable and preformed as expected. As some of the other members have mentioned, the TLR-1 would be the better investment of the two if you can raise your budget a little.
     
  20. rich52us

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    I've had no problems ordering from them over the past couple of years.