Recommend me a light for my nightstand gun

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  1. drifter2be

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    After years of keeping a surefire E2D in my nightstand next to my HD gun I've decided to finally go with a pistol-mounted light.

    The gun I am going to be mounting it to is a Springfield XD-M 4.5

    What I am looking at right now is the Streamlight TLR-3, seems like a really good price (found it for $73 shipped on amazon) and I know Streamlight makes good quality products (I have a Stinger LED that I have dropped hundreds of times at work and still works perfectly). Any other recommendations? I would really prefer something that doesn't stick out very far past the end of the barrel.
     
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    Agreed
     
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    Slight twist … TLR-1 HL
     
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    I have two pistols in my house wearing TLR-1s lights. One is the older 200 lumen model, the other is the newer 300 lumen. I use the 200 lumen on my bedside piece.

    I find a 600+ lumen light to be too bright in the house, light up a close white wall and your vision is significantly affected. The TLR-1 HL would make a fine choice for something used outdoors where one is less likely to light up a close light colored object.
     
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    Agree with that Bronco. But I have a long hallway and I try to not direct aim "light up a close white wall". Best to use the periphery of the light on the wall. While I don't intend to do search and clearing of outside areas, it is good if I have to walk outside and look around. Also it probably is only 600 lumens when the battery is brand new.

    Even though it is on a handgun that is my primary HD gun, it also gets used as b/u gun in the field, especially when I am bowhunting. So the extra lumens and distance can come in handy outdoors.
     
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    Good light for indoor use or out side.


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    Zerodefect I feel pretty.

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    Surefire XC1.

    It's a good flood light.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Are you wanting a laser also? If so I'd say TLR-2
     
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    Surefire are good lights but they are so pricey
     
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    I'm interested in the XC1, but at almost 3x the price of other good lights, I can't justify it.
     
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    Another vote for one of the versions of the Streamlight TLR-1. I own several, have owned them for years, and they've been problem-free, even when stored/used in extreme temperatures (-30F to 100+F). The TLR-2 is also a good choice, but you lose the option to use certain holsters when you go with the laser option (it adds bulk to the bottom of the light's body).

    The TLR-3 is a decent light, and more compact than the TLR-1 (which many folks want), but the plastic body rail can crack if you over-tighten the mounting screw. I was very careful with mine, but it was on-and-off several pistols on a regular basis, and eventually, despite my extra care during mounting, it cracked. You also give up quite a bit of light by going with the smaller TLR-3, and batteries can be a little harder to find locally (if that is a concern for you; it was for me). Due to the plastic body, I won't recommend these for serious uses any more, but I still understand their appeal.
     
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    TLR1 HL or x300u
     
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    Another Light question.
    I recently assembled a Glock 23 with an osprey 40 silencer.
    Any suggestions on a light that will not interfere with the octagonal shape of the silencer?
     
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    Sorry OP and Bronco. I messed up my input here by confusing my 2 lights I have on different guns.

    I only have the TLR 3 model on my G23 bedside gun (and sometime carry in the field gun). With 1 battery only, it is shorter and lighter and I like that size on the compact size G23. To Bronco's point, it is only 5300 candela and 125 lumens, not 600+ lumens. This has seemed like plenty of light in and around the house.

    The other posters recos's of one of the std. non HL TLR-1's for your night stand gun is a good intermediate (300 lumens) and gives you double the run time, if you don't mind the extra length and weight with 2 batteries.

    The TLR-1HL I recommended is on my full size gun that gets used more in the field. With its 2 batteries, longer length, and couple ounces more, I think it fits better on full size gun than compact. I agree with Bronco that 600 lumens are not needed for inside the house use.
     
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    True, but it's the last light you'll need. Nothing else will last in my kydex holster. I've killed all kinds of chinese lights.
     
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    [​IMG]

    The osprey isn't that fat.
     
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