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Advice for a rail light

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by tlakidd, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. tlakidd

    tlakidd Eugene Member

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    I am looking to mount a light on the front of my Sig 226. Have never mounted a light on gun before so I am looking for advise on what light to go with. Want to decide on the light before I decide on a holster. Price limit is $200 or less. Recommendations?
    Thanks
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Streamlight TLR-1 seems to be the most suggested on here.

    Streamlight and Surefire are my goto lights for non diving use.
     
  3. Dirvo85

    Dirvo85 SnoCo, WA New Member

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    I would go for the new Surefire X300 Ultra. Whenever I pop on a Full Size gun (rather than a compact or midsize) this will be my first light purchase. What's not to like about 500 lumesn?
     
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  4. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    X300 or X300U, you'll find more holsters for this light then others out there, it's in the budget and one of if not the best out there.
     
  5. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Backscatter would be a the big one. Like any other tool there is a right way and a wrong way to use it. Brighter does not always = better. This is super easy to prove. When was the last time you drove in heavy fog, had your high beams on and wished you could add more bright light to it?

    Outdoors for the most part brighter is usually better. Now change that to an indoor setting where you have light colored walls and other reflective surfaces. The higher the power the light is the increase in backscatter meaning you can actually make conditions worse for you also. How about if you are outside and it is snowing heavy, you turn on your bright light. What will happen to all that light?

    I am not saying your choice is right or wrong. I am saying you need to understand the advantages and disadvantages in any tool you choose.
     
  6. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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  7. SVT-ROY

    SVT-ROY Tigard Resident Beretta guru

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    Trl-1 is a great light but the mounting system is lacking, kept popping off my 92A1. Although ergonomics are better than the x300, the surefire is slightly better quality, and mounts solid with quick on/off access.
     
  8. Rich7944

    Rich7944 Kent, Wa. Active Member

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    I added the TRL-1 on my M&P Pro and it fits flush and super bright with easy to use on/off switch. Only paid $80 for it.
     
  9. Dirvo85

    Dirvo85 SnoCo, WA New Member

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    I've not actually used the surefire X300u. I have, however, seen several videos on the interwebs. I know that you can't say for sure how great something is without testing it first hand but from what I've seen the x300u appears fine for indoor use.

    I currently have two TLR-3's for my m&p compact and AR (originally for the m&p but going to add to the AR until funds can be set aside for a nice light, mount, and rail). I know one of my TLR-3's is over a 100 lumens and I don't find the back splash to be a problem. Now if you jack that up 400 lumens I can see how it might be. Until I test it the jury's still out.

    I appreciate the thought provocation. Back splash inside is not even something I was or would've been thinking about.
     
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  10. Dinged

    Dinged Portland, OR Active Member

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    I use a Streamlight TLR-1 on my duty gun, fired well over 800 rounds, no issues whatsoever except it's getting a little dirty. Holds on nice and tight, battery life is okay, nice and bright and can handle the rigors of shooting and being holstered/unholstered. Definitely want to buy one for my personal gun. Retail is like $100 as well, so not too bad.