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Urban_Viking
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Posted: 2/15/2012 9:07:54 AM
Looking for input on a weapon light. I would prefer something that isn't ridiculously expensive.
Something for a carbine/shotgun.

Thanks
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Posted: 2/15/2012 10:37:42 AM
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I am a big fan of the Streamlight TLR-1. If you have a picatinny section you can clamp it to that. It also clamps on to most rails on pistols. I screwed a short section of picatinny to the fore end to my shotgun to mount one. I used an adapter similar to this to mount on a carbine. I like where this places the light and it removes the need for a railed forend. I like this combination with an MOE handguard. It is fairly inexpensive, and comfortable to use.

There is a combo TLR-1/ Bayonet adapter here but it is from Botach, so buy at your own risk. THe combo with the single rail is what I would get. It looks like they have free shipping right now. You won't find a better deal on that light combined with a bayonet adapter anywhere else, but I would call and make sure it is in stock if you are going to order it.
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Posted: 2/15/2012 4:32:43 PM
I have a friend who has had one of these for a couple years and it has been very durable. Primary Arms Weapon Light
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Posted: 2/15/2012 6:21:21 PM
I second the TLR-1. Best bang for the buck in my opinion. I believe i own 4 or 5 of them on pistols and shotguns. Its very bright and i dig the metal contruction.

I also own 2 Surefire scout lights which are over 3 times the price of a TLR-1 and honestly for the average joe you wont see a difference.
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Posted: 2/15/2012 8:55:11 PM
I have and like the Fenix TK11. Lower level of light (but still bright) for close range and a quick twist of the bezel and you have a very bright light.

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Posted: 2/15/2012 9:34:17 PM
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Newbie here, I'm in the same boat. Just built a Stag and put an optic on it, now I need a light. I know you don't wanna skimp when it comes to something that you might stake your life on but I don't wanna spend hundreds of dollars.

ETA: Guess I shouda check the Primary Arms link before I posted, Primary is the company I went with for the optic.
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Posted: 2/15/2012 9:47:47 PM
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Inforce WML. I bought one and really like it. 3 modes, High ~125 lumens, Low ~30 lumens, Strobe (which can be disabled). 1 button, built it mount, no tool install. Runs on 1 CR123 battery.
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Posted: 2/15/2012 10:07:21 PM
Originally Posted By blt-2-drg:
I second the TLR-1. Best bang for the buck in my opinion. I believe i own 4 or 5 of them on pistols and shotguns. Its very bright and i dig the metal contruction.


Same here. I've got 5 of 'em on everything from CZ-75's to ARs. They are VERY well-made for the money.

My only complaint is that the teeter-totter switch tends to turn itself on when the gun is in a soft case. Rounding off the switch's sharp edges with a Dremel Tool solves that issue.

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Posted: 2/15/2012 10:10:44 PM
Another vote for the Streamlight TLR series of lights. I have two TLR1-s and a TLR3, and have been pleased with them. In fact, I'm selling my Surefire 951 and 962 lights so I can buy a TLR2 for my other AR. Their small size, nice beams, and reasonable price tag make them a solid solution.
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Posted: 2/15/2012 11:41:10 PM
I stand by my TLR-1. I've put over 300+ rounds with it on my M&P 9mm and have yet to have a problem.
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Posted: 2/16/2012 12:45:46 AM
TLR again. It gets the job done in most cases, on the most weapons, and for most budgets. DannerTrax
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Posted: 2/16/2012 1:05:44 AM
Is the TLR-2 really a good option for a carbine? How far does the beam throw? I do like the the laser is already in the same package.
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Posted: 2/16/2012 1:22:35 AM
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Long guns have G2 LED's and tritium sights. Pistols have TLR-1's (shorter runtime, I believe) and tritium sights.











Old rifle setup, switched it out because the runtime was under an hour:

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Posted: 2/16/2012 1:36:57 AM
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TLR-1s, etc. are great solutions for pistols. I've had the back plate of a TLR-1 break off while mounted on a carbine. The trigger guard on a pistol helps protect the back plate when mounted on a pistol. When on a rifle, it tends to be more exposed. I'd avoid using a TLR-1 on a rifle.


On rifles, I use:
-Surefire G2 LED
-Surefire M961 ($100-$150 + 200 lumen $20 LED drop in bulb)

You can find great deals on E-Bay or in the EE.


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Posted: 2/16/2012 9:07:16 AM
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Thanks all
I think the Streamlight TLR-1 looks about right for me.
So, one more question

Has anyone used a standard light mount on a shotgun? I am talking about the kind that just clamps over the shell tube/barrel and has a round compression clamp for a light?
I have a pretty decent small tac light that would be perfect for my shotgun, but I am wary of some of the light mounts I have seen. Some of them just don't look like they would have enough tension to hold the light in place.

Any suggestions?

BTW thanks again for all the help. It seems kind of ironic that I am asking these questions in the SF rather than one of the main forums.... but you all have always been more helpful...
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Posted: 2/16/2012 12:59:12 PM
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A ridiculously simple and cheap solution for a carbine is the Elzetta mount.

I use mine with a surefire G2. One bonus, it has a quick release to remove the flashlight if I want it.
I also like the fact that I do not have to have a button mounted on my rifle.

They also make a shotgun mount.

They are also a site supporter (check the industry forum).

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Posted: 2/16/2012 7:01:22 PM
Originally Posted By Urban_Viking:
Thanks all
I think the Streamlight TLR-1 looks about right for me.
So, one more question

Has anyone used a standard light mount on a shotgun? I am talking about the kind that just clamps over the shell tube/barrel and has a round compression clamp for a light?
I have a pretty decent small tac light that would be perfect for my shotgun, but I am wary of some of the light mounts I have seen. Some of them just don't look like they would have enough tension to hold the light in place.

Any suggestions?

BTW thanks again for all the help. It seems kind of ironic that I am asking these questions in the SF rather than one of the main forums.... but you all have always been more helpful...


I used a Surefire flashlight in a Vltor Scout mount on my 12ga with no problems at all. I put some red locktite on it and it never budged after 2 years of use.

The Vltor mount is not a 1 piece clamp/mount so you'll need a clamp on the shotgun. I used a Nordic barrel clamp which comes with a small rail.

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Posted: 2/16/2012 7:13:12 PM
I just got my Klarus XT11 and holy crap nugget is this thing amazing. It is bright as eff and throws a decent beam too. I really like having the ability to activate the strobe with one click. It is an amazing light and I would recommend it to anyone. Can't wait to get it mounted to my predatAR.
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Posted: 2/16/2012 8:44:40 PM
All my weapons that have lights have Streamlight TLR-1's. Mainly because they are reasonably priced and durable. I also use EOTech's XPS sights on my AR's and they use the same battery. Battery commonality is a good thing.
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Posted: 2/17/2012 9:12:48 PM


How do you have the light mounted to the AK47
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Posted: 2/17/2012 9:25:23 PM
I bolted a short rail section to the handguard, then attached a Leupold QRW 1" ring to the light.

If you look carefully, you'll notice that I screwed up drilling the holes for the rail section, so the light points down just a tiny bit. I don't usually mess up like that, but it's close enough that I haven't bothered fixing it or swapping the handguard.
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Posted: 2/19/2012 6:32:40 PM
Would there be any reason to not get the TLR-1S instead of the TLR-1 when I can get it for the same price? I am getting it for a G-19. I wasn't really interested in the strobe feature but they are essentially the same price. Thanks.
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Posted: 2/19/2012 7:09:07 PM
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Would there be any reason to not get the TLR-1S instead of the TLR-1 when I can get it for the same price? I am getting it for a G-19. I wasn't really interested in the strobe feature but they are essentially the same price. Thanks.


Having been on the receiving end of a TRL1S, during a weekend of force on force training...there's a reason I own serveral of them.
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Posted: 2/19/2012 7:40:04 PM
Urban Viking,

I have an extra M951....

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Posted: 2/19/2012 7:45:39 PM
TNVC has a wicked little mod that converts an M951 into a 600 Lumen freaking torch from hell!

It is on my must buy list for this next OT check!
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Posted: 2/21/2012 12:29:31 AM
It's hard to beat the TRL-1 for a handgun.

I run Surefire G2's and GL2's on my long guns.

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