Hello and thanks for running such an awesome and informative site!
I am a new member, and new to the AR world, although I have grown up with guns of various types.
I wanted to avoid redundancy of topic, so I searched through the database for answers and read about 100000 discussions over the last few weeks about weapon lights. I found a lot of comparisons between surefire and "brand x". It appears that the surefire has a strong following in the gun world, however, I am more interested in "value" and not necessarily brand recognition. I have reviewed many lights over the past month, including Surefire, Streamlight (which I own in the stinger hand held version), Insight, Fenix, and most recently, Elzetta. There are many varying "personal" opinions on the brands, but very few posts comparing all the brands in one section on the forum.
From what I read, very few reviews on the Elzetta are out, although I am not sure if this is because they are relatively new (2007), or unpopular.
I am interested in getting your take on the reasons to buy the light of your preference. Surefire, while durable, seems a bit expensive when one considers that streamlight, elzetta, and fenix are all comparable in quality from a lumens, construction, battery, and size standpoint. I would like to start this thread to incorporate all the brands into one review.
I will be receiving my first AR in a few months, and I wold like to get a light that:
Has at least 200 lumens
CR123 batteries (2-3)
ability to strobe is not a nec. since i can maually strobe with momentary push button
variable tail cap which will allow you to twist for brightness...don't particular want a click, click, click, style for brightness adjustments.
tail cap that has a momentary on, and then click to on/off
available pressure pad attachment
preferably able to take it off the weapon mount and carry in my hand when scouting
Thanks in advance for the responses and for the great forum.