Budget lithium powered flashlight


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WhoKnowsWho
January 1, 2003, 10:11 PM
I want to get a strong flashlight for mounting onto my wife's shotgun when she gets it, but there are so many out there. I need suggestions for a good budget priced one, so preferably less than $60 and mountable. Thanks!

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Jeff White
January 2, 2003, 12:35 AM
I'm afraid that this is going to be a hard order to fill. You can buy the Insight M3s for around $60 but I know people who have had less then good luck mounting them on AR15s. I'd be hard pressed to recommend one for a shotgun.

It would be cheaper in the long run to buy a Surefire. A standard 6v weapons light with a universal mount to the tube magazine would probably set you back around $100 as long as you stayed with the pushbutton tailcap. About $40 more then you wanted to spend, but cheaper then replacing lamp units at $12-15 a pop.

Jeff

agony
January 2, 2003, 12:39 AM
Would the Streamlight Scorpion or the rubberized Surefire fit the bill? Those are available under the $50 mark.

WhoKnowsWho
January 2, 2003, 03:35 AM
I saw and ad and price for that Scorpion, that's what made me post a question, I don't want to get stung. :)

Jeff White
January 2, 2003, 03:52 AM
I am afraid you'll be disappointed if you mount a regular flashlight on a shotgun. The Scorpion and the regular Surefires don't have shock isolated bezels. The Surefire weaponslight bodies also have a ridge inside to keep your battery stick from sliding into the lamp unit one recoil.

Some people have had pretty good luck mounting a flashlight on a weapon, but in most cases you need at least the shock isolated bexel to protect the lamp unit.

You may be able to find a Surefire 6P for about $50 add the shock isolated bezel and use a more economically priced mount like a Tac Star and bring your project in for $80 or so and have a light you'll be able to shoot with some confidence.

Jeff

eap
January 2, 2003, 06:09 PM
tacstar will be the cheap route if you don't mind lesser quality and a switch velcroed somewhere on the weapon and a coil cord tht can hang up on stuff.

the surefire integrated forend is really the best way to go for a shotgun. the lamp is shock isolated and there is a ridge to keep the batteries from slamming into the lamp like jeff white mentioned. if you do your homework you can get one for around $165. www.strategosinternational.com will be your best price with coupon code "186thousand".

they will have the best price on any surefire for that matter, the coupon code will get you %10 off the price on their site. orders over $50 shipped free. excellent company to deal with.

Kevlarman
January 2, 2003, 09:05 PM
The Scorpion is a nice lithium flashlight, about half the price of a Surefire. However, I'm not so sure as to its ability to mount onto weapons.

There is a light called the TACMIII that is sort of a Surefire clone. About as bright and rugged, but a little bit cheaper.

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