Weapon Light opinions


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argosarms
August 26, 2010, 01:39 PM
Any opinions on experience with Viridian, SureFire, or Insight Tech. weapon lights or light/laser combos?

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MrCleanOK
August 26, 2010, 02:06 PM
What kind of weapon do you intend to put a light on, and what are you going to use it for? We need more information from you before we can give you any kind of meaningful feedback.

argosarms
August 26, 2010, 03:13 PM
Sorry for not enough info. Primarily handguns; Glock 19 and 23. Sig 2340 if I can get a compatible
mount for the Sig specific rail (I have that for the SureFire already).

MrCleanOK
August 27, 2010, 10:40 AM
For transposed-battery pistol-type lights, I've used SureFire X300 and Streamlight TLR-1. The SF beats the Streamlight on quality of construction, and ergonomics. Dimensions are about the same, with the SF being a little longer, and the Streamlight being a little fatter. I can strongly recommend the SF X300, but the Streamlight TLR-1 will do if you're on a budget. I've had customer service dealings with both companies, and SF is by far easier to deal with. No experience with Viridian or Insight.

P.shooter
August 27, 2010, 02:46 PM
Streamlight TLR-1 fits my P229 just fine, if that's the same rail.

argosarms
August 27, 2010, 04:55 PM
Thanks so far. I should also have added that I currently have a SF X200, but understand that the SF X300/X400 has newer and brighter technology, but also the SF products are more expensive than others.

MinnMooney
August 29, 2010, 11:59 AM
Can't say enough that's good about Surefire. They are dependable, bright and reasonably priced. No experiance with the other brands except in the store so that really doesn't count.

Mags
August 29, 2010, 01:02 PM
Lights are fine on handguns, the light/laser combo I don't really care for.

1. The laser on light/laser combos are normally positioned under the light a good inch away from the bore axis.

2. Too many switches on light/laser combos IMHO.

Maybe use your Surefire on the rail and get some Crimson Trace laser grips, they are much more closer to your bore axis and are activated by your normal hand positioning.

But after reading up on lasers on handguns I don't think they are for me and can become a crutch if you start looking for the dot over a good sight picture. Alot of posts on lasers in this forum tend to lean that lasers are great for odd shooting positions but a hinderance when irons are quicker in other situations.

I guess they're nice to have when you need them but I think everyone can get by without them.

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