May 8, 2012, 06:36 PM
I tried searching for "G2X" info here in the shotgun section but information on it is scant to non-existent.
Does anyone have a G2X mounted on a shotgun that they have fired with it on? If so, how did it hold up?
It's not a "weapons light" per se and I wish i could afford one at this time but I can't.
So I'd love to hear from anyone here who is using a G2X on their 12 gauge.
May 8, 2012, 09:44 PM
It will definitely handle 5.56 NATO recoil out of an AR, but that isn't saying much. The streamlight tlr-3 Fred Fuller linked in your other thread is essentially the same price, and it is known to handle 12ga recoil. You could always beta test the G2x on a 12ga for us though. ;)
May 8, 2012, 11:00 PM
The streamlight tlr-3 Fred Fuller linked in your other thread is essentially the same price, and it is known to handle 12ga recoil. You could always beta test the G2x on a 12ga for us though.
See that's the thing. I set a price range of $50-$65 for whichever light I buy.
The TLR-3 is only about $10 more than the G2X, I know.
And then $10 more than the TLR-3 is something else and soon you're pushing $100. And then it's, "What the hell, if I spend $120 or $140 then I have a GREAT light.
So I drew the line at $65. It's easy to "just add a few bucks," but in never ends.
Also, I don't like the TLR series because the mount and light are one piece in that you can't remove the light from the mount to use another type mount. I just don't like the limitation involved.
You buy just a light and you can choose what you want to mount it. With the TLR the option disappears.
I may end up beta testing the G2x or perhaps the G2L but I'd rather avoid doing this.
I'd bet a considerable amount of money (if I had it) that someone has already tried the G2X out on a shotgun.
May 8, 2012, 11:37 PM
I have a couple of TLR-1 lights and I attach them to my shotguns with a LaserLyte tri rail that fits on the magazine tube. I've fired several 100 rounds from both shotguns and LED lamps turn on every time.
May 9, 2012, 07:36 PM
The Surefire G2X has a few problems when considering it for a weapon light on a heavy-recoiling gun. First of all, even though it's a Surefire, it simply is not meant to be a dedicated weapon light. There are reasons why Surefire's weapon lights cost almost as much as a new handgun. The G2X (and all the new X models from Surefire) have no spring between the batteries and the back of the head. Early versions of the X line had a horrible mode-skipping issue (on the Pro models, which had a high and low), where the light would switch modes with the slightest bump on the rear of the light. I had one of these, and Surefire eventually replaced it with a properly working light. Basically, the batteries are disconnecting with the back of the head under sudden impact (such as recoil) and the light turns of for a millisecond (or switches modes). This is all just bad stuff on a mounted weapon light. Plus the X line all come with plastic lenses instead of the very thick Pyrex that comes on the more expensive Surefires. The X line really is their "budget" line.
The Streamlight TLR lights are awesome for the price. I have a TLR-1 on my home defense handgun, and a TLR-3 on an 870. I'm not sure what your concern about mounting these is, since a regular flashlight will need to somehow be mounted also. If you have a picatinny rail attached to either a mag tube clamp, or around the tube itself, or even to the forearm, you'll still need a ring around the flashlight that secures it to the rail. The TLR lights would quickly connect and disconnect onto the picatinny rail without any further attachments. If you're imagining a 1-piece type of mount that connects around the mag tube and around the flashlight, well then you've limited your options to a standard 1" flashlight body. At least the picatinny rail would give you options of mounting different types of lights, lasers, sling attachment point, etc.
The $65 ceiling really limits your options. But I can tell you from experience, in the flashlight world, you very often do get what you pay for. It seems to be the same with mounts, rails, and attachments. So a $65 or a $350 weapon light is only as good and as durable as the mount that attaches it to your weapon.
There are less expensive options to get a dedicated weapon light setup for much less than a Surefire Weapon light, but it's going to cost you more than $65, and takes a little bit of piecing things together. Look up Malkoff drop-ins, and Solarforce P60 hosts. For about $80-100, you can have a light as good or better than the best Surefire weapon light.