Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by Electricmo, Mar 19, 2020.
My big pet peeve is muzzle overhang. I won't put on a light that extends past the muzzle of the handgun. Which is why I did not go with the Viridian X5L Gen 3. If this is something that bothers you as well it may limit some of your options depending on what you are putting it on.
That said, I recognize that they're not the innovators in the space anymore. I would love to have a light similar to my XC1B that's brighter and has an Apple watch type charger I could throw on it. I know some products out there do that with a different brand name. However, I'm slow to commit to new gear, and the bias one develops through tough times tends to die hard.
Here is my Olight Valkyrie. It has it's own charger(not apple type).
I have been very happy with it. It is a quality product.
Surefire X300U-A is the go to. Have several. Even use them on carbines.
Streamlight is right behind them, a little less sturdy generally. I have one on a carbine for reasons, and the TLR-6 on my pocket pistol as I prefer the form factor, it's already so small and plastic it should be fine. I also strongly prefer the SF switchology (rotate AND push both work). And me, I LOVE the DG switches. Strap runs back to sit under your middle finger, light turns on when gripped. Some disagree with it for safety reasons, I have a non-trivial human factors background and don't buy those arguments.
Surefire and Streamlight will be the ones that holster makers who build for lights work with as they are duty grade. Others, not so much. To the point that someone makes cases for O-Lights that emulate the footprint of an X300.
From some experience, lots of the other brands are not really up to the task, so if you carry while hunting or whatever, outside, in rain, bang it around: spend the extra on the Surefire or Streamlight. If at home only, pretty much whatever.
Also have a handheld light. Never use the WML for searching, etc.
Next, we'll get you into a red dot on your pistol!
Its what I did. Still getting used to a Holosun sitting on top of my slide. In my defense it is a green dot optic and I have had lights for years before getting a pistol optic.
I also have a SureFire X400 laser/light on my nightstand pistol.
My Glock 43 has the TLR-6, and it's worked out great so far, more holster options available for this setup (i.e. Tulster)
If it helps, I got mine from LHS holsters: [email protected] back in 2013:
Fit was a little tight, but has loosened a bit since then and fits snugly now, overall it works for my needs
I feel the same about muzzle overhang. I've really been considering the C5L for that very reason. Have you had any problems with the laser not staying zeroed? That's the most frequent complaint I find on the 'nets about this unit.
Mine is one of the older units, before they developed ECR activation. I haven't had any problems maintaining a zero on the laser. The only reason it got replaced as my primary pistol light is it is only 100 lumen output.
BTW, this will be going on my Taurus PT145 Pro, so that gives you an idea how short the barrel is.
I found the C5L quite a bit easier to mount than the Streamlight. The Viridian uses swappable rails depending on gun model. It was pretty easy for me to see how the rail would go on based on where the fit rails were on the firearm. The changeable rails also allow the Viridian to get much closer to the trigger guard than the Streamlight. The Streamlight uses model keys with an instruction guide for which key to use with which firearm. Some users prefer that, all personal preference.
I have a OLIGHT PL-MINI Valkyrie for my Glock 17..GREAT light, easy to install, secure, USB chargable..not expensive..I have shot at the range with it numerous times to make sure it is all the above, and it is.
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