Review: Streamlight TLR-2 light/laser

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  1. tydephan

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    Greetings all.

    Having read about the advantages and disadvantages until I was blue in the face, I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase a weapon-mounted light. I have several weapons that I can use with the light, but this review will show the light mounted on my recently purchased Sig Pro 2022 (.357sig).

    Admittedly, I am no tactician or strategist, but it seems as though common consensus regarding weapon-mounted lights is that the use of the light is advantageous in certain situations, but can provide a tactical disadvantage in other situations.

    So, as commonly stated on this site and others: “It is better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.”

    After a fair amount of market assessment, I decided I would try the Streamlight TLR-2. This is a laser/light combo that has been on the market for awhile.

    I was very reluctant when I purchased this because of the LED. I have never been a big fan of LED, having always preferred halogen. I have 2 Streamlight Stingers that I use around the house and in my vehicle. They are great lights. Previously, I had never seen an LED that provided any significant illumination.

    However the 80 lumen (equivalent) LED on the TLR-2 is unreal. It provides a very focused beam (albeit bluish) that can quickly illuminate your surroundings. But would it blind, as advertised?

    Well, having less brain cells than I used to, I decided to turn the beam toward my own eyes (dismounted from the weapon and without the laser, of course). The beam was astoundingly bright (and I would certainly not recommend this "experiment" to others). IMO, there is no way an intruder could “target the light” as is generally theorized. In a half-lit room, it took me a good 5 minutes to regain normal sight. I have great confidence that this would instantly render the night vision of an intruder completely useless. Furthermore, the intruder may indeed fire shots, but I would suggest, due to the brightness of the light, they would be unguided at best.

    The best feature of this light is the selectable modes, including ambidextrous “momentary on” and “constant on” modes.

    The “momentary on” feature is perfect for the commonly referenced “blind and move” tactic. With my finger extended, outside of the trigger guard, my finger rests comfortably on the on/off toggle (the large black switch). I can press down on the switch (spring activated) and the light comes on for the duration of my finger-pressure. If constant light is needed, I can slip my finger under the switch and push it up for constant light/laser.

    There is also a switch under the on/off switch that allows the user to use only the light, only the laser, or both.

    I put 50 rounds through the weapon yesterday and the added weight of the light (4.72 oz) had no effect on accuracy or feed/ejection. I was in a bit of a hurry, so I did not take the opportunity to calibrate the laser.

    The laser is bright and steady, unlike the pulse of the Lasermax I have on my Glock 22. The laser was plainly visible in daylight to about 5-7 yards. After that, I really had to search to find it. In a dimly lit room, the laser is very noticeable.

    In my opinion, this is a fantastic addition to any home defense handgun with rails. It attaches and detaches within seconds.

    Other advantages:
    • Powered by two CR123 lithium batteries
    • Supposedly has up to 2.5 hours battery life (in dual light/laser mode)
    • Shockproof (claimed, not yet tested) and dustproof.

    I’m pretty stoked about the light and its versatility. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Pictures:
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    An overall shot of the Sig Pro 2022 with the Streamlight TLR-2 mounted.

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    A close up image of the front of the TLR-2. The unit mounts and dismounts very quickly from the weapon.

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    A close-up photo of the light, dismounted from the weapon and resting lense-down. The silver switch on the right of the unit is the mode select. The unit can be set to enable just the light, just the laser, or a dual mode. The black on/off switch is ambidextrous. It has two modes: "Momentary on" and "Constant on."

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    This shot was taken with a flash. The following shot was taken with ambient light only, in an attempt to show the functionality.

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    The same shot, without a flash (only ambient light).

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    Please, no comments regarding the decorations. LOL. This is the beam on a wall at a distance of about 8 feet. It was the best I could do, but the picture doesn't really do it justice. This shot was taken with no flash with ambient light only (2 70 watt light bulbs in a 12X12 room).
     
  2. nhhillbilly

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    LT light

    I like this light a lot. It is not as bright as the Surefire SX200 but it is much better made then the streamlight ML3 and ML6. Good light.
     
  3. BryanP

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    Interesting. After seeing it recommended by another THR member I've been contemplating the TLR-1 for my XD45. The TLR-1 is just the flashlight without the laser.

    The LED in these is a 3-watt Luxeon. They are VERY bright. This is not your standard weedy keychain LED.
     
  4. tydephan

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    Roger that. My only exposure to LED were the $15 or $20 crap at Walmart. The axiom is true. "You do indeed get what you pay for."

    Looking at the light is a painful experience and will render normal vision defunct for at least 30 seconds up to 2 minutes (IMO) in a moderately lit room.

    I do not want to experience the effect of the light on night vision in complete darkness.

    This LED doesn't play around.
     
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  5. BryanP

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    I'm not sure, but I believe this is the same LED that Mag Lite uses in their new C/D-cell LED models, and the same bulb you can buy as a replacement head for existing large Mag lites.

    By the way, you can buy small flashlights that look very much like the "$15-$20 crap at Wal Mart" that use the 1-watt Luxeons. I think you can get them with the 3-watt models as well.
     
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    I wrote a review here a while back. I like the light a lot. Very bright. Cheapest place I found it was @ Botach for $99/light, $199/light+laser. I took the plunge and bought it from Botach even though I had read a lot of bad reviews. My experience was good though.

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  7. JLStorm

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    LMAO...Sorry I just had to laugh at the part of your review of the bright TLR2 light...I did the SAME thing when I got my TLR2 not believing how bright it could be....I saw spots for quite a while :banghead:

    I really enjoy the TLR2, the laser is extremely powerful and both the light and the laser have great battery life. The laser can also easily be seen in the light stream. I have put around 2000 rounds through my HK USP 45 with the TLR2 on and it works perfectly. It works through all the powder residue and shock of being shot repeatedly and carried occassionally. I do spray the lenses down after shooting with some eyeglasses cleaner, but other than that I dont treat it special at all.

    Great reivew...my photo has nothing on the reviewers, but here is my USP fill size:

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    BTW, streamlight will be releasing two different remote switches for the tlr2 in march from what their customer service says.
     
  8. tydephan

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    LOL. Well it certainly WAS NOT one of my finer moments. LOL.

    Nice USP. Good looking rig.

    What kind of remote switches? Like pressure pads? That would be cool.

    I looked on the Streamlight sight but couldn't find any type of announcement.

    Thanks for the comments.
     
  9. JLStorm

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    They didnt elaborate on the types of switches, but I am sure they could answer specific questions. These are very new and were still being engineered in December/Jan. I am assuming they are being tested now. They wont be on the website until they are for sale I would imagine, but if you want more info email them (there email address is on the website), they have answered every question I have had over email within 24 hours. Of course you can call them as well, they seem like a small outfit and if the customer service people dont know the answer they just call up the engineering or sales group and get it while your on the phone...great customer service!

    Here is a copy of my email for your reference:

    09-04-2006

    I have a TLR-2 mounted on an HK USP full size, we had heard last year from a streamlight rep that a remote switch was due to release in February of this year. Do you have a release date and a price range this should sell for? Also, is it compatible with the USP series, and will it effect holstering of the weapon by changing the dimensions greatly?

    Thanks,

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    09-05-2006

    Hi Joshua,

    Just received news this morning that the remote switch for the TLR lights will be available to ship in early March and maybe even a week or so sooner. There will be a coil and a straight cord switch and they will require a different tailcap. They look great.

    The tailcap and the switch should retail in the area of about $90.00 total and hopefully will begin shipment in late Feb or early March.

    Jeanne
    Sales
     
  10. tydephan

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    Very cool. sounds like maybe a pressure pad. That would make the TLR-2 very useful on my AR.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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    Hey cedjunior !

    What were the bad reviews you heard about Botach? I am looking to buy this also and the price sure looks right! Thanks.
    Tom
     
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    Great minds and all that.... :D

    Has become my goto bedside gun. Reliable, accurate, 14 rounds of .45+P, night sights, light and ugly enough to scare the evil spirits away. :neener:
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  13. yeendy

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    I have a Sig p229 with this light and i'm having the hardest time finding a holster any of you guys know where to find one?
     
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    Streamlight TLR-1

    mounted on a Springfield Armory XD-F .45 ACP, and LUV it~! When clearing
    rooms within a house, it comes in mighty handy~! :cool:;):D
     
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    Hmm. Wow! How many people here on planning to put this on an XD-45? That's my plan as well and this review sure was helpful. I'll be purchasing one tomorrow. I suppose now I'll just be "forced" to go buy some custom leather for it. :neener: Anyway, thanks for the great review. I was on the fence and leaning toward "yes," but now I definitely am going for it. It answered precisely what I was wanting to know: brightness and ability to see the laser in the daytime.

    -magiaaron
     
  16. Nikon777

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    I have the tlr1 and love it. I have read however there have been issues with the laser zeroing on the tlr2 though. Hows it holding up??

    Good to see another Sigpro 2022 user by the way. :p
     
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    I've got a TLR-2 and love it!!! No problems with the laser staying zeroed here...
     
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    Nice review..
    Just want to add..that the Customer service(especially" Robin " parts dept.) is excellent and helpful..I lost my tool for Adjusting the laser and called them up(1-800-523-7488 , www.streamlight.com) and got it in the mailbox. Good thing they sent me two 'cause I own two of them..
    All in all for Me..TLR-2 the best combo(light/laser) weapon mounted light in the market next to my M6.

    Here's mine(Glock Represent:)
     

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    nice...
     
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    Thanks for sharing the awesome review.
     
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    while i like my TLR2 on my AR, when using it to go pig hunting at night, i have caught myself trying to turn the damn thing on with my thumb, while racking the gun and drawing..... only to not have light......


    the damn little switch would be over on "lazer" only from accidently bumping it.... or in my haste to get the damn gun rockin, leaving me without a shot, or a dead pig :(


    my solution was to keep it on the pistols, where the switch is somewhat protected from the trigger gard (HK P2000) and use a M900a surefire for the pig destroyer.
     
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    I just got this light today but after a few seconds of the light being on, it gets dimmer. I can flip it off and back on and goes right back to bright, then goes dim again. It happens in both constant on and momentary. Has anybody had this issue?
     
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    check batteries
     
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