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Streamlight TLR-1 Review

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by plouffedaddy, Nov 3, 2012.

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  1. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy Member

    Nov 1, 2011

    I've had multiple handgun lights over the years from the $25 Protac's to the Surefire X400s of the world but I keep coming back to the Streamlight TLR series. They're just great lights for the money. The TLR-1 can be purchased for $90-100 and used for $75-80. Tough to beat that for a C4 LED, 135 lumen light that's durable and instinctive to use. Here are some hits and misses for the TLR-1:

    -Durable. I have one of these lights that was smashed pretty hard into the ground during some training and it still works as good as new (evidence of that in the video below). I've also used it on 12ga shotguns, AKs, and ARs without issue
    -Bright enough to disorient someone if shined in their face (135 lumen)
    -2.5 hour constant on battery life
    -Uses 2 CR123 batteries (pretty common these days)
    -Temporary activation switch as well as a constant on mode
    -Easily actuated controls
    -Includes keys for Glock-style, Picatinny, Beretta 90two, S&W 99 and S&W TSW
    -Comes with a 2 year warranty
    -Cost. For the quality/performance of this light it's tough to beat at its' price point
    -Ambidextrous control set

    -Weight. It weighs 4.2oz. (this could be a pro or con as it does help reduce muzzle flip when mounted on a handgun)

    Here's a video running the light on a few guns, some daylight shooting using only the laser on a white background, a demonstration/comparison of the light's luminosity at night time, and some discussion of the pros and cons of the light:

    TLR-1 HD Video Review Link

  2. rogueholster

    rogueholster Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    I love mine, good review.
  3. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    Jun 20, 2006
    I got one a year+ ago, for a G19, and they are simply an outstanding product. I couldn't recommend it enough. Also, it didn't significantly, or negatively, alter the feel and ballance of the pistol,IMO.
    ( I have several Streamlight flashlights, so I was already a fan.)
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012
  4. Hamish

    Hamish Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    I have a TLR-1 mounted on my Kel-Tec Sub2k, where it is very unobtrusive under the barrel on the rail mount. I have another one I keep on my G23, and I've used it on my Beretta M9A1 and Sig Sauer P226 Elite. They are great lights and easy to use. I just need to find a holster or two that will accept the pistols with the light attached. They're out there, I just need to shell out the $.
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