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tlr-1 vs tlr-3

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by grayhambone, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. grayhambone

    grayhambone New Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    probably an old topic, but i just purchased a tlr-3 and like it thus far. Being a compact light you would think that it would sit further back. it doesn't though. I should have probably gone with the tlr-1. the tlr-3 was at an incredible price though.
    Which do you guys prefer...really and why?
  2. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Senior Member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southeast Texas
    I use the TLR-1. It is more powerful, and I prefer the metal construction as opposed to the polymer.

    But I actually use the TLR-1s so I get 160 lumens, vs. 135 with the TLR-1, vs. 90 with the TLR-3.

    What gun do you have it mounted on?

    And it's not that I'm knocking the TLR-3, it is a fine light and it will serve you well. They have just had a few problems and for that and the aforementioned reasons, I prefer the TLR-1 or 2 series.
  3. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Elder

    Aug 11, 2005
    Elbert County, CO

    Unless your application really benefits from the smaller, slimmer profile of the TLR-3, the 1 is a better option, IMO. It's still pretty light weight, and is equally at home on rifles or handguns. The TLR-3 was made for subcompact handguns, but since the little guys are usually CCW weapons and CCW carry modes are not usually conducive to weapon mounted lights, I see it as having very limited usefulness compared to it's bigger brother.

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