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What makes a Tactical Light?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by bigalexe, Jun 23, 2009.

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  1. bigalexe

    bigalexe Member

    Mar 14, 2009
    SE Michigan
    I see alot of stuff advertising tactical lights. I got a flashlight mount with my Mossberg 500 (who knows why, its a field/deer combo), and just to take a picture with it i grabbed an LED flashlight i keep in the kitchen drawer that costs $2 at the local CVS Pharmac. After looking at that light on the end it would actually work very well as a tactical light the only downside i see is that it runs on AA batteries so you would have to be aware of that and change them often enough they dont bleed out. The light is very bright and this particular one doesnt stay on (the guts are kinda loose) from being dropped on concrete too many times but before that it was a quality light.

    So what seperates a fancy pants tactical light from a regular good flashlight, mounting hardware aside.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    It won't puke it's guts out on the floor the first time you fire the shotgun and the recoil jars everything loose?
    Like dropping yours a few times.
    Recoil G-force is many times greater then that.

    A TAC light is many times brighter then a AA cell Wallyworld LED light?

    Dazzeling bright in fact.
    SO bright a BG couldn't stand to look at it in the dark and would be forced to shut his eyes or turn away.

  3. M35

    M35 Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    True that. But I'll tell ya I saw a Cree xr-e equipt Coleman light with 115 lumens in walmart for $35 that made me wish I hadn't spent over $100 for my a2 aviator.
  4. ralfus

    ralfus Member

    May 27, 2004
    Northern AZ
    The new LED technology is amazing. I cant keep up with the brightness ratings and battery life.
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