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JOLLYROGER
04-25-2010, 3:49 PM
:chris:anyone have any experience with streamlight weapons lights on their ar's?If so which ones.Also any suggestions for a decent wont break the bank light?

thefinger
04-25-2010, 3:56 PM
A lot of people who want a decent weaponlight on their AR without dropping hundreds of dollars just get a Surefire G2 with a standard rail mount. The G2 will run you about 50 bucks, and a decent rail mount can be had for ~$30 if you don't need QD capabilities. That's a grand total of $80 for a decent set-up.

tomd1584
04-25-2010, 4:01 PM
I've been happy with two different setups; TLR-1 mounted @ 12 o'clock rail, and a Fenix PD30 in a VTAC mount.

I'm slowly switching out my rifles to the TLR-1 as funds allow.

NewbieDave
04-25-2010, 7:04 PM
+1 on G2 with rail mount.

The only thing I replaced on my G2 setup is a clicky switch instead of the twist. I don't like pressure switch either ;oP


~dpc

MikeR
04-25-2010, 7:24 PM
I went with a G2 ($30) with a Malkoff drop in ($48) and a vikings tac mount ($23). 140 lumens with 4.5 hours of run time, its not some 2 or 300 lumen blinding monster but it lights up a room, so far I'm happy, defiantly cant beat it for $100 OTD.

baz152
04-25-2010, 7:38 PM
Simple and clean, I would go with a Streamlight TLR-1s it has the mount built in, it is low profile and it is 160 lumens all for about $95. The other option for a solid light would be a Surefire 6P with a Q5 drop in LED lamp which would give you approx 220 or so lumens and then track down a mount (GG&G) has a nice inexpensive one; all for about $150 or so if you can find a good price. The other nice thing about Surefire is you can get pressure switches and lense covers if you so choose in the future but they all come with a price.

chiselchst
04-25-2010, 8:46 PM
I own a lot of SteamLight products, including a couple TRL-2's. I like all of their stuff. They are extremely well built.

Planning on adding a TRL-1 or 2 to my M1A soon...

dorkytom
04-25-2010, 9:29 PM
I own a streamlight tlr-1 ... they are awesome and relatively inexpensive

UserM4
04-25-2010, 9:38 PM
The TLR1 weighs 1.86oz lighter than a G2 w/VTAC mount. Something to consider. :p

HK Dave
04-25-2010, 10:10 PM
I've used both TLR-1 and TLR-2... they work great. :) Although the laser on the TLR-2 is worthless during the day. :(

cal3gunner
04-25-2010, 11:35 PM
;;;

keson
04-26-2010, 12:15 AM
I'm deciding between surefire x300 and streamlight tlr-1 =/

Aftermath686
04-26-2010, 12:43 AM
I'm deciding between surefire x300 and streamlight tlr-1 =/

X300 All day. Surefire's last, period. As for light specifications, they may be about the same on paper, but Surefire customer support is second to none. Also I like the layout of the X300 a bit better, but that's all preference.


To the OP, buy cheap buy twice. Do it right the first time. I would go with VTACs Surefire and mount combo. The light is basically a Surefire Scoutlight ($300 dollar light) with out the integrated mount, which I personally don't like anyways. It is an E series body, with a KX2C head, and a Z68 tail-cap. $170, but well worth every penny. I run two of the same setups on my carbines, although they aren't the VTAC versions as they weren't out when I put mine together.

G2 is not a bad light at all, but not primarily intended as a weapon light. A bit low on output, and the tail-cap does not protect against white-light NDs like the z68 does.

winxp_man
04-26-2010, 12:45 AM
http://www.sacramentoblackrifle.com/product_p/cond-ctl111.htm

this is what i got and it works real good and super bright with no problem on my 6.8 spc

Uhhlexxxis
04-26-2010, 5:52 AM
I've been happy with two different setups; TLR-1 mounted @ 12 o'clock rail, and a Fenix PD30 in a VTAC mount.

I'm slowly switching out my rifles to the TLR-1 as funds allow.

+1... also sporting the TLR-1 on mine.. no regrets ;)

Army
04-26-2010, 7:42 AM
Fenix TKr11 with pigtail switch in a CAA mount.

240 lumens and rock solid. About $100 total.

rchman
04-26-2010, 9:26 AM
One thing to keep in mind when picking up a light, brighter isn't always better. Flash a 180 lumen light at a white wall in a dark room and you've managed to blind yourself...not something that you want in a SHTF situation.

djleisure
04-26-2010, 9:47 AM
TLR-1 at high Noon on my DD. I can still use the irons with this setup as well.

http://i1006.photobucket.com/albums/af189/dj_leisure/IMG_7864.jpg

pacrimguru
04-26-2010, 10:37 AM
I'm deciding between surefire x300 and streamlight tlr-1 =/

keson, get the x300.

slobson
04-26-2010, 10:49 AM
TLR-1 at high Noon on my DD. I can still use the irons with this setup as well.

http://i1006.photobucket.com/albums/af189/dj_leisure/IMG_7864.jpg

I just went from six to midnight
:wub:
love the setup

djleisure
04-26-2010, 10:55 AM
I just went from six to midnight
:wub:
love the setup
:rofl2:

Ballistic043
04-26-2010, 11:17 AM
A guy at last weeks Carbine match was using a Streamlight TLR 1. During the low light shoot, everytime he fired the gun, the light blinked.

I'm not sure how long the light will last if it can't even keep its battery connections during recoil.

considering that AR15's dont have much recoil at all, ill bet it was either bad batteries or rusty contacts from moisture exposure (owners fault). my TLR1 has been beaten to death and refuses to do anything but satisfy. on my shotguns, my AR's, my HK's... it just works. thousands of people use them without issue. many of them on duty LEO



the best alternative to a surefire, hands down. their CS is just as good as surefire

tomd1584
04-26-2010, 1:45 PM
A guy at last weeks Carbine match was using a Streamlight TLR 1. During the low light shoot, everytime he fired the gun, the light blinked.

I'm not sure how long the light will last if it can't even keep its battery connections during recoil.


hopefully it was something wrong with his battery connections; I primarily shoot nights, and mine runs without a hiccup; I shoot every monday and Friday night, about 100-150 rounds per session. I have 3 of them and they work everytime!

Tom

badfish71
04-26-2010, 4:32 PM
+1 on the TLR-1

xxINKxx
04-26-2010, 5:24 PM
Viking tactics has some good combo packages for weaponlights/mounts..I have the surefire G2 with there mount combo. Its plenty bright and was great price

http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_vtac_lightmount.html#

S11o
04-26-2010, 8:55 PM
might i recommend:

Leapers UTG LED Tactical Flashlight 200 Lumens Includes Batteries, Curly Cord Pressure Switch and Mount ONLY $50 DOLLARS:eek:! (+S&H)

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/LIGHT149-1.html

I have that on my mossberg 500 and it still works after 3" slugs. I love this light enough that I pulled out my setup and took some pics for you. Of course, I'm a beginner and I have a poor man's budget.

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/6541/dsc01700t.jpg
http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/5645/dsc01698ty.jpg
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/3959/dsc01699a.jpg

Sharpasacrayon
04-26-2010, 9:28 PM
Surefire G2 LED or the Surefire X300. Any of the Surefire lights can handle the repeated recoil of an AR. If you buy cheap, you will eventually have to buy again.

WILDMAN442
04-26-2010, 9:48 PM
The TLR1 weighs 1.86oz lighter than a G2 w/VTAC mount. Something to consider. :p

In chris costa voice...

"ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain."

Justin

SoCalRandy
04-26-2010, 10:42 PM
If you don't have a need for a laser then I would have to recommend a TLR-1 but, you could always get the TLR-2 with the laser if you want?

Toast
04-27-2010, 8:32 AM
I bought a Quark 123 Turbo to use a my weapons light.
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/4306/quark1232turbo.jpg

It's 230 lumens out the front (it's probably more but 4Sevens lists it a little low) with a bunch of different modes (moonlight, low, medium, high, turbo, beacon, strobe and SOS beacon) and using the UI you can program two modes to have on hand. I personally use Turbo and Medium. I've been testing it out for the past couple weeks and it's awesome.

Where I live can get pretty dark but there are still street lights. Out to 100 yards (measured) the Turbo will still be extremely bright, and more then bright enough to clearly see facial features for target identification. It'll still throw light up to about 300 yards, enough to make out human/animal figures or targets. The nice thing about the Turbo is that it has nice spill too, so it's easy to navigate around in the dark. I haven't been able to test it out in extremely dark settings, but I'm going camping tomorrow so I'll be using it there. It only cost me $75 (shipping included) and comes in a really nice box with a pouch, lanyard, handgrip thing and two cr123a batteries.

Once I finish my AR I'll just have to slightly modify some rings and get a front sight post mount.

Here's the link btw: http://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=297_330&products_id=1916 . The normal Quark lights are cheaper, but I wanted the Turbo for some more throw.

fonionrings
04-27-2010, 8:42 AM
+1 on this. It has two settings as well so you don't blind yourself indoors.

Fenix TKr11 with pigtail switch in a CAA mount.

240 lumens and rock solid. About $100 total.

gun toting monkeyboy
04-27-2010, 9:44 AM
I just pulled the little xD compact pistol light off of one of my handguns and put it on the quadrail on the gasblock. I don't need a noon day sun on mine. Only enough to identify targets in a dark room, or get an "eye shine" off critters at night out in the yard. I'll have to check and see what kind it is, but it is the one that Springfield was selling for their handguns a while back. It was about $60 on ebay a couple of years ago.

keson
04-27-2010, 11:54 AM
keson, get the x300.

I think I might get both just to test them out first :p

cal3gunner
04-27-2010, 5:51 PM
I just pulled the little xD compact pistol light off of one of my handguns and put it on the quadrail on the gasblock. I don't need a noon day sun on mine. Only enough to identify targets in a dark room, or get an "eye shine" off critters at night out in the yard. I'll have to check and see what kind it is, but it is the one that Springfield was selling for their handguns a while back. It was about $60 on ebay a couple of years ago.

If you get the X300 you will be able to see and identify the animal, not just see the eye shine. ;)

BOFH
04-27-2010, 5:58 PM
I have a Streamlight Scorpion (LED model) with a CAA mount for our AR and it works really well. It does not have a remote switch but that is fine with me, I prefer not to use one. Whole setup was about $60. For $40 the Scorpion is a fine little light.

UserM4
04-27-2010, 5:58 PM
Does the X300 have a momentary switch like the TLR1?

Aftermath686
05-03-2010, 9:38 PM
Momentary on is pushing strait forward on the switch of the X300. I prefer this on my pistol because it is congruent with the way I already grip the gun leaving my left hand thumb allways ready to activate the light by simply pushing forward.

technique
05-08-2010, 9:22 PM
Surefire X200 is what I run on the AR, but I run a X300 on my pistola!

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll42/technique408/Mobile%20Uploads/0508002317.jpg

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll42/technique408/Mobile%20Uploads/downsized_0508002316-1.jpg


I like that the X200 has a diamond shaped light pattern...I have used the streamlight before too....not bad, but gotta love the SF.

ArkinDomino
05-08-2010, 10:14 PM
Surefire X200 is what I run on the AR, but I run a X300 on my pistola!

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll42/technique408/Mobile%20Uploads/0508002317.jpg

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll42/technique408/Mobile%20Uploads/downsized_0508002316-1.jpg


I like that the X200 has a diamond shaped light pattern...I have used the streamlight before too....not bad, but gotta love the SF.

Sweet rifle!
Specs?

Plisk
05-08-2010, 10:23 PM
Pretty much anything Surefire that will attach to the gun.

technique
05-08-2010, 10:24 PM
Same gun I have always run, just some new parts.

Noveske lower.
Magpul M93b stock *new
Cerro forge stripped upper
14.7in. LMT barrel/LMT BCG
MIAD grip/MOE guard
Daniel Defense 12.0 FSB Omega X rail *new
Magpul XTM panels
AFG
MAtech rear sight
BAD lever
OPS Inc silencer
Ambi safety
Vtac sling...


and of course, Surefire X200. Really is a great light for the 12 o'clock.
I also highly recommend any of the economy Surefire lights, the best mount I have seen and fondled is made my Danger Close Consulting...it's just a step above and puts the light is such a great place on a rail.

pyromensch
05-09-2010, 7:24 PM
I just went from six to midnight
:wub:
love the setup

i don't see a pressure switch, must be a pain to activate the light

technique
05-09-2010, 7:26 PM
You manipulate the light with your thumb that rests right next to it...no need for a pressure pad....