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jbl_1967
09-19-2011, 3:51 PM
All,

I want to mount a light on my AR pistol but I do not want to spend a ton of cash. The AR is not a duty rifle and will likely only be used at the range and (hopefully never) for self defense.

Doing searching and reading small rail mounted weapon lights is about as bad a time suck as trying to figure out what to put in a bug out bag.

Does anyone out there have any recommendations for a small, light weight, bright, weapon light?

Thanks in advance!

barbasol
09-19-2011, 4:25 PM
How about a Streamlight TLR-1? I got mine in the marketplace used for $60

AeroEngi
09-19-2011, 4:32 PM
I have the Streamlight TLR-1s on my Sig P220. It's a great little weapon light and the price is very reasonable. Extremely bright and even has a strobe feature. I think it's around $100.

Professional Gunfighter
09-19-2011, 10:43 PM
+1 ^^^^^^

berettabattler
09-19-2011, 11:00 PM
Get an streamlight tlr 1 mate.

I have 2 myself. When I brought the first one, it was around $90 and the second one was $50. Can't beat it for the price, and the warranty service is superb.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
09-19-2011, 11:26 PM
Mission First/Command Arms mount (~15.99 plus shipping) + Surefire G2 Nitrolon (~40.00 plus shipping) = ~55.99 plus shipping costs and you get a flashlight that's readily useable when dismounted.

hossb7
09-20-2011, 5:30 AM
All,

I want to mount a light on my AR pistol but I do not want to spend a ton of cash. The AR is not a duty rifle and will likely only be used at the range and (hopefully never) for self defense.

Doing searching and reading small rail mounted weapon lights is about as bad a time suck as trying to figure out what to put in a bug out bag.

Does anyone out there have any recommendations for a small, light weight, bright, weapon light?

Thanks in advance!

Surefire x300.

Also, how do you make the distinction between duty use and self defense?

lawaia
09-20-2011, 7:54 AM
TLR-1 for inexpensive and good. Probably perfect for your needs.

x300 for expensive and a little better than the TLR. The quality is better, and the controls are better IMO.

esartori
09-20-2011, 8:39 AM
Another vote for the tlr-1

MrExel17
09-20-2011, 8:41 AM
+1 TLR-1 and if you want the disco affect get the TLR-1s (strobe)

djleisure
09-20-2011, 9:04 AM
+1 TLR-1 and if you want the disco affect get the TLR-1s (strobe)
Who doesn't want the disco effect?! :D

+1 on the Streamlight TLR-1 or TLR-1s!

shipwreck
09-20-2011, 10:15 AM
I say for the price of the TRL 1 - Get a set of scope rings and an Eagletac T20C2 MK II

MUCH, MUCH brighter....

http://www.illuminationgear.com/14322/26992.html

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g320/mistershipwreck/Ps90-701.jpg

djleisure
09-20-2011, 10:30 AM
I say for the price of the TRL 1 - Get a set of scope rings and an Eagletac T20C2 MK II

MUCH, MUCH brighter....

http://www.illuminationgear.com/14322/26992.html

Yeah, that's a okay idea if you don't want to be able to remove the light without tools. The nice thing about the TLR-1 (and lights of that ilk) is that popping them off is really easy and they are smaller and lighter than the setup you are proposing... but it's certainly an option!

unusedusername
09-20-2011, 3:41 PM
Cheap flashlights on guns break. Even LED ones.

I would recommend saving up until you have enough money for a nice one, or just don't get one at all.

TLRs are nice, Surefires are nice (except for the ones that are not gun rated), and some people have good luck with a few other brands as well (Fenix comes to mind).

Avoid NCstar or anyone who won't tell you what the make is!

Edit to add: I run x300s on my ARs.

shipwreck
09-21-2011, 8:52 AM
Yeah, that's a okay idea if you don't want to be able to remove the light without tools. The nice thing about the TLR-1 (and lights of that ilk) is that popping them off is really easy and they are smaller and lighter than the setup you are proposing... but it's certainly an option!

Hate to tell ya - but if you tighten the TRL all the way - you will at least need a penny to untighten the screw.

However, there are scope rings that require no tools. Some have knobs or levers.

aermotor
09-21-2011, 10:55 AM
TLR-3. Lightweight, small and bright.

theneko
09-21-2011, 12:54 PM
Another TLR-1 fan here. You see it for $169, $125, etc. but you should get it for $99 or less like others have said. You could get a cheap NCStar or similar but it won't be as solid and reliable as the StreamLight. A SureFire might be "better" but much more expensive.

djleisure
09-21-2011, 1:16 PM
Hate to tell ya - but if you tighten the TRL all the way - you will at least need a penny to untighten the screw.

However, there are scope rings that require no tools. Some have knobs or levers.
Urrr... I know that, but why would you tighten it all the way? There's no reason to. ;)

djleisure
09-21-2011, 1:18 PM
Another TLR-1 fan here. You see it for $169, $125, etc. but you should get it for $99 or less like others have said. You could get a cheap NCStar or similar but it won't be as solid and reliable as the StreamLight. A SureFire might be "better" but much more expensive.
Yep, they're about $100 w/ free shipping from Optics Planet or you can find them used here all the time for $50-$70.

shipwreck
09-21-2011, 6:34 PM
Urrr... I know that, but why would you tighten it all the way? There's no reason to. ;)

I've seen too many handgun lights come off of a handgun. Had it happen to me once with a M5 Streamlight.

I tighten mine all the way

pyromensch
09-21-2011, 8:26 PM
How about a Streamlight TLR-1? I got mine in the marketplace used for $60

yep!

and now the tlr-1s for around the same price, (strobe feature)

JanG
09-21-2011, 8:52 PM
this is what i have on my ar, stays put on range sessions but not battle tested. i think i paid around 60 for it new.

http://personalsecurityzone.com/images/ITACTFL2lg.jpg

osxgp
09-21-2011, 9:28 PM
[QUOTE=hossb7;7183594]Surefire x300.

I think they stated they wanted an inexpensive light, not top shelf. lol

You can find cheap weapon lights about everywhere. Try opticsplanet.com, but don't expect the quality like you would find in an Insight, Streamlight, or Surefire weaponlight.

jbl_1967
09-22-2011, 8:18 AM
Thanks for all the input.

I am leaning towards the TLR-1. The cost is a little more than I wanted to spend, but the size, weight, and output are exactly what I am looking for.

fullrearview
09-22-2011, 8:21 AM
Right now I carry a usp40 with the MKII light... I hate the light but I will soon be allowed to carry my own duty weapon. At that time, I will be buying a tlr-1s. They are great lights and I can get them for 96 new!