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jdouglas
07-01-2012, 12:23 AM
I've been looking all over for and reading up on flashlights for my AR-15, but I haven't been able to decide which one I want.

I'm looking to go relatively inexpensive here, hopefully under $100 for both the light and the mount (even cheaper would be better). I don't want an absolute piece of junk though, so if all of the options in that price range aren't worth it, I'll just skip getting a light.

The main purpose of the light would be partly for the one in a million chance of needing it in a defensive or SHTF situation, and mostly just for fun/looks. :D I have a carbine length handguard with a 4" long picatinny rail, with a VFG installed. Right now I'm thinking of just installing the flashlight/mount right in front of the grip.

Anybody have a similar setup, or any suggestions? I've kinda been looking at the Fenix TK series, but I'm not sure what mounts would fit it.

Lagduf
07-01-2012, 12:30 AM
See this thread:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=579084

It's still a fairly new thread, lots of lights, lots of mounts.

jdouglas
07-01-2012, 12:57 AM
Thanks, I've actually been through that thread (just checked it out again too). ;-)

It seems most people have their flashlights mounted on the sides of their handguards. I don't feel like spending $100+ for new handguards though, so I'm looking to mount it below. (Maybe with an offset mount, but keeping everything in line is something I kinda want to do.)

kemikalembalance
07-01-2012, 1:36 AM
Lumaforce.

tomd1584
07-01-2012, 10:09 AM
Thanks, I've actually been through that thread (just checked it out again too). ;-)

It seems most people have their flashlights mounted on the sides of their handguards. I don't feel like spending $100+ for new handguards though, so I'm looking to mount it below. (Maybe with an offset mount, but keeping everything in line is something I kinda want to do.)


Good lights cost money.. Mounting a light on the bottom of a 7" handguard is going to give you all sorts of barrel shadow- not a good choice, IMO.

I would get a surefire G2 LED with Viking tactics mount. Should run you about $80.

hossb7
07-01-2012, 10:36 AM
the new surefire fury looks mighty nice

jdouglas
07-01-2012, 6:22 PM
Hmmm, I hadn't really thought about the barrel shadow issue. I guess I'll have to look into other mount options.

Lagduf
07-01-2012, 6:54 PM
Get one that mounts to your front sight base:

http://www.policestore.com/.aspx/sid=103089/pid=45575/Product/AR-15-M16-MOSSIE-MIDNIGHT-MOUNT

A streamlight TLR1 is only like $100 new.

ZombieTactics
07-01-2012, 7:35 PM
Elzetta AR-15 flashlight mount (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LMEBC6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=zombie0e-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004LMEBC6)

jdouglas
07-01-2012, 7:48 PM
Elzetta AR-15 flashlight mount (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LMEBC6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=zombie0e-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004LMEBC6)

I was just looking doing some research on the Elzetta. :-D Although it looks kinda "plastic-y" it does fit my budget, and appears to leave the option for a variety of lights (some people said the Surefire G2 works well).

I'd need to remove my side sling mount, and I suppose get their QD sling mount to replace it (another $35).

Do you know if the quick-release version of the flashlight mount is any good? For an extra $10, being able to use the flashlight for other emergencies might be handy. Of course, buying an extra flashlight would solve that as well...