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Old 08-23-2010, 8:13 PM
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Has anyone bought any of the cheap (less than $50) pistol flashlights off ebay? Any reviews from those that have either good or bad? I have an XD .40 and would like to get a flashlight for it in case I ever had to use it at night either in my house or while camping. I just cant justify spending $150+ for a flashlight that in all reality will probably never be used.
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A lot of those things come from China and the quality can be shotty. It's really a crap shoot so far as I can tell. I have a couple buddies that have bought various knockoff Chinese brands and the lights work intermittently, the connections are bad, and some of the pressure switches can get hot pretty fast. On the other hand I have seen some that work ok if you get lucky. If you keep it on your nightstand gun, and shoot with it on (to make sure it wont break or something else ridiculous for a gun light) a few times it will probably do the job. However most of those things I would not recommend for using and abusing.
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Old 08-23-2010, 8:35 PM
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they are typically junk. Although we stuck a utg one on a .357 mag and it held up solid
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Look at Streamlight. It's only 80 to 100 dollars for some fine quality weapon lights.
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Old 08-23-2010, 8:44 PM
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I've got one of the NcStar ones that goes for around $25-$35. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT
Not a strong beam that would be good for outdoor use. But more then enough light for indoor use. I was concerned with the shock absorbing qualities, so I took it out to the gun club to try. Shot 4-5 magazines of .40 caliber thru the glock, and the light held up fine. The muzzle blast did burn the anodizing off the front cap of the light, but a little flat black paint fixed that.
I've got more expensive lights that are more powerful, and have better controls, that I use for night shoots at the gun club. But the NcStar seems to be fine for indoor use.
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Old 08-23-2010, 9:08 PM
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get at least a streamlight tlr3. Anything less is a waste of money. We've all been there.
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Old 08-23-2010, 9:14 PM
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most of those are for airsoft guns! plenty of kids that like to play airsoft wars are whilling to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for their cool "set ups" ! anyways, before you buy something like that just ask yourself "why are you buying this for? can I trust my life on it?". if your buying it to attach to your weapon for when you need it, and you have to rely on it to be there for you, then the answer is no! spend about $30 more and spend atleat $80-90 on a good solid light like a TLR-1 or TLR-3. those are great little lights, well built and meant for being used! you never know what the recoil will do to those cheap lights, first round might shake some parts off those cheap things!
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My buddy and I had some cheap airsoft pistol lights and I was curious to see if they would hold up. Slapped one on his Sig P250 9mm. Second shot the thing went flying off into the range. They are no good for real guns. MAYBE on a Sig Mosquito or something.
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Old 08-23-2010, 9:39 PM
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Streamlight TLR-1 can be had @ Opticsplanet for just under $100.
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Streamlight TLR-1 can be had @ Opticsplanet for just under $100.
Amazon often has a low price on them as well...good deal if you are a Amazon Prime member.
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another alternative would be to buy a lower end handheld light like the Surefire G2 LED.

LAPG has em for 70.
http://www.lapolicegear.com/sug2ledhiouf.html
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Get a tlr-3. (stream light) maybe 60-70$ on bay sometimes
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My buddy and I had some cheap airsoft pistol lights and I was curious to see if they would hold up. Slapped one on his Sig P250 9mm. Second shot the thing went flying off into the range. They are no good for real guns. MAYBE on a Sig Mosquito or something.
thats exactly what I was sayin! dont risk it! its not worth it.
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I've bought a $16 NCstar light from Ebay before, the one pictured below. I was never intending on using it on my Glock or 1911 (real one), but I figured it would go well on my BB gun that I use to scare away racoons and possums when they come into my backyard.

Works well for what it is as it lights up my backyard pretty good. But it's no where near as good as my TLR-1s, and definitely not something I would want to use for HD purposes.




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I picked up one on a whim at a gunshow once, for about $50 I think.

It's super bright, and I tested it out on a 1911 to see if I could rattle the crap out of it and break it. It did fine.

Only (major) problem was a crappy switch.

It can easily come (or off) if bumped, and it gets hot enough to cook bacon after a couple min. I left it in my range bag once and it turned itself on. I'm lucky it didn't set the bag on fire it was so hot when I'd found it.

If I was you, I'd stick with the major names.
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I ended up getting a streamlight tlr-1 brand new in the box for $65 shipped on ebay.
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http://www.botachtactical.com/sttl.html
tlr-3 cheep and reliable.
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I ended up getting a streamlight tlr-1 brand new in the box for $65 shipped on ebay.
Just be wary at which TLR-1 you get, as the newer ones are 160 lumens and the older ones are 110 lumens.

I picked up my TLR-1s for $95 shipped BNIB, and that's 160 lumens (a pretty noticable difference over the 110 lumen TLR-1 lights)
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Even at 110 lumens, a TLR-1 for $65 is a nice deal.
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try "Safariland Rapid Light System Weapons Flashlight" its only $85.

can be easily remove and use it as handheld flashlight.
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this is the light i got either from ebay or amazon....i think it was like 30 bucks...it was on my xd9...works good, but it was a tight fit on my pistol....i now carry it on my ar....
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I picked up an x2 light on ebay a few years back for around $60. It is nice enough. I believe it was a clone of the Springfield brand lights that they had for their XD guns. It has held up well enough. I picked up a TLR-1s from Primary Arms last week for just over $100 after shipping. I REALLY like that light. It throws a whole lot of lumens out, and the strobe function is downright disorienting on the receiving end. I will probably end up getting another one in the not too distant future.
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$100 will get you a nice Surefire 6P LED. Far more useful and will outlast your Streamlight (I throw mine against steel bulkheads when ppl ask why the light costs so much). You just have to practice using your gun with a handheld flashlight.
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Has anyone bought any of the cheap (less than $50) pistol flashlights off ebay? Any reviews from those that have either good or bad? I have an XD .40 and would like to get a flashlight for it in case I ever had to use it at night either in my house or while camping. I just cant justify spending $150+ for a flashlight that in all reality will probably never be used.
The one time someone breaks into your house or sneaks up on you while you're out camping, will the $100 price difference justify the potential harm to life and limb when the cheap light doesn't work?
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My thread may help you a bit.
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TLR-1. done
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i have a cheap ncstar from ebay on my model 30 glock 45 and its been on my glock 22 40 cal its never failed yet ive had it for 2.5 years and i shoot with it on at the range to make sure it can handle the recoil and its been fine. whos to say a high dollar surefire wont go out that one time you really need it. my cheap ncstar hasnt failed yet. thats the light i use when my dogs bark and i go out to check them. it works for me good luck on your choice
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For a toy, get what you want. For a SD gun, ask yourself this: "How much is my life worth?" That doesn't mean that you need to get the most expensive. Just, something that is 100% reliable. I got my first streamlight flashlight back in '83 and, it still works.
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