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Weapon Light Recommendation







JTW_Jr

WheelGunner
#21
I think O light flashlights are ok for day to day use around the house , the shop , etc. I have one I have been using in the photo/video studio for a few years , runs on a single AA battery (S1A Baton). I also have a PL mini 2 Valkyrie. I am not sure , I have taken it to the range for night shooting , and I think for a 10 -12 yard tops light it is " ok for the price " , though I did get mine on a sale for $50.
They claim 600 lumens and 2500 candella which I think is a big stretch. Its a great $50 pistol light, not so sure it is a great $100 light though.

The TLR1- HL is a great pistol light option for under $140 , and for $160 I see they now have a light and long-gun accessory kit .
 

rennD

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#22
Surefire Scouts with pads on my ARs and X300s on my home defense pistols. My EDC Glock 43X has a Streamlight TLR6 and my Shields too. Other random pistols, I have Olight PL Mini Valkyries (I really like the USB charging, makes my semi-annual charge up days so easy).

Honestly, I have been happy with all of them. GL in your search.
 
#23
That Modlight PLHv2 is off the hook. My son bought one for his AR , and man does that thing throw light. 1350 lumens , 54,000 candella.
If it is something you plan to rely on to protect yourself/home, don't go cheap. Buy once , cry once.
The candella. Is always a good point. Lumens don't mean nothing if it doesn't have a candella.

https://modlite.com/collections/all...v2-18650-light-package?variant=31630445740068

What I do like about modlite is that you can buy the head unit.

If you want that red/white light option for a 8inch thats cheap. Go with them airsoft peq-15 with the laser.

https://www.airsoftmegastore.com/18813-ama-peq-15-led-white-light-red-laser-dark-earth-AC-377TRL

Fairfield has one smaller as well.

https://fire-field.com/products/2025/firefield-charge-ar-red-laser-sight-and-flashlight/
If you want an entry level white light $150 ish or less with out the pressure switch you can get a streamlight HL-x has a good hot spot.
https://www.streamlight.com/products/detail/index/protac-rail-mount-hl-x

I have a g2 2004 IS and I replaced it with a LED.

If you want to have a good throw look at LEP lights.
https://1lumen.com/lep-flashlight/

So many options. You can always have two flash lights on your weapon system dedicated. But seeing you have a sbr/pistol. I. Assuming you want ultra compact.
 

Grumpyoldretiredcop

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#24
I have a light on my carry pistol. It isn't red as I'm not going to be searching with it. I have a flashlight for that. I'll be identifying a potential target. I also have an old-school Surefire G2 with a Surefire flipup red filter. Red light isn't a bad idea for searching at night without destroying your night vision, but once you're past the search stage and dealing with a potential target, it won't matter what color light you shine on it.
 
#25
I have a light on my carry pistol. It isn't red as I'm not going to be searching with it. I have a flashlight for that. I'll be identifying a potential target. I also have an old-school Surefire G2 with a Surefire flipup red filter. Red light isn't a bad idea for searching at night without destroying your night vision, but once you're past the search stage and dealing with a potential target, it won't matter what color light you shine on it.
I have the G2. Did you upgrade the bulb to LED or still have the original on there?
 

Grumpyoldretiredcop

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#26
A couple still have the original xenon bulb so that an IR filter will work. All the rest have been converted to LED. For EDC, I have a Maglite Solitaire on my key ring.
 

Kinoons

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#27
I’ve used the olights, Fenix, viridian, and TLRs all with good success as far as them not breaking when I shoot at the range.
 

Kinoons

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#30
modlite plhv2 nothing else is worth looking at
Doesn’t look like a handgun light. And $300 for a long gun light? Some pistols cost less.

I’m not getting in and out of an MRAP 10 times a day. I don’t need a supremely strong light.

There is a lot of other options worth looking at that cost less.
 
#32
Doesn’t look like a handgun light. And $300 for a long gun light? Some pistols cost less.

I’m not getting in and out of an MRAP 10 times a day. I don’t need a supremely strong light.

There is a lot of other options worth looking at that cost less.
it has a smaller body version that might do well on a full size handgun, perfect for a pistol build, but generally they're for long guns. budgeting is always understandable but when we're talking about basically $100 for the bare minimum in a decent and reliable weapon light, adding another $100+ (mine was $220 with a good sale) and getting a vastly superior light is pretty understandable
 

JTW_Jr

WheelGunner
#33
You can get a STREAMLIGHT PROTAC HL-X at Big Daddy unlimited for $102 ( with pressure switch ) 1,000 lumens & 27,600 candela . It’s not modlite bright, but it’s 1/3 the price.