Best light for no-rail 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Gloves, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Gloves

    Gloves New Member

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    I have a Kimber Custom II (doesn't include a rail). There is a class
    coming up for Home Defense and it focuses on cornering with a light.
    What are my options?
     
  2. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    They make a light that replaces the bushing plug i belive its laser max, i know they make lasers but i remember seeing a light from them at a gunshow. If you cant find one you may have to put a rail on it
     

  3. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    If your're paying for a class that requires a light mounted on your weapon i'd ask for a refund & find a class that teaches more of a real HD situation :(
    You sure it not just a light in your offhand type thing?
     
  4. drvsafe

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    You can add a rail to your kimber it requires some drilling but it can be done.

    Personally I use my P229r for HD it has a rail on it so for me the problem would be solved. I considered HD when I bought my 1911 but decided that although the .45 has more stopping power I'd rather have 15 rounds to protect my family. I question my accuracy in a stressful situation such as HD and to that the more rounds the better IMO.
     
  5. canebrake

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  6. GNXtreme

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    At a local IDPA match they have a shoot house and often do a low light stage. Lots of people use the offhand light method. I believe it is a little better to have a weapon mounted light, but either will work.
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I'd like for the bad guy to have the mounted lite myself :)
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Guys! Some reading comprehension here. :mad:

    He didn't say he needed a weapon mounted light, he said he needed a light for HD training in cornering. It's probably the off hand crossed wrist style favored by cops (though I personally hate it, but that is beside the point.)

    This used to be a community about trying to help each other, not poo-poo their personal choices. Some patience and gentle hand if you please.

    Gloves - I personally have a couple of LED lights from Inova and have been very happy.

    I have the predecessor to The Bolt though mine does not have the cool grip on it. Mine has a knurled exterior, but it's quite bright and does not go through batteries as bad as a lot of smaller lights have. It has the push button on the bottom, which is ideal for the type of training I believe you are going for with this class.

    I also have the T5, and while it is quite bright, it eats batteries like an Ethiopian kid at his first buffet. :eek:

    I have had mag light and I have even had rock climbing / Spelunking lights that are head mounted that are extremely bright and require almost no battery use, but after the first serious pistol training course I took, I dumped that sh*t immediately. :eek:

    Good luck.
     
  9. DoyleTheDog

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    The title of the thread implies that he wants it on the pistol.
     
  10. Dillinger

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    No it doesn't! :confused:

    It says "Best light for a no-rail 1911"

    No rail AND I want the best light

    It doesn't say "No rail, but I need one and the best light".

    If he wanted a rail, he would have stated that his pistol doesn't have a rail, but he needs one, so which one is best to put on and how I go about it. :rolleyes:
     
  11. DoyleTheDog

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    Then why would he include "no-rail 1911" in it at all if he didn't want to mount it on the gun? He even describes his gun as being a Kimber with no rail in the actual post.
     
  12. trip286

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    What is the best light? Yeah, after posting a reply, I tried this reading comprehension thing that was mentioned.

    So since there is apparently some question about what the OP wants, tell us, Gloves, are you searching for simply the best light, or pretty much all available options?
     
  13. Dillinger

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    Because he is telling you that he has this brand of 1911, it doesn't have a light rail, but he wants one for the course he has signed up to take.

    If he said "What's the best light for a 1911" everyone would have asked if he had a rail or not and what kind of 1911 he was running.

    The question probably would have been better suited for the "Firearms, Gear and Accessories" category instead of the 1911 category as it immediately makes one think he is posting about the gun.

    Maybe he is, but his post reads to me that he is looking for the best light option, not the best rail and light combo to install on the gun.

    And, if he is looking to install a rail and get a gun mount rail, we still didn't get any good advice save one post, concerning doing that, we got recommendations to drop the course, which is of little help either. :rolleyes:

    JD
     
  14. HOSSFLY

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    Well, read it 7 times & I think Dillinger is making the correct decypher from a poorly worded (IMO) question :eek:
    At 1st (& 2nd & 3rd ) read it DOES seem he's wanting a mounted light on a non railed gun tho------ Kind of like one of those pictures that askes "What do YOU see" :eek:

    And HEY- Drop the stoopid course :p
     
  15. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I could be wrong and read the question 180-degrees from you guys. It wouldn't be the first time and I am definitely man enough to admit it if I got it wrong.

    Supposing he wants a good quality, easy to install rail, here is a great one with super easy instructions.

    http://www.novaksights.com/products/lightrails.html

    Surefire makes a bastardized version that replaces the slide release and looks like hell, but it's easy to install. I guess. :eek:

    http://www.opticsplanet.com/surefire-mount-mr07.html

    And as for a MOUNTED weapon light:

    Insight makes a good one (though I dislike their on/off switch personally)

    http://shopholsters.com/insight-pistol-1911-m3x.html

    And from the more money than sense category we have the fanboy favorite in Surefire.

    http://www.surefire.com/illumination/weaponlights/handgun.html

    And one of the new, plastic encased wonder offerings from Blackhawk

    http://www.opticsplanet.com/blackhawk-night-ops-xiphos-nt-weapon-mounted-light.html
     
  16. DoyleTheDog

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    It all boils down to it being a vague question by the OP that can be taken 2 different ways. I just thought it was a little funny that you automatically assumed you were right and everyone else was wrong.
     
  17. Dillinger

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    Actually I assumed that no one read his post. :eek:

    They just started telling him to drop the course instead of offering any suggestions save one.

    What kind of help is that? :confused:
     
  18. DoyleTheDog

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    Impossible to disagree with that. :D
    And you did offer some great advice!!
     
  19. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I'm sorry if I came off like a dick again.

    This place used to be different. People asked complete questions and other people offered industry worthy answers. :eek:

    Then we got into a whole bunch of forum silliness and now sometimes a lot of those zingers and taking things out of context acts spill over into real, legitimate gun questions, which is where this all started. A place for gun questions.

    This seemed like a legit question about a legit issue as he has signed up for a class. That is a responsible move on his part and I immediately went all Alpha Gorilla because I didn't want him to come back to a whole thread worth of crap posts that told him nothing and then he up and bails on the site. :eek:

    Apologies all around.

    JD
     
  20. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Well, it'll take the OP to answer for sure---

    I did ask the question--