Pistol flashlights

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jimmyp7162, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. jimmyp7162

    jimmyp7162 New Member

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    You guys use? I'm gonna get one with a quick detach mount. Makes sense for home defense. Just curious how many people do.


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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Jimmy, it's pretty much a matter of personal preference as to whether the light is mounted to the pistol or not. i guess i'm old school and still go with a seperate light vs. a gun mounted one.

    my suggestion would be to try it out and see if you like it mounted on your pistol and if it suits your needs. worse case scenario is, you don't like it and can just take it off of the pistol.
     

  3. MoreAltitude

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    I have one on one of my HD pistols (laser light combo). Looking back it was one of those purchases that I found was more of a "passing want" than "need". It looks cool but I've always had a nagging feeling that in the heat of the moment, I'm not going to be wasting time fumbling with a switch instead of my finger at quick ready by the trigger. BTW my switch is even right next to the trigger (Glocklight). This wouldn't apply if I were to turn it on and leave it on, but that's not how I roll. Personally a bright little stand-alone flashlight and some night sights is my preferred setup. Keeping it simple. As always with this forum this is just my personal opinion.
     
  4. MisterMcCool

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    I had a flashlight on one of my shotguns and I loved it. I was constantly engaging vicious, feral opossums in the back yard. Those things are awful! :eek: Sadly, it did not survive the twelve gauge recoil. :( I don't know how you would get a handgun with a flashlight into a holster, but I suppose a dedicated nightstand gun would be great with a flashlight (as long as it isn't overpowered.) I never used the strobe option. That seemed ridiculous anyway. It only affects bad guys? :confused:


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  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    if i'm not mistaken, they do make holsters for some pistols with a light or laser. but i think the selection is limited to certain models of pistols.
     
  6. Yunus

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    I have a $4 amazon LED flashlight that's as bright as a $100 brand name light. It's not designed to be mounted and I wouldn't even if it was because recoil can cause havoc on lights.

    Also you can use a flashlight for more than just home defense but I hope a gun mounted light is only pointed at things you want to destroy.
     
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  7. FernandoTheCommando

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    Heard that argument before and I highly doubt it. Post some pics of this light and do a comparison of it next to a $100 name brand light like streamlight etc. I've got quite a few flashlights all the way from $5 throwaway ones to high end expensive ones. I don't see anything for $4 that even comes close in terms or brightness even to a $40 streamlight pro tac.....that was bought on amazon.
     
  8. FernandoTheCommando

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    I use a seperate handheld too. I keep a streamlight protac by the bed with the handgun. I have more expensive better quality lights, but this one has only one setting....high. That way, I don't accidentally double tap into low mode when all I want to do is turn a dark room into daylight. Its around 200 lumens which is plenty bright to blind the bejesus out of a bg. My bedside gun is a gp100 in .357 so I don't have a way to mount a light on it anyway. Btw, inforce is making some killer pistol mounted lights. High quality and reasonable prices.
     
  9. MisterMcCool

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    A high powered light will blind you too in the middle of the night.


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  10. FernandoTheCommando

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    So would turning on a light. I need to be able to identify a target. Yeah, I would definetly lose some night vision for sure, but the beam is pretty focused, so it's not as bad as you'd think. It's the a good amount of brightness should that type of situation arise. Not perfect but any of my other lights are either much brighter, or you have to cycle settings.
     
  11. Quentin

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    I use a Streamlight 160 lumens TLR-1s on my Glock 23. It's very quick to add/remove and it's not blindingly bright. I like that it's right there and handy to operate. And lightweight. I have used it on my AR but a higher output model might be better for that. 160 lumens seems a nice fit for a handgun.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have this same debate with other members as well. very hard to convince some that a $10 flashlight boasting some insane amount of lumens wasn't anywhere near what a $200 flashlight can do. i too have flashlights that range from inexpensive to expensive, and the cheaper ones can't compare in light output, regardless of what they claim.

    flashlights are like scopes, you get what you pay for. and quality flashlights cost more.
     
  13. John_Deer

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    I have some $30 lights that are just as durable and quite possibly brighter than the name brand lights. You can mount them on shotguns. I have a 1,000 lumen light that has been hunting, skeet shooting and treated rough in general. I have had the lights for over 3 years now. One mounted on the gun and two I carry in my pocket.

    Police officers might use their lights more but I doubt they treat their lights rougher. Not many police officers put their flashlight in a sliding tray of a toolbox for a couple months at a time.

    I doubt I would ever need a light inside the house. We have night lights and the outdoor security lighting shines in the windows. I know who is in the house. We get several years of use out of the lights that plug in an outlet to serve as a nightlight. When the power goes off they serve as a small flashlight. The nightlights last long enough that i can't remember when I last replaced them.
     
  14. John_Deer

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    Here is a great way to render your Glock useless.

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    You can turn your Ruger SR9 or P95 into something from the planet of the apes.
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  15. John_Deer

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    Last but not least, for when you are not home.

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  16. deathkricket

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    I keep a Streamlight TLR3 on my HD pistol to back up my night sights, the TRL3 throws a very clear and crisp 125 lume pattern and cost about $70 so it won't make you bank account sad. If you are looking for a holster to pair with you weapon light you are pretty much limited to a fobos as they are universal. And if your wondering, yes 125 lume will blind the **** out of you.
     
  17. Yunus

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    I don't have a $100 light to compare it to but a friend does and his claim was that the $4 version was very close to the brightness of his $100 Surefire.

    Here is the comparison I did do which shows it against a Maglite and a big box store cheap LED flashlight.
    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f58/tactical-flashlight-picture-thread-95621/index3.html#post1347160
     
  18. Donn

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    Separate flashlight. 1) That's what I learned with. And, 2) The idea of sweeping the area with a light and muzzle of my piece could lead to something unfortunate in a stress situation.
     
  19. FernandoTheCommando

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    Yeah I just can't get on board with the $5 flashlights. To me, it just isn't worth my time and effort to even go buy one if the thing breaks. I'll buy one $100 flashlight, that I know will last forever, and I can trust, vs buying ten cheap ones. There are some great brands out there now for reasonable prices too. To me surefire is over priced for what you get. I have a $130 fenix tk11 that is better than offerings that surefire makes for $300. To each his own, but I treat all my gear the same. You get what you pay for. Years ago I bought a $600 dewalt miter saw. They had one at Harbor freight too for $100. Would the harbor freight one work? Sure. Would it still be cutting every single day at work ten years later? No way in hell.