Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Shedding Lots Of Light: The Streamlight TLR-1 HL

I sadly just missed the sale Amazon was having on the Surefire X300, as I decided to buy one right after Murphy's Law showed me his.

All was not lost however, as AMAzon has the Streamlight 69260 TLR-1 HL on sale. This is a good thing considering I had yet to own a weapon-mounted light and the kids like to play with and misplace my old trusty Surefire G2 light on a regular basis, which means it's not always back at the bedside where it's supposed to be. With the light mounted to the Glock 23 in the bedside Gunvault, that's not a problem anymore as it is safe and secure from little curious and prying fingers.

Mounting the TLR-1 to a railed pistol is a snap and easy to do and it fits the Glocks (the one I have with a rail) and M&Ps that I have with no issues. You can also change the mounting key to match Picatinny, Beretta 90two, S&W 99, and S&W TSW rails if needed.

The HL stands for High Lumens, and it is indeed a high lumen beam - 630 lumens, and it truly does throw a ton of light.

So much so I believe it gives off more than ML's Surefire.

Even in a daylight-lit room, when hit with the beam my eyes hurt (note: light was not attached to a gun during this test), with after-flashes remaining long after the beam had passed.

In the darkness, anyone hit with the light is going to be momentarily blinded. This flashlight transforms two CR123 batteries into one solid nasty light beam.

For those inclined to tactical disco, there's also a strobe feature that is not the most intuitive to activate and which I don't think I'd need or use much. Tactical disco? For some, I guess it's all about Stayin' Alive folks.

In addition to strobe, there's also momentary on and constant on modes, and the finger paddles are ambidextrous and easy to reach on either side.

The Glock 23 now has night sights, a laser, and now the light, so I'd say it's pretty much all setup for a nightstand gun now.


Murphy's Law said...

Glad you got it. It's a good light indeed.

Now I dare you to go tell Tam that the TLR-1 HL is brighter and better than the Surefire X300 that she also uses.

I dare ya, I double dare ya!

Triple Dog Dare ya, even. Hee.

Aaron said...

No thanks, I don't get into spats over differences of opinion on lights. Especially not with someone who serves snark by the terabyte.

Besides, I think she owns a Streamlight as well.

Next time you're here or I'm there, we can do a head-to-head comparison of the lights.

Old NFO said...

Oh... let there be LIGHT! :-) Nice!!!

Murphy's Law said...

Good call. She'd eat your lunch.

But you still got me on the laser. I haven't made that leap yet. Need to check yours out...OR you could do a really comprehensive blog review of it and we could all go away wanting one. Crimson Trace, is it?

Aaron said...

ML: Yep, I've learned to ignore those people who double-dare and then step back to let the daree catch the flack from that which was instigated. :-)

I actually did a prior review of the Crimson Trace laser grip for the Glock.

In short, it's pretty darn good and very useful and worth getting.