[SHOT 2016] Streamlight PROTAC Rail Mount lights

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Streamlight is now offering two rail mounted lights specific for rifles. The PROTAC Rail Mount 1 and the PROTAC Rail Mount 2 join an impressive catalog of products. The PROTAC Rail Mount series have a mount machined on to the main body of the light and include a pressure switch. The most interesting feature about the PROTAC Rail Mount series is the PROTAC Rail Mount 1, which features Streamlight’s Dual Fuel Design. The PROTAC Rail Mount 1 can take a CR123 battery or an Alkaline battery.

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Streamlight PROTAC Rail Mount 1 and PROTAC Rail Mount 2. The PROTAC Rail Mount 1 can take CR123 batteries or Alkaline batteries.I like that the pressure switch is not one of those obnoxious bungee/phone cord types.

 

Key Features of the PROTAC Rail Mount 2 include;

  • Runs on 2 CR123 batteries
  • Weighs 5 ounces
  • High setting is 625 lumens for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Low setting if 60 lumens for 18 hours
  • Strobe setting runs for 2.75 hours.
  • Light is TEN-TAP programmable.

Key Features of the PROTAC Rail Mount 1 include;

  • Features Streamlight’s DUAL FUEL Design. The PROTAC Rail Mount 1 Runs on 1 CR123 battery OR 1 AA Alkaline battery.
  • Weighs 4.3 ounces
  • High setting is 350 lumens for 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Low setting if 40 lumens for 14 hours 30 minutes
  • If AA Alkaline battery is used, 150 lumens for 1 hour 30 minutes and 40 lumens for 8 hours.
  • Strobe Setting isĀ  2.75 hours for both battery types.
  • Light is TEN-TAP programmable.

The PROTAC Rail Mount Series include both a pressure switch and tail cap. I got to handle both of these lights at the Streamlight booth and they appear to be well made. I have been running Stremlights on my rifles for several years, and I have never had a problem with a Streamlight flashlight. I predict these lights will do extremely well. If I purchased this light and were running the pressure switch, I would stash the tail cap in my pack, or in my pistol grip if possible. I have never had a problem with a pressure switch, but it is nice to build in some redundancy in a weapons platform.

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Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


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  • Bear The Grizzly

    How are the tape switches secured to the rail? I’ve only had experience using Velcro and it was less than favorable.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Looks like the switch fits between to end pieces that attach to the rail in the normal way.

      • Bear The Grizzly

        :0 Thanks, I’m so far behind the times it seems.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Just a guess but it looks like a good set up.

  • Beju

    I’m curious what pricing will be, as I don’t see any listed for sale yet. However, 1/3rd of the price of the nearest Surefire equivalent is probably a good bet.

    • nova3930

      Has to be. Streamlight typically falls in that range anyway.

  • Curious Georgian

    And what rail are they displayed on?

  • Wingbert

    Don’t need low setting, dont need strobe. Streamlight would need to be really agressive on their pricing for me to choose it over surefire.