TFB’s 8th Day Of Christmas: Lights And Lasers

The advances that manufacturers have made in the development of lights and lasers in the past five to ten years is nothing short of amazing. I, like most of you, remember a time when attaching a weapon light to a firearm was a head-turning event at the range. Thankfully, the idea of proper illumination has gone mainstream.

I am a huge proponent of carry guns having a weapon light. What many people don’t realize is that lights aren’t just for nighttime – the mere act of transitioning from a bright sunny day to a dark coffee shop could easily call for the use of illumination. To put it simply, you can’t shoot what you don’t see.

So, if your pistol is missing a proper light, take this opportunity to correct that omission by asking Santa for a light/laser combo. Or If you have a friend or family member who can’t see in the dark, gift them a new LED.

Just do me a favor and remember that weapons lights aren’t flashlights. Don’t draw down every time your keys fall behind the couch.

Last thing: I’m going to nerd out for a second and leave you with a LOTR quote:

In this phial,” she said, “is caught the light of Eärendil’s star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.

Translation:

You better have a way to make light when a giant spider is getting ready to eat your Hobbit arse.

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Better yet, just pick a good weapon light for your carry gun.

Surefire XC1 – $300 (EST)

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The game-changing XC1, SureFire’s smallest and lightest weight WeaponLight, was specially developed to equip compact railed handguns with white light, which is absolutely critical for concealed-carry and other applications. It features a high-performance LED whose light output is shaped by a special multifaceted reflector into a wide, smooth 200-lumen MaxVision Beam™ perfect for maintaining situational awareness and identifying threats at close range. The XC1’s evenly distributed beam pattern—with no bright center—was optimized for human vision.


INFORCE WMLx WHITE/IR – $190 (EST)

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Extensively tested for performance, durability and reliability, you won’t find a higher quality, more dependable light on the market today. With 700 lumens of vibrant white light, our WMLx Series is engineered to be lightweight and powerful, and offers three easy-to-use operating modes: constant, momentary and strobe. At just 4 ounces, its concentrated spot and far-reaching, high-intensity beam provide significant light for situational awareness and long-distance target identification. With just a flip of the lever, instantaneously switch between white or infrared mode. In addition, the easy-to-operate lockout system ensures the light isn’t activated until you’re ready. Our all-inclusive rail clamping design integrates seamlessly with your weapon, providing simple, fast mounting with no need for additional tools.


STREAMLIGHT TLR-2 HL G – $300 (EST)

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  • C4® LED technology, impervious to shock with a 50,000 hour lifetime; 510-530nm direct drive green laser with wide operating temperature range
  • 800 lumens; 15,000 candela peak beam intensity; 245m beam; runs 1.5 hours (Laser/LED simultaneously); Laser only function runs 17 hours
  • Engineered optic produces a concentrated beam with optimum peripheral illumination
  • Green laser provides high-visibility long-range targeting
  • Powered by two 3-volt CR123 lithium batteries with 10-year storage life

Crimson Trace LASERLL-803G-HBT for Glock 43 – $300 (est)

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LL-803G Green Laserguard® Pro™ for GLOCK 42 and 43 is a powerful green laser sight and 150 Lumen LED white light in a single compact unit. Designed specifically for the 42 and 43 platform, this illumination and targeting product is activated with Crimson Trace’s famed Instinctive Activation™, which activates the unit with a normal firing grip. LL-801G offers four modes of operation: Laser + Light, Laser Only, Light Only, and Laser + Light Strobe. The unit features a Master On/Off Switch, is completely user-installed in moments, is adjustable for windage and elevation and offers 2 hours of battery life.


TFB’s 12 Days Of Christmas:

Day 1:  Back Up IRON Sights – ‘BUIS’

Day 2: Tools

Day 3: Hearing Protection

Day 4: Rimfire Silencers

Day 5: Cleaning Kits

Day 6: First Aid And Survival

Day 7: Magazines

Day 8: Lights and Lasers

Day 9: PISTOL SUPPRESSORS

DAY 10: RED DOT OPTICS

Day 11: (knock off legos)

Day 12: (A premium subscription to That ‘Other Blog’ ) 



Pete

LE – Science – OSINT.
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  • Nicks87

    Those prices though, ouch.

    • Richie

      Those are the cheap ones. The DBAL in the article pic is $800

      • JD

        but it _is_ both a white/vis and ir-ilum/ir-laser combo, of which there is no other product like it on the market.

        • mike

          Just what I need for home defense

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          It’s at the top of my list to Santa. NVG in 2017?!?

        • Except of course the Surefire X400V IRc

    • Josh

      Inforce APL is doable for around the price of the rifle light…. or less.

      Very similar performance to these other guys here.

  • Edeco

    I like how that rifle light is melted down on the back end. Looks bonk and snag resistant.

  • 22winmag

    The TLR-2 is fantastic… but the thing about combo units like this is… light is closer to the bore axis than the laser.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    No red and green Xmas lights?

  • MrBrassporkchop

    Im kinda dissapointed only budget minded flashlights were featured. As a general rule of thumb one should expect to pay as much for your light as they did their weapon.

    That was a joke, I actually think it’s ridiculous how expensive some weapons lights are.

    • ozzallos .

      Somebody remind me why a flashlight costs $300 again?

    • Edeco

      Someone should do a pic of a Hi Point with a Surefire X400 and DG switch. Have a little mist in the air to show off the green beam…

  • valorius

    I have a Crimson Trace on my ruger LCP carry piece. Totally transforms the weapon and it’s capabilities.

  • valorius

    I have a pressure strip activated surefire 6PX LED model on my home defense AR. It’s a few years old, so the lumens are nothing like these new ones…but to me that’s a good thing> These new lights are so bright you can actually semi-blind yourself by the reflection off a normal white interior wall when you first turn them on.

    There is such a thing as too bright. To me, anything beyond 200 lumens is too much for indoor use.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    I’ve been eyeing a Streamlight TLR 1 for some time. Are they good?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Indeed. I’ve had one on a Glock 19 for years. Great value.

    • Yeah, but get the TLR1-HL for sure, not the HL.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        So get the HL not the HL? what?