New Nightstick Weapon Lights

TWM-850XL On Pistol

Nightstick, a brand owned by Bayco Products, announced the company was now selling four new weapon lights for your defensive firearm. The models are the TWM-350, TWM-350S, TWM-850XL and TWM-850XLS. The names may not be catchy, but I suppose not everything can be called Avenger, Patriot or Skull Crusher.

These weapon lights mounts to the accessory rail of your handgun. On the tail end of the light is a pair of “Dual-Dependent toggle switches.” These switches allow you to activate the light from either side of the gun, making it ambidextrous. The switch system looks similar to the switch used on the Streamlight line of weapon lights, though each side of the Nightstick operates as a mirror of the other where the Streamlight sides operate in reverse.

TWM-850XL On Pistol

The main differences between the four lights is output. The TWM-350 throws a total of 350 lumens of white light and has a run time of 2.5 hours. The brighter TWM-850XL throws 850 lumens and has a stated run time of 1.75 hours. The TWM-350S and TWM-850XLS are identical to the first two but with a strobe mode option added to the light.

Nightstick tested these lights to the voluntary FL 1 standard. Yes, there are ways to game the FL 1 standard, but it is still a place to begin your light comparisons. Elzetta does a good job of explaining problems with the runtime standard here. In addition to the output and runtime ratings, the company’s tested ratings include a 2 meter drop resistance and IP-X7 waterproofing (1 meter for 30 minutes.)

TWM-850XL On Pistol

I’ve previously tested Nightstick flashlights and found that they are generally good lights that offer excellent drop and water resistance. Run time has been a mixed bag in my experience. For example, the rechargeable NSR-9944XL flashlight had a very good runtime with more than 2.5 hours before it dropped below 50% output. Conversely, the compact MT-210 flashlight I reviewed dropped below 50% output at about 6 minutes.

I’m interested to see how these lights match up to the current crop of weapon lights on the market from Streamlight, Surefire and others. If you have any experience with them, please share in the comments below.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Nicholas C

    “The brighter TWM-850XL throws 850 lumens and has a stated run time of 850 lumens.”

    I think you made a mistake there.

  • Website says “Xtreme Lumens” and doesn’t tell you where the products are made which typically means made in China.

    So yeah kill it with fire.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Streamlights are made in China and are generally considered to be top end.

      • Alexander Nguyen

        I’m not sure if you know what top means…

        Or have you never heard of Surefire?

      • I wouldn’t call them top end. The are better than most of the Chinese made lights, but they aren’t best in the term of build quality.

        • Frank

          Their lights that are of higher build quality like their police duty lights also aren’t even made in China.

      • Frank

        Most of their weapon lights and all of their pistol lights are mostly made in the USA. They aren’t really top end either. That would be surefire. The water proofing has always been a problem with a lot of their weaponlights.

  • EzGoingKev

    “The switch system looks similar to the switch used on the Streamlight
    line of weapon lights, though each side of the Nightstick operates as a
    mirror of the other where the Streamlight sides operate in reverse.”

    Since it is an obvious Surefire clone why not just say it works just like Surefire’s X series lights?

    • Frank

      It’s not really a clone. It doesn’t even have an optic.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        Do you mean lens, because a lamp-light falls under the broad term of optic.

    • Mmmtacos

      Looks almost identical to an X300 to me only with the same screw that the TLR uses.

  • Andrew

    I liked it better when it was called the Streamlight TLR-1.

    • DropGun25

      I feel like its “Patent Pending” because the patent has already been issued…

  • DanGoodShot

    Please, writers for TFB no more reviews without the MSRP. Come on now, sing it with me!(think Village People) it’s fun to state the MSRP! it’s fun to state the MSRP hee. Everyday in every way heyyyyy MSRP… MSRP hee..

  • SGT Fish

    streamlight clone for the price of a streamlight? ill stick to streamlight