Upcoming Surefire XH35 and XC-1B Lights Leaked | 1000 Lumen Pistol Light

On top of the Smith & Wesson M2.0 being leaked, a couple of new Surefire lights were leaked in the same photo. It looks like the upcoming Surefire XH35 and XC-1B lights are going to be revealed soon because Surefire reposted the photo of the new pistol with confirmation that the new lights are legit.

First up is the upcoming Surefire XH35, claimed to be a 1,000 lumen handgun light. This would blow the Streamlight TLR1-HL out of the water by about 200 lumens making it the brightest factory handgun light on the market. It also appears to fit into the Surefire Masterfire holsters if the bezel is any indicator, you can check out Pete’s review of the holster HERE.

No word as to what the light will cost but I expect it to be in line with the other handgun lights Surefire currently sells.

Now the big mystery is this little guy, the Surefire XC-1B. No idea what the light output is going to be, no idea what the price point is and no idea what upgrades Surefire might have made to the light. I guess that we will have to wait patiently and see what Surefire tells us.

Is this as exciting as a new pistol? I think it is. I have been long awaiting a good option from Surefire for a hard use rated light that provides 1,000 lumens to use on my carbine. Currently, I have a Streamlight HL2 Railmount on a couple of my rifles but the new XH35 will be residing on my SBR and at least one handgun as soon as I am able to get my hands on one or two of them.

I happen to think that we will be seeing the Surefire Scout lights get an update reasonably soon as well into the 1,000 lumens or above area. When that happens, Surefire will undoubtedly have regained the crown as the weapon mounted light king in my opinion.

Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • ClintTorres

    Surefire…did you say 1000 lumens or 1000 dollars?

    • Matt

      Go be poor somewhere else.

      • MacK

        Its funny none the less, no? 😉

    • valorius

      Got my Surefire6 XP LED lights for like $66 each on sale a couple years ago.

  • John

    I use a 250 lumen one and if I flash a white wall in pitch dark, I get a bit of flash blindness that lasts a few seconds, I can’t imagine what 1000 lumens would do to my eyes. JMHO

    • That also happens if you shine the flashlight directly into your eyeball…

      • John

        Don’t do that. It hurts your eye and annoys the rest of us. Thank you for your input.

    • valorius

      Agreed- my 160 lumens Surefire6XP LED does the same thing. 1000lumens is counterproductive IMO.

      • John

        I think they are hoping to get the lumens SO high that you don’t need to fire your weapon, just point and burn the perp to death with 1,700,000,000 lumens!

        • John

          Just realized the problem with this, it will set fire to your sofa in the process.

          But hey, it was a cheap sofa when you bought it so stop complaining!

        • valorius


          I’ve never had one pointed at me, but I’m guessing that after a 1000 lumen light is pointed at your eyes in low light you’ll be seeing nothing but green spots for several minutes.

    • b0x3r0ck

      The candela was the problem not the lumen

  • The current Surefire lights already seem brighter than the TLR HL lights, no matter the claimed lumens.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I have had the same experience.

    • Jake Franklin

      I think it’s because they are a higher candella. Those that say “1,000 lumens is too much for a pistol light” don’t understand light. Lumens is only part of the measurement. In my experience I’ve found the maxvision XC1 to have insufficient throw for any purpose where you could carry a x300u however this 1,000 lumen maxvision wml might change that. Look forward to seeing them in the wild.

  • valorius

    To me these lights have gotten too bright. I have a 160ish lumens surefire 6XP LED that is fully capable of blinding ME from it’s refelection if i shine it on a white painted wall indoors in low light conditions.

    I can only imagine that the effect of a 1000 lumen light would be far more severe.

    • I think what we are going to see is more of the intellibeam technology working its way into weapon lights. Large spaces and outdoors, it stomps on the lumens pedal. Indoors it notches the amount of light back to prevent blinding the user.

      • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

        Please no. I prefer that I make the decision on how my light is used.

        • I am hesitant on the intellibeam technology as well, but that is the only way I can see the output of weapon lights increasing without issues with it blinding the user or having too complex of an interface.

          As mentioned by others based on my usage the 500 lumens Ultra is nearly blinding indoors, but outdoors 500 lumens is like a candle in some environments.

        • SH

          You still can (Intellibeam is a selected mode) – I test and design flashlights for a living and as much as I hate to admit it (SureFire is a competitor), the Intellibeam works. It’s fast acting and very well dialed-in.

        • Stuki Moi

          Your ability to decide, is not hampered by being able to select all the static output settings, IN ADDITION TO the “as conditions warrant” one.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Seriously? I have a X300U-A on my nightstand gun. No once has it ‘blinded me’ when shined at a white surface.

      You must have delicate eyes or spend most of your time in a cave.

      • John

        Um…600 vs 1000. Almost a 70% increase. Eventually, you will have to agree there is a limit to the amount of reflected light the shooter’s eye can stand without going flash blind. True or not?

        • Big EZ

          1000 lumens isn’t much brighter than 600. It’s barely noticeable. You don’t see light increase linearly. You need roughly four times the light to perceive double the brightness.

      • valorius

        20/15 vision (better than ‘perfect’)…in my prime. My vision is to the point now where i need 1.25 reading glasses to read a typical menu.

        Several other people have said the same thing as me here in this comment section, with regard to being blinded by your own light, so it’s not just me.

      • Fred

        You do realize that SureFire brought the intellibeam to market for this exact FACTual reason? Perhaps you should sent jestful messages to their engineers.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          Companies address consumer complaints all the time regardless if it is a real problem.

          • Fred

            I suppose that’s true.

            Your statement then can be taken to solidify your position that weapon light bouncing back from surfaces and causing temporary vision issues is a fake problem. Made up by those that use such systems and that Surefire’s intellibeam technology was knowingly developed by engineers there to appease this fake problem with a fake solution?

            An idea, discuss the topic with ophthalmologists and other experts on the science and write an article about it. Your opinion is interesting, but I don’t know if it qualifies as anymore valuable than other wild rambling comments by others on the internet. I don’t know your credentials, but writing for TFB doesn’t really hold weight on this subject AFAIAC.

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            It can also be interpreted that I meant that consumers generate perceived problems. I like to call them living room problems.

          • Fred

            I think you should test it, study it, get input from experts and write an article about it. I’d be interested to read it.

            One may take the dismisiveness of this as Monday morning quarterbacking from… well… one’s living room.

            I don’t have the data on it, nor am I am expert, but I am in the industry. Work with lights as part of that job, and even in day light when my eyes are adjusted, I can get spotted vision when I get light bounce backed on me. I’ve never tried in the dead of night when my pupils were wide open to see what effect that would have, but I would imagine that it could easily effect your vision. Imagine pieing a corner only to find your beam come right back at you from a mirror.

          • Tom

            I think some of this is also the market share and company focus, LEO/MIL Surefire purchases massively dwarf civilian sales I’d bet. Trim that market share to only those people really concerned with home and self defense and not weekend warriors that are going to buy whatever the military guys are using and it’s a tiny fraction. So it’s not surprising Surefire is not building dedicated home defense feature set lights. Surefire, to their credit or downfall (depending on which side of the fence you are on) has bucked many civilian product trends over the decades to favor MIL/LEO use and desires over civilian ones. It depends on your views but IMO the needs and conops of a homeowner to clear his house and MIL/LEO use to get bad guys are very different things when it comes to lights/lasers.

          • Frank

            I can see why on their part. There’s not a demand for high end US made lights on the mass consumer market. Most of the complaints you see here are posted about the price of their products. Which IMO are justified when you see the quality compared to similar products. To top that off their warranty service backs up everything and they’re one of the few light makers who actually offer practical tactical flashlights that aren’t weighed down with a UI that has way too many modes. Also if you just wanted a cheaper but durable light to throw on a carbine or shotgun then go with a G2x or 6PX.

          • Tom

            That true and Surefire’s stance, right or wrong is that less technology and features = better and more reliable. Where in the consumer world people want features, they want options, they want cutting edge. It’s just like Surefire was some of the last to switch to LED, user brightness options, and for years even when they were LED, they were way behind in brightness, regulation, and runtime. Their products have always been some of, if not the, most reliable and well built and IMO worth the price they charge, but they’ve always been way behind the lighting technology curve. Some of that appears to be changing a bit with the intellibeam.

          • Frank

            Yeah. I really wish they’d upgrade their lower end lights to be a bit more competitive though. A user programable (like the ten tap that streamlight uses) G2X or 6PX with a 500 or so lumen output would be perfect IMO.

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            I don’t see how a LEO clearing a house is any different than a civilian clearing a house. (FWIW I think that 98% of civilians need to follow Rob Pincus’ advice and get everyone to a safe place while waiting on PD instead of tracking down an intruder.)

          • Tom

            First I agree, unless you have family members in other areas of the home you have to retrieve, you are always better hunkering down, than trying to clear a house. The reality most won’t admit is that whoever lays in wait for the other almost always wins. That said there’s one huge difference between an LEO clearing a house and a home owner, in that the homeowner knows the entire house top to bottom. So there’s a potential advantage to using a light intermittently because it’s not needed for navigation. That also has the potential advantage of not revealing exact position, though in most houses again you can’t walk around without someone knowing about where you are, but many times crookes are making tons of noise and in a rush they aren’t listening quietly for someone. The fact that so many homeowners surprise burglars is proof of that.

      • Tom

        It’s fine if your plan is once you turn it on you leave it on, but unless you’re not human you hit a white wall a night with your eyes dark adjusted with a X300 and then turn it off, your night vision is significantly reduced for minutes. You do realize that it takes 30-45 MINUTES for the human eyes rods to reach maximum light sensitivity in the dark right? Blow those pupils open with 600 lumens and turn that light back off, your night vision is screwed, you might still be able to see something things but it’s been significantly compromised.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          See, this can be remedied by using the light properly. The 600 lumins is measured at the hot spot of the light, if you are inside using the spill or “umbrella” of the beam is ideal. There are entire training courses centered around proper use of a high output light.

          That said, I am not an expert in WML use. I think that people focus too much on gun shop lore when it comes to lights on a gun. It seems that we have moved away from “9mm won’t stop a target” to “that’s too many lumins! You are going to blind yourself!”

          I need to do a bunch more learning before my opinion is worth anything more than you pay for it, but I stand firm in the belief that 600 on the X300U or the 1000 in the XH35 is plenty OK for use indoors.

    • Patrick Reginald

      These are problems only you seem to suffer from, Nancy.

      • Fred

        It must be more learned sciencey fake news right up there with ‘Global Warming’ We don’t need doctors lying to us about our eyes ability to see after being flashed bright lights after being in a dark environment! We’re men. With Guns. Liberal conspiracies.

      • valorius

        several posters have echoed my sentiments.

  • Max Müller

    Hopefully it has an easily accesible switch for high-low output. 1000 lumen battery burner if you want it, something like 200 lumens when you don’t wanna go completely crazy.

  • Dickie

    Xc1B has a laser. Originally they were going to call it the xc2

    • DonDrapersAcidTrip

      xc2 is taller, that xc1b looks the same size as the xc1

  • Gee

    Too bright and unnecessary for a pistol light. The lumen wars are a joke.

  • Tom

    Unless this has intelligent beam or your primary environment is outdoors where you need long range reach 1000 lumens is so much overkill it’s not even funny, but for that use it’s probably great, as a home defense light IMO it’s a horrible choice. Try an experiment get your eyes used to the dark, stand 8′ in front of a white wall, hit a 1000 lumen light, turn it off and see how much you can still see. The best use of lights for home defense is intermittently, and if you blind yourself in the process you did more harm than good. In most homes people would be much better off by a 150-200 lumen light with a wide beam, very similar to the Surefire XC1 beam. Otherwise once you turn the light on, you can’t turn it off again without your own vision suffering immensely.

    What I’d much rather see Surefire do is more lights in XC1 size for handguns, the X300/400 line is stupid big on a handgun, and the scout series is better for most long gun applications, unless you need a integrated laser. I also don’t like that Surefire no longer provides runtime/brightness charts with their lights. Many light companies are now playing games with the ANSI lumen specs and their lights only hit the rated brightness for a few seconds to meet the ANSI spec once they are turned on with brand new batteries then they drop brightness significantly to a regulated output for the bulk of the batteries life. That way they get to say their lights are XXX lumens but in reality for 99% of the life of the batteries you are getting no where NEAR that level of output. I’d much rather see 450 lumens for 1.5 hours constant than 600 lumens for a minute and then 200 lumens for the rest of the runtime, but all the companies know the biggest lumen # gets sales but it misleads customers.

  • DrewR55

    Patrick, you mentioned that the new XH35 will be the brightest handgun light on the market but the Olight PL-2 is advertised at1,200 lumen and is already on the market.

  • Blake

    Now what Surefire? You really know how to give your customers buyer’s remorse. You come out with the XC-2 one month after I buy the XC-1 (luckily I could give a crap about an included laser), and now come out with some other new upgrade? Bastards.

    • Tom

      I think we’re going to see more of this, much faster product update cycles in order to induce purchasing. You see it in archery where the bows are new almost every year to get people to drop $1000 each year, and it works. The downside is usually product quality suffers because less time is spent on development and testing because the model life is so short.

  • RetiredSOFguy

    I’ll wait for the 1500 lumens model.

  • tn.45

    Not sure if this has been mentioned already but the Olight PL-2 Valkyrie is rated at 1200 lumens and you can pick them up for $79.99

  • Bearacuda

    I use a TLR1 and it works for me, though I can’t describe it well. It’s got a fuzzy hot spot but it’s bright enough without blinding the user. I couldn’t tell you if it’s as sturdy as some other options but at its price tag I can’t say I feel pulled towards Surefire. What makes these higher-end weaponlights more attractive? Between Lumens and Candelas I’m lost.