Streamlight TLR-8 Sub Weapon Lights with Red/Green Lasers

Eric B
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Streamlight has added new Low Profile Tactical Lights with either red or green lasers suitable for subcompact handguns. The red laser version is named TLR-8 sub and the green laser is TLR-8 G sub. Both come with a 500-lumen light. Streamlight claims that the light runs for 1.5 hours and the laser for 11 hours, on a single CR123A lithium battery. Furthermore, the light has ambidextrous rear paddle controls, a strobe function, and comes with an IPX4 water-resistance rating.

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The MSRPs are $389.55 for the TLR-8 sub and $477 for the TLR-8 G sub.

More details about the new weapon lights are here:

Streamlight TLR-8 Sub Weapon Lights with Laser

Low Profile Tactical Lights Fit Subcompact Handguns; Available with Red or Green Laser

EAGLEVILLE, PA – Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ultra-compact and low profile TLR-8® sub, a 500-lumen weapon-mounted tactical light with red laser, and the TLR-8® G sub with green laser. Designed for use with railed subcompact weapons, both are available to fit select GLOCK®, SIG SAUER®, Springfield Armory® and many 1913 short railed subcompact handguns.

“The TLR-8 sub and the TLR-8 G sub take the popular TLR-7® sub to new levels with the addition, respectively, of an integrated red and green aiming laser, to improve focusing on targets,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “Like other models in the TLR® line, they have a high-power LED that provides extreme brightness for maximizing visibility and targeting capability in personal defense and other tactical situations. And each features interchangeable rear paddle switches that allow you to customize the TLR-8 sub to your shooting style.”

Each of the new lights is available in four different models to fit the GLOCK® 43X MOS/48 MOS and the GLOCK® 43X Rail/48 Rail; the SIG SAUER® P365® and P365® XL; the Springfield Armory® Hellcat®; and select 1913 short railed subcompact handguns including the Smith & Wesson® M&P® M2.0®, Beretta® Px4 Storm, Springfield Armory® XD-E™, Springfield Armory® XD-S® and Heckler & Koch® HK45.

The TLR-8 sub and TLR-8 G sub feature an LED that delivers 5,000 candela and 500 lumens over a beam distance of 141 meters. The lights’ custom TIR optic produces a concentrated beam that provides both extensive range as well as optimized peripheral coverage. Both lights offer three lighting modes – LED only and LED/Laser combined, each with a run time of 1.5 hours, and Laser only with a run time of 60 hours (red) and 11 hours (green). Both are energized by a single 3-volt CR123A lithium battery.

The new models feature a one-handed, snap on and tighten interface that keeps hands away from the gun muzzle when attaching or detaching them. The lights also include a safe-off feature, locking them so they cannot be turned on accidentally. Each features a specialized clamp system for mounting to rails, using the provided key kit.

Constructed with 6000 Series machined aircraft aluminum with a black anodized finish, both the TLR-8 sub and TLR-8 G sub weigh 2.77 ounces and measure 2.51 inches long and, depending on the model, 1.45 to 1.63 inches high. They feature an IPX4 water-resistant design and impact-resistant construction.

The TLR-8 sub and TLR-8 G sub have MSRPs of $389.55 and $477.00, respectively. They come with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

All rights reserved. GLOCK® is a registered trademark of Glock, Inc. SIG SAUER® and P365® are registered trademarks of SIG Sauer, Inc. Springfield Armory®, Hellcat®, XD-E™, and XD-S® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Springfield, Inc. Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and M2.0® are registered trademarks of Smith & Wesson Inc. Beretta® is a registered trademark of Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. Heckler & Koch® is a registered trademark of Heckler & Koch GmbH. Streamlight has not sought endorsement from any of the Companies mentioned in this paragraph.

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Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • XM1A2A XM1A2A on Nov 16, 2022

    These are the TLR-8A light+laser modules with an even more truncated (shorter) rail interface that will not overhang the dustcover on ultra-compact pistols.

    I’ve been impressed with the TLR-8 series. It’s an extremely compact footprint for a 500-lumen light and green or red laser, with excellent build quality (mostly aircraft aluminum alloy and minimal plastic). I like the larger diameter reflector on the TLR-8 white light, which gives much superior [long[ throw and [wide] flood than the “pinky nail” sized ones becoming common with other brands.

    The green laser on the “G” models are at the perfect wavelength at peak visual sensitivity for the human eyes. In average night-time conditions, a beam trace is easily visible. Daytime visibility of the green, laser aiming dot is excellent.

    The Streamlight rail adapter system, with drop in rail-stop plates is best of breed. These allow the user to perfectly tailor the front-to-back orientation of the optic unit in relation to the trigger guard on a variety of rail configurations including both Picatinny and Weaver spec, and even off-spec rails.

    The TLR-8 series runs on a single, CR-123 battery that can be exchanged without disassembling the optic module from the rails. Unscrewing the light bezel gives easy access to the battery compartment. There’s also a lock-out function on the bezel that disengages battery contact with the internal circuitry when fail-safe protection against accidental activation is needed. It also is useful for ultra long term storage with the battery in place to avoid any parasitic draw of current.

    The greatest user challenge with the TLR-8 series is that laser windage and adjustment screws sometimes come with a hex socket that is an overly loose fit for the wrench provided. Streamlight customer service is highly responsive, and will ship out replacement screws that will deliver anywhere in the U.S. in 2-3 days.

    You’ll be able to acquire these “Sub” models for around 1/2 the MSRPs cited from large volume sellers of firearms accessories and optics.