Tactical light - what is best bang for the buck?

Discussion in 'Springfield XD/XD(M) Accessories' started by XD9SC Shooter, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Mar 4, 2010 #1
    XD9SC Shooter

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    Want a good starter tactical light. Can't break the bank right now, so less than $100 is a must.

    I'm pretty sure I want to go LED, and if possible, I'd like the light to have a Cree LED. A buddy of mine just went to work there and I'd like to show solidarity.

    I'd like to stay away from rechargable. I'm more of a put fresh batteries in once a year and not worry about charging kind of guy.

    Name brand is not important. I don't feel the need to pay extra to have it say Surefire or Streamlight on the side IF I can get equivalent quality and features in another brand.

    I want it bright. Not to win in some 'mine is brighter than yours' dick measuring contest, but because 1) I want to see what I'm pointing the light at, and 2) If I can gain an advantage over a potential bad guy by giving him a blast in the eyes, all the better.

    Strobe function would be great also, but not a deal breaker.

    Suggestions? Comments? Links to good deals all welcome...

    Thanks in advance...

     
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    ThatSickRip

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    TLR-3
     
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    +1 :smile:
     
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    Personally, I feel the best weaponlight out there is the Surefire X300; you do get something for paying for the name that a el-cheapo, Chinese junk light (which a no-name light will almost certainly be) will just simply not deliver...

    However, that is more than you say you want to pay...so, with your criteria, the Streamlight TLR-3 is pretty much what you are looking for.
     
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    xdmp22

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    i agree there are better lights than the TLR-3 but for the 70-90 bucks for them they are great
     
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    Spend a little more for a quality product and it will cost you less. This is what I use and recommend (from a buyer I have purchased from.) No strobe, but I really don't recommend them unless you're into lava lamps and blacklights. :p

    TLR-1:

    New Streamlight TLR 1 C4 LED Tactical Flashlight TLR1 - eBay (item 150402920317 end time Mar-06-10 09:01:59 PST)

    Compare the MIL SPEC for durability, battery life, and lumens output to other products...

    Here's a great alternative for batteries that I use:

    Titanium Innovations CR123A 3V Lithium Photo Battery 1400mah
     
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    My TLR-3 is arriving tomorrow...so ill post up how i like it once i get a chance to play with it...But i will be suprised if i dont love it...so far i have not been disappointed with streamlight ...
     
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    Streamlight by far the surefires eat batteries like obama eats jobs
     
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    Does everything have to be so political in here?:p
    I thought we just got over hearing that Bush and Cheney eat babies!?
     
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    xdmp22

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    political or not, thats funny
     
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    Bought one for my M&P 45 a couple of weeks ago, and love it! ($75 - including shipping - off of e-Bay).
     
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    Are we talking weapon mounted or hand held.

    Weapon Mounted-Insight XTI Procyon
    I've seen them from $105 to $140. It's very bright and it has strobe.

    Hand Held-Fenix TA30 or TA20.
    Best flashlight I've ever owned and it's only $80. The strobe makes me feel sick instantly if I look at it.(dumb)
     
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    $100.00 from Midway. For me it fits every need.:cool:
     

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