Wednesday, November 13, 2013

600 lumen rail light STILL on sale. Now I think they are just messing with us.....


(Streamlight on sale....)
(Why didn't someone tell me I spelled it Steamlight?  Sheesh...)



Updating the review recently posted on the TLR-1 High Lumen weapon light......

Another 100 double taps have gone down range, practicing light activation along with double/single action shooting sequences.  The PT809 performed flawlessly so far, as did the light.  The added forward weight makes the pistol a little more controllable on rapid fire, and the light-saber-blaster functions fine under recoil.

One thing did surface though; A slight tendency for the rail clamp screw to back off if it's only finger tightened.  Snugging with a coin (it's slotted for such) removed that minor offense instantly.

Spending some time around the home with this pistol/light combination (Unloaded of course), I was looking for evidence that perhaps the light is just too bright.  Purposefully hitting a gloss white door with a light blast, I'll say the reflection was a serious hit to the eyes.  That said, it was not dehabilitating.

 More to the point, hitting myself full throttle via a mirror, I can say that being on the receiving end of 630 lumens is BLINDING.  It totally washed my optics from focusing on the area, and five minutes later my eyes were just returning to normal.

I have to vote for the light, as it's shear massive output and how that can effect an attacker outweighs the possibility of damaging ones own night vision (Lets face it.... firing most pistols indoors in the dark is going to result in a muzzle flash anyway).  Heck, even getting a hit with the TLR-1 HL in full daylight can be blinding at close range.

Two points really stand out..... the ability to identify exactly what is making that bump in the night, and the ability to take away it's eyesight if needed. 

As a weapon light for this home defense pistol..... stellar performance.  Now I want several more to mount on rifle and shotgun.......


5 comments:

Old NFO said...

Thanks for the heads up! :-)

Hartley said...

At 600 lumens, it IS a "steamlight".

Peter said...

My big beef with this light is that it's too powerful for home defense use. Try setting your alarm for the small hours of the morning, picking it up off the nightstand, and shining it towards your bedroom door, or down the hall. It'll blind your sleepy eyes for five to ten minutes.

For that application, I've stuck with the much less powerful Streamlight TLR-3. It's only 110 lumens, but that's more than adequate for indoor use, without the blinding effect being nearly as bad.

On a long gun, for outdoor use over longer ranges, sure, the TLR-1 really comes into its own.

Carteach said...

Mine lives in the bedroom, and I have used it in the dead of night while practicing acquisition. Seems to work well for me.

Carteach said...

I'm going to give this some thought. There may be adjustments to be made in the way this light is used. Perhaps instead of 'weapon light', it may be more realistic to say 'light weapon'.

Given a use in home defense, one might think the user will have some say in the situation it's used in. Things such as additional lighting, etc.