Bump in the night..... and distributing an early dawn this morning
Something woke me about 2am this morning. Something that intruded on sleep and flipped a switch I almost forgot existed. BING! I'm awake! Now..... why??
Shortly thereafter, a bump in the night. Not inside the house, but against the house certainly. Almost a light bang.
One long arm later, the 9mm with it's chunk of sun mounted under the barrel is in my hand, and a quiet and dark walk about the house is going on. Nothing found.
A look out back, a flick of the switch, and the culprit is identified and targeted. Just a dog, who paused at the tree line long enough for me to light him up. His tracks in the snow made obvious in the light, he'd been nosing around the back patio for anything of interest and edible.
I'm still pleased with this light. It works a treat, and it's STILL cheaper now than what I paid for mine last year! I need one on my new AR..... and I'll have me another.
been working towards setting up a pistol as a 'Bump-In-The-Night' house
weapon. When the Taurus PT-809 followed me home one day as an
investment, it became a prime suspect for the role. Now, about 500 rounds later (and a treatment with Slipstream),
the Taurus has settled down and become quite reliable. Having an 18
round (17+1) capacity, a double action that makes leaving a round in the
chamber quite safe, and pretty decent ergonomics..... the pistol lacked
only a weapon light to fill out the package. To meet that need, I ordered a Streamlight TLR-1 HL High Lumen Tactical Light. Like
it's older brother, the TLR-1 (300 lumens), the HL is a rail mounted
tactical light featuring full on, momentary on, and strobe effect. Fed
by a pair of lithium CR123 batteries, it has a reported run time in
excess of an hour. Since all my pocket flashlights live off the same
power source, getting the same in a weapon light is a no brainer. I'm
already buying CR123 batteries by the ten pack anyway. Unlike many other rail mounted units, the TLR-1 HL has an
'key' setup to the rail mount. This means the actual part that fits
into the notch of the rail can be swapped out to make the light fit
better. The light comes with four different inserts that bolt into
place, each marked for a different weapon. Even though they are so
marked, I found it best to try all four for fit before bolting one into
place. Hitting upon the right one was like the clouds opening and a
ray of sunshine beaming onto the weapon in my hands. The light snicked
on snugly, putting the ambidextrous switch tabs exactly under my finger
tips where needed to be.
particular light is a bit large for a carry pistol, in my view, unless
it's carried in a pocket and then snapped into place when needed. The
mechanism for mounting it to the rail is fast, sure fitting, and
secure. When the little knob is screwed down, the light is NOT going
anyplace. All this can be done without tools, in seconds. On a house pistol, or a long gun..... this thing really
shines (Pun fully intended). It's light output is nothing less than
spectacular, blinding to look at even in daylight. Within it's rugged
aluminum body is housed a C4 LED putting out
roughly 12,000 candlepower. The conversion to lumens is tricky and
beyond this poor old man's ken, but I'll attest to this...... the light
is BRIGHT! Scary bright, if you are on the wrong end of it.
About fifteen years ago I was playing around with
building LED flashlights of my own, and a buddy asked if I could build
him something that would flat out blind someone on the receiving end.
So bright it would effectively shut down their ability to respond
coherently to the threat they were under. I could not..... and till
now when I ran into the TLR-1 HL, I hadn't seen anything likely to fit
his wishes. This light could possibly do that. Now, it's not all sherry and giggles..... there is a
minor flaw to the unit in my opinion. A very minor one, I think, but
it's one Streamlight could work on. The strobe feature is activated by flicking the momentary
switch a couple times. If done just exactly right the second hit will
have the light in strobe mode as long as the switch is held down. My
beef is that it's fiddly to do, and requires a deft touch and a
conscious thought... two things that fly straight out the window in a
tense defensive situation. The reality is one can forget using the
strobe feature under pressure unless practiced a lot, and I mean an
awful lot, until it becomes instinct.
It would be far better to have the light programmable, with a setting that has momentary either full on or strobe, but not a touchy
combination of the two. For myself with this unit, I shall practice
using either full on or momentary, leaving the strobe function aside. Frankly, given the momentary blinding 630 lumen flash, I'm not sure the strobe will be all that missed. The unit weighs in a little over 4 ounces, which is
excellent for it's power. Still, it will seriously change the handling
characteristics of a pistol, no matter how large. On the somewhat
lightweight PT-809, it's a hefty change. That means more practice.....
something I'm not adverse to. The TLR-1 HL tactical light costs about $130, and that's
not a small investment. Given it's well regarded ancestry, tough build,
and incredible power..... the price is not bad at all. It's nearest
competitor in this power/quality range runs well over $200, making this
Streamlight offering a scream of a deal.