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Best light for M&P?
« on: May 22, 2010, 02:50:13 PM »
I bought a full-size, brand new M&P, and plan to make use of the rail it has. What is the best light to mount?

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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2010, 03:29:06 PM »
I have experience with the Surefire X200, the Streamlight TLR-1 and TLR-3

X200: very high quality, not quite as bright as the latest Streamlight offering (the X200 is an older light). I like the fact that if you push the rocker in any direction it locks on, and if you push it foreward it is like pressing the tailcap on a conventional light (instant on, instant off). My only gripe is the price and the fact that the mount seems a little tight on the M&P frame. I imagine that the current generation Surefire lights are brighter and may mount slightly better on the M&P (it looks like the switch just presses hard against the trigger guard- it does not affect function, but it can be a bugger to get on and off).

TLR-1: very good light for the money. Much cheaper than the Surefires, and brighter than my X200. A lot of my guys at work have them on their guns, and I have yet to see one fail. My only complaint is that the rocker switch is constant-on one way, and instant-on the other. If that works for you, great...but if you want it the opposite way, I'm not sure you can reverse it.

TLR-3: small and bright. It is much smaller than the TLR-1, and still bright enough for serious use. I like it because it doesn't stick out beyond the barrel and is narrow, so concealing it is a LOT easier than concealing a TLR-1 or any of the Surefires. The rocker switch works the same way as the TLR-1.

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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2010, 05:36:19 PM »
Good stuff, Coronach, thanks. :thumbup2

What are the prices on those last two?

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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2010, 06:27:15 PM »
I use the Surefire X300.  The operation is exactly the same as the 200 but its brighter.  You can get it in a flood or stream light.  I have the stream because I search outside a lot with it.  For interior stuff the flood will do better.  Not sure of the prices not but the Magic Box can answer questions like that.
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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010, 09:20:55 PM »
The TLR-3 is $75-ish. I think the TLR-1 is under $150 if you look around.

Make no mistake, the Surefires are the best around, but the Streamlight TLRs are very very good. The -3 is the way I would go if I was going to carry concealed (full-size or compact ... and it's about the only option for the compact). I would have gone with the TLR-1 for my duty M&P if I didn't already have a X200 laying around doing nothing. The X300 is brighter, but both the x200 and the TLR-1 are bright enough for handgun engagement distances.

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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2010, 05:04:37 AM »
I would strongly suggest that anyone that is in the market for a "firearm mounted light" get one that has a STROBE feature.

The power of the strobe is probably one of the very best kept secrets in the low-light fighting world.  When one uses a strobe - for real - it is an amazing and astounding experience - even after repeated use in the same type of scenario.  The effect a strobe has on humans is like a prolonged FLASH BANG.  It disorients and disables potential aggressors and turns them into a shrinking mass of flesh and bone.

This was borne out to us on nearly every entry we did on a fugitive - and whoever else was in the room too (and sometimes the *other* people in the room were much scarier than the fugitive we were after).

We words "POWER OF THE STROBE" entered our vocabulary.  It must be SEEN to be appreciated.

I run the Insight Technology WX150 lights on all my 'go to' guns.  They can be had brand new for around $120.00.

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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2010, 11:30:31 AM »
The new Streamlight TLR-1s has the strobe feature.  

$98 at LA Police Gear currently


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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2010, 01:45:59 PM »
The new Streamlight TLR-1s has the strobe feature.  

$98 at LA Police Gear currently


 I bought one of those from LA Police Gear a little while back, great light. You can find coupon codes that will drive the cost down a little more. I ended up paying about $90.00 with free shipping. Regarding the strobe feature, I agree with T.I., it's nice to have. Tested it on a friend (cleared and safe XD-9) in low/no light, then I had it done to me. Oh boy, it works. Reminded me of going to a club and suddenly being disoriented by a strobe light. Except this strobe was like looking into the sun...
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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2010, 02:05:57 PM »
$98! To quote a very annoying current commercial:

WOW! THAT'S A LOW PRICE!

Cameron, I'd order one of those if I were in your positikon.

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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2010, 02:08:09 PM »
(Well, that or the -3, depending on whether you were looking at CCW or not)
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Re: Best light for M&P?
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2010, 02:19:33 PM »
I use the Surefire X300.  The operation is exactly the same as the 200 but its brighter.  You can get it in a flood or stream light.  I have the stream because I search outside a lot with it.  For interior stuff the flood will do better.  Not sure of the prices not but the Magic Box can answer questions like that.
I agree on the Surefire X300.  Fantastic weapon light.
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