+ 9/10 Great Rail-Mounted Tactical Flashlight
+ Easy to operate.
+ Very reasonable cost.
+ Easy to install or remove without wiggle.
+ Suitable for wide range of weapons.
It does not to have multiple brightness settings.
The runtime is only around over one hours.
When talk about Rail-Mounted Tactical led flashlights, this flashlight is one of the most famous and popular model. There are so many people have chosen and gotten a high appreciated it. I had a deeply researched and some experienced for TLR-1 HL. In this article, I will share to you about review, pros & cons, comparing with other models and so on. I hope that what I write here, which give you have further information about the flashlight knowledge or help you understand clearly this model before has the decision purchase it or no.
This model is powered by two CR123A lithium batteries.
- Length: 3.39 in. (8.61 cm)
- Width: 1.47 in. (3.73 cm)
- Height: 1.44 in. (3.65 cm)
- Weight: 4.18 ounce (118.6 grams)
The light also has the following features:
- LED: C4 LED
- Lens: TIR optic
- Output: 12,000 candela peak beam intensity; 630 lumens.
- Runtime: 1.25 hours
- Water-resistance: IPX7 waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes
First, with aircraft aluminum body, black color, it looks so luxury and elegant. Its not like in the old version the TLR-1 (100 and then 300 lumens), the TLR-1 HL (630 lumens) is equipped with C4 LED delivers 12,000 candela peak beam intensity. It is a rail mounted tactical led flashlight with features: full on, momentary on and strobe effect, which are easy to control with either hand.
In addition, this model was built-in with some options “key”, which are interchangeable to many pistols. It included GLock, Beretta, Smith & Wesson 99 TSW and it’s as easy as removing the nut on the side and slipping the new bracket key in.
Operating & Features
It does not have programmable or multiple brightness mode settings, it is only one level bright for full on, momentary on and strobe effect that is why the runtime just about over one hours.
However, this beam is very good. It is a nice floody beam as well as large hot spot. Its a mix of throw & floody and the light will handle the stress of firing with no problem.
I want to say that a person with medium size hands shouldn’t have a problem to master the toggle switch but with your hands is small, the TLR – 1 HL also has a rigid pressure switch attachment available in case the toggle switch isn’t suitable to your shooting style.
This tactical led flashlight costs around $140. It is not a small investment. However, I think the price is very reasonable at all. Its nearest competitor in this power and quality range runs well over $200, which making this model offering a great of a deal.
I tested the TLR-1 HL in dark room. After turned off all the lights of room, and then turned on TLR-1 HL with full on mode. I feel that my room is brighter than when all the lights in the room is turned on. I aimed the TLR-1 HL at the ceiling, it reflects enough light to see clearly and easily anything in the room. In my opinion, this torch is a bit high bright for indoor using but for outdoor it would be greatest.
I tested it with Glock GL19. I install the GL key (standard key or universal rail) and it keeping the rail slot very well, which will eliminate any moving forwards and/or backwards which might lead to loosening.
Generally, this torch is fit & feel are great on the Glock 19. Its is tight on the G19. I just need to tighten down the screw by a hand, and then just use a small knife or coin to tighten more about 1/4 turn. You will not need more effort for tightening down.
Moreover, the control modes are also in the perfect spot for me, I feel very comfortable and convenient when pressing on the light switch. In addition, the strobe mode is also very easy to activate without loosening up or changing my grip.
Comparison table of other Streamlight TLR series
|Aircraft Aluminum||1.25 hours||630 lumens||$$$||See it at Amazon|
|Aircraft Aluminum||1.25 hours & 45 hours for laser||630 lumens||$$$||See it at Amazon|
|Aircraft Aluminium||2.5 hours||300 lumens||$$$||See it at Amazon|
|Aircraft Aluminium||1.25 hours & 45 hours for laser||160 lumens||$$$||See it at Amazon|
|Nylon Polymer||1.5 hours||90 lumens||$$||See it at Amazon|
Streamlight TLR-1 HL vs. Surefire x300 ultra
For now, I will be offering a side-by-side comparison of these top models. I have some experience with each. There are obviously many other models available, including some with lasers, but I’m focusing in the Streamlight TLR-1 HL & the Surefire x300 ultra since they seem to be the most common. The both of the weapon-mounted led flashlight is attached and tested with Glock 19.
|Streamlight TLR-1 HL||Surefire x300 ultra|
|630 lumens||500 lumens|
|1.25 hours runtime||1.5 hours runtime|
|2 CR123A batteries required||2 CR123A batteries required|
|TIR lens for peripheral illumination||TIR lens for peripheral illumination|
|Momentary / Steady On-Off selector and Strobe effect||Momentary / Steady On-Off selector|
|See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon|
With each model, they have a similar about looking and function of control selector, but there are a bit differences.
For the TLR-1 HL, the right-handed of shooter need to push the selector up for momentary on, or push the switch down for constant on. If the shooter was left-handed, just doing the opposite, the switch is one piece that extends to two side of the light across the face of the trigger guard. See pictures below.
For the Surefire x300 ultra, the shooter will need to push slightly the switch to forward (pushing the switch toward the muzzle of the gun) for momentary on. The full on mode turned on by pushing the switch either up or down.
They are also has a pressure switch available too. Whether it’s sometime called with difference name such as remote switch, contour, or pressure selector. You should choose and buy the pressure switch model that is suitable for your particular pistol so that it properly fits around the bottom of the trigger guard and on the front strap so that you can activate the remote switch with a squeeze of the middle finger.
The Streamlight TLR 1&2 contoured remote switch (fits standard Glock) fits around the bottom of the trigger guard and curves around to the side of each side of the trigger guard. The exterior of the Streamlight TLR 1&2 contoured remote selector is a slick metal-feeling shell that seems like it will stand up well to use.
I prefer the slimmer profile of the Surefire X300 DG grip remote switch, but Im worried the thin rubber layer coating will be scraped. The Streamlight TLR 1&2 contoured remote switch is a little bigger, but its exterior is more durable.
The Streamlight TLR-1 HL has a large screw on the left side of the gun that has spring tension on the rail attachment on the right side of it. Once the light is on the rail, and the horizontal “key” is in the notch on the rail, this screw is tightened easily by using a screwdriver or coin etc and the light is safe to the rail.
The Surefire X300 ultra has a lever on either side of the light that is depressed against spring pressure to allow the light to slide onto the rail and locks in place once the horizontal “key” clicks into the notch on the rail.
Both are very safe when installed without wiggle. Over all I find the TLR-1HL a bit easier to install or remove. In reality, you won’t be taking it off and putting it back again for many times so that it is not a problem.
Each weapon-mounted led flashlight comes with a universal key for attaching to common rails (glock rails) as well as other key that can be put on such as 1913 rail, etc. The TLR-1 HL system of swapping these out is easier that requires removal of a single hex-head screw, where the Surefire X300 ultra requires removal of hex-head screw.
Which One Should You Buy?
There are main features of each that I prefer over the other, so it is hard to say. I have to be honest, when this one is around half the cost of other. Its hard to get decision. I like the push-forward for momentary on mode of the Surefire X300 ultra but it is difficult to engage or disengage when installing and removing.
The momentary on for each is pretty easy to activate, just different from each other. I recommend the pressure switch for either. You are just easy to activate with a simple squeeze of your middle finger and not have to use your trigger finger to activate the light.
The assumption is that the Streamlight TRL-1 HL is running the similar LED as the Surefire X300 ultra. The lumens difference is most likely two things.
- The Surefire X300 ultra tends to be really conservative on its ratings and
- The TRL-1 HL could be going with a lower run time to get a little more light.
It is hard to say which one is better, the both weapon-mounted lights will get the job well done. I think you’d be happier with the Surefire X300 ultra, but youll save a couple budget with the Streamlight TRL-1 HL.
The Streamlight TLR-1 HL weapon-mounted led flashlight is great. Ive always been impressed with Streamlights quality and especially for a fair price. I like the TLR-1 HL than TLR- 2 or TLR- 3 because it is much brighter than the TLR-3, and has an aluminum body (vs. plastic, composite) for not too expensive. The TLR-2 is much more expensive because it is equipped with laser sights.
Personally, Id go with a Surefire X300 ultra. The TIR lens is a much nice optic, I like the tool-less install and removal, I like the momentary on, the Surefire will have USA build high quality vs. Chinese.
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