There are more and more shooting cases around us these days, too horrible! I assume you must have more than a weapon like guns, rifles with you for safety, for your justifiable defense. Well, I have weapons too, just for my family’s safety. Have you ever thought of a situation that how could you handle if someone is going to attack you in the evening or at night or in the dark, even if you have armed you with a powerful gun. A bright flashlight is a powerful companion in conditions of darkness. Yes, you’d better take your weapon with such a tactical flashlight as your defense stuff. In order to get best flashlight to go with my defensing weapon that I can afford in the market, I did some research on tactical flashlights and eventually found a really good and popular one that is the Streamlight tactical flashlight, rail-mounted, providing a high illumination of 800 lumens. I am delighted to share that with you in this TLR-1 HL tactical flashlight review.
Have you ever blinded yourself with a light? I did, what I can say about this light is that it is surprisingly and ridiculously bright and it blinded me for several seconds when I tried it! That I say it is bright means hot damn it is bright. If you have a chance to hold your hand over the end of the light, it gets too hot for you to touch very quickly. I took this light to my friend and asked him to flash me from a distance of over 100 feet, just for a small test, the light then made me feel instantly disoriented. From this standpoint, the Streamlight TLR-1 HL flashlight is actually a spotlight. In addition, the TLR-1 HL flashlight is rated at 800 lumens and it produces a concentrated beam with optimum peripheral illumination by TIR optic, which means that the light coming from that flashlight is great.
Securely Fitting A Broad Range of Weapons
As a good companion of a gun, a flashlight is just what its role is. So staying steady and firmly mounted on a gun is what a good tactical flashlight does, however, it also is compatible with most weapons. Fortunately, Streamlight produces the TLR-1 HL flashlight like that. The TLR-1 HL tactical flashlight uses rail grip clamp system that it mounts directly to handguns with Glock-style rails and to all MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny) rails, which means you can securely attach or detach that light quickly and safely with no tools and without putting your hands in front of the muzzle, but only with the use of one handed snap-on and tighten interface. I don’t have many weapons to test its wide range of mounting, however, per real users and the manufacturer, I know the tactical light fits a long list.
Great For Hunting
If you want to use the TLR-1 HL flashlight not only being mounted on your gun for weapon defense, but also use it for other purpose. No Problem! What I can say is that the tactical flashlight does what is in its name. Since the light is so bright that it just surpasses your expectations, it is just used for hunting at night, if not for justifiable defense, especially through wooded area or large open fields.
Well Made for Durability
What makes up the durability should firstly be its material it is made of. The bright tactical flashlight TLR-1 HL is made of 6000 series aircraft aluminum with anodized finish with high temperature, resulting in a durable body. With a shock-mounted glass lens, C4® LED technology, the flashlight is impervious to shock with a 50,000 hour lifetime while delivering 15,000 candela peak beam intensity with being rated at 800 lumens. In addition, there are two 3-volt CR 123A lithium batteries inside powering the light with 10-year storage life. All that leads to the durability of the great light.
Features & Specifications
- Built with C4® LED technology for a long lifetime of 50,000 hours
- Designed and made to deliver 15,000 candela peak beam intensity rated at 800 lumens
- Uses rail grip clamp system to securely fits a broad range of weapons
- One handed snap-on and tighten interface keeps your hands away from muzzle when attaching or detaching
- Made of 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum with anodized finish with high temperature, so it is well produced for durability
- Engineered optic produces a concentrated beam with optimum peripheral illumination, so it can be used as spotlight sometimes
- Includes keys for Glock-style, Picatinny, Beretta 90two, S&W 99 and S&W TSW
- IPX7 waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes, so you can use it underwater for some time
- Dimensions: 3 x 3.39 x 3 inches
- Weight: 4.18 ounces
- Backed by a limited lifetime warranty
Pros & Cons
Pros: Great brightness that surpasses your expectations for a price near $100; Great for being mounted on weapons for defense; Great for hunting at night; Durable;
Cons: Some difficulty in an activation of the strobe feature if without following the instruction strictly; Not suitable for a shotgun because it cannot handle the recoil and flies off the mount.
Conclusion with Customer Reviews
The Streamlight TLR-1 HL rail-mounted tactical light review would not be complete without discussing the real life customer reviews for it. While doing research for this tactical light, I found more than 1900 helpful customer reviews telling me that this tactical light has a greatly impressive 4.8 out of 5 stars rating, which means that almost all people have given this tactical light the highest scores possible.
Then for further research on the customer reviews, I also noticed that there were few minor complaints about the light being not suitable for a shotgun because of too much recoil, which is not so common reported by others. However, that tactical flashlight still securely fits a broad range of weapons including pistols. And the overall consensus is that the Streamlight TLR-1 HL tactical flashlight is one of the best tactical lights on this high level available near the $100 price point. If you are looking for a tactical flashlight that is bright and durable while being worth the money for your defensing weapons and / or hunting at night, I highly recommend the Streamlight TLR-1 HL tactical light.
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