on September 5, 2013
I ordered this about two months ago and mounted it on my Glock 21. The end of the flashlight sticks out just a tiny bit farther than the barrel.
This thing is bright. When I say bright i mean hot damn it's bright. If you hold your hand over the end it gets too hot to touch very quickly. I noticed a lot of people here having issues with the activation of the strobe feature, but it's quite easy. You just double tap the switch on the left side to put it into strobe mode, and you can drop down the hold-on switch on the right to keep it on. A little practice and it's second nature. I went into my friends half-acre backyard and had them flash me from over 100 feet away and it made me feel instantly disoriented and I looked away. From that distance the thing is a literal spotlight, the beam doesn't fade or die away. With brand new fresh batteries the beam is insane.
However, I have not shot the gun with the light attached yet so I can't quite talk about its durability, though Streamlight seems to have good reviews on that end. Also, the other night the strobe feature stopped working but I just emailed them, I'll post an update to this review to see how that turns out.
EDIT: Streamlight got back to me within 24 hours on how to fix it, took five seconds. Also took it to the range today and sent around 200 yards downrange, no issues at all.
on October 6, 2011
This is a REAL GUN review. (I have to say this as too many weapon accessory reviews are for air-soft toys and BB guns)
After a whole bunch of searching around, for everything from the cheaply made plastic $30 lights (that would fly off the gun down range after a few shots) to the $200+ surefire lights... I settled on this as the best weapon light for the money. I have a Beretta M9A1 and this light works and looks like it was made for my Beretta. The fit and finish are amazing, the better light output (of the TLR-1s) is enough to temporarily blind anyone unfortunate enough to get it shined in their eyes. The added strobe is quite disorienting to anyone on the other end of it (red spots in vision that last for about a minute if you look into the light). I love the placement of the two way toggle switch for left or right handed, and one and two handed grip styles. It can be switched into the on position or pushing the opposite direction will keep it on for as long as you hold the switch. Good for those situations where you may or may not need the light on at all times. It is set up in a way that even in a panic situation (a.k.a. loading your pants) you can have the muscle memory to turn it on. Much better than the little rubber push button lights I have tried out.
Using the light in dark/low light situations can even help with aiming as the center of the light spot is right where I would be aiming for. So if the bright spot of the light is covering the center of the target at about 5 to 15 feet, there was a 95% chance I would hit it without using the sights.
The main reason I got this light was the fact that it is all aluminum, it is tried and tested, and the way it clamps onto the gun is better than any "quick release" style rail light I have seen yet. I tightened it on as well as possible because I really don't have a use for "quick release". Though it does come off easy enough in case that is your thing. It came included with two fully charged batteries, and three different rail mount "Keys" so it will fit your particular style without any "Wriggle". My Beretta has a 1913 picatinny rail and it locks onto it beautifully. I cannot attest to the weaver or glock style rails though it fits on my friends composite SigPro 2022 with no problem. Mounted on the Sig 2022 the light sticks out past the muzzle about an inch, so it doesn't look as good as it does on the Beretta M9/92s where it is perfectly flush with the muzzle.
Took it to the range and fired off close to 150 rounds of 124gr +p 9mm rounds with the light on the whole time, and it never so much as flickered. I turned it off and put it away and then checked the light out the next day, and it didn't skip a beat.
*NEW UPDATE* April 2013
Been using this light for nearly 2 years now, always on my gun, THOUSANDS of rounds and still looks and functions beautifully! Still blindingly bright and never fails to function. I have received compliments that the light looks like it was MADE specially for the Beretta 92A1 series of pistols.
If they ever make one with a Green strobing laser under it I will buy it in a split second!
*Will update this if anything happens at the next few visits to the range*
If you have a full sized handgun with an accessory rail then this is the light to get! Especially on the Beretta 92A1, M9A1, and 96A1 pistols.
on April 18, 2011
I spent 8 years in the Marine Corps and trained with surefire optics. I used to think that there was nothing better than surefire, until a friend of mine introduced me to streamlight. The streamlight tlr-2 is a fraction of the cost of the surefire x400. Having tested surefire optics on the battle field and knowing them to be tried and true I was skeptical of trying a new brand. My friend convinced me to give streamlight a try. I borrowed his streamlight and headed to the shooting range. I was immediately impressed with its easy installation, light weight, and ease of use. After test firing it I new I had to have one of my own. The laser was easy to adjust and extremely accurate. The tactical light is extremely bright and the strobe feature is also quite impressive. The surefire tactical light offers 170 lumen output and the tlr-2 offers an output of 160 lumens. The price difference between the two is 150 dollars and the streamlight is just as durable and just as good if not better than the surefire x400.
on May 26, 2015
You're getting your monies worth with this weapon light and its from a reputable company too. Its very ideal as an indoor weapon light and its housing is durable for long term abuse. The strobe is a nice added feature to disorient people and the controls are easy to manipulate. I would highly suggest this as part of a home defense weapon setup because you don't want to be shooting in the dark at unknowns and you want PID ( Positive Identification ) so you don't accidentally shoot a household member that is mistaken for a home invader. The TRL1s will fit almost anything with a rail system such as Glock and pistols that use the 1913 Picatinny rails you know the cheese grater looking thingy under the pistol. Some photos on how the light looks on a Glock 17 Gen 3 and the 19 Gen 4.
on June 18, 2011
I recently purchased a new gen. 4 Glock 22. It has the mounting rail built into the frame (for those unfamiliar). I started researching the options that can be mounted on the rail.
I quickly zeroed in on the Streamlight TLR-1S & TLR-2S as my finalists. Streamlight offers a smartly designed, solid, well built product with tight tolerances. Somewhat of a rarity in today's consumer market, flooded with less than acceptable, Asian knockoffs, that more crappy than cheap.
For me, I wanted a strobe option; a laser was a potential bonus. My choice was between the TLR-1S (no laser) and the TLR-2S (with laser), the laser does add both a price and size/weight component. I will not be carrying it daily and if I need it in a moment of crisis, I prefer the deck stacked as far in my favor as possible.
What's up with the title of this review? Many of the previous reviewers mentioned the trickiness of the controls, when using the strobe mode. That held up my decision for a few weeks. In the end I determined that I need to apply the same reasoning to this light as I would any firearm purchase.
First, is it a high quality and reliable item? Yes it is, I read at least 100 reviews on many sites; it is state of the art. Second, am I willing and able to put in the practice time to be both confident and competent with it? Yes I can/will, that is a non-negotiable piece of the equation. Finally, does it essentially "fail safe"? Yes, even if you fail to double tap the switch fast enough to put it in strobe mode, the light and laser still switch on, just not in strobe mode.
All in all it is great product that will do what is supposed to do, if you do what you are supposed to do. Practice regularly.
on October 6, 2012
It is a little heavier and wider than I expected it to be. But it feels really sturdy and durable. I had to use the Glock(GL)or Universal key instead of the 1913 (Picatinny) key for my XDm .40. The GL key fits perfectly and it made switch move closer to the trigger guard. It is more snug. This light is really bright. I definetly do not want to be in front f this light. The strobe just takes a couple of minute to get use to. But after that its easy to flip it. Placing the battery is a little tricky. I attached pics that might help you guys. You have to take the light off the rail to repplace the battery. Again it is relly really bright.
The reason for 4 stars:
1. You have to take the entire tac light off the rail to replace battery.
2. a little wide and heavy than expected. But again its feels durable and sturdy.
I would definetly recomend this for home defence.
on November 8, 2012
The first thing I noticed was how surprisingly light this unit is. Looks heavy, but it is not at all.
The spot is perfectly focused and centered on the sights out to a range slightly beyond what car high beams reach..400+ yards as advertised. Also the barrel shadow does not extend into the spot at all. Bright, white light.
Save your money, don't buy Surefire.
Update: Using this light I got 7/10 hits on torso sized steel plate at 300 yards, in the dark, with iron sights with my SCAR17.
on March 23, 2009
The price tag is high, but when the item is an important add-on to your primary sidearm, it's an easy choice.
I bought mine USED for quite a bit less than listed, because it only came with the GLOCK key for it. Of course I was buying it for a GLOCK 21, so no problem there. I'll go over the pros and cons as I see them, as objectively as I can. Cons first, because I think the negatives always weigh my decisions more than the positives.
Cons--Price. $200+ for an add-on with electronics and moving parts, hence more chances for failure(none so far, but it's a possibility). If you don't have a bearing holster, your old one won't be functional with this on the rail. Not waterproof, like the TLR-1(and a little bulkier of course). Attachment bolt needs regular cleaning/oiling as it is not aluminum/carbon but steel. Battery door will feel like a puzzle until you pull a quarter out of your pocket. Collects dust on the lens guard/laser like an old library(suprise...guns release hot powder residue bursts at barrel exit and breech). Which is probably what happened to K. Jordan. You have to clean after every use, you don't want that stuff building up. If you want to adjust the laser, you'll need a nearly microscopic .050" hex key, but that should come with a new one. That's the most I can come up with.
Pros--Reliable. That's about all I should need to say to justify it's value, but I've yet to have a problem. Eight boxes of ammo so far (that's four-hundred rounds of .45ACP worth) with it attached. I stagger on and off so the slight weight/feel difference doesn't change my aim, so the ease of attaching/detaching is welcomed. Though quick, it's not just snap on, I wouldn't trust that--there's a bolt that secures it for a tight grip, and it's pretty heavy duty...maybe overly so. Takes me under ten seconds. Pretty decent run time, I'd say about 2 and a half hours nonstop with the LED only. Not a big fan of lasers in general on sidearms, as they can quickly become a crutch, but the extra confidence of one zeroed at 20 yards when you need it alleviates that concern. Once again, after zeroing it at your optimal distance(mine was, possibly from the previous owner, zeroed at 20 yards when I first was going to check for adjustments) the laser is amazingly accurate. I definitely alternate to not become dependent, but the tight patterns I was hitting were better than I expected. Overall pretty light, about a third of a pound for 80 lumens is a nice ratio. Feels very sturdy in construction, 45ACP kicks like a mule compared to 9mm, and no shock damage. Love the paddle/switch design for momentary and steady. Clockwise (down for righties) to lock steady, counter for momentary, neutral for off. Trigger finger naturally rests right on it when in safety position. The switch is below paddle for laser/light/light & laser from left to right. I use my steady hand on that, but it'd be easy enough to reach it with your main hand.
This is starting to get long winded, but I think for a primary sidearm, if you're willing to shell out the cash, it's well worth it. Look for them used first if you can. So far, couldn't be happier with mine.
on November 4, 2013
Bought a Surefire Ultra High Ouput LED Weaponlight, Black and this unit for my weapon. Had to reorder this one as my USPS service is horrible and they often lose my packages or place them in a different box (lost again).
Compared the two below.
The Surefire has a plastic mount held on with 6 hex screws which MUST be loosened to mount on most applications. The Surefire package does come with locktite which is needed as the screws will become loose over time. I have read more than a few comments on forums with people stating this light does not properly fit standard P rails. PLASTIC folks! Check out the favorite video website for a comparison to the TLR-1 HL. The Streamlight is ALL metal. Clicks on the rail within a second. The Surefire screams Chinese made all over it. It really is that bad.
SWITCH: The switch on the Surefire is very spongy, lacking any real noticeable click, whereas the switch on this Streamlight is very nice. Not spongy and does have a nice click feel to it.
BEAM: Streamlight all the way
The Streamlight is not only brighter, it has a substantially superior spill to it vs. this Surefire. Again, check out comparisons on 'distance' beam shots. Not the comparisons of 10' away.
No strobe feature available on the Surefire. Really? So much for a serious tactical light. Strobe works great on this light.
If looks is important, the Streamfire has a funky "Escalade' polished ring on the end of it. Why, who knows.
Overall, this Streamlight is superior to the Surefire X300 Ultra in every aspect minus the polished ring. It is also .5" shorter than the Surefire.
EDIT: Several have stated that due to the plastic mount, the Surefire has been known to 'pop' off a weapon on hi-recoil situations such as a shot gun. I do not see this occurring with the all metal Streamlight.
Plastic does not belong on a $220 weapon light. This Streamlight is half the price and triple the light vs. the Surefire is.
on September 14, 2010
There are three things the new TLR-1s has improved upon the original TLR-1:
1. The brightness. 160 lumens from the TLR-1s vs. 135 from the old TLR-1. It's visibly brighter, when shooting onto a white wall from the same distance, though not a huge difference.
2. The strobe feature. You need to double tap the switch within 0.4 second to activate it. It is very effective, very disorienting to look at (even when looking from behind). But the activation is hard to accomplish, especially in the dark, under stress, in a self-defense situation. Another review mentioned the remote switch for this light that could make it easier.
3. The battery door. On the old TLR-1, to change batteries I need to use a coin to pry the door latch off to open (latch is metal, door is plastic, and it's very tight for waterproofing). And since the door and the switch are the only parts made from plastic, a few of those coin prying left dent marks on the door. Now, the door is still plastic, but I can just flip up that flat metal leaf, and the door pops right open. Push the metal piece down and the door snaps shut with the same tightness as before, only much easier to use...
My copy of the TLR-1s went back to the factory for warranty repair after only one range session (about 150 rounds fired, light mounted on a Glock 23, shooting 180gr .40SW and 115gr 9mm from a conversion barrel, both Walmart WWB and Federal FMJ ammo). The strobe quit working after the range shooting. The top of the light forward of the muzzle got burnt by the muzzle flash (top part of that silver ring was completely blackened), and can't be wiped clean using alcohol and Goo Gone. I don't really care for the strobe feature since it's so hard to use, but I worried if some other parts on the circuit board might also be affected by the shock of gun fire. Called Streamlight, they issued a RMA right away, and I got it back in two weeks. Good customer service for a company that stand behind their products. I will probably buy another TLR-1s shortly for my other rail-equipped handguns so I don't have to swap all the time when I swap carry guns. Also to have a backup unit, as the old saying goes, for flashlights, one is none, two is one...
BTW, Streamlight even cleaned the powder burns on the light for me. The silver ring is shiny again...
*** UPDATE *** It's 2015 now, the lights (I did get two of them) are still going strong, just as bright as the day I got them. I gave them rechargeable 123A batteries now (K2 Energy batts/charger sold by Surefire), work fine in my lights. If/when these die, I'd probably upgrade to the 630 lumens TLR-1 HL version...