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December 4, 1999, 06:12 AM
I am close to purchasing a SF
forend light for my 870 Marine
Magnum. Trying to decide between
the 3v, 6v or the new M3 version.
I talked with Mr Lagger of http://www.lagger-pro.com/ about
the 3 voltage options. Basically
he said the 3v is equivalent to
the 3P flashlight, in terms of
lumens (30) and he strongly recommended against it. The 6v = the 6P (65).
The new M3 series produces 225 Lumens, about 3.5x more output than the 6v. Cost is approx $250 with the dedicated housing vs ~$160 for the 6v.

My question to you who have a Surefire mounted on your s/g is:

How much light is enough for a HD weapon? IYO, is the new M3 light worth the extra $$?

ps, I have the 3P, 6P, 6Z & 9P lights and yes, there is a huge difference between the 3P & 6P flaslights.


December 4, 1999, 01:46 PM

If you don't mind my asking.. Where did you purchase your M3 and at what price?

December 4, 1999, 02:56 PM
3v is fine for a pistol light, but I'd go with a 6v or higher system for a long gun. roughly speaking, I guess I'd say a minimum of 25 lumens for a pistol, 50-60 for a shotgun, 100 for a carbine.

since you're getting a light for a scattergun, rather than the M3, I'd get the standard 6v foreend light and use the $ difference to get a 6P and holster for my pistol belt, or apply it towards an M3 carbine setup.

[This message has been edited by Ivanhoe (edited December 06, 1999).]

Bennett Richards
December 4, 1999, 08:58 PM
From what I have seen the Millenium just sticks out too far to use with an 18-20 tube. The 6V is fine.


December 6, 1999, 01:10 AM
Thanks for the input everyone!
I'm going mull over the M3 vs 6v for a couple of days, then make my decision. Either one should work fine, just have to decide if the M3 is worth the xtra $$.

Bennett Richards
December 6, 1999, 11:01 PM
I think for the carbine the M3 would make sense... for a scattergun the 6 volt should do what ya need.