View Full Version : Flashlight, Handgun combo questiom

February 4, 2011, 07:16 PM
I have a Ruger P95 with accessory rail, which I could care less about. I would like to know what flashlight do you ladies and gents carry. No pistol mounted lights please.

February 4, 2011, 07:21 PM
I carry a surefire 6px pro. It is blinding, and small enough to carry everyday.

Jim March
February 4, 2011, 07:34 PM
I guess I'm cheap but...I've been very happy with the lowest-price dual-CR123 critter I could find:


Spotted it on sale at my local hardware store for $30. Surprisingly good...simple on-off on the tail cap, aluminum body, doesn't adjust very much but oh well. Dunno if it's putting out ALL of "160 lumens" (probably not) but it's pretty damn bright and I think would briefly blind somebody at night. Should also survive use as a Kubaton at least once or twice :).

February 4, 2011, 10:02 PM
I like Fenix lights.
On the "tactical" side, I have a TK12 that works great (123 batteries).
I also have a LD10; although the switch isn't as good for quick work under stress, IMO. (1 AA battery)

February 4, 2011, 10:07 PM
I used to carry nothing but a Surefire G2 or P6 but got tired of spending $10 for the batteries and $25-35 for bulbs. I do security work at night and use a light ALOT and that added up pretty quick. I have since switched to a Streamlight Strion which is rechargeable (up to 300 charges) and the bulbs are only $7. It's plenty bright and alot cheaper compared to the Surefires over time. Been using it for about a year now and been very pleased with it.

February 4, 2011, 11:25 PM
I got an LED "Smith & Wesson" flashlight that runs off two AA batteries for about $30. It lights up a room, is very portable, and lasted me a few months of overnight security work on one set of batteries. Plus it has that little bezel around the lens for bopping people in the head.


February 5, 2011, 01:03 AM
SureFire 8NX Commander Nitrolon Rechargeable Xenon Flashlight - 110 Lumens Black Body w/ Charger

February 5, 2011, 06:17 PM
Thanks for the replies.

February 5, 2011, 06:55 PM
I carry a Surefire C2 Centurion HA-III with Z48 tailcap, M2 bezel, Malkoff M61 dropin, and FM65 red tip off filter with a 17670 Li-Ion rechargeable.
Bombproof and perty...


February 5, 2011, 07:40 PM
Surefire 6P LED Defender with Surefire Combat Ring. It originally came with a P60L head, but I replaced it with a KX4D head and put the old head on a G2 body.

February 5, 2011, 08:27 PM
I used to carry nothing but a Surefire G2 or P6 but got tired of spending $10 for the batteries and $25-35 for bulbs. I do security work at night and use a light ALOT and that added up pretty quick. I have since switched to a Streamlight Strion which is rechargeable (up to 300 charges) and the bulbs are only $7. It's plenty bright and alot cheaper compared to the Surefires over time. Been using it for about a year now and been very pleased with it.
If you use a light that much why wouldn't you get an LED?

February 5, 2011, 09:20 PM
If you use a light that much why wouldn't you get an LED?

Doing alot of vehicle searches and LED lights don't see through auto glass as well as regular lights, they are a little softer and reflect off the glass more.

February 5, 2011, 09:41 PM
Interesting. Good to know.

February 5, 2011, 10:29 PM
This is what I carry...


It costs $10. I have had mine for 2 years and use rechargeable batteries. works for me.

February 6, 2011, 12:05 PM
For the past 3 years it's been a First-Light USA Tomahawk ST



By far the most facile and natural when doing hands together techniques and very handy.

Ran it through SouthNarc's Armed Movement In Structures course (excelent course which contains a night component) last December and it worked outstandingly well for all the stuff he teaches.

The Great Mahoo
February 6, 2011, 06:30 PM
I had a pair of Nebos like sserdlihc posted. Both broke to the point of being inconsistent with their light output (flickering) with simple daily carry in my pocket. I switched to Fenix lights and have been quite happy with them. Picked up a few different models at REI for camping on the cheap. I highly recommend them.

February 6, 2011, 07:25 PM
Surefire 6P. Changed to the KX4 head, doubled the output and run time.

Cruncher Block
February 6, 2011, 09:49 PM
SureFire E2 everyday, whether I think I'll need it or not.

Add an old SureFire 6Z in Sidearmor carrier when I think I might have a use for a flashlight.

February 7, 2011, 12:36 AM
I like the streamlight scorpion. normally ~$40 I got a second one on sale for $28 last year.

I loved my surefire E1e but I lost that tiny bugger:(

I also have a streamlight stylus (about the size of an ink pen) it is a good secondary and pretty bright for 2 AAA batts. they make a single AAA version too. battery life is pretty good. I use that thing daily at work and in a year I don't remember having to change the batteries. I want to say maybe I did once just to be safe but I really don't remember ever doing it.

February 7, 2011, 04:13 AM
I carry a Surefire Backup (E1B). (http://www.surefire.com/E1B-Backup)It is a bit pricey at $140, but it puts out 110 lumens on high power and has a 5 lumen low output that makes it very useful. It is only 4 inches long and operates off a single lithium CR123 battery. I've had mine for a few years now and I love it!


February 7, 2011, 06:38 AM
Streamlight PT 2AA

2 AA batteries
120 lumens high power
strobe and low power options
fits in my pocket
pressure switch with positive click on/off
(ETA: LED bulb)


February 7, 2011, 11:08 AM
Plain jane Surefire G2.

Cabelas had them on sale a while back for $28. Great little flashlight.

Onward Allusion
February 7, 2011, 11:27 AM

Got half a dozen of 'em scattered all over the house. Works well. US company no less.

old bear
February 7, 2011, 11:54 AM
When carry a flashlight, which is almost always, I have a inexpensive Dorcy brand L.E.D. light which runs on three AAA batteries. Small enough to fit in a pocket. I attached a woven 6" long lanyard to it. I now have a decent small light and a one shot blackjack all in one.

Let it Bleed
February 7, 2011, 06:04 PM
A SureFire 6PL with a Malkoff M61 drop-in. The M61 replaces the P60L that comes stock. If you plan to buy a replacement drop-in, then you can buy the less expensive incandescent SF 6P. The 6P and 6PL have been discontinued, so I don't know about availability.

I also have a flashlight that looks a lot like the Surefire 6P and is much less expensive. Bought a Solarforce L2P host and put a Thrunite P60 style drop-in lamp. So for just a bit more than $50, I have a flashlight with HAIII finish, almost 400 lumens, and excellent tint.

Even though the Solarforce has been 100% reliable so far, the SF w/M61 will always be my bedside light. It cost significantly more, but Surefire and Malkoff have well-earned reputations for quality and reliability. Some will argue SureFire is overpriced, but I personally disagree. There is more to any product than its advertised specs.

However, that’s not to say there aren’t many well made flashlights coming out of China. Fenix is by far the most well known and can be found in some retail stores. The majority of quality "made in China" flashlights are only available through a number of online retailers. JETBeam and EagleTac are 2 that I like, but there are quite a few others making good stuff.

But if you want the best go with SureFire or HDS Systems. Both American made and very high quality. Surefire will not have the latest emitter or offer the highest output per dollar, but they work when you need it to work.

February 8, 2011, 01:40 AM
Like stephen426, Surefire Backup!

February 8, 2011, 04:09 AM
Surefire E2E.

I've been using it for the past 6+ years, and while it's showing it's age, it still works as good as the day I bought it. I've replaced the bulb once and lost track of the number of batteries I've gone through.


February 9, 2011, 05:52 PM
I use night vision.

I never want to let anyone know that I am coming or where I am.

Some are taught to shoot at the light. Or shoot just to the left of the light.

Not taking any chances.

February 9, 2011, 06:14 PM
Surefire 6P LED 120 lumens.


You have got to be able to identify your target in all lighting conditions.

Keep your options open.

Besides the obvious low-light (indoors and out of doors) and night scenarios, even in some daylight situations a flashlight is necessary to illuminate a possible threat to overcome back lighting and reveal whether it is a threat or a friendly.

February 9, 2011, 06:27 PM
I am kinda leaning towards the Streamlight Scorpion, or the Fenix. Thanks for the info.

February 9, 2011, 06:35 PM
A2 aviator or a Z2C

February 9, 2011, 06:37 PM
I have a friend that loves to shoot 454 Casull, claims he doesnt need a light because if the bullet misses the burning 1/2 acre in front of the gun left by the blast will get the bg...

:D true story!

February 10, 2011, 12:16 PM
BGutzman, I could believe that. lol!

February 10, 2011, 05:41 PM
200 LUMENS with a 15 low, and solid as most guns.


I made the suggestion earlier, but making again because it is not the same as the older 6p. I had someone hit me with it after being in the dark and could not see for a good 20 seconds.

February 10, 2011, 05:42 PM
I also have had it for 3 or 4 months now, and use it all of the time. Original batteries still in it and just as bright as when I bought it. Its funny I sometimes feel as if I am holding a spot light.