The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Gear and Accessories

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old March 8, 2012, 06:12 AM   #51
insomni
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 28, 2011
Posts: 342
As with scopes, holsters and just about any other tactical gear, you get what you pay for. If you.re buying cheap gear, be prepared to buy another one. Ifyou.re gonna pay for quality look into
Surefire (there is definitely a reason... actually many reasons... the army uses them)
Inova

If you're looking for something less expensive than a surefire look into Pelican. Theyre polymer, not aluminum, but they work decently. Streamlight too. I have a streamlight taclight for my pistol that ive owned for about 7years now. Maglite too: not sexy at all, but a total beast of a flashlight
insomni is offline  
Old March 9, 2012, 09:13 PM   #52
PITT5150
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 26, 2010
Posts: 136
I've got a Surefire and Streamlight flashlight. They do not perform as some of the other lights out there. fenix, FourSeven, Olight, Sunwayman, Jetbeam, Thrunite, and Klarus produce better flashlights for much less. I recently bought a Klarus ST20 for $42.00 shipped. It's the size of a Maglite 2AA. It produces 240 lumens on high mode running on 2AA batteries for 1.7 hours. It also has medium, low, super low(200 hours at 2 lumens), SOS, strobe, and beacon modes. This flashlight is brighter than my Maglite 3 D cell LED light which is only rated at 134 lumens. It's also waterproof to IPX-8 standard which is over 1 meter for more than 30 minutes underwater. This light performs way better than my Surefire G2Z or my Streamlight Stinger.
PITT5150 is offline  
Old March 9, 2012, 10:19 PM   #53
jason75979
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 1, 2009
Location: Southeast Texas
Posts: 137
In case you all haven't tried them, check out Coast and their LED Lensers. Going on 3 years with 3 of my T5s.
jason75979 is offline  
Old March 10, 2012, 02:54 AM   #54
Pietro Beretta
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 31, 2005
Location: WA
Posts: 196
I have had good results with Fenix & Olight. Yes they are Chinese products, I can't bring myself to buy Surefire.

Yes, Surefire's are made in the U.S.A I get that, but so are Ruger/S&W firearms, but they aren't more expensive than glocks or XD's.
__________________
"Stress will magnify your weakness."
Pietro Beretta is offline  
Old March 10, 2012, 02:26 PM   #55
PITT5150
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 26, 2010
Posts: 136
Another good flashlight is Zebralight. But the most bang for your buck are the Chinese brands like SkyRay, TrustFire, UltraFire, UniqueFire, Crelant, Small Sun, MarsFire, and a bunch of others that slip my mind.
PITT5150 is offline  
Old March 11, 2012, 01:07 PM   #56
FJ4ZROX
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 12, 2001
Location: Northern California
Posts: 178
Maglite or Surefire....depends on how deep your pockets are
FJ4ZROX is offline  
Old March 11, 2012, 10:19 PM   #57
Clark
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 4, 1999
Location: WA, the ever blue state
Posts: 4,678
Quote:
Rj1972

Ok I'm a little late to the party perhaps, but you can see some pretty decent reviews (and others opinions) on candlepower forums: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/content.php

It's where I found reviews on my fenix pd20 (which I love).
I followed a post about lathes over there, and that is how I chose my 4th gunsmithing lathe.

That web site has caused me to look beyond my maglite and surefire and Chinese (3) AAA (9) LED el cheapo, to Fenix and others.

It has also caused me to start carrying a better flashlight, along with my gun and knife.
__________________
The word 'forum" does not mean "not criticizing books."
"Ad hominem fallacy" is not the same as point by point criticism of books. If you bought the book, and believe it all, it may FEEL like an ad hominem attack, but you might strive to accept other points of view may exist.
Are we a nation of competing ideas, or a nation of forced conformity of thought?
Clark is offline  
Old March 11, 2012, 10:20 PM   #58
iamdb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 13, 2011
Posts: 455
nobody suggested Maratac.
http://countycomm.com/aatactical.html1 AA battery 120 lumens for 2 hours. heavy duty construction. Walls are twice as thick as comparable lights. Plus the output color is beautiful. looks just like daylight. Purest color light I've seen under $200
__________________
John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
iamdb is offline  
Old March 11, 2012, 11:10 PM   #59
kynwatch
Junior Member
 
Join Date: September 8, 2011
Posts: 7
I have two Surefires, but prefer my Fenix TK15. I work nights and like the throw on the Fenix better. It also seems to have a better battery life.
kynwatch is offline  
Old March 12, 2012, 12:44 AM   #60
WarWolf
Junior Member
 
Join Date: March 10, 2012
Location: Ohio
Posts: 8
I've been really happy with my little TLR3 if you don't mind having strobe. always has turned on and off with no problem. and for being all plastic and the cheapest Streamlight it's very bright and seems pretty tough. But if you need it on a rifle or shotgun it doesn't have the option for a switch and wire.
WarWolf is offline  
Old March 12, 2012, 02:33 AM   #61
NWPilgrim
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 29, 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,153
After I had two SureFire tail cap switches lock up on me (the rubber/nylon 2x CR123 version) I gave up on Surefire. Yes its their cheapest light but more still more expensive than most others. The tail switch ought to last more than a few months. One I can understand but two in a row?!

I looked around and tried 4Seven and really like the Quark 123 series. I've bought about four of these and they all work every time, INCLUDING THE FREAKIN TAIL CAP SWITCH THANK YOU, put out a lot of light and are durable.

I don't baby my lights. I use them for home repairs in the crawlspace and attic (blown insulation very fine dust), hiking, at the sea shore, etc.

I like the single AA Energizer headlamp for utility use when working on stuff, the Photon keychain LED for general getting around in the dark and reading in the car, and the 4Sevens for when I want a lot of light in a pocket size.

Rayovac has a pretty decent 2x AA LED at Home Depot that is rubberized and is fairly bright. Not going to compete with output of a Streamlight but it is only like $15. I've been trying this out in my handyman projects and it is holding up well.
__________________
"The ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone. ... The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition."
- James Madison
NWPilgrim is offline  
Old March 12, 2012, 09:22 AM   #62
Mike Irwin
Staff
 
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 39,218
Last year a friend gave me a Spiderfire light.

I've been VERY happy with it. Extremely bright and so far very durable.
__________________
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.13342 seconds with 8 queries