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Willard
02-02-2011, 11:03
There are many threads discussing alternative brands of flashlights, such as Fenix rather than SureFire. I wanna know who has alternative weapon lights that fit rails. Surely, someone is making a lower-cost alternative? Help me out!

gdvan01
02-02-2011, 11:09
Here's a $25 rail mount for a flashlight, just need an el-cheapo light that will fit within:

http://www.vikingtactics.com/prod_vtac_lightmount.html

Goodspeed(TPF)
02-02-2011, 11:28
Gander has a small 125 lumen light that fits quite nicely in a 1" scope ring for $29.99. It runs on one AA battery at full brightness for about an hour and then starts to get dimmer until complete death at about 2 hours. Really neat little light for the price and the fact that it will fit in a 1" scope ring is a real bonus.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?i=414671&pdesc=Gander_Mountain_125_Lumen_Handheld_LED_Flashlight&cname=Flashlights&aID=503D1&merchID=4006&r=view


http://www.gandermountain.com/assets/images/products/large/414671_L2.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z96/potterdogs/066.jpg?t=1292038508
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z96/potterdogs/068.jpg?t=1292038508
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z96/potterdogs/069.jpg?t=1292038508


Use the AW 14500 Protected Rechargeable Lithium Battery and almost double the light output.

http://www.lighthound.com/AW-14500-Protected-Rechargeable-Lithium-Battery_p_96.html

http://www.lighthound.com/assets/images/aw14500p.jpg

Willard
02-02-2011, 14:21
I really appreciate the tips, and links. But, what I was asking about are tactical lights with integrated rails - like the Glock light. I'm not sure that there are any inexpensive alternatives, but it seems that there should be some.

Goodspeed(TPF)
02-02-2011, 15:15
I wanna know who has alternative weapon lights that fit rails.

Dooooode. :faint: The light I mention above fits in a regular 1" scope ring an can attach to any common rail that will accept a 1" scope ring.

But, what I was asking about are tactical lights with integrated rails - like the Glock light.

No! That's NOT what you asked.

This is what you asked: There are many threads discussing alternative brands of flashlights, such as Fenix rather than SureFire. I wanna know who has alternative weapon lights that fit rails. Surely, someone is making a lower-cost alternative? Help me out!

Maybe be a teensy weensy more SPECIFIC next time.
> :whistling:


P.S. CDNN has all sorts of cheap CRAP lights in their catalog and on their site, iffin that's what you're looking for. Some of them have an integrated mount that will make you look all tacticool too.

swinokur
02-02-2011, 16:33
Be very careful putting rechargeable Lithium batteries in your flashlight. Lithium battery voltage is nominally 3.7 volts. If a light is designed for primary CR123 batteries that are only 3 volts, using the Lithium can damage your LED, driver or both,Look at the operating voltage range prior to using Lithiums

RayB
02-03-2011, 05:16
The alternative to expensive weapon lights is inexpensive junk. :shocked:

--Ray

Alcoy
02-03-2011, 05:21
tagged.

iibao
02-03-2011, 05:25
Something like this?
http://www.amazon.com/Pistol-Rifle-Flashlight-Release-Weaver/dp/B001BZPJRC

Glock27NY
02-03-2011, 06:25
OP, you're better off buying a good weapon mounted light from the get go. Tlr 1s is about $100, excellent light that will handle pistol/rifle/shotgun recoil. Dont forget, you get what you pay for.

swinokur
02-03-2011, 07:43
From my experience good and cheap are mutually exclusive. One reason good weapon lights are expensive is the R & D required to produce a product that can withstand recoil while providing an adequate amount of light. Most 30 dollar lights are made in China and won't even make it through their first range session without failing. Save your money and get a TLR-1 from Streamlight. IMO that is the least expensive light that is designed for weapon use. You're going to end up spending that amount replacing the cheap lights anyway.

Least expensive and cheap are also usually mutually exclusive when you consider parts quality and longevity. You can't build a cheap light for a weapon that will last. That's why it's cheap.

The other good but not cheap lights are from Insight Tech and Surefire.

Obviously your call.

Njanear
02-03-2011, 09:18
Have you seen this thread? http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1311103

I spent a little over $90 and got the TLR-1S and 4 extra batteries delivered to the house within 4 days.

firemedic1343
02-03-2011, 09:28
Have you seen this thread? http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1311103

I spent a little over $90 and got the TLR-1S and 4 extra batteries delivered to the house within 4 days.

I saw that thread and have it on the way! Yeah!!!

Seriously, you get what you pay for. But if you want a light just to mess around with then go el' cheapo. I am getting the TLR-1S for woods carry, so I really don't want a crappy light that will fail in an area that's lit only by the moon.

drew4691
02-03-2011, 09:32
http://ecoles.cstrois-lacs.qc.ca/endl/anglais/images/flashlight.jpg
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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5Xb46xs_iwk/SSwVBcuScvI/AAAAAAAADmc/DDPLRXCX1zk/s320/duct-tape-3m.jpg
:rofl:

Goodspeed(TPF)
02-04-2011, 08:00
http://ecoles.cstrois-lacs.qc.ca/endl/anglais/images/flashlight.jpg
+

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5Xb46xs_iwk/SSwVBcuScvI/AAAAAAAADmc/DDPLRXCX1zk/s320/duct-tape-3m.jpg
:rofl:


Now were getting somewhere. :supergrin:

WHEC724
02-04-2011, 08:15
I keep a small flashlight with the 1911 in a Gun Vault by the bed.

The trick is to make sure that you practice and keep the flashlight hand crossed over behind your gun hand. Otherwise you'll likely shoot yourself in the hand.

Two advantages to this:
* I can choose to shine the light on something and not point my gun at it.
* My holsters all fit

RayB
02-04-2011, 16:31
Gander has a small 125 lumen light that fits quite nicely in a 1" scope ring for $29.99. It runs on one AA battery at full brightness for about an hour and then starts to get dimmer until complete death at about 2 hours. Really neat little light for the price and the fact that it will fit in a 1" scope ring is a real bonus.



Here's what Goodspeed's talking about, and for a guy on a budget (and believe me, I've been there!), this ain't half bad...

http://www.combathunting.com/SCOPE_RINGS-Weaver_Style_1_Low_Profile_See_Thru_Scope_Ring_4.html

...You just use one or two rings to mount a 1" flashlight to your gun's rail, which would serve perfectly well on a bedside gun...

Here's some cheap weapon lights...

http://www.thefind.com/sports/info-picatinny-flashlight-mount

...that I don't know if I would trust!

Before integrated rails were common, Glock had a flashlight adapter that fit on the floor plate of the magazine...

http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&brand=GL&prodID=GLMF10217&prodTitle=Glock

...which might be a bit unwieldy!

--Ray

P.S. Could you imagine the parallax issue with a laser on that last one? :supergrin:

RayB
02-04-2011, 16:43
I saw that thread and have it on the way! Yeah!!!

Seriously, you get what you pay for. But if you want a light just to mess around with then go el' cheapo. I am getting the TLR-1S for woods carry, so I really don't want a crappy light that will fail in an area that's lit only by the moon.


Why? You're not afraid of wild boars, bears and cougars are you? :tongueout:

--Ray

RayB
02-04-2011, 16:48
I keep a small flashlight with the 1911 in a Gun Vault by the bed.

The trick is to make sure that you practice and keep the flashlight hand crossed over behind your gun hand. Otherwise you'll likely shoot yourself in the hand.

Two advantages to this:
* I can choose to shine the light on something and not point my gun at it.
* My holsters all fit



A good many pros still prefer this approach... :eyebrow:

I think many an open carrying cop should probably have both a weapon-light and a flashlight, to use at their discretion. :headscratch:

By the bye, a cheap scope ring costs about as much as a role of duct tape! :supergrin:

--Ray

Glock_Fan09
02-04-2011, 16:52
I'd agree with others... You get what you pay for, and if you plan to use it in a SHTF situation I'd pay the extra $$.

I don't know what is inexpensive to you but I sell Streamlight TLR-1 for $105 shipped, the TLR-3 for $83 shipped, and I'm sure there are many other dealers that sell for similar prices.

Personally, I think $83 for a Streamlight is pretty reasonable for something that's going to last and has been proven. Just IMO...

RayB
02-04-2011, 17:02
My wife, Judy, grabbed an interesting flashlight at the bait shop. It is a piece of crap, mostly, but the design is clever!

The LED and laser emitter are both within the reflector, behind the lens, like this...

(:)

The upper dot being the LED bulb, and the lower dot being the laser. One click gets you a light, two clicks gets you a laser-pointer, three clicks shuts it off. Pretty slick!

--Ray

P.S. I had predicted digital video camcorders in weapon lights very soon, and I still do! This will drive the trial lawyers crazy! :tongueout:

swinokur
02-04-2011, 17:19
not very cheap but some nifty gear.

www.elzetta.com

good bracket vendor (especially for shotguns)

www.cdmgear.com (http://www.cdmgear.com)