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buzzkill
03-03-2012, 22:08
I am thinking of mounting a Streamlight TLR-1s on my Bushmaster XM15. I am currently running a YHM railed forend with the MagPul AFG1. First off what do you guy think about the TLR-1 on an AR type carbine? And how should I mount it? Should I used an offset or a 45 degree mount?

I would love to see some pics if anyone uses this set up!! Thanks.

WoodenPlank
03-03-2012, 22:21
I am thinking of mounting a Streamlight TLR-1s on my Bushmaster XM15. I am currently running a YHM railed forend with the MagPul AFG1. First off what do you guy think about the TLR-1 on an AR type carbine? And how should I mount it? Should I used an offset or a 45 degree mount?

I would love to see some pics if anyone uses this set up!! Thanks.

I assume you A) have a fixed front sight, and B) already own the TLR-1. If both of these are the case, I'd suggest an offset adapter, such as this one from Daniel Defense. (https://danieldefense.com/mounts/optics/1-o-clock-offset-rail.html)

If either of A or B isn't the case, there may be a better way - either different rail positioning, or by purchasing a different light.

Jack Black
03-03-2012, 22:30
I assume you A) have a fixed front sight, and B) already own the TLR-1. If both of these are the case, I'd suggest an offset adapter, such as this one from Daniel Defense. (https://danieldefense.com/mounts/optics/1-o-clock-offset-rail.html)

If either of A or B isn't the case, there may be a better way - either different rail positioning, or by purchasing a different light.

That seems like an odd way to mount a TLR-1. Most people just mount it onto one of the rails.

Cole125
03-03-2012, 22:33
I have a TLR-2(same light but with a laser) on my HD AR, I can get you a pic tomorrow. Works fine, I have it mounted to the bottom rail on my Troy quad rail just in front of my vertical grip.

Edit to add photo of my Streamlight flashlight setup

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm245/jcole_08/IMG_0020.jpg

WoodenPlank
03-03-2012, 22:37
That seems like an odd way to mount a TLR-1. Most people just mount it onto one of the rails.

Mounting it to a side rail can put it in the way, especially with an AFG, depending on personal hand position. The offset adapter can get around this. Top rail is out with a fixed front, for obvious reasons. Plus, getting the light above the bore (as opposed to below it) limits any issues from a shadow cast by the barrel being in front of the light.

fox3091
03-03-2012, 23:31
Didnt someone make a mount system that puts the light ahead of the FSB?

I am getting ready to mount one on a Troy TRX 13" this coming week. I'll post pics when I get it set up.


Edit: Found it, it's the Mossie Tactics Midnight Mount.

boomhower
03-04-2012, 03:48
I've got mine mounted at nine o'clock. Works great, easy activation with my thumb.


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TangoFoxtrot
03-04-2012, 07:24
I have a Magpul carbine handguard. I mounted my TRL-1 in the 2 0'clock position. If I have to round a corner from the left, I just cant the rifle left (TRL-1 now moves to the 12 'oclock position) so as not to light myself up with the reflected light.

carloglock19
03-04-2012, 07:28
Here is how I have mine mounted.

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd393/carlobal01/2011-09-19_18-06-16_20.jpg?t=1316470566

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd393/carlobal01/2011-09-19_18-05-22_749-1.jpg?t=1316470626

http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd393/carlobal01/2011-09-19_18-05-59_13.jpg?t=1330871237

Chowser
03-04-2012, 08:26
not the tlr-1 but i tried mounting the tlr-3 on my rifle.

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/1079/dsc01978sm.jpg

didn't work out too well for me, so I got a new light and changed it to this:
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/1255/dsc00157io.jpg

my next build I will mount the light offset at around 3o'clock.

pag23
03-04-2012, 08:41
I think Surf mounted something like this under the thread "Big & Little Brother".... there is photos..

FriscoCHL
03-04-2012, 10:43
not the tlr-1 but i tried mounting the tlr-3 on my rifle.

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/1079/dsc01978sm.jpg

didn't work out too well for me, so I got a new light and changed it to this:
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/1255/dsc00157io.jpg

my next build I will mount the light offset at around 3o'clock.

on the secound picture, do you have any issues with the lense getting dirty being so close to the muzzle? ETA: very nice weapon by the way...

faawrenchbndr
03-04-2012, 10:55
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c341/faawrenchbndr/AATacEliteupperBCMlowerpic1.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c341/faawrenchbndr/BCMwithAdamsArmsupperpic4.jpg

RetailNinja
03-04-2012, 11:51
I like mine on the side. Pressure switch for easy on/off plus with flick of my finger I can select the always on.

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j314/turbotension/Guns/IMG_4738.jpg

Javelin
03-04-2012, 11:58
Side mount is preferable.

The 9-o'clock mounting of that thing is OK but forget about resting your AR down on a barrier to take aim and shooting without possibly damaging the unit.

WoodenPlank
03-04-2012, 16:40
on the secound picture, do you have any issues with the lense getting dirty being so close to the muzzle? ETA: very nice weapon by the way...

Pencil eraser works great for taking the residue off the glass.

Fwdftw
03-04-2012, 23:51
so does toothpaste

NEOH212
03-05-2012, 00:40
I have a TLR-2(same light but with a laser) on my HD AR, I can get you a pic tomorrow. Works fine, I have it mounted to the bottom rail on my Troy quad rail just in front of my vertical grip.

Edit to add photo of my Streamlight flashlight setup

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm245/jcole_08/IMG_0020.jpg

I run the same setup on a Bushmaster and Colt. I think it works really well and I like the placement of the light.

blaster_54738
03-05-2012, 10:50
I assume you A) have a fixed front sight, and B) already own the TLR-1. If both of these are the case, I'd suggest an offset adapter, such as this one from Daniel Defense. (https://danieldefense.com/mounts/optics/1-o-clock-offset-rail.html)

If either of A or B isn't the case, there may be a better way - either different rail positioning, or by purchasing a different light.

I don't have any pictures but this is exactly the setup I'm using

WoodenPlank
03-05-2012, 11:49
I run the same setup on a Bushmaster and Colt. I think it works really well and I like the placement of the light.

The problem with a 6 o'clock position is the shadow cast by the barrel is going to be dead center in your field of view. If you are using your light for target confirmation before pulling the trigger, that shadow can cause a real problem. Ideally, the light should be ABOVE the bore, and on the side that casts the shadow away from your primary field of vision. If you have a long enough rail and/or short enough barrel, you can also get the light far enough forward to eliminate the shadowing entirely.

fox3091
03-06-2012, 16:04
Here's my setup.

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Jack Black
03-06-2012, 16:16
Here's my setup.

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Are you left handed?

fox3091
03-06-2012, 18:15
Are you left handed?

Yep. Ambi safety and charging handle are next. Just picking up the local stuff first.

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Cole125
03-06-2012, 18:22
The problem with a 6 o'clock position is the shadow cast by the barrel is going to be dead center in your field of view. If you are using your light for target confirmation before pulling the trigger, that shadow can cause a real problem. Ideally, the light should be ABOVE the bore, and on the side that casts the shadow away from your primary field of vision. If you have a long enough rail and/or short enough barrel, you can also get the light far enough forward to eliminate the shadowing entirely.

I have done enough night shooting to know the shadow of the barrel is not a big problem for me at least. The 6 o'clock position is best for a laser unit like the TLR 2 as well for obvious reasons.

surf
03-07-2012, 00:43
For a pistol type of weapon light I prefer the Surefire X300 or the TLR1s light in that order. They are both more than capable in CQB situations. For these lights I prefer a 12 o'clock mount position when possible and preferably in front on the front sight. This allows for better ambidextrous use. It rolls out better to either side of a barricade while maintaining minimal amount of exposure of the shooter and it the light itself is more easily operated from either side of the weapon. Side mounted and 6 o'clock mounted is IMO far from ideal.

On an SBR type of set up I still want a lot of reach on the forend so I went with a FSP type of mount. I tried an offset DD but I could not reach the light even with my thumb over grip to operate the light when shooting support handed. For myself this was unacceptable. Side mounted on the primary side the light interfered too much with my forward grip on the primary side. Moving it slightly up to the FSB mount solved both issues. Cleared my primary side grip and I can easily reach it with my support hand grip.

Now on a scoped rifle I do not top mount the light even though it really is blurred out by the scope. Just a preference.

Top mount fully ambi
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd60/SSDSurf/Guns/AFG02.jpg

SBR set up. This first side mount pic didn't work well and neither did the DD offset mount. It interfered with my normal outstretched grip placement and would cause light ND's.
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd60/SSDSurf/Guns/IMG_38051.jpg

This FSB mount solved the issues.
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd60/SSDSurf/Guns/DSC_00301.jpg
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd60/SSDSurf/Guns/FullAuto01.jpg

Another TLR'1 on my latest rifle. IMO, hands down the most useful and efficient placement of this type of light.
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd60/SSDSurf/Guns/DSC_02012.jpg

TangoFoxtrot
03-07-2012, 04:23
Nice!

pag23
03-07-2012, 16:19
Good looking camo on the SBR, surf!!!

CLoft239
03-09-2012, 16:56
I opted for the TLR-3, but that was due to availability at the of purchase. I decided to mount it where the toggle was easily accessible to my thumb, in front of the AFG. I use my thumb as point reference, so it rests right by the switch.

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plouffedaddy
03-09-2012, 17:20
Good choice brother. Let's hope none of us ever have to use it...
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l178/tiffani33/Guns/IMAG0909.jpg

CLoft239
03-09-2012, 18:00
Good choice brother. Let's hope none of us ever have to use it...
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l178/tiffani33/Guns/IMAG0909.jpg

Me thinks me likey... nice!

blaster_54738
03-09-2012, 18:47
Finally got a picture of mine mounted on a DD offset mount. This is the underside

http://i439.photobucket.com/albums/qq115/blaster_54738/IMAG0198.jpg