We've got a SureFire X200B
and XTI Procyon weapon lights, and I can promise you that while the SureFire reputation for excellence is well earned, the Procyon gives the X200B
one hell of a run for its money!
The predecessors to the SureFire X300 were the X200s A & B. The X200A
offers a tight, long range spot beam, while the X200B
emits a wide, even flood beam. The latter is far better for dedicated indoor use.
While SureFire never officially discontinued the X200s A & B, the X300 is obviously their successor. The X300 design attempts to combine the performance of both X200s, and it appears to be an excellent compromise to produce an all around performer.
To my knowledge, Insight never officially discontinued the XTI Procyon either. But the WX150 seems to be its obvious successor. The newer WX150 offers another 25 lumens of output.
Evidently, the proportions and dimensions of the X300 and WX150 are about the same as the models they replace.
As to fit on the G19, the Surefire is longer, but narrower, and nests perfectly within the curve of the trigger guard (see attached) of Judy's 3rd Gen G19. It’s as if the two were made for each other.
I like the feel and operation of the SureFire's swich better than the Insight's, but both are easily reached with my index finger and very functional. Both are ambidextrous. A remote pressure switch is available for the X200/X300, and while I'm sure it's coming, I haven't seen one for the WX150.
In terms of performance (see attached), the X200B
and XTI Procyon are so close, it's a virtual toss up. Both lights easily illuminate an entire average room, especially when skipped off of a white ceiling. This is pretty impressive, coming from a lens the size of my thumbnail!
The Procyon and WX150 offer a strobe function, which certainly does momentarily confuse (ask my wife & son!) an intruder, caught in the pulsing glare.
Another thing I like about the SureFire over the Procyon, is the hinged battery cover, which stays on the light during a battery change. In dedicated field use, this is
a consideration, IMO.
I don't use the lights enough to compare and critique battery life. Suffice it to say that both lights are LED-efficient, and both offer impressive run times given the size of the power cells.
Note that light output, light quality
, and run times are improving with every new generation of this technology.
As to light quality, the room in the attached pics (this drives my wife nuts) is in no way, pink!
(There, honey, I’ve said it!) The last pic shows the actual color of the room (it’s closer anyway) in daylight. LEDs are getting better in this respect; the latest CREE LED, for example, is supposed to approximate natural light better than previous generations of LEDs. That this matters in a tactical
situation, I sort of doubt.
I don't own a Streamlight TLR-1, but I've handled them--including the new C4 variant. The TLR-1 appears less hardened
than either the X200/X300 or the Procyon/WX150, but it's a very nice light for the money, in particular the C4 generation. The set-screw mount is a point for
, depending on the shooter. A remote switch is also available for this light.
If I could keep only one, I'd keep my SureFire X200B
, since I have it.
If I were to pop for another weapon light, I'd shop for an XTI Procyon/WX150, as I think they're the most bang-for-the-buck, and a remote switch doesn't interest me.
Final Note: The Surefire X200/X300 does not
allow for the use of a LaserMax Uni-Max, rail-mounted laser, on most, if not all, Glock pistols. I found this out when I received a LaserMax LMS-UNI-G green laser as a gift. The XTI Procyon, however, being shorter bodied, fits nicely!