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Reviews : Police Product Test

Police Product Test: Streamlight TL-2 X Flashlight

This new weapon-mountable tactical light with strobe is long lasting and easy to carry.

July 26, 2011  |  by Scott Smith and A.J. George

I have been using Streamlight flashlights since I went to my first SHOT Show many years ago. I have always found them to be durable, bright, and affordably priced. The TL-2 X is another great addition to the company's family of tactical lights.

This aluminum body light uses a C4 LED for a light source that should last a lifetime as long as you keep the CR 123A batteries fresh. You will find the 200-lumen output lights up everything around you for several yards, providing enough illumination to identify what is in a subject's hands out to 50 yards plus on a pitch black night.

If you need to distract a subject, simply release and quickly depress the tail cap again and you have activated the light's strobe function.

To keep the TL-2 X close at hand, you can choose from the included pocket clip and lanyard. Thanks to the size of its tube you can carry the TL-2 X as easily as a knife, and when you do need to set it down the tri-bevel design of the head keeps it from rolling away.

To further enhance the versatility of the TL-2 X, Streamlight offers a weapons mount. Once the mount is on a long gun, you can loosen the light while leaving the mount on your weapon. You can even use the light on a long gun with the pocket clip attached. Thanks to this mount the Streamlight TL-2 X is one of the most versatile lights on the market today. -Scott Smith

Streamlight TL-2 X Flashlight Stats

C4 LED technology, with a 50,000-hour lifetime

High temperature glass lens, gasket sealed

Modes: High, 200 Lumens, 2.5 hours runtime; low, 10 Lumens, 50 hours runtime; strobe

Weight: 4.7 ounces

Length: 5.65 inches

Color: Black

Price: $113



Ballistics Echo Convertible Z87 Eyewear

I received a pair of Bobster's Ballistics Echo Convertible Z87 sunglasses a few weeks ago and have had a chance to put them to the test on the range, on my motorcycle at work, and just wearing them around town. When I got the box containing the set-up I was impressed. Not only do you get a pair of sunglasses, but also a pair of clear frames, a MOLLE nylon pouch, and a cleaning cloth.

Some of this is nice to have, some not so much. The MOLLE pouch is nice in theory, but I don't see it having much real-world application as it is soft and anything inside would be crushed if it were attached to gear. I would prefer a rigid case of some kind.

As for the sunglasses, the fit is nice and the glasses provide good coverage around my eyes; they prevent light from "leaking" in from the sides. The frames are rigid and comfortable and the "smoked" lenses are adequately tinted. Although the lenses' clarity was decent, it wasn't as good as the sunglasses I usually wear.

An included removable foam "eye gasket" that attaches to the inside of the sunglasses' frames is supposed to reduce the amount of debris and wind from getting behind them, like goggles. I found this to be of little use on the motorcycle (where wind is an issue), and on the range it makes the glasses hot and uncomfortable to wear. The clear lenses were nice to have in low light but their clarity was, again, comparable to that of regular safety glasses.

Quality of construction seems adequate. But as I changed the stems from one set of frames to the other I found myself wondering how long they'd hold up before cracking, especially because it takes a pointy finger and a good amount of pressure to remove the clips on either side.

Overall I would say Bobster's  Ballistics Echo Convertible Z87 sunglasses are good for general use. -A.J. George

Bobster Ballistics Echo Convertible Z87 Eyewear Stats

Frame Color: Black

Frame Finish: Matte

Frame Foam Type: Flame retardant removable closed cell foam

Frame Material: Polycarbonate

Frame Measurements: Temple to Temple: 131mm; Temple length 119mm; Height 44mm

Frame RX Ready: Yes

Lens Coatings: 100% UVA and UVB protection, Anti-Fog

Lens Color: anti-fog smoked and anti-fog clear interchangeable sets

Lens Material: 2.2mm Polycarbonate

Included Accessories: Goggle strap, retainer strap, removable closed cell foam, microfiber cleaning cloth, MOLLE carry case

Rx Limitation: RX lens bezels available for purchase, but not approved for ballistics or Z87 usage

Standards Met: ANSI Z87.1-2003 +, MCEPS/Military Ballistics Impact Standards

Warranty: Lifetime against manufacturing defects

Price: $69.98

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