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Police Product Test: Streamlight TLR-1

Small and lightweight, this weapon-mounted light provides ample illumination without affecting weapon handling.

March 01, 2009  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author


I have found the lights from Streamlight to be easy to operate, durable, and innovative, as well as affordably priced. The company's TLR-1 is no exception.

It easily mounts on my H&K P30 and on my M4 thanks to its spring-loaded tension screw. The momentary or continuous on toggle is easy to operate with my non-dominant thumb on either weapon. Pressure pads are also available if you prefer them for your long gun.

This small weapon light uses an LED bulb that produces 135 lumens with a runtime of more than two hours. Despite its size, the TLR-1 puts out enough light to identify what someone has in his hands up to 50 yards away. Lighting this much distance gives you time to react and consider your options in a force-on-force confrontation. This also allows you to see the area around the bad guy, not just the spot you are illuminating.

Another plus of the TLR-1 is its light weight: 4.18 ounces. You won't notice the light on your handgun or long gun and it doesn't affect the handling of your pistol. The light will also take a pounding; I have used it on my P30 through numerous range sessions, putting upwards of 300 rounds down range at a time. The light has yet to fail to function properly.

Since most of us are on a budget an even more important area the TLR-1 addresses is holster fit. The TLR-1 fits holsters designed for the M3 from Streamlight and other similarly sized lights, saving you the cost of buying a new holster.

The Streamlight TLR-1 offers the user a quality light in a compact and durable package. If you are looking for a new light for your duty or personal weapon check out the TLR-1.

Streamlight: TLR-1

  • Powered by two 3-volt CR123 lithium batteries with 10-year storage life
  • C4 LED technology, impervious to shock with a 50,000-hour lifetime
  • LED Rating: Up to 7,000 candela peak beam intensity and up to 135 lumens
  • Waterproof to one meter for one hour, dustproof
  • Ambidextrous momentary/steady on/off switch
  • Highly accurate sight repeatability when remounting
  • Fits existing light-bearing holsters
  • 4.18 ounces
  • IPX7 rated design; waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
  • MIL-SPEC 810F performance tested

Price: $193.95

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