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Okay so I'm going to pick up my USP tactical pretty directly.. Im thinking a TLR-1HL and i was curious.. is there a pressure switch that works on the USP for the TLR-1HL?
 

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Okay so I'm going to pick up my USP tactical pretty directly.. Im thinking a TLR-1HL and i was curious.. is there a pressure switch that works on the USP for the TLR-1HL?
The only pressure switches I've seen are for AR style guns. They also sell a glock pressure switch that runs under the trigger guard. But other than those I personally haven't seen one.

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I have always used my TLR1 with my off hand thumb. I don't like a pressure switch on a pistol. I don't want to ever accidentally squeeze the wrong finger.
 

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I have a TLR-1HL on an HK45 and a TLR-1s on a VP9. My HL I would not use indoors, I use it as a camp gun or a side arm for when hunting in the warmer months (snake duty). With the HL indoors with white walls you get lots of splash back. The 1s is less lumens but more than adequate for indoor HD situations.

Just my opinion. Both are very good lights. Soon I might add a TLR-3, just to see how well it works out.
 

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Thank you so much gentalman... streamlight the way to go then? Or are there better options? Not sure how i feel about surefire.. possibly viridian? Open to suggestions..
 

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I don't think any of them are the WRONG way to go. Preferences in light output, size, controls, are the difference. I have a TLR-2HL myself, and thinking about getting a Viridian. I'll say if you want the highest light output (there's arguments for and against that) the TLR1/2 HL's win that easily at 600 lumens. They are also quite large though.
 

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I've run most Streamlights (TLR-1, 2, 3, 4) and Viridians. CTL is great and compact. 100 lumens is perhaps looked down upon in today's world of 300+, but I've found the chase for lumens and the candella arms race unnecessary for HD guns; more of bragging rights for companies. Your house/room is only so big...
 

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I've not used any of the Streamlight options, but I know guys who do, and have had no problems with them. I have had issues with other Streamlight light products, but that was a very long time ago.

Personally, I prefer Surefire followed by Viridian (specifically the gen 2 or 3 Viridian X5L). I like the Viridian because it puts out an adequate amount of light for a fighting handgun, also has a laser, all in a compact size. I recently saw on their website they addressed and corrected the one issue I ever had with the X5L, thus my reference to a gen 3 model. Also, since the Viridian X5L is so compact, it will fit (mounted) in just about any holster made for either Surfire or Streamlight offerins.

I like the Surefire X300 and it's various model upgrades (X300U for example) due to it's rugged construction and high light output. I do not care for the X400 line, even though I like having the laser option (for various applications), I do not care for the way Surefire simply hung the laser below the light, making for too large of an overall package, as well as limiting holster options. I use the X300U on my rifle, mounted at about 1:30-2:00. I know Surefire has a new compact light/laser combo coming to market at some point (I forget the model number). However, the reviews have been mixed on the predecessor, their compact light only unit (again, I forget the model number).
 

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I also use Streamlights on my pistols and I like them a lot, specifically TRL3s. I like there general looks and sizes (the Surefire Models are just too large for my tastes) and it helps that they are a local company to me.

I personally would avoid models that have strobe features... I have found they are too disorienting to you when used and they also don't work with the weapon light technique I was taught. I still have a TLR1s in my safe but I won't be using it for that reason.
 

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I've not used any of the Streamlight options, but I know guys who do, and have had no problems with them. I have had issues with other Streamlight light products, but that was a very long time ago.

Personally, I prefer Surefire followed by Viridian (specifically the gen 2 or 3 Viridian X5L). I like the Viridian because it puts out an adequate amount of light for a fighting handgun, also has a laser, all in a compact size. I recently saw on their website they addressed and corrected the one issue I ever had with the X5L, thus my reference to a gen 3 model. Also, since the Viridian X5L is so compact, it will fit (mounted) in just about any holster made for either Surfire or Streamlight offerins.

I like the Surefire X300 and it's various model upgrades (X300U for example) due to it's rugged construction and high light output. I do not care for the X400 line, even though I like having the laser option (for various applications), I do not care for the way Surefire simply hung the laser below the light, making for too large of an overall package, as well as limiting holster options. I use the X300U on my rifle, mounted at about 1:30-2:00. I know Surefire has a new compact light/laser combo coming to market at some point (I forget the model number). However, the reviews have been mixed on the predecessor, their compact light only unit (again, I forget the model number).
EXCELLENT ANSWER by LCSO! Also PHUAM re: MFR bragging rights and Jsib is correct about splashback or reflected light.....i.m.h.o.

Light is either a great TOOL or a sneaky enemy. When I was a cop, I'd go nuts if someone 'backlit' me entering a hairy job. Also, splashback was a real problem in project or industrial painted tenement walls. I came up through the SUREFIRE yellow light revolution and all the way into l.e.d. For size and capability.....I like the VIRIDIAN X5L or even the C5L. My favorite part(s), as previously mentioned, are Versatility AND multiple modes. 150 lumens? Yep, plenty for gunlight. I personally like the dis-orienting effect of STROBING LIGHT and a laser for Center Mass. Easy Ambi-Controls for illuminate, then get OFF the X !

Want big lumens for a gunbelt or pocket ? Get a FENIX. They have many great models including 4 mode 1000 lumens for blinding or searching for around $70.

Just my $.03
 
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