Tuesday, June 19, 2012
New light for the fight
By Rick Staples *
The new light is designated the TLR-1S HP, big name, big light. This thing puts out 200 lumens for 1.75 hours. When I say it is really bright, I ain't kiddin'. It is designed to be weapon mounted on long guns. It has a 50mm reflector and is the LED format so less likely to break and will last longer. Never say the word, "unbreakable" because somebody will find a way. The light is built tough but weighs only 5.3 ounces. Weight isn't such a problem if you only carry the rifle from the trunk of the car to the firing line. It IS a big issue when you carry the rifle for hours humping other necessary gear, or you are on a SWAT operation for say....13 hours or more. The TLR-1s HP puts out serious white light.
The light is powered by CR123 lithium batteries. Stream light has packaged the light with an assortment of different rail keys to make the light fit just about any railed gun out there. You can also get the light with a remote switch with a straight or coiled cord.
* Rick Staples served 35 years, 5 months and 29 days in law enforcement with a mid-sized city police department. He served in patrol, investigations, warrant service, SWAT, fugitive apprehension and training. His last eight years were spent at the Regional Police Academy as a full time trainer. He has been a "gun-guy" for over 46 years. He started his career in 1973, the "blue steel guns and wooden clubs" era