Gear: Streamlight TLR-1


Streamlight TLR-1

Category: Duty & Tactical Gear
Subcategory: Flashlights
Price: $100-$110
Average Rating:
(53 Votes)

Tactical Handgun Flashlight

Member Reviews

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    usamp33, Thu, 06 Dec 2007 13:15:57 UTC.
    1st review

    If you want an affordable, quality tactical light, the folks at Streamlight offer it in their TLR series lights. I wanted a cheap "hands-free" light option while I was clearing buildings or involved in high-risk situations at night. I found it with the the TLR-1 by Streamlight. I chose not to go with the light/laser sister of the TLR-1, the TLR-2, as I found that with the laser I tended to put too much emphasis on the laser and found that I was actually less accurate in my shots. I found that simply having the light allowed me to stay on my front sight and I my accuracy during low light operations improved about 200%. The light is cheap, effective, and durable. The biggest shock you'll get is when you go to replace your holster with a tactical light carrying option. Ouch! I gave it four stars instead of five only because I still think the Surefire X300 is a better light, but it costs about $125 more for relatively the same functionality. Just my two cents. Stay safe!

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    gvbpilot, Fri, 21 Dec 2007 02:07:00 UTC.

    I love it! I work a lot of night hours and clearing buildings is much easier. Without this you need a hand for weapon, a hand for light and another hand for doors. An excellent way to enhance safety for nighttime ops. Takes a little effort to find an adequate holster, but definitely worth the effort.

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    mtbonavy, Sun, 30 Dec 2007 12:40:47 UTC.

    yeah and the LED light is freaking bright! i love it! found mine for 89.00....and the holster for the same price hunting around the internet.

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    dramos1019, Sat, 26 Jan 2008 02:17:43 UTC.

    I'm a Narcotic Investigator with the Corpus Christi Police Department. The best thing they issued to us was the Streamlight for our Glock 22. A match made in heaven. Together they make shooting at night a pleasure. Before, it was a nightmare trying to hold the spot of light, from the flashlight, on your target. Usually mine was pointing down. It was a must when I went to SWAT. Get a duty holster made to accomodate your weapon with light on and you'll be in heaven when s...t hits the fan, it's dark and you have to break leather.

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    rjw138, Sun, 03 Feb 2008 04:03:42 UTC.

    I have the TRL II, which has the laser built in also. This the best and brightest weapon light that I have used. I have had several in the past, but this holds up the best.

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    whip125, Wed, 13 Feb 2008 21:13:24 UTC.


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    copper5817, Tue, 19 Feb 2008 04:05:57 UTC.

    Very bright...

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    THIRDWATCHNORTH, Tue, 19 Feb 2008 11:54:30 UTC.

    One on my Glock 21 and one on my AR. They are priced right and the LED w/ aluminum case is very reasonably priced. I'm a patrol guy so 9 times out of 10 I'm using these lights in close quarters and they throw off a nice white light which doesn't wash out clothing color differences etc. I have the red filter cap for the AR mounted light and find it works well for building searches. I picked up the tape switch too and it's great for momentary on/off on the vertical grip. It's not a light for all but I can't speak highly enough for my purposes. The $100-$110 is no longer accurate -I'm finding them for $70 from more than one website now.

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    tlwinkles379, Thu, 21 Feb 2008 23:08:02 UTC.

    I have had this light on my Glock 22 for over a year and carry it every day I work. The light is great for use in dark situations and is extremely bright.

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    motorlemond, Wed, 27 Feb 2008 23:08:15 UTC.

    I have been carrying this light for 8 yrs. I use on the street and in SWAT. It has never failed me, except for dreaded battery failure at critical time. Great Light!!

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    jeremy1, Fri, 29 Feb 2008 03:36:41 UTC.

    One on my Glock 21 . They are priced right and the LED w/ aluminum case is very reasonably priced. I'm a patrol guy so 9 times out of 10 I'm using these lights in close quarters and they throw off a nice white light which doesn't wash out clothing color differences etc. It's not a light for all but I can't speak highly enough for my purposes.

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  • Evil_max30
    Scurge, Sat, 15 Mar 2008 08:41:50 UTC.

    I like this light much more that the M3 I used to have. The only gipe I can give is it is a bit of a pain to change batteries.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 18 Mar 2008 19:16:10 UTC.

    You can't beat this light for the price. For about $100.00 you have 80 lumens to light up your objective. Personally I like this light better than the newer TLR-2 w/ laser. The laser version seems to split the power unevenly toward the laser than to the tactical light. The TLR-1 keeps you focused on your fixed sights and doesn't affect the accuracy of the weapon. Now the cons; I have read that one out of 1,000 Glocks will experience a misfeed or malfunction at the range due to the added weight of the light on the muzzle of the weapon. I have not experienced this. But you can remedy this by replacing the magazine with one that has one more coil in the spring to increase the tension of the rounds. Like I said, I have not experienced this probelm. If your magazine has a rectangular looking window in the front of it you have the new generation of mags. Hope this helps.

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    rrussell1981, Mon, 24 Mar 2008 03:55:37 UTC.

    We just got these issued to us end of last week. Not too sure about it yet. I think mainly because I dont want to have to buy a new holster to acomadate the light. The PD issued holsters to hold the light by itself on our belts but I cant imagine trying to fumble to get the light out of its holster, then on my gun (Glock 22) and then when I go hands on to cuff or something else I would need to holster my weapon for I would have to take the light off of the gun holster the light and then my gun. So I guess if Im going to use it I need to get a new holster so I can keep it on my gun.

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    Taffy, Sun, 13 Apr 2008 21:39:11 UTC.

    I have had the TLR-2 on my GLock 22 for over a year. I like the ability to keep both hands on the weapon and get light where my eyes and weapon are pointed. There is nothing like simplicity with light and sights all in one, and this light is durable and lasts. The duty holsters are a pain. I'd still recommend this light hands downover using the flashlight with my weapon.

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    tscharfe, Fri, 18 Apr 2008 01:05:30 UTC.

    This is a great tac light. I use it all the time.

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    diane52520, Fri, 18 Apr 2008 01:07:59 UTC.

    Useful when ditch lights on the EMS rig cannot reach target area!

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    BigDaddy29, Sat, 26 Apr 2008 03:19:07 UTC.

    I finally decided to make use of the rails on my Glock and went out and bought the TLR-1 made by Streamlight and I am so happy that I did. If you are looking for a super bright tac light that is extremely affordable...look no further because this is the one! Thanks to Streamlight for continuing to make great products for LEOs and remembering that we are way underpaid! :)

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    mleota216, Thu, 29 May 2008 19:22:17 UTC.


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    chiefmonroe4264, Fri, 30 May 2008 04:07:39 UTC.

    Really bright. I considered the Safariland RLS but then I saw this and just fell in love with it. Works great on the Walther P99

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    climbrgrl6218, Thu, 12 Jun 2008 01:59:03 UTC.

    Does it's job, puts out a lot of light especially where you need it...your target. Super easy to operate. The only downfall is the battery consumption and the price to replace those batteries.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 16 Jun 2008 21:09:36 UTC.

    LOVE THIS LIGHT! I have one mounted on my Glock 22 and also one on my M-4 rifle!

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    Gtoli, Sun, 06 Jul 2008 19:32:08 UTC.

    Escellent light. Batteries last a long time. Switch is easy to use. bright white LED light is shock resistant, doesn't burn out due to shock fom firing the weapon with the light on.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 18 Jul 2008 01:39:30 UTC.

    Great light, very bright, and very affordable.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 26 Jul 2008 15:26:54 UTC.

    This works well but I don't like how hard it is to put on and take off. I like how much lighter it is than the previous model as well.

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    isoon2vest, Thu, 18 Sep 2008 15:08:07 UTC.

    I work mid-nights. The LED light illuminates beyond comparison, Keeps your leathal hand leathal and your othe hand free to use the radio, open doors etc. Has a toggle switch for steady on or just to flash for a second. Very versitile

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    JP503, Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:47:49 UTC.

    excellent product, have not had any trouble for the two years that i have used it.

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    defib759, Sat, 04 Oct 2008 20:43:49 UTC.

    We are issued this tactical light as part of our required duty equipment. It is mounted to a Sig P229 and holstered in a Safariland light capable holster. I am on my second light. The first broke during my last firearms qualification. The energy from the gun firing shattered the inside bulb and bulb components. In addition, the muzzle flash started to melt away at the plastic coating. I'm not sure if this affects the durability of the light, but it is something that Streamlight should address.

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    TDL1537, Tue, 28 Oct 2008 18:19:33 UTC.

    Great light. Very bright and durable. I just wish the batteries lasted longer.

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    spd1719, Mon, 10 Nov 2008 05:03:41 UTC.

    Bulletproof, bright enough, and affordable. Great light for duty use. It works well with my G21, and I don't know how I got along without it before.

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    viper447, Tue, 18 Nov 2008 06:00:39 UTC.

    After getting through the FTO program, it took me a little while to save up for the light/ holster combo for my Glock 22. But now that I've used this light, I wouldn't go on duty without it. Makes building searched so much easier, not having to have one hand on a flashlight and one on the gun. Also, I've been using it on our 1400-2200 shift, and have yet to change the batteries after about 6 months.

    I also have had the fortune, I guess, to have this light during Hurricane Ike. The light was totally submerged at one point. I cleaned it up a few days later, when things settled down and I had a chance to clean my pistol, and it was still working perfectly.

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    Papa257, Tue, 09 Dec 2008 00:41:47 UTC.

    A great light that is affordable (I got mine for almost half of the above listed price.).

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    zarr, Sat, 27 Dec 2008 21:33:05 UTC.

    I brought one for my AR and let me tell u this is one of the brightest lights I have ever owned. It is well worth the price that I paid $79.95...If you do not have one get it....

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    alorenzen16, Sun, 28 Dec 2008 20:22:20 UTC.

    I have one attached to my duty weapon and after carrying it everyday I couldn't imagine life without it. Highly recommend it.

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    ceroberts, Thu, 15 Jan 2009 18:36:52 UTC.

    I got this with my Kimber TLE. One very tough and bright light

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    rhoneycutt, Thu, 15 Jan 2009 22:45:28 UTC.

    These are a great tool for clearing buildings. The TLR 1 seems to be tougher than the M series lights. This has an all metal construction.

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    Cavett697, Fri, 20 Feb 2009 16:06:00 UTC.

    This product is very affordable and I currently have one mounted to my service issued Clock 23.

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    Railpatch, Wed, 25 Feb 2009 02:57:28 UTC.

    Excellent light! Holster manufacturers: Make more level III light-bearing holsters for the Sig-Sauer P226, please!!!

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    VADERRESERVES, Thu, 26 Feb 2009 21:01:04 UTC.

    SUPER BRIGHT!!! Awesome light. I have had this light for 3 years and LOVE IT! I prefer the aluminum casing over the poly casing for durability that the M3 and M6 have. Would recommend this light to anyone.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:52:33 UTC.

    Awesome! Love it during building searches.

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    los008, Mon, 02 Mar 2009 01:05:50 UTC.

    Good light. Very affordable. Serves it's purpose.

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    beakertac, Mon, 06 Jul 2009 21:10:17 UTC.

    Great light, very affordable and easy to use. Bright light lasts a while even doing several building searches

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    Berne_4, Thu, 06 Aug 2009 07:48:49 UTC.

    I love this light. Along with my P220...amazing!

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    vincentmonetti, Fri, 21 Aug 2009 23:21:35 UTC.

    This light is a great companion to my Springfield XD!

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    HonorGuard22, Thu, 03 Sep 2009 15:32:04 UTC.

    Love it. I used to keep a maglight next to my bed, but I didn't like the thought of having both of my hands occupied in case I had to move and act quickly.

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    AZTrooperSgt, Thu, 01 Oct 2009 20:47:30 UTC.

    If you are looking for a good compact light for a patrol rifle, this is it. I have it mounted to my AR-15. Provides plenty of light out past 25 yards. Good little light for the price.There are larger ones out there, but I didn't want the added bulk to bang into things. Puts out a good white light.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 20 Feb 2010 15:22:40 UTC.

    Excellent light. LED. Metal construction

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    Enthusiast, Wed, 10 Mar 2010 23:45:18 UTC.

    I really like this light. It has been durable, reliable, and it's half the cost of some others.

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    SERT0629, Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:41:37 UTC.

    Great product, wouldn't use any other Tac light. The light is extremely bright and the price is awesome for the quality.

    The only downfall is the stock batteries drain quickly but just buy different ones.

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    Fisher4life, Mon, 29 Mar 2010 05:44:06 UTC.

    Super bright, strong like tank! Everything you need and in a lighweight package, it doesn't throw off the balance of your weapon.

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    CBPD607, Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:29:07 UTC.

    I've always been a Surefire guy until I won this TLR-1 at a shooting compitition. Ended up selling my X-200 and used this weapon mounted light every since. Much better switch, and quality of light is just as good at my old X!

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    976, Wed, 04 Aug 2010 18:35:15 UTC.

    Can use it on anything with a rail, in a tight spot can even be handy in place of the 3 cell maglite.

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    UPK9603, Sun, 03 Oct 2010 08:14:55 UTC.

    Love this light! I have the TLR-1s and love it. A big difference when in the field and need a light while doing a building search or any other night function.

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