Gunnysack: Streamlight TLR7A Weaponlight


With the modern crop of compact weapon-mounted lights, there’s no reason not to have one on a home defense pistol. In fact, with the broad availability of light-compatible holsters, there’s no longer reason not to have one on a concealed carry pistol too. I’ve been using the Streamlight TLR-7A with a Staccato C2 and Tenicor Sagax Lux2 holster, and this compact light adds no concealment difficulty to an IWB rig.
While a handheld light is a must-have companion to a weapon-mounted light, I did try the TLR-7A in pitch dark rooms using a low-ready reflection technique. Is the onboard 500 lumens enough to illuminate large areas when pointed at a 45-degree angle toward the floor? Yes. The reflected light from this unit easily illuminated a 65×30′ dark space.

The TLR-7A features vertical activation switches (high or low) to minimize the risk of activation from holster pressure. You’ll get 1.5 hours of operation from a CR123A battery. Rotating the bezel offers a positive “off” mode for maintenance and daytime use.

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