Streamlight was busy in 2019 addressing a number of market needs. It’s impossible to cover all of the company’s lighting products in this space so I’ll limit myself to their tactical offerings. Streamlight’s success has always been their ability to deliver quality at a value price backed by superb customer service. Some of its competitors produce extraordinary lighting products as well but are you getting something that is significantly better, my answer is no. Economists often talk about diminishing returns, which simply means am I getting $600 worth of benefit out of this $600 weapon mounted light? If you’re a SOF operator maybe the answer is yes but if you are local, state, county or federal law enforcement agency, probably not. This is what makes Streamlight such a no brainer.
For 2020, Streamlight has added 6 new offerings to the company’s very successful TLR line of weapon mounted lights and laser/light combinations.
The TLR RM 1 is a 500 Lumen Compact Tactical Long Gun Light with Remote Pressure Switch. It features independently operating push-button and remote pressure switches to provide the security of knowing you’ll always have light. Packaged as a kit offering everything you need to mount to your long gun. The TLR RM 1 is powered by one CR123A lithium battery (included), is IPX7; waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes and only 3.2” (8.12 cm); 2.74 oz. (77.9 g).
The TLR RM 2 is a 1000 Lumen Low Profile Long Gun Lighting System with Remote Pressure Switch. It features independently operating push-button and remote pressure switches to provide the security of knowing you’ll always have light. Packaged as a kit offering everything you need to mount to your long gun. The TLR RM2 is powered by two CR123A lithium batteries (included), is IPX7; waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes and only 4.55” (11.55 cm); 4.55 oz. (129.0 g).
The TLR 9 mounts to your rail equipped pistol. Streamlight did something for 2020 that I can’t say enough about, they’ve implemented high and low switch variants. Those of you familiar with the TLR-7 and TLR-8 know that more often than not you had to reach with your support hand to operate the light, this is particularly for compact frames. The TLR-9 solves that problem with a high or low implementation.
For 2020, Streamlight has also introduced the TLR-7A and TLR-8A. The new models feature high and low switches.
Streamlight’s Macrostream USB is a USB Rechargeable, Bright Small LED Flashlight. It’s Ultra-compact personal light, which fits in the palm of your hand or comfortably in your pocket. It offers two modes high and low accessible by a double tap of the tailcap switch. On high, it delivers 250 lumens a 68m beam and runs 1.5 hours. On low you have 50 lumens a 31m beam and runs 3.5 hours
THE SIDEWINDER BOOT® HANDS FREE MILITARY FLASHLIGHT is the new standard flashlight for boot camp, recruit/basic training and wherever extra military instruction occurs. It features a white LED with high and low modes. On high you get 55 lumens, a 63m beam and runtime of 8 hours. On low the recruit has 7 lumens, a 24m beam and runtime of 90 hours. The integrated slide-in-place red filter provides the recruit with a task light that also preserves night vision. SIDEWINDER BOOT® is IPX7; waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes features a durable Belt/Clothing clip with integral helmet mount all in a compact package: 4.29″ (10.9 cm); 3.52 oz. (100g) with alkaline batteries (included); 2.88 oz. (82g) with lithium batteries and it’s available in Coyote.