Wondering which flashlight is the best combination of brightness, cost, sturdy, and low weight. I know everyone likes Surefire, and they have tons of acc. to choose from. But my thinking is other brands are now very close or equal to Surefire in toughness, and better than Surefire as to technology/brightness. And at a much lower cost. Am I wrong?
*Sturdy- I'm not military, so it probably won't get beat around as much as those guys beat them up. But I do want something that I know if it gets banged on a wall or dropped, it will still function.
Lightweight - My AR build has gotten heavy, so I want to go with a lightweight flashlight since it will be sitting out towards the end of the barrel. The lighter the better. Size isn't important, but weight is. They usually go hand in hand, but not necc.
Bright- 200 lumens, at least. More is better. Not concerned with run time.
Low cost- Something under $150. Preferably $50-75. Used in EC is fine. I'm thinking Steamlight or Eagletac.
Picked up one of the Primary Arms Ultimate Weapon Light and it meets your criteria. You can mod it to be shorter and lighter which I did and it works great.
Surefire G2, Vltor or Impact weapon components mount, malkoff M60 or M61 dropin.
Surefire G2X Tactical
Specsniper, how did you mod it? That was the complaint against those lights. Esp that it's too heavy. Lightweight is a top requirement for me!
Does anyone have a spreadsheet or information as to the weight and lumens and cost of a variety of lights? I want to try to compare some basic things (lumens, cost, weight, length, interface, type of batteries, how impact resistant and waterproof, etc) before I buy.
Whats going on jb2c? Well, you know that Im going to suggest a Surefire
Have you considered a Surefire G2 LED or 6P LED with a Malkoff M61 drop-in? If you don't like the 'press for momentary on' activation, and want a clicky, get the Z59 tail cap.
Or you can skip all of that and get a Elzetta ZFL or Surefire VTAC L4.
But if you want lightweight, a Surefire VTAC mini-L4 is perfect; however, its only 110 lumens; so if you want 200+ lumens, a VME head with a Malkoff M31 drop-in would do what you want. You can also put one together, with a SF E1 body, Z68 tail cap, VME head and Malkoff M31.
Each of the above setups are about $140-170, give or take, depending on what you go with, and/or how much you get the parts for. Either way, you get a reliable and rugged weapon light.