I have been using Streamlight products for 30 years and writing about them for the last 10. They have always impressed and taken care of me as a user but they downright frustrate me as a writer! Why? Because I simply can’t keep up with all the great new stuff they continually come up with. After the feature I did on their new stuff last year I figured we wouldn’t have much to talk about this year. Man, was I wrong! A click on the New Products link on the Streamlight website reveals no less than 16 new items. I don’t know why I am surprised since they always come up with great new lights. This year is no exception. Since SHOT Show 2019, I have been testing and using some of Streamlight’s latest illumination tools so here is the skinny.
The Bandit has been a great headlamp, producing 180 lumens of USB rechargeable light in a headband weighing just 2.7 ounces. New for this year, the Bandit Pro still gives you 180 lumens but more than doubles the run time to 4.5 hours on a single charge. Switch it to the low mode of 35 lumens and it will run for 21 hours! With its IPX4 weather-resistant rating, this is one great little headlamp. I love how small and light it is. It puts out plenty of light for most all of my headlamp needs.
Some people really like a flashlight with a right angle head on it. Think back to the old military style flashlights used during the Vietnam War. The new Protac 90 is a modern version of the right angle flashlight with all the latest and greatest features. It has Streamlight’s TEN-TAP programming and will run on either a CR123A lithium battery or a AA battery. The LED produces 300 lumens with the 123 battery or 125 lumens with the AA. The IPX7 waterproof rating ensures it can handle the elements. The rubber push-button switch is located just behind the head on the bend of the right angle putting it in the perfect position for your thumb. It also has a dual direction pocket clip allowing it to be carried in multiple ways. The dual battery options is nice but since I always want more light, I have been running mine with the 123 battery and it works great. This was a light I didn’t know I needed until I started using it.
TLR-6 for the Sig Sauer P365
When Streamlight came out with the TLR-6 lights a few years ago, they gave us the ability to add a light to our smaller pocket guns. They continue this tradition with a new model aimed at the Sig Sauer P365. The light runs on 2 CR-1/3N Lithium batteries and puts out 100 lumens. It can be had either with or without a red aiming laser and comes in black or flat dark earth. What I really like about this line of lights is how they blend with the lines of the pistol and remain very compact. The only downside is you will need a new holster but this is to be expected when adding any light/laser to a handgun.
Siege X Lantern
For the past few years Streamlight has been producing really cool lanterns for camping and outdoor use. The new Siege X model continues that trend with a small 4.5” light that runs on one USB rechargeable 18650 battery or 2 CR123A Lithium batteries. It puts out 325 lumens of light for 4.5 hours, 170 lumens for 7.75 hours or 30 lumens for 25 hours. This is one versatile light. It can act as a lantern and sit on a table or hang from your tent with the built in D-ring. Or it acts as a flashlight and projects the light out the top. It has a built in battery level indicator and an IPX7 waterproof rating. If you spend any time outdoors in the dark you will appreciate having this baby around.
Streamlight has been making weapon lights in various configurations for many years now. But until now, their options for the shotgun were limited. The TL Racker Shotgun Forend Light changes all that. Current models are built for the Mossberg 500/590 and Remington 870 shotguns. This light runs on 2 CR123A Lithium batteries and puts out a blinding 850 lumens of light for 1.5 hours. The black forend only weighs 10 ounces and has switches on both sides making it truly ambidextrous. Each switch has momentary and constant on functions. I’ve had a forend light on my 870 for over 20 years in one form or another and this is one of the best I have ever seen. The light is very low profile and almost perfectly flush with the front of the forend. The shape of the forend has a recess for your hand giving you extra purchase for pulling or pushing. Installation is the same as changing any shotgun forend and replacing batteries is simple and can be done without removing the forend from the shotgun. You’re going to want one on every shotgun you own!
This is a just a highlight of some of Streamlight’s latest offerings. Check our their website or your local dealer to see everything.