Streamlight illumination tools have come be known as the leader in flashlights. They have been around for decades and have always made top quality products, but in recent years they have established themselves as the clear front runner when it comes to quality, price and variety. This year’s crop of new stuff continues that trend. I had the opportunity to handle these lights at this year’s SHOT Show and have begun testing samples. I can tell you they are truly impressive. Keep an eye out for future articles where we will use them in the field.
TLR-9 Weapon Light
The new TLR-9 is a rail mounted tactical light designed for handgun use. It puts out 1,000 lumens of bright white light with a nice combo of distance and peripheral coverage. It runs on two CR123 lithium batteries and has a safe off feature to save battery life. It is made of anodized aluminum and is IPX7 waterproof rated. Though not guaranteed, it appears to fit most of the same holsters as the TLR-1 models. It also comes with Streamlight’s new switch design which gives you the option of a high or low switch based on user preference.
TLR RM 1 and RM 2
Streamlight has new rail mount weapon lights this year. The Rail Mount 1 and 2 are designed to attached to picatinny rails and feature an ergonomic design that places the support hand directly over the activation switch. The light also has the option of a remote pressure switch which is included in the package. The TLR RM1 runs on 1 CR123 battery and puts out 500 lumens. The RM 2 is powered by 2 batteries and emits a blinding 1,000 lumens of light. These are also IPX7 waterproof rated.
The new TLR-7A features the new ambidextrous high/low switch option and puts out 500 lumens using a single CR123A lithium battery. This is a great choice if you are looking for a smaller light for concealed carry but don’t want to sacrifice brightness.
The Sidewinder has been a popular military light for many years. Streamlight had been asked to produce a more economical version for close in use. The new Sidewinder Boot was created to meet these needs. It is the perfect light for boot camp, basic training and general camp use. The light runs on 2 AA batteries and had two settings. On the high setting it puts out 55 lumens for 8 hours and on the low setting it shines at 7 lumens for over 20 hours. It comes in Coyote color and has a belt clip with helmet attachment capability. This light is simply designed to be super durable and last a long time. If you put lithium AA batteries in it, it will never let you down.
The Waypoint is another successful light for Streamlight. Whether being used for camping, search & Rescue or simply as an emergency light, the Waypoint had been a go to light for many users. This year Streamlight made it rechargeable and gave it a super bright long distance beam with awesome runtime. It has three modes with some impressive stats: High-1,000 lumens-1,039m beam distance-3.75 hour runtime, Medium-550 lumens-735m beam distance-7.5 hour runtime, and Low-35 lumens-200m beam distance-87 hour runtime! It is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery and can be fully charged in 4 hours. It also features a charge indicator, integrated stand and is IPX8 waterproof rated. It also floats!
If you’re like me, you carry a flashlight with you everyday. Even though I carry a gun on me everywhere I go, I get a hell of a lot more use out of having a light on me. The new Macrostream USB makes it easy to always have a bright light at the ready. Featuring a rechargeable lithium ion battery and putting out 500 lumens on high and 50 lumens on low, this little light will handle most of your everyday lighting needs. It charges via a protected micro USB port and the pocket clip will even work on your hat brim giving you hands free use.
This is just a sampling of some of my favorite new lights from Streamlight. Check out their site for all of their new offerings then get down to your favorite sporting goods to try out a few.