Travis reviews the Fenix GL19R Weapon Light. Read the review to see if this light should end up on your next duty gun!
So, no joke, there I was on the deployment list for Afghanistan. I did what every cherry (to combat, that is) does and started flipping through catalogs and cruising every tactical website I could find. I happened upon the InForce WML White/IR and was drawn to it by its size and weight and the fact that it had an intigrated mount and pressure switch for a relatively low price of around $150 depending on where you go.
So I was on the market for a new pistol light as the current one i run on duty was a little out dated. Don’t get me wrong, I have zero complaints about the Streamlight TLR1. I have had the same light issued to me for the past seven years. This is truly a reliable piece of equipment, but I was looking for a brighter light to rely on from clearing rooms for violent suspects, to chasing the drug runners along the US/Mexican border.
The use of a laser sight on a handgun is a contentious topic amongst shooters. Some swear by them and others swear at anyone who dares use one. I come down in the middle of the group and see a use for them. While I don’t have a laser on my duty handgun I have chosen to outfit my backup gun with a set of Crimson Trace LG-405 Lasergrips.
The TLR-1 proved invaluable during field use and provided much needed visibility when working alone at night. The lights’ C-4 LED produces a truly blinding tight beam of light with a substantial amount of peripheral illumination. It’s really difficult to describe just how bright this light is especially now that you can pick up an updated version that is even more powerful, but lets suffice to say that it is very bright (don’t accidentally point it at air support).