Streamlight Tlr-3 Weapon Mounted Flashlight Review
It's no secret that Streamlight is one of preferred brands for tactical flashlights and weapon mounted lights here at TacXTactical. And for good reason, Streamlight makes high quality products and their prices are very reasonable.
Streamlight TLR-3 Functionality & Durability
The Streamlight TLR-3 is probably my favourite pistol light on the market. It fits almost any handgun with rails. It was specifically designed for compact and sub-compact pistols but will work on full sized units as well.
As we've come to expect from Streamlight this unit is built from high quality materials. The body itself is made out of a impact resistant polymer and anodized aluminum.
Although a number of law enforcement officers I've talked to still prefer a handheld torch unless of course they require use of two hands (say a dog handler), they all agree that the TLR series has made that decision much tougher.
One of the better features of the TLR is the ease in which it mounts to the rails of almost any pistol. The screw can be easily tightened with one hand. After several hours of use it won't back off like other products. This may not seem like a big deal, but when in pressure filled situations the simpler the better.
Streamlight TLR-3 On/Off Switch & Intensity Settings
The On/Off switch is pretty slick on the TLR-3. At the back of the light there are two "paddles" which allow you to flick through the modes with either hand.
Rotating the paddle clockwise will produce a steady light. If you rotate it in the other direction it will be a momentary on. Finally if you double tap the paddle counterclockwise it will be produce a strobe light.
The TLR-3 is 125 lumens.
Streamlight TLR-1, TLR-2, TLR-3 and TLR-4
The Streamlight TLR-2 & TLR-4 feature an integrated laser light. While the Streamlight TLR-3 and TLR-4 are the compact versions in the TLR series.
Streamlight TLR-1 Vs. TLR-3
The TLR-1 is almost twice the size of the TLR-3. It's slightly wider and longer. It also features a 300 lumen light versus the TLR-3's 120 lumens. Because of its length, it's often more suitable for full size pistols, while the TLR-3 is usually a better option for compact and sub compact pistols. Both of these weapon lights fit a wide variety of models of guns including rifles and shotguns. A quick google search usually will help you figure out if their is a key for the gun you're looking to equip with a TLR weapon light.
Streamlight TLR-3 Weapon Flashlight Overall Review
Overall the Streamlight TLR series are beasts. I actually prefer the TLR-1 and TLR-2 over the compact series. I find the polymer isn't quite as durable as the anodized aluminum. Although the TLR-1 requires 2 batteries, it does pump out 300 lumens of light which is considerably brighter than the the TLR-3.
That said, for compact pistols it's a terrific light that can withstand a long period of abuse.