A rare Streamlight TLR-1 failure

I love my Streamlight TLR-1.

I’ve had it on my .45 XD for about a decade.

Nowadays, there are more powerful lights out there that are cheaper, more compact or weigh a lot less, but I’ve said for years you could pound nails into a 2 x 4 with a TLR-1 because it’s built like a tank.

Over the years, I’ve recommended it to friends, readers and novice shooters. Therefore, I feel beholden to let you know that mine recently failed.

There’s a plastic part on the battery door, which holds the battery springs/contacts and locks into the frame of the metal housing. This separated from the battery door. As a result, the battery door sprung open, could not be closed and the light was rendered totally inoperable.

I suppose I could glue the two pieces together, but I use my gear hard and I don’t like the thought of any tactical gear being held together by a dab or two of glue.

A weapon light is a crucial piece of kit. It needs to be reliable.

Just letting you know.








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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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