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.