Streamlight SHOT Show Coverage 2020
So, I think Streamlight has officially become my favorite company to cover for SHOT Show. As most of you know, I’m not going to be attending. It’s too far away, it’s too costly, and everything that’s there I’ll be able to see at NRAAM this year if I decide it’s worth my while. That said, Streamlight just dropped every product they’ll be unveiling (or at least most of them). So, let’s go ahead, dive into it, and talk about my favorites.
The first one that made waves was the TLR-9, basically it’s a supersized TLR-7 that runs off of two CR123A batteries, which means there’s a fair chance that it’ll be able to use rechargeable 18650 batteries; which would be a godsend.
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So, what’s special here? It’s about half the width of the TLR-1 (which is awesome for pistols with slim slides/dust shrouds such as the CZ SP-01 Tactical, your average 1911, etc. It’s also going to be cranking out 1,000 lumens (candela is unknown currently) with a 1.5 hour battery life.
Overall, I think this is a needed add-on to their WML line. As a little add-on information, they’re also going to be producing a rail mount (rifle) version of the TLR-9 with the same output, as well as a RM version of the TLR-7.
2. Enhanced MicroStream
Yes, you read that right they’re coming out with a brighter and better MicroStream! The new Microstream will be retaining it’s size, but it’s gaining a boost in output. Instead of the “high” mode producing 250lm, it’s going to be producing 500 with a battery life of 1.5 hours. Sadly though, if it’s like the other rechargeable MicroStream, it’s going to be a proprietary battery.
3. Streamlight TLR-7 and TLR-8 “A” Models
Alright, so the TLR-7A has been out for a while now, but it’s still going to be at SHOT Show along with the TLR-8A which is the laser/light combination of the TLR-7. I’m not as thrilled about this because I don’t use lasers, but I’m sure some of you might be thrilled. Output is going to be the same as the none-A models, but the controls have been vastly improved (and are the same ones on the TLR-9 above).
I will say though, if you’re trying to create a PCC set-up like John Wick’s in John Wick 3 (the MPX w/TLR-8 top mounted with the optic) I do believe that the standard TLR-8 will perform better in that roll.
Well, there’s most of the Streamlight SHOT Show coverage for you, everyone. If you want to see the other items that they’re going to have on the show floor, be sure to check this link out, and be sure to check in from time to time here on TacCat. I’ll be doing coverage posts like this throughout the week!