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Mark in Alger

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I will be adding a flashlight to my 870 soon. It will be mounted to a barrel clamp attached to both the barrel and magazine extension(Nordic Components). I don’t want a pressure pad activated model. I’d also strongly prefer a light that uses AAA batteries as I have several rechargeable AAA’s. Still selecting which clamp and light to use that will be sturdy, fit both the barrel and mag extension, and whatever light it it paired with. Any advice?

I’m not interested in a Surefire forearm or a different means of mounting the light due to other considerations. Thanks:)

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lee1959

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AAA are my favorite battery size, but they do have limitations in run time and brightness which I am sure you are well familiar with too. For use as a gunlight, well, sure why not. I think I personally prefer to keep a headlamp with my HD weapon s it allows the light to go wherever my eyes go, but for a AAA weapon light I would eschew twisty lights which leave out several of my favorites like the Inova penlight and Minimag. I might look seriously into the 4 Sevens Preon line, they are bright and durable. Also the Streamlight Protac AAA version would be a decent choice. 
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Mark in Alger

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Thank you for the input. I’ve been thinking and have decided I would be better served getting some rechargeable AA’s to use with the light than limiting myself to AAA’s simply because I already have some. This will allow more choice and power. I just know I don’t want a light that takes “button” style batteries. Their cost and short lifespan turn me off.
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lee1959

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Wrote this up for another site but it might be something you might be interested in.


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Suddenly my old Inova T2 which has sat by my bedside and served me faithfully for over 10 years died the other day. Yes it has a lifetime guarantee, but I also know that sending it in to Inova would simply result in them sending me back a new version of the light, and I wanted something with a new updated user interface, meaning I could decide what mode it come on and stays in. Thus began the search for the “perfect” new bedside things go bump in the night, light. There are a few things I like in a so called “tactical” light.

First off, I want a personal sized light that can be dropped in a pocket and pretty much forgotten about until needed, this means a one cell light. And while I tend to prefer the form factor of single and double AAA lights for most uses, they simply do not have enough output for a fairly long term usage personal “tactical” type light. This means either CR123 or AA lights are candidates as both C and D lights are too big for comfortable pocket carry.

Next, I want bright, but not too bright. I know that 1, and 2 thousand lumen tac lights are all the rage. But, they are not for me. I want a light in the 300 lumen range, bright enough to dazzle an opponents eyes temporarily, and to light up the contents of a decent sized room, but not enough to cause damage to myself. I have found that in enclosed spaces, like rooms, hallways and even in areas where there is thick dense foliage that a too bright light tends to reflect and cause almost as much blindness to me and it does to anyone else, especially in rooms and hallways with light colored walls. Maybe it is my natural light sensitivity, I have excellent night vision but at the expense of an extreme aversion to bright outdoor sunlight and other light sources.

Lastly in this type of light I want a click switch which allows for temporary on use by pressing the button partially in, or constant on by pressing the button totally on. And I want the light to have ONE, read one setting available to use, not high low and medium, or high low and strobe, or any of the other multi mode user interface settings. I want a light to come on in high and off in high with no messy interfaces to fumble with at night or under stress.

So after a lot of looking I found the Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA flashlight. This light is very unique, at least so far in my experience. It allows the use of a cR123, AA, or AA lithium battery with no changes in the light itself. I have seen convertible lights before, in fact I own one, which allows using either a CR123 or AA by swapping out the body of the light. This one however is built to use either. Yes, this means it is a slight bit bigger in diameter than a normal AA light, and a bit longer in body that a normal single cell CR123 light. But in both cases it is not enough to make a big difference. This ProTac has an output of 350 max lumens in CR123, and 150 in AA mode. It also has the ability to be used in three different modes, high/strobe/low, high only, and high/low, and the interface is easy to switch between. So my high only light is how I keep it.

I have had it now for a couple of weeks and so far it has been completely satisfactory. The clip is strong and does not deform easily. It also has a very unique design which allows it to be clipped normally bezel down in a pocket, or clipped to something like the bill of a baseball cap and used in headlamp mode. I am currently using it with a CR123 battery for maximum output, but have tested it in the house with the AA battery and it was perfectly acceptable also. This makes it a very useful pocket light for this times where you have to scrounge batteries.

I will give it 5 stars so far. 


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lee1959

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The nice thing about something like this is that for sitting around the house long term you can leave a CR123 in it which will stay potent for long periods so it is ready when you need it. But then for lots of use you can instantly switch to AA batteries.
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I have both a dedicated Surefire forend on one gun and the very spiffy Elzetta until on another one.

The SF is the gold standard and it's a "buy once, cry once" type of purchase but wow, it's a great unit.  The cheaper alernative and it also gets equally high marks by me in my use is the Elzetta clamp with the light of your choice.  I run mine with a SF G2 and a M61 Malkoff and McClicky tail.  That unit is solid and doesn't move.

If money is a concern I would confidently suggest the Elzetta.  123 batteries are the only way to go for long term storage.  One of those puppies has twice the volts of a AAA or AA so that usually means a light with more oomph in a smaller (less weight) package.

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