Lighting Up Subcompacts With The Streamlight TLR-7 Sub

Lighting Up Subcompacts With The Streamlight TLR-7 Sub

Sized right for subcompact pistols, Streamlight's TLR-7 Sub is a perfect companion for a concealed-carry pistol.

Chances are if you face a life-or-death situation, lighting will be sub-par. Criminal types have a tendency of cloaking their felonious misdeeds in the dark, complicating matters for armed citizens. Since echolocation is out of the question, a wise shooter has a light source at their disposal at all times for just such circumstances.

Streamlight has made the task simple over the years, decking every shape and size of pistol out with top-end torches. Now the weapons light specialists have an ultra-compact model hitting shelves, tailored to some of the smallest heaters on the market. The Streamlight TLR-7 Sub is designed to incorporate seamlessly into the popular subcompact class of handguns from all the major makers—Glock, SIG Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Springfield Armory and Heckler & Koch. Not an easy task, given the guns are minute by any standards. But the TLR-7 Sub pulls it off flawlessly.

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Taking into account the idiosyncrasies of particular models, Streamlight doesn’t shoehorn one version onto every pistol. Instead, the TLR-7 Sub is available in three different models, fitted specifically to particular firearms, reducing its overall footprint on the gun. One version is slimmed down for Glock's Slimline series, including the G43X and G48. Another is proportioned for Sig’s exceptionally small P365 line of 9mm pistols. And finally, there’s a model that attaches to various 1913 short-rail subcompacts, including the Beretta PX4 Storm Compact/Subcompact, Heckler & Koch HK45 Compact, Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Subcompact and Springfield Armory’s XD-E and XD-S.

Small, 2.39 ounces and 2.51 inches in length, the TLR-7 Sub doesn’t compromise on performance. With a flick of its toggle switch, the weapons light’s LED delivers 5,000 candela and 500 lumens over a beam distance of 141 meters. More than enough illumination to light up a dimly lit room or identify an approaching threat. Additionally, it offers two modes of operation, a plain beam and strobe—the latter an excellent option for dazzling an assailant, while keeping them off balance of your position.

“The latest addition to our popular line of TLR-7 weapon lights is an extremely compact and low profile model that can be mounted on railed subcompact weapons,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “Like other models in the line, it has a high power LED that provides extreme brightness for maximizing visibility and targeting capability in personal defense and other tactical situations. And its rear switch on the left and right of the trigger guard allows for ambidextrous operation.”

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The Streamlight TLR-7 Sub also proves fairly convenient. Powered by a single 3 Volt CR123A lithium battery, it delivers 1.5 hours of run time and features a convenient one-hand attachment system, making it a snap to mount and remove. Each model of the TLR-7 Sub also features a specialized clamp system for mounting to rails using the provided key kit. As for operation, Streamlight makes it intuitive, with an ambidextrous toggle switch at the rear positioned right where a trigger finger indexes. And the unit is built to last, with an aircraft aluminum body—black anodized—making it both impact and water-resistant.

With an MSRP of $225.75, the TLR-7 Sub isn’t a bargain-basement lighting option. But for low-light encounters, the weapons light should prove priceless.

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