Streamlight is Making Moves in 2021 – 5 Lights of SHOT
Streamlight is a major player in the world of lights. Not just weapon lights, but handheld lights, headlamps, spotlights, working lamps, and beyond. They often have a huge presence at SHOT Show. Sadly, as we all know the SHOT Show is gone for 2021 so Streamlight has given us a virtual look at their latest lights and you know we had to put in our running commentary.
1. The Streamlight Wedge – A Surefire Knife Fight
Streamlight looks like they want to get into a knife fight with Surefire. A few years back Surefire unveiled the Stilletto. The Stiletto is a compact EDC flashlight with a rather interesting shape and design. The Wedge is also a compact EDC flashlight with an interesting design. However, when you really look at the two there are some substantial differences. They just happen to both be flat-bodied lights.
The Wedge is named for its wedge-like shape. Streamlight has thrown the roundness of traditional lights to the wind to adopt a more ergonomic and comfortable-to-carry option with the Wedge. The Wedge’s design allows it to fit flat in your pocket and carry comfortably.
The Wedge is thinner than the Stiletto and packs a few notable Streamlight exclusive features.
The light uses a rechargeable battery capable of lasting 3 hours while powering a 300-lumen main beam. The Wedge also packs a turbocharge of 1000 lumens for a 35-second burst.
The Streamlight Wedge weighs a mere 3.3 ounces and uses a USB C to get its juice. The Wedge is made from aluminum, is IPX7 waterproof and shockproof. It looks to be an awesome little weapon light with lots of potential.
I’m excited to get my hands on one.
2. TLR 7 SUB—Not The Sandwich Type
Of all the lights coming out this year, I’m most looking forward to the TLR 7 SUB.
SUB stands for sub-compact, not the type of sub that accommodates meatballs. Small guns are getting more and more capable and so are WMLs. The TLR 7 SUB promises to be the most powerful of the lights currently in the subcompact game. It outperforms the Surefire XSC, the Olight Mini Valkyrie, and Streamlight’s own TLR 6.
This little fella will pack 500 lumens of blinding white light backed by 5,000 candelas in a package that fits the Glock 48 MOS series.
The Streamlight TLR 7 SUB uses a single CR123 battery and runs for 1.5 hours. This little light will be a game-changer and the standard-bearer for subcompact lights. It’s my most anticipated weapon light this year and I can’t way to toss one on one of my many small guns.
3. TLR 10—A TLR 1 and TLR 7 Mutt
The new TLR 10 is a mixture of the full-sized TLR 1 and the compact TLR 7 with a dash of red laser because why not?
This is a full-sized weapon light like the TLR 1 but packs the most svelte TLR 7 type design. This makes it thinner and less bulbous than the TLR 1.
Power-wise we see no compromise with the 1,000-lumen beam but we do see some reduced candela. The TLR 10 is backed by 10,000 candela, which is half the candela of the TLR 1. That’s the compromise with the smaller and sleeker head design. Candela gives you useable light, which affects the light’s range, ability to break through photonic barriers, etc.
The TLR 10 seems to be a better option for low profile concealed carry and home defense than duty. For duty use, the increased candela makes a lot of sense. The ultra-modern TLR 10 does provide the unbeatable ergonomics packed on the new TLR models with both high and low switches. I’m cautious, but curious to see how the TLR 10 holds up.
4. The RM 1 and RM 2 Laser Model
The Streamlight RM 1 and RM 2 were long gun lights that were also based on the TLR 7 design. They provided ample white light in a low profile, ultra-smooth package that was somewhat Inforce-like. The RM1 and RM 2 were lightweight, easy to mount, and worked with pressure switches. The newest models stick to the same low profile and sleek design but also incorporated a visible red laser. It’s a small touch, but it’s worth noting.
5. New TLR 6 Models
The TLR 6 is a teeny tiny weapon light series made for the smallest of guns. They can even fit guns so small they don’t have a rail system. The TLR 6 is a combination of 100 lumen light and a red laser.
The ergonomics are spot on, the light is lightweight, and once it’s mounted it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
For 2021 Streamlight didn’t change the light, but released models that fit the Glock 48/43X Rail models, the P365 XL, and Springfield Hellcat.
Light the Way
Streamlight has their hands in a little bit of everything when it comes to light-emitting tools. Every year they seem to both refine their products and introduce new and innovative products. This year is no different.
Personally, I’m excited about the TLR 7 SUB and can’t wait to have one. The Wedge seems promising as well, and will hopefully be an affordable EDC option. Regardless of the product, Streamlight is well known for producing some truly fantastic lights and I have no doubts their 2021 lineup will all be rock-solid options.
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner, a lifelong firearms enthusiast, and now a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor and is the world’s Okayest firearm’s instructor.