Streamlight Puts Spotlight on TLR-7 Subcompact Tactical Light

There was a time when bright light required a massive piece of equipment. Fortunately, advances in LED technology have allowed for far more compact options. Streamlight’s upgraded TLR-7 sub-weapon-mounted tactical light delivers an impressively bright light in a very small package.

The new ultra-compact and low-profile TLR-7 X sub features multi-fuel operation with USB or disposable battery options while still delivering 500 lumens and 5,000 candela over a beam distance of 141 meters. The TIR optic can produce a concentrated beam that provides both extensive range and optimized peripheral coverage.

The new light is available in four different models to fit the Glock 43X/48 MOS and 43X/48 Rail; Sig Sauer P365 and P365 XL (closed rail system); the Springfield Armory Hellcat; and select 1913 short-railed subcompacts, including the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 subcompact, Beretta PX4 Storm subcompact, Springfield Armory XD-E, XD-S and Hellcat Pro, Heckler & Koch HK45 compact, and Sig Sauer P365 XMACRO.

TLR-7 Subcompact Tactical Light
The new light is available in four different models to fit to fit a variety of modern firearms.

“We have re-invented our best-selling TLR-7 sub tactical light by giving users the choice of using either a cost-saving USB-C rechargeable battery pack or a disposable battery, depending on availability or user preference,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah.

“Like its forerunner, the new TLR-7 X sub is extremely bright, compact, and low-profile and can be mounted on many railed subcompact weapons for maximizing visibility and targeting capability in tactical situations,” added Sharrah. “It also has the same rear switches on the left and right of the trigger guard to allow for ambidextrous operation.”

It offers a run time of 1.5 hours with a 3-volt CR123A lithium battery and one hour with the Streamlight SL-B9 Li-Ion rechargeable battery pack inserted. The Li-Ion 850mAh battery pack, which can be installed or removed through the light’s face cap, eliminating the need to detach the light from the firearm, can charge within 2.5 hours via a USB-C cord. It is rechargeable for up to 500 cycles.

The TLR-7 X features a one-handed, snap-on, and tightened interface that keeps hands away from gun muzzles when attaching or detaching them, while it includes a “safe-off” feature, locking it so it cannot be turned on accidentally. The weapon-mounted tactical light measures just 2.51 inches in length, while it is constructed of 6000 Series machined aircraft aluminum with a black anodized finish; it weighs 2.39 ounces using a CR123A battery and 2.64 ounces with the SL-B9 rechargeable battery pack. It offers an impact-resistant construction with an IPX7-rated design, making it waterproof to one meter for 30 minutes.

TLR-7 X sub
The TLR-7 sub series is going rechargeable! The TLR-7 X sub multi-fuel rail-mounted light accepts either Streamlight’s SL-B9® USB rechargeable protected lithium-ion battery pack or a CR123A lithium battery. Interchangeable rear paddle switches accommodate your shooting style.

TLR-7 X Sub Weapon-Mounted Tactical Light Specs:

  • High Lumens: 500
  • Beam Distance: 141 meters
  • Max Candela: 5,000
  • Battery Type: Streamlight SL-B9 Protected Li-Ion USB Rechargeable Battery Pack, CR123A Lithium
  • Length: 2.51 inches (6.38 centimeters)
  • Weight: 2.39 ounces (67.76 grams) – 2.64 ounces (74.84 grams)
  • Color: Black

The Streamlight TLR-7 is available now with CR123A lithium disposable battery for $253.66 (MSRP), and the TLR-7 X sub with SL-B9 rechargeable battery pack and USB cable has an MSRP of $265.66. Both feature Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based freelance writer who regularly covers firearms related topics and military history. As a reporter, his work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. Among those are The National Interest, Forbes, and many others. He has collected military small arms and military helmets most of his life, and just recently navigated his first NFA transfer to buy his first machine gun. He is co-author of the book A Gallery of Military Headdress, which was published in February 2019. It is his third book on the topic of military hats and helmets.

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