Streamlight’s New TLR-8 sub 500-Lumen Rail-Mounted Light/Laser

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From Streamlight . . .

Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ultra-compact and low profile TLR-8 sub, a 500-lumen weapon-mounted tactical light with red laser, and the TLR-8 G sub with green laser. Designed for use with railed subcompact weapons, both are available to fit select GLOCK, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory and many 1913 short railed subcompact handguns.

“The TLR-8 sub and the TLR-8 G sub take the popular TLR-7 sub to new levels with the addition, respectively, of an integrated red and green aiming laser, to improve focusing on targets,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “Like other models in the TLR line, they have a high-power LED that provides extreme brightness for maximizing visibility and targeting capability in personal defense and other tactical situations. And each features interchangeable rear paddle switches that allow you to customize the TLR-8 sub to your shooting style.”

Each of the new lights is available in four different models to fit the GLOCK 43X MOS/48 MOS and the GLOCK 43X Rail/48 Rail; the SIG SAUER P365 and P365 XL; the Springfield Armory Hellcat; and select 1913 short railed subcompact handguns including the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0, Beretta Px4 Storm, Springfield Armory XD-E, Springfield Armory XD-S and Heckler & Koch HK45.

The TLR-8 sub and TLR-8 G sub feature an LED that delivers 5,000 candela and 500 lumens over a beam distance of 141 meters. The lights’ custom TIR optic produces a concentrated beam that provides both extensive range as well as optimized peripheral coverage. Both lights offer three lighting modes – LED only and LED/Laser combined, each with a run time of 1.5 hours, and Laser only with a run time of 60 hours (red) and 11 hours (green). Both are energized by a single 3-volt CR123A lithium battery.

The new models feature a one-handed, snap on and tighten interface that keeps hands away from the gun muzzle when attaching or detaching them. The lights also include a safe-off feature, locking them so they cannot be turned on accidentally. Each features a specialized clamp system for mounting to rails, using the provided key kit.

Constructed with 6000 Series machined aircraft aluminum with a black anodized finish, both the TLR-8 sub and TLR-8 G sub weigh 2.77 ounces and measure 2.51 inches long and, depending on the model, 1.45 to 1.63 inches high. They feature an IPX4 water-resistant design and impact-resistant construction.

The TLR-8 sub and TLR-8 G sub have MSRPs of $389.55 and $477.00, respectively. They come with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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  1. Oh cool, this article explained candela, which I know about , over lumens, which I didnt know about.
    I have to disagree.
    I’m just theorizing however I believe 5000 candles with the correct reflector would be much brighter the 500 lumens.
    Celsius, Fahrenheit,
    Who come up with that?
    It’s cold when your finger breaks picking up your cup of ice and it’s hot when the water evaporates when you pour it out of the cup. Farenheit, celcius, phooey.

  2. I have a Streamlight on my nightstand pistol. It’s an old TLR-1. Works as well as the day I mounted it on that equally old Glock 22. With equally old Hienie Straight 8 sights. Yes, gasp!, it’s .40 S&W. I know it’s more antiquated than 9mm and .45 ACP. There are hard lessons to be relearned. And, unfortunately, they will be. Except, maybe those that know that a handgun is not a rifle. Bigger, deeper holes. The only reason to have a handgun is because that’s the only thing you can have. Oh, loaded with Speer Gold Dot HP. And a spare mag. And a Randall #1. Because, why not?

    • Me , I either use an old sock or drag them behind me with 130lb test fishing line.
      The old sock as a holstein works pretty good because you can shoot through it with out wasting a lot of money on a 4H holstein. Where there a whiporwill there a whey

      • Gotta love marketing language for selling garden variety design defects as a whiz bang feature..

        “The lights’ custom TIR optic produces a concentrated beam that provides both extensive range as well as optimized peripheral coverage.”

        What that means is the beam is focused but because that focusing uses a design that allows light to unintentionally spill outside the main beam it allows a peripheral area to also get a certain amount of light. In short, its a defect result of the design sold as a feature.

      • “…130lb test…”

        That braided dacron is mighty useful. I’ve been rewiring some of my home electrical system, preparing for a plug-n-play generator. In places where I remove a piece of old cable in a blind spot, and reroute the circuit elsewhere with new romex, I often leave a length of this kind of line running through the wall or ceiling, in case I need to run something else through that trace some time in the future. Just about every time I grab that spool, I think about you tying off the end of your handgun sock, and I chuckle. There is a way indeed.

    • Well..thats a problem neiowa but not difficult to over come. There are already holsters on the market that will work fine with this light.

      The pistol light companies have created so many different retention of lights its easy to see why people think its a problem to find a holter for a particular light. But the truth is that although holster manufacturers will say their holster works for a particular light there are many more of the same form factor that will also work fine in the holster.

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