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Old 12-25-2007, 05:23 PM
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i'm currently trying to pick up a good tac light, and i ran into somone selling a G&G GP6II tactical light. does anyone know what the quality of G&G lights is like? and, if they are not so good, what company makes decent lights?
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:22 PM
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i'm currently trying to pick up a good tac light, and i ran into somone selling a G&G GP6II tactical light. does anyone know what the quality of G&G lights is like? and, if they are not so good, what company makes decent lights?
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What application are you seeking a light for? Weapon mounted? Handheld? Both?

To answer this questions effectively, a little more information is needed, but I'll do the best I can.

I've not had any personal experience with the G&G series of lights aside from one of their "M3 pistol light" knock offs. The switch on that thing SUCKED. Now to stuff that I do know:

Tape switches: Tape switches are very fragile things, even on real guns. If you look at a lot of the more "credible" real (as opposed to knock-offs) light companies, you'll notice that the tape switches on them are usually QD, and easily replacable. This happens for a reason, and that is that Tape switches wear out relatively fast (under a year most of the time, and this is with the REAL lights). So I would say stay away from them.

"Tactical": Don't be fooled by people labeling things as "tactical". The word "Tactical" used to mean something, now it is a label attached to a product that helps it sell, it is kind of akin to the way "Super, Ultra, and anything with 2000 after it" were to the 80's. Think of a Camaro "SS". That "SS" used to mean something, now companies are slapping "SS" on every other car made.

I would keep it simple, avoid anything that is has features that you don't need. If you want good battery life, get an LED light. If you want a light with a little more "beef", get a "Xenon" light.

Surefire lights are awesome, and their entry-level G2 (Xenon) and G2 LED (Duh) are relatively affordable, and come with a no-questions asked warranty (on everything except for the bulb.)

These lights will attach to any Rail system with a standard 1" weaver/picatinny scope mount. (If you need one, I have a spare you can have)

G2
http://www.gandrtactical.com/cgi-bin...rchResult.html

G2 LED
http://www.tactical-store.com/ts-fs-...d-g2-l-bk.html

I know what you're thinking, pricy, but you're buying quality here, not some knock-off with a "government cheese line" tapeswitch that will break in two months. HOWEVER, a lot of the knockoffs use Surefire bulb assemblies, which basically make it perform as well as a Surefire light.

A problem you do have to worry about with most tactical lights (moreso with Xenon) they EAT CR123A batteries, which at the CHEAPEST are around $1. An alternative is to find a semi-highpowered light that uses standard AAs, or AAAs. Much cheaper to operate. Another thing you have to factor in when using Xenon is that the lamps can go out relatively easily, and at around $10-20 a pop to replace them, they aren't cheap to operate.

P.S. The links I sent you to aren't the cheapest places on the net, you can find them a little cheaper if you look. Good luck!
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:14 PM
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thanks a bunch, i think i'll look around for a good price on the led version. i want something that will last me a while and won't cost too much to operate, and the g2 led seems tofit the bill perfectly.

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Old 12-29-2007, 07:55 PM
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I have the G2, and personally it is the best $35 I have spent. Be sure to get the new model with the LOCK-OUT TAILCAP, because I have had some issues with it burning out batteries.
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I suggest the G2 LED for the budget. The extended run time alone will save you in batteries what the extra cost to the standard G2 model is. I am averaging about 9.5 hrs @ 80 lumens, with a 30 minute drop from peak to zero time. Not bad for a $60 flashlight.
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I'm on my 3rd g2 in 5 years. They are AWESOME. Only reason I had to replace the first 2 is because they were accidentally turned on for extended periods of time without me realizing it. First one melted the lens and lid of the pouch I had it in, the 2nd one actually EXPLODED while still in the holster. If they make one with a lockout tailcap now, I'd suggest getting it for the aforementioned reasons. I have the p61 (or whatever the eff) upgraded bulb in mine, and the batteries last about 20 minutes @120 lumens. With the standard bulb they last about an hour @60 lumens. LED may be the way to go the next time I buy one...
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