Quick review of the SureFire X300 Ultra weapon mounted light.
I’ve had this light for several months now. It sits on my primary HD gun. I’ve used it several times for investigating noises and such at home, and I’ve used it at the range. Indoors the light is very bright, and if you aren’t careful you can catch a lot of splash back off walls, mirrors, or pictures. There are ways to deal with the brightness indoors, such as knowing your house and where to shine and not to shine the light. The light has a nice focused beam with a lot of secondary flood. Outdoors the light really shines, both literally and figuratively. 🙂
Our long backyard is easily lit allowing me to see large areas at once without a lot of searching, which is bad. My only complaint is the toggle on/off switch. I’d like to see a system that’s easier to return to off without missing your mark. As it is now, you can easily go past the off position and back into the on position. I understand why SureFire setup the light this way, allowing for either right handed or left handed manipulation with the same instructions. However I think it would be better having it setup to only go one way, which would eliminate the chance to go from on, to off, and then back to on as you over travel. Tactically speaking, the light is better for momentary on while searching and then to steady on once your target is acquired, simply because there’s too much fiddling with the switch if you’re using the steady on/off function.
The light is a great value at $200, and will provide years and years of service. This is my primary recommendation for a pistol mounted light. If you’re looking for something more slim for EDC, then there are better options. This light is mainly purposed for HD and carry when your sidearm is employed as a working tool, such as how law enforcement would use it.