Chris's Review of Streamlight TLR-4 G Compact Rail Mounted Tactical Light w/Green Laser Sight
I wanted a good quality green laser and tactical LED flashlight, so I chose Streamlight! My choices were between Viridian and Streamlight. I did about 20 hours of research and read about 200 reviews on both companies products. I did not choose Viridian because of the multiple complaints about the metal battery cap stripping out the polymer threads of the laser housing (very fine threads). Once the threads are stripped out, the laser is useless. And, a couple of people commented that Viridian would not warranty out there laser because of this defect, so $300 down the drain! I personally don't think you should mix metal and plastic when it comes to threads, it should be both plastic or both metal!
So Streamlight won my vote and my money!
The flashlight is EXTREMELY bright (3 watt), and the green laser is on point. Adjusting the laser was easy with the provided Allen key. I did buy a separate barrel sight red laser to adjust my green laser, now I just need to take it to the range and finish sighting it in with some real ammo. The clamp mount is tight and secure, I am not worried about the laser moving when I fire my weapon. Construction of the laser is well made, aluminum and polymer. The battery is located behind the flashlight lens, both lens threads and housing threads are both polymer! Selling point......
My only complaint with my Streamlight laser/light is that you get a bag with multiple picatinny rail attachments that fit multiple different handguns. The instructions/directions for my Berreta PX4 Storm subcompact tell you to use attachment A or D. If you use attachment A, it will fit loosely front to back on the rail before tightening the clamping bolt. If you use attachment D, you will have to have a gunsmith modify this attachment to fit snugly into the picatinny rail slot. Luckily, I'm pretty handy with a file and Dremel tool, so I modified the attachment D myself. It fits very snug, and there will be no chance of the laser/light sliding front to back under recoil from the handgun.
So, I do recommend this laser, but to "do it right", you will either need to take it to a gunsmith, or spend about an hour or so filing and grinding the polymer attachment D (this is the only reason I gave it a 4 star, if Streamlight adds another attachment specifically for my Beretta, I will bump my rating to a 5 star) .
I hope this helps everyone out,
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