Streamlight TLR-4 Review

Today I picked up another new weapon light. Go figure huh? For anybody who may follow my reviews you can probably guess I have some kind of sick flashlight fetish. I will say again what a huge fan of Streamlight flashlights I am, as a general rule of thumb they are my first choice. I have a lot of Surefires and some smaller brands too but $ for $ I feel that Streamlight gives you the best light for your money.

I have done reviews in the past where I talked about the TLR series of weapon lights from Streamlight. You have the TLR-1 which is the “full size” pistol light, the TLR-2 which is the same light with a laser and the TLR-3 which is a smaller light which will fit compact and subcompact pistols with a rail. Natural progression leads us to the TLR-4 which is the subcompact light with a red laser. That’s the one I got today and they just came out.

As always the workmanship is beyond reproach, it looks good and comes with different mounting keys to make sure you get the light in the position you want it on about any handgun you want to put it on. It’s bright, the switch is solid and the laser is adjustable. Just like its predecessors it is a very nice light! I think the best way to go over this is just list the factory specs, So here they are.

C4® LED technology, impervious to shock with a 50,000 hour lifetime. 640-660nm red laser.
5,000 candela peak beam intensity; 110 lumens
Runs 1.5 hours ( LED only or LED and laser); 11 hours (laser only)
One-handed snap-on and tighten interface keeps hands away from muzzle when attaching/detaching. Securely fits a broad range of weapons
Windage and elevation adjustment screw mounted in brass bushing for dependable zero retention of laser
Ambidextrous momentary/steady On-Off switch
Three position mode selector switch for Laser only, LED illumination only or both Laser and LED
Textured parabolic reflector produces a concentrated beam with optimum peripheral illumination. Optimized electronics provide regulated intensity. Laser provides long-range targeting
Key kit included for mounting to a variety of weapons (H&K USP models do not include key kit)
Uses one 3V CR2 lithium battery (included)
Impact-resistant Engineering polymer with durable anodized aluminum facecap
Borofloat high temperature glass lens
Withstands heat and cold with operating temperatures of -10°F to +120°F
IPX4; water-resistant
Serialized for positive identification
2.73″ (6.93 cm)
2.81 oz. (79.7g)
Limited lifetime warranty

So there they are. You should now know everything you need too technically and then some. I would like to comment on the “impervious to shock” part. THEY ARE! It was killing me inside to do it but I beat one on concrete HARD a lot of times, both on and off, and the things just won’t break. 🙂 This is a combat ready piece of gear. You can have confidence that these babies will fire up when you flick that toggle switch. I love Streamlight anything. I mounted this one on a Ruger SR22. Like I said it will work on any subcompact. It’s just that most of my subcompacts already have Crimson Trace laser grips so it would be redundant. I use the TLR-3 on the subs usually.

So that pretty much wraps it up, enough said right?? QUALITY, BRIGHT light at a REASONABLE price. Go to and get yours today for 112$ free shipping. Botach rocks! Fast ship and usually the best prices. I shop there all the time.

As always thanks for reading and happy shooting.

By: Cary Kieffer

9 Responses to Streamlight TLR-4 Review

  1. Mark says:

    I think that the LTLR-4 is a good start, but if your left handed, the ambidextrous momentary/solid switch will not lock down. Left is evidently momentary only, but right is both. Go figure. It is an ugly duckling, but it would serve my purpose if the switch worked both ways on both the left as well as the right. Maybe I got a bad one. Anyway, that’s my 2 cent’s worth.

  2. cary kieffer says:

    My experience was it was almost deadnuts on when I mounted it. It took just a hair of adjustment to meet up with the iron sites. When I fired it was good to go. So I didnt really need to use the adj. screws much more than a 1/4 turn. Tell ya what I will run it all the way up and down, left to right a couple times and see what happens. If I know Jarheads (and I do,I’m one too) most of us will just start turning, twisting and beating things silly without opening a direction booklet. Maybe going to far with the turns?? Let me play with mine today and I’ll post results this eve. Check back tonite. Thanks.

  3. Bernie says:

    Ive read more than a few reviews that claim the screws to adjust the laser elv. & windage strip out the first time you try to use them, one review had a guy that had returned his 2 times and after his 3rd one stripped out he vowed to nevr use streamlight again.

    one of the reviews was from the military and here is his review Pasted in.

    “This review is from: Streamlight 69240 TLR-4 Compact Rail Mounted Tactical Light with Laser Sight (Tools & Home Improvement)
    This would have got five stars but like everyone else have said the windage and elevation strip out every damn time. if you want a user friendly laser and light with easy switchs and easy to use (Marine proof) yes im a jar head then order this is small compact light weight and bright. its freaking ugly on my XD but bullets dont care about beaty I bought to help me destroy targets human or paper and it will stil do just that.

    Again laser not so good
    Flash light great
    Size and tactical desgin great
    User friendly great (other than laser)
    Beauty not so good
    still get the job done YES tagets are DRFT!”

    I have it down to between this one or the glock GTL22, I was going with Streamlight till I read about this problem.

    What was your experiance in adjusting the laser.

    Thank you for your advice


    • cary kieffer says:

      Bernie, mine was fine. I ran it back and forth and up/down 3-4 times and brought it back to the iron sites no problem. I dont know what happened with other peoples lasers. With alot of things in the world sometimes the first ones off the line have some glitches. For example the M16 rifle. Not off to a flying start in Vietnam but look at it now. Streamlight will make it right for anyone with a problem I’m pretty sure. Mine though, just like all my other Streamlights, is good to go. Thanks bringing it up. Might be something for new owners to watch for.

      • Bernie says:

        Thank you for checking that out, I was ready to go for the glock GTL22 but think I will give the Streamlight a go since that was the only thing keeping me from buying it.

        Going to place my order tomorrow and wish for the best.

        Again thank you so much for taking the time to check it out.


        • cary kieffer says:

          No Problem Bernie, glad to help. It’s the only 4 I have as they are a new model and I dont own any 2’s anymore because they were older xenon’s and I went to strictly LED bulbs so I sold them or gave them to buddies with no lights. I’ll have to look at a 2 again and see if its the same laser. Never had an issue with those one’s either. Although most of my handguns now have 2 seperate units. My overall preferance these days is for Crimson Trace lasergrips and a seperate Streamlight with no laser. Let us know how yours worked out. Thanks.

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