AR-15 Flashlight Comparison: Streamlight vs. Surefire

AR-15 Flashlight Comparison: Streamlight vs. Surefire

Flashlight Comparison for AR-15: Streamlight Protac Railmount HL-X vs. Surefire m600 Scout Light

*Streamlight ProTac Railmount –
(Select the 1000 lumen version)
*Surefire Scout Light –

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  1. Ryan Haulenbeck on May 27, 2023 at 3:53 am

    What kind of rails do you have?

  2. Joey T on May 27, 2023 at 3:54 am

    “Seems tough and I don’t baby my stuff” he really is a warrior poet

  3. J B on May 27, 2023 at 3:55 am

    We need an HRT AWLS review that your selling on your website now please 🙂

  4. Jacob Garn on May 27, 2023 at 3:57 am

    I’ve had the streamlight for about 3 years. The wire connection by the pad is starting to come apart. Flashlight itself, no issues.

  5. Gabriel Martinez on May 27, 2023 at 3:57 am

    Sadly it is made in China. Surefire is made in the USA which is why it is sometimes inferior and expensive. Such a shame what has happened to American manufacturing.

  6. Will,Trax71 on May 27, 2023 at 3:59 am

    Issued its 100% Surefire all the way but if I’m buying it’s Streamlight Lol absolutely. Semper Fidelis my Brother

  7. Matt Light on May 27, 2023 at 4:00 am

    am looking for something more blinding than to actually see far

  8. tcepilot on May 27, 2023 at 4:02 am

    Surefire just goes that little extra bit. Streamlight is great for 95 percent of us I would say, but that extra 5 percent as SOLGW says is what you are paying for. I think that holds true here. Can’t go wrong with Streamlight at those numbers. I have both

  9. Michael Leopold on May 27, 2023 at 4:02 am

    Really like the comparison

  10. Will Risher on May 27, 2023 at 4:03 am

    The switches for streamlight suck, buying arisoka adaptor and surefire pressure pad

  11. D S on May 27, 2023 at 4:03 am

    I switched almost exclusively from Surefire to Streamlight about four years ago. I can say without a doubt that my Streamlights are equal to or better than my Surefire lights in every way except one, the remote switch. The included Streamlight remote switch is good but Surefire remotes are definitely better. With an available adaptor I run my Streamlights with Surefire dual remote switches and it is definitely the best of both worlds. Even after purchasing the necessary adaptor it is still more cost effective to run the Streamlight/Surefire combo configuration than straight Surefire. I have NO relationship with Streamlight nor have I ever received any form of compensation from Streamlight, I just really like their products.

  12. jlbrpt on May 27, 2023 at 4:04 am

    I’ve been in Law Enforcement for 10 years. I carry a Streamlight stinger LED flashlight. It’s ridiculously bright and ALWAYS dependable. It will go for weeks without a recharge and is still bright. It is the ideal flashlight for a building search. Almost all the guys in my department carry the Streamlight as well. A few have tried the smaller Surefire, but it just isn’t as bright as the Streamlight.

    I just bought a Streamlight Protac rail mount HL-X USB 1000 lumen flashlight for my personal AR. I won’t use anything other than Streamlight when it comes to protecting myself.

  13. Ben Putnam on May 27, 2023 at 4:05 am

    Is the streamlight rechargeable??

  14. SHOOKUMM on May 27, 2023 at 4:06 am

    Time to ditch that haircut

  15. Nick Burlile on May 27, 2023 at 4:08 am

    I’m here for the frogs in 2021.

  16. Delta-P The Yeast Beast on May 27, 2023 at 4:09 am

    i run the streamlights on everything i have that needs a light. and i can get three of them for what i pay for a surefire

  17. Doug Grunberg on May 27, 2023 at 4:10 am

    Thank you

  18. Hk 4lyfe on May 27, 2023 at 4:12 am

    Honestly, I’m less concerned with brightness as I am battery life longevity. The fact that these flashlights can only last 1.5 hours under use is a nightmare for any kind of societal breakdown/civil war scenario where supply chains are gone and batteries are scarce. I’d almost rather take a slightly dimmer flashlight if I knew its batteries were going to last 2-3 times longer.

  19. Kman Bay on May 27, 2023 at 4:16 am

    I don’t own a surefire, but I have a few of the Protac lights. One of the nicest thing about the Protac is they are dual fuel. They can take two cr123 batteries OR the 18650 rechargeable. For me that means I can keep a fully charged flashlight and not worry about how much battery I have left. Of course you can also buy the Surefire rechargeable CR123 batteries, but they don’t hold as much charge as the Streamlight 18650 battery. The 18650 also has a charge port for any micro usb cable, whereas the surefire rechargeables need a charger.

  20. Southern Partisan on May 27, 2023 at 4:16 am

    Gotta love a hot tight center

  21. Jimmy Smith on May 27, 2023 at 4:16 am

    Just my 2 cents, 99% of people aren’t rocking night vision, with dual pressure pads, just sayin. I have both, will not buy anymore surefire, just based on cost and what you get.

  22. Dash Riprock on May 27, 2023 at 4:17 am

    The average guy, 99%, are not using their weapon or weapon light in combat situations. With that said, Streamlight wins this comparison a hands down!

  23. ed gallegos on May 27, 2023 at 4:18 am

    So did unity tactical come out with a switch for this light?

  24. John on May 27, 2023 at 4:19 am

    A Fenix is much much cheaper and likely more powerful

  25. KujoB6 on May 27, 2023 at 4:19 am

    Streamlight looks better for wash, and the surefire is more center focused. I have one of the newer M640’s from surefire and they implemented a focused center like usual, but they widened the wash. Incredible weapon light. I can see clearly up to 150 yards with mine. (Granted whatever im looking at isn’t all black.) Streamlight and Surefire are great in this industry and you can’t go wrong with either one.

  26. BrewCityRider on May 27, 2023 at 4:21 am

    If you don’t need the pressure pad or mount, that Streamlight is only 90 bucks. Too bright for indoors I think. Prefer Streamlight PolytacX or Surefire G2X.

  27. Jess Arellanes on May 27, 2023 at 4:21 am

    I have one of each.

  28. ErrorOptik on May 27, 2023 at 4:22 am

    Did that prototype switch ever come out?

  29. Delta-P The Yeast Beast on May 27, 2023 at 4:24 am

    john is killing me with that light wire. the pad mounts for the rail let you tuck the wire!

  30. Tom Olofsson on May 27, 2023 at 4:26 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  31. BlackToast McBiscut on May 27, 2023 at 4:26 am

    It’s.. just big.

  32. Clorox Bleach on May 27, 2023 at 4:28 am

    Thank you I will make sure to get a stream light for very legal reasons

  33. Joseph Long on May 27, 2023 at 4:28 am

    I have three of the streamlights, in my opinion they are hard to beat.

  34. Valkor Simpson on May 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    that’s not how luminous flux (lumens) is measured, what you described is luminous intensity (measured in cd)

  35. F18M 223 on May 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    You already know James yeager would say you are wrong in using a streamlight haha 😄

  36. Pauls Country on May 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    The Scout just blows that cheap junk away…

  37. Jimmy Norris on May 27, 2023 at 4:32 am

    Love my Cloud Defense OWL.

  38. John Doe on May 27, 2023 at 4:32 am

    Streamlight for the win.

  39. Big Al Sparks on May 27, 2023 at 4:35 am

    Not sure how a fret when its light to ir… I’ve never found myself lighting up the night to then need to go ir, your position is given up soon as you mis point that light, best to separate the two so there’s less chance of a give away.

  40. Wildcat 859 on May 27, 2023 at 4:35 am

    I always run the 1k lumen Pro Tac just cause I can get 2-3 of them compared to the Surefire. I can’t afford $1k worth of lights on my AR’s and Galil. I do wish I could find a new head or cap or something to make the Pro Tac into IR. Trying to dip my toes into NV and looks like I’m gonna be getting rid of all my Pro Tax’s just to be able to have IR light under nods.

  41. Divici on May 27, 2023 at 4:36 am

    I know this vid is pretty old and i was streamlight all the way before but fenix is where its at. Main but not the only reason is battery level indicator. Gamechanger

  42. Mike Kovitch on May 27, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Always enjoy your videos, John. In watching this particular video, I notice, using either weapon light, you seem to like and employ the provided remote pressure switches. As a Vietnam 1st Cav 11Bravo trooper, I might make an observation on these switches. While we did not have weapon lights in Nam, based on my one year experience while on numerous combat patrols is that when maneuvering through constant thickets, wait-a-minute vines, tree branches and more, your gear loves to get hung up on all of the aforementioned obstacles. I doubt the wires on these pressure switches would survive a year on patrol under similar circumstances, probably being pulled off by some branch, etc., in the first few months. While I concur they are convenient and think they are less of a problem in open terrain and home defense use but still believe I would opt out of the remote switches on my weapons. A rear pressure cap switch is just fine with me, less to fail. Wondering if you were provided with these lights during your combat tours and if so, what your personal experience with same was?

  43. K-plus tunjevina on May 27, 2023 at 4:36 am

    I have the money but I went with the streamlight. I couldn’t pass up that bargain.

  44. Ben Putnam on May 27, 2023 at 4:39 am

    I need a rechargeable with pressure switch preferably mlok

  45. Lava 321 on May 27, 2023 at 4:40 am

    I have brown eyes that are fairly resilient to light, but when he flashed the camera I closed them, and my phones brightness is only 50%. That is bright.

  46. Organik Aile on May 27, 2023 at 4:46 am

    you must try nitecore p20i.

  47. Justin G on May 27, 2023 at 4:46 am

    Ekspecially….my view ended when he said that

  48. Paul on May 27, 2023 at 4:50 am


  49. KG Outdoor Solutions on May 27, 2023 at 4:52 am

    Stream light looks much better.

  50. Tundra Special Ops on May 27, 2023 at 4:52 am

    Too many good weapon lights out there for people to continue thinking no one else makes a good light except Surefire. And yes, Surefire is still one of the top lights, it’s just not the only game in town.

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