The B series has a much better flood than the TLR-1 imo which is better for indoors. Plus you have the Surefire name which people trust and the switch options that are out now. Streamlight has been slow getting a TLR tape switch out.
The main difference is the L has a laser built in so its really a "B" with laser. I have the B and it is a plain 5 watt white LED flood. FYI, the "X200A is a 3 watt LED spot (tighter beam). Hope that helps.
I have the B. It has an awesome wide beam. You can literally turn night into day out to 50 yards or so outside. The A was the original and has the lower power 3 watt LED although it has a tighter beam and will reach farther. On a pistol I really don't see a need for more than 50 yards or so of illumination. I like the more powerfull 5 watt LED in the B and the wider beam that catches everything in your peripheral vision.
I think there is like 25 bucks difference in the two with the B costing a little more. I have been through every light out there and the surefires make the Insight and Streamlight look like a childs toy. Before I saw what they could do in total darkness I thought people who spent that much money for a light were insane. 2 minutes in the dark with one and you will understand why they are twice the price.
I think Ive got the X200A. When we (SWAT) looked at lights to go on our MP's, the sales rep brought out an X200A and a Streamlight M3. We actually chose the M3 due to it providing more light over a larger area than the X200A.
He didnt tell us there was a X200B that would give us more power as well as a wider beam. That was the biggest factor for us in determing which light, the M3 had more total light over a larger area, but just not as focused in one spot.
Well, I'll have to play around now. The M3's are nice though, I have no issue w/ them, a lot of light coming out and covers half a room at least.
One is an incandescent (M3), the other is an LED (X200), that accounts for the difference. The X200A has a longer throw than the B, but the B has a more powerful 5W lamp and more flood. However, compared to an incan each will seem to have less output especially outdoors.
Negative. All I know is one of the 10-8 crew mentioned on their site that it is in the works. I'm hoping it will be out by SHOT. Streamlight claims their remote switch for the TLR-1 will be out in Q2 2007.
I wonder if the X200L is a joint project with Crimson Trace. I recall hearing that Crimson Trace was going to make a LG model and Surefire making an X200 that would detect when a Laser beam was on and in turn activate the light.
Yeah, I know the LED and incan difference, but the incan put out more light covering more area, whether inside or out, that was the basis for our decision. Now, Im not unhappy with it at all and prob wont go back on my light either b/c I that happy with my M3, but I didnt know Surefire had another X200 that was a B and had more light output and wider angle.
Would have been nice to have the rep have all the choices though. Oh well.
999, be advised that SF et. al. ought to be coming out with Cree-based weaponlights as well. No timetable as manufacturers roll out handheld lights first. But when the Cree-based lights come out, the ones we have now will be obsolete. LED technology is evolving at least as fast as computer technology. This latest jump is like the jump from a 486 (remember those?) to a Pentium.
Cabela's has the M3 on sale for $99.95 in the Buda store. One now resides on the M&P. LEDs have come a long way in brightness and the battery life is better but they just can't match the pure white light of an incandescent (yet?).
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