I want to see some gun, holster, and weapon mounted light companies all lock a bunch of their engineers into a room for a couple days. Maybe they’ll come up with a solution for carrying a pistol with a weapon mounted light that doesn’t suck.
Currently our options are giant lights (which we know don’t have to be that big, just look at the small flashlights out there right now) in giant holsters made of kydex that are in most cases almost unnecessarily huge.
They might need to come up with a new mounting solution, perhaps the standard picatinny rail isn’t the right way to mount a small light for concealed carry.
They might need to define what a concealed carry light needs to do. It probably needs to be bright, but it probably doesn’t need to have a super long run time.
They might need to define maximum external dimensions for concealed carry lights. A max width about the same width as a small frame Glock would be a good place to start.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’d jump on a small, 200 lumen weapon light that operates with a momentary switch (like the current generation of Streamlight and Surefire pistol lights) that is small enough to allow for a somewhat regular holster.
I don’t think I’m asking too much, Crimson Trace was on the right track with the Lightguard
, and I was poised to buy one until I played with one installed on a demo gun and realized the switch was terrible. Close, but not quite ready for prime time.
So, gun industry: We want lights and holsters for carry guns that are small and don’t suck. Get on it.