The Streamlight Contoured Remote is a relatively new product for the Streamlight line, and a great addition. Surefire’s DG Switch has been out for a while, but I had no desire to retire a perfectly good TLR, spend another $275 on an X300 just for a switch. So, I was pretty excited when Streamlight released theirs.
The concept is simple. Instead of using your index finger (or thumb) to toggle the switch located on the light, you simply apply pressure with your strong hand middle finger, and viola “let there be light!” It’s easy to install and took about 5 minutes to remove the pin on the stock end cap and replace it with the contoured switch end cap. The switch still allows for the strobe function if you’re rolling a TLR1s or TLR2s. It’s currently only available for Glock 17/22/19/23 for the TLR1 and TLR2 variants. I called over to SL and asked if they had additional firearm fitments coming to market, and they told me “not to their knowledge, but that doesn’t mean they’re not in the works.” So, you can read that anyway you’d like.
There is one down-side to running your light with this type of switch. If you do fire your weapon in a real-world situation, chances are your light will be activated during firing. This is basically because you’re all amped up and squeezing your gun like your life depends on it (and I guess in that case, your life does depend on it!) You can ask the SWAT guy I know up here in Ohio. He was recently involved in a lethal-force incident (about a week after he got his new switch) and his light was unintentionally shining bright as he returned fire! Just something to be aware of, but if it’s to the point of firing back, I don’t think it really matters if your light goes on. Just like anything else, I’m sure with enough range time and training, this can be avoided.
The Streamlight Contoured Remote retails for around $60.00.
Kit Up! contributor Bill Janson is a former Recon Marine and is the founder of Eleven 10, a tactical gear manufacturer.