Streamlight TLR-7: Tactical Weapon Light Review

by Tom Moore

June 21, 2022

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Streamlight weapon-mounted lights are no stranger to us here at Gun University. Streamlight is a solid USA based company that produces a quality and well priced product.

That’s one of many reasons I’m bringing you the Streamlight TLR-7 today.

Streamlight TLR-7 Specs

  • Output 500 lumens
  • Candela 5,000 candela
  • Runtime 1.5 hours
  • Weight 2.4 ounces
  • Length 2.51’’

Streamlight TLR-7 Review

The TLR-7 is a compact light for your pistol and with its small stature it allows your handgun to stay concealable and manageable. For me, this is perfect for when I’m on the move.

For its small size it has a good LED output. At its peak it outputs up to 5000 candela and up to 500 lumens. It also has a sleek beam allowing you to light up and potentially diminish an impending threat’s vision while still allowing for suitable peripheral illumination.

Rain won’t be worrying this little light demon – with its IPX7 rating it’s waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes. I love that this little bomb-proof tactical light will attach to just about any gun as quickly as you can say TLR-7. 

It’s not as powerful as the Streamlight TLR-1 HL but it definitely does the job and is much smaller, so I think it’s a trade off that I’m OK with especially for an EDC option. The TLR-7 sits at an affordable price too.

One thing I’m not a fan of is the button location to switch the light on or off. The button sits on the side and a little further forward compared to the TLR-1 HL. This could be a little hard to reach if your hands are a little small.

If you’re wanting something budget-friendly, compact, lightweight and durable then this should be a consideration.

If you’re not sold on the TLR-7 WLM and you’re wanting to check out more options, be sure to see our article on the Best Pistol Mounted Lights here on Gun University.

Streamlight TLR-7 Pros and Cons

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Ergonomic
  • Excellent size to power ratio
  • Lowered lumens and candela is evident.

Streamlight TLR-7 Deals

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Brightness

Nice and Bright for all your close quarters illumination

A-
Range

With 5,000 lumens, which reaches around 141 meters is nice and bright to see what’s coming.

A-
Battery Life

The battery life will supply you plenty of light for up to 1.5hrs

A
Value

Overall, a nice option for price and functionality

A

Our Grade

A

Reviewed by Tom Moore

Reader’s Grade

B

Based on 3 Reviews

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More Resources

The TLR-7 Sub for the Springfield Armory Hellcat is a great little light. For more specifics on this light and its functionality, we have found a great video for you.

Streamlight TLR-7 FAQs

What is the difference between Streamlight TLR-7 and TLR-8?

The Streamlight TLR-8 is the TLR-7 with a laser added to the bottom.

Which guns does the Streamlight fit?

The TLR-7 best fits on compact handguns roughly the same size as a Glock 19

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About Tom Moore

Tom is the Content Manager and also one of our content writers at Gun University. When Tom isn't behind the keyboard, he participates regularly in NRL22 and IPSC. You'll often find him out hunting with his mates or camping with his family.

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