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tlr7 sub on p365 g43 hellcat

In this Streamlight TLR 7 Sub review guide, let's take a look at how this light is for conceal carry sub compact guns, and we have tons of images to show below:

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Streamlight TLR 7 SUB Review

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Max Output — White Light500 Lumens / 5000 Candela
Runtime~90 Mins
Weight w/Batteries2.39 oz
Batteries 1 CR123A
streamlight TLR 7 Sub box

Sold In 3 Separate Models

(GL, M1913, P365)

What's Included In The Packaging

streamlight TLR 7 sub unboxing

Image Features M1913 Model

The Streamlight TLR 7 Sub comes in a standard Streamlight packaging that includes:

  • Streamlight TLR 7 SUB
  • 1 CR123A battery
  • Mount Keys (Different for GL, M1913 & Sig P365)
  • Streamlight sticker
  • Mini Streamlight catalog
  • Retainer clip remover

What Is This Light Best Used For

Streamlight TLR 7 sub profile pic

Mainly marketed for Hellcat, Sig P365 and Glock 43. M1913 model can be used on many other pistols as well.

streamlight TLR 7A tree up close
streamlight tlr 7a in low light warehouse

The Streamlight TLR 7 SUB works for subcompact and some full size pistols (With plenty of M1913 rail slots)

streamlight tlr 7 sub on hellcat 9mm pistol

M1913 for Hellcat (Slight modification required)

p365 with streamlight tlr 7 sub light

SIG rail for P365

glock 43x with streamlight tlr 7 sub light

GL rail for G43X

streamlight tlr 7 sub on kimber 1911
streamlight tlr 7 sub on Fn 509 LS EDGE

Pretty Slick Looking

Currently it's best for the following pistols (Sold separately):

  • Railed Glock 43, 48
  • Smith Wesson M&P Full Size, 9/40c, 2.0
  • Sig Sauer P365 & XL
  • Springfield Hellcat (Slight modification required, Learn more here)

The TLR 7A's upgrade toggle switch has made it a standard for next generation TLR 7 and TLR 8 lights, and people love them.

Streamlight TLR 7 SUB Core Features

Size & Weight

streamlight tlr 7 sub sideview

streamlight tlr 7 sub top view

streamlight tlr 7 A vs sub

 Side By Side - TLR 7 Sub VS TLR 7 A

Check out our complete TLR 7 A VS TLR 7 Sub to see more side by side comparison

Streamlight TLR 7 SUB is basically a TLR 7 A with a smaller body.

Same battery, Same LED size, Same Switch Module

Modes Of Operation

  • Single click - Constant on
  • Press & Hold - Momentary
  • Strobe - Double press

Note: To activate the strobe mode on TLR 7 (TEN TAPS programming), press one of the toggle switches 9 times, hold on the 10th press until the light flashes then off. Do the same to reverse the programming

When the strobe mode is activated, you can still operate constant on and momentary modes as normal.

streamlight tlr 7 sub toggle switch

NEW TLR 7 SUB features the same ambi toggle switches that gives the shooter better control with the firing hand and the support hand.

Operating the light with one hand is very doable without exerting any finger pressure compare to other lights on the market.

streamlight tlr 7 sub side view

It's reachable for shooters with various hand sizes, and it gives very positive click feedback.

Lumen & Candela

glock 43x with streamlight tlr 7 sub
streamlight tlr7a led light bulb removeable

The TLR 7 Sub can output up to 500 lumens & 5000 candela on a fully charged CR123A battery, and it's best used for illuminating targets of interest in low light up to 7-40 yards with maximum light beam brightness & hot spot.

streamlight tlr 7 sub beam pattern

The 500 lumens can lit up everything nearby, but at a distance of up to 70 yards max the user wouldn't be able to clearly see besides the dimmed silhouette.

streamlight tlr 7a weapon light beam warehouse 30 yards
streamlight TLR 7A outdoor

About 150 feet to the second shack

Lumen intensity is important, but Candela is king when it comes to identifying targets at longer distances.

Under ambient lights or fog, the most effective light can reach roughly about 16 - 20 yards.

swampfox red dot sight low light

For personal defense engagement distance, the TLR 7 can lit up the scene and the user can clearly see the target in low light, and ID what the person is holding in their hands to make the best judgement.

Beam Pattern & Color Tint

tlr 7 sub lumen

What I find particularly effective is how it allows me to blind a potential threat using the hot spot while simultaneously lighting up the surrounding area with the flood beam. This really enhances my situational awareness without the need to directly point the light at the subject.

streamlight TLR 7A car outdoor

I also noticed that the beam is slightly brighter compared to the TLR 7A, and it comes with a neutral tint this time. This neutral tint is crucial for achieving more accurate color rendition in low-light situations, which is important for precise target identification.

However, I still think the throw capability of this light is no where near a full size pistol light. In many outdoor settings, I struggled to light up the scene in the distance. Therefore, I say this light is for CQB only.


streamlight tlr 7 sub battery compartment

The light uses a single CR123A battery that lasts about 90 mins. Any CR123A batteries on the market will work.

To install the battery, the LED head has to be removed first, then insert the battery into the body.

streamlight tlr 7 sub dissambled

What can be improved ? - As the weapon light technology advances for higher lumens & candela ratings, we are looking forward to seeing the Streamlight TLR 7 evolve into the use of a higher output rechargeable battery for higher lumen & candela output without increase in its overall size.

Safety Mode

The TLR7 Sub features the same safety mode as the TLR7A and TLR8 models.

The LED lens bezel can be completely shut off simply by following the detent instruction on the red label.

streamlight tlr7 sub waterseal o ring

Water sealed O Ring included (IPX7 Rated)

Once you're familiar with the feature, you can take the sticker label off.

The main purpose of this feature is to prevent accidental light discharge while carrying it in a holster to prevent battery loss, where the toggle switch can bump into clothing or other things without the user knowing.

Based on our initial impression, this feature can cause the user to forget to turn it back on and get surprised by it in an emergency situation.

streamlight tlr 7 sub on fn 45 tactical

We highly recommend leaving the safety off and use a good holster so you don't run into this problem.

Mount & Rail Keys

The TLR 7 SUB are sold separately for 3 different versions:

  • Glock
  • M1913 (Fits more gun frames than subcompact)
  • P365
streamlight TLR7 sub GL vs 1913

The Glock version actually uses the same key #1 from the M1913 version, but the clamp size is different. See picture above.

streamlight tlr 7 sub rail keys

Overall, the light body is the same for all 3 variants, and I believe this is a way to generate more revenue for Streamlight if end users have multiple sub compact handguns.

If you own most subcompact pistols, it can be costly to buy multiple TLR 7 Sub.

Hopefully these rail keys will be available for sell separately in the future.


g43x with streamlight tlr 7 sub

I've been really impressed with the TLR 7 Sub. It's machined from 6061 T6 aerospace aluminum, making it quite durable for everyday use, that's only assuming I haven't intentionally trying to break it.

springfield hellcat light

Now, if you're planning to use it for airsoft or simunition training, just keep in mind that the lens might crack upon a direct impact. But here's the good part: the lens bezel head has threads that attach to the body of the light. So, if the lens happens to break, you can easily replace the light head through Streamlight's Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Additionally, the TLR 7 Sub is rated as IPX7 waterproof, which means it can handle water splashes without a problem and is even capable of being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for about 30 minutes. Just remember, it's not meant for prolonged submersion.

Final Verdict

I can't stress enough how much of a must-have the TLR 7 Subcompact pistol light is, especially considering its price. While it may not include all the rail keys, the light itself is like a smaller version of the TLR7A.

In general, the TLR 7 Sub works perfectly on subcompact pistols, PCCs, and even full-size handguns. It's hands down the best-looking and most compact light for concealed carry.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what they come up with in the future, particularly the higher candela version of this light.


  • Reduced overall size profile for conceal carry & faster holstering
  • Brighter beam than TLR 7A (More netural)
  • Super lightweight
  • Sam beam pattern as TLR 7 for close-range application


  • Have to purchase a new light for different mount keys
  • Still uses CR123A battery (less output)
  • Strobe mode activation is a hidden feature, not obvious to users