Surefire X300 VS Streamlight TLR-1 [Side By Side Comparison]

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In this side by side comparison guide, let's check out Surefire X300 VS Streamlight TLR-1

These are the latest Surefire X300U model and the Streamlight TLR-1 HL model.

Streamlight TLR 1 HL and Surefire X300U are both top notch duty grade pistol lights. Each has its own pros and cons, and they all get the job done better than anything else on the market.

Let's see how they differ:

Specs Comparison - X300U VS TLR 1 HL

Streamlight TLR 1 HL

Max Output 1000 Lumens / 15000 Candela
Runtime~105 Mins
Weight w/Batteries4.18 oz
Batteries 2 CR123A

Surefire X300U

Max Output 1000 Lumens / 11300 Candela
Runtime~90 Mins
Weight w/Batteries4.00 oz
Batteries 2 CR123A


Size & Weight

The Surefire X300U is longer and slimmer in profile than the TLR 1 HL. As far as weight goes, Surefire X300U is lighter by 0.18 oz.

For conceal carry, it's won't make that much difference. Both lights look very tactical and great for any beginners and professionals.

There are tons of light bearing holsters out there for these two lights.

Biggest Buying Decisions:

Get Streamlight TLR 1 HL

glock 19 with streamlight tlr 1 hl
  • Very affordable
  • Serviceable front lens
  • Quick release self retained screw
  • Easy to activate strobe mode
  • Easier to press toggle switches

Get Surefire X300U for:

glock 19 gen 4 surefire x300u
  • Wider flood beam
  • Accepts PLHSTER switch paddles
  • Tougher build
  • Really love the Surefire brand
surefire x300u vs streamlight tlr 1 hl top view
streamlight tlr 1 hl vs surefire x300u bottom
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Lumen & Candela Comparison

We stress a lot on our website - Lumen intensity is important, but Candela is king for throwing the beam far to identify targets.

streamlight tlr 1 hl vs surefire x300u front lens

Streamlight TLR 1 HL has slightly more candela can punch through fog and overcome photonic barriers

streamlight tlr 1 hl beam pattern drone shot

TLR 1 HL Top Down ( 5- 10 yards) - Much Brighter

xh30 beam pattern

Surefire X300U Top Down ( 5- 10 yards)

TLR 1 HL VS Surefire X300U Side By Side

Flood Beam

streamlight tlr 1 hl beam pattern surefire x300u beam pattern

Both light can illuminate up to 1000 lumens, but the X300U tends to have a more concentrated throw on a full charge battery.

The Surefire X300U and TLR 1 HL can both illuminate CQB targets up to 50 yards before the beam fades off, but the TLR 1 HL is a wider flood light for close up search.

x300u beam pattern grass tlr 1 hl beam pattern grass

surefire x300u light beam top down

Streamlight TLR 1 HL's quick-double taps instantly activate the strobe mode for specific tactical scenarios, so for that, the TLR 1 HL is a better option. 

Surefire X300U doesn't feature strobe mode unless using the Surefire XH30

aerial TLR 1 HL beam
streamlight TLR 7A car outdoor

Both lights have a balanced focused hot spot & flood beam optimized for close-range applications.

streamlight tlr 1 hl beam brightness

The light head can be replaced via Streamlight's Limited lifetime warranty. Great for airsoft & simunition training. When something breaks, just replace the head.

Surefire X300U damage requires the entire unit to be replaced.

Modes Of Operation

TLR 1 HL works differently than Surefire X300U, but close.

TLR 1 HL users can:

  • Single click - Constant on
  • Double tap - Activate Strobe
  • Light press - Momentary

It's much easier to activate the switch effortless using one finger without hard press.

During cold winter seasons, the TLR 1 HL switch feels much easier to toggle when the user's hand gets very cold and stiff

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Surefire X300U users can:

  • Push / Let go - Momentary
  • Hard press - Constant on
  • Press Up/Down for both sides
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Streamlight TLR 1 HL and Surefire X300U can both accepts compatible remote pressure switch module for long gun & sub gun applications.

Surefire X300U aftermarket tail cap can definitely accept more pressure switch accessories on the market than Streamlight.

For personal defense engagement distance, both lights work well and the downside is that the Surefire X300U control switch is much stiffer to operate in stressful situations.

The TLR 1 HL is so much easier to activate with light finger press.

streamlight tlr 1 hl vs surefire x300u rear switches

Mount & Rail Keys

The TLR 1 HL comes with multiple rail keys. Surefire only comes with only two.

Both lights work on Glock rail and M1913 rails.

Surefire X300U offers two different models. One can be slide onto a rail, and the X300U B features T slot thumb screw. The T slot thumb screw is way better for out of spec rail without damaging the mount.

Both lights feature self retained screw so the user can't lose it in the field, and can be tightened using a shell casing, penny or a flat head screw driver.

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If you lose the mount keys for TLR 1, you can buy them separately here

For Surefire, please contact the support department.


Both lights are made out of 6061 T6 aerospace aluminum with water sealed durability. Under normal use the light will last you a long time.

The front bezel is removeable for TLR 1 HL, so you don't have to replace the whole light. If anything happens to the Surefire X300U's front lens, then the whole unit has to be replaced. 

In addition, the Streamlight TLR 1 HL tends to have a better tail cap retention than Surefire.

streamlight tlr 1 hl tail cap

Surefire X300U's tail cap hook can snap easily after long term use. That little small tab can wear out over time because it hooks on the outside instead of from the inside.

surefire x300u tail cap open


surefire x300u vs streamlight tlr 1 hl disassembled

Both Surefire X300U and Streamlight TLR 1 HL use CR123A batteries.

From a full charge, they last about 70 mins realistically before the lumen intensity drops.

Surefire offers Surefire branded batteries and Streamlight offers their branded batteries.

Both light can use any CR123A batteries without any problems. 


Wrap Up

Both lights are the top choices for most full size handgun owners. When it comes to price, the Streamlight TLR 1 HL is a much more affordable option that can do what the Surefire X300U can.

TLR 1 HL also has a much easier toggle switch for one handed operation.

For rifle use, the Surefire X300U offers more aftermarket accessories including the tail cap and other pressure switch accessories 

What can be improved ? - We are looking forward to seeing these two lights feature high output batteries to produce more lumen and candela like the Modlite PL350 with PLH 5K.