So I had an inkling to talk about weapon mounted lights (flashlights) today, but I wasn’t sure which one (or even which brand). I recently received a pistol mounted light after it was on backorder for a good while. I decided to save that one for a later date as I’ve only given it a single test run.
The other light I considered mentioning is from the same brand as the pistol light I received. I decided to hold off again. The next logical brand to look at as a substitute was SureFire. They have a variety of weapon mounted lights in a variety of sizes for both pistol and rifle applications.
The SureFire M300 Mini Scout Light is one very popular model and is powered by a single CR123A lithium battery. It is a compact, lightweight LED weapon light that mounts securely to any Mil-Spec Picatinny rail via the integral thumbscrew clamp.
Its recoil and shock-proof LED emitter is focused by a TIR lens to create a high-intensity 200-lumen beam with plenty of reach for close- to medium-range applications with enough surround light to optimize situational awareness.
The previous model, the M300A, had a max output of 110 lumens and you’ll notice a difference in the bezel between the two versions. 200 lumens may not get you excited but in a properly designed weapon light it has been argued that this is an ideal output. This Mini Scout isn’t the only popular weapon light out there with this output.
The M300 can be fitted with either of two different switches, both included. The first is a tape switch with a 7-inch cable that provides fingertip control without altering your grip on the weapon — press the user-positionable pad for momentary-on. The second is a click-type tailcap pushbutton switch — press for momentary-on, press further until it clicks constant-on.
Like all Scout Light models, the M300 Mini Scout Light is machined from high-strength aerospace aluminum with Mil-Spec hard anodizing built tough enough for combat conditions without weighing your weapon down. Available in Black (BK) or Desert Tan (TN).
The video review below is of the older version but aside from the outdated lumen count the rest of the observations are still helpful. The reviewer even mentions price and his thoughts about bang for your buck (not in those word exactly).
He also mentions a handy accessory that you might consider purchasing along with the Mini Scout and that is the Surefire SR07 Remote Dual Switch. The included pressure switch is a stick-on design and while effective might leave something to be desired.
The SR07 provides remote activation for any SureFire WeaponLight with a switch socket. Two switches—a momentary-on pressure pad switch and a constant-on pushbutton switch—are integrated with a snap-on clamp for easy attachment to your firearm’s Picatinny rail forend. The seven-inch cable length works with most rifle/carbine applications.