Clayton carries a mini-mag, and shows how to avoid losing them, which is a handy suggestion, since I lost a few when I used to carry the mini. Â A few years ago I switched to carrying a Surefire 6P.Â Not only is it a lot brighter than the mini, but it has a holster that completely secures it, and there are a number of tactical holster makers that make holsters for it.
Downsides are it takes a more expensive lithium battery, which won’t last long if you keep the flashlight on.Â The Surefire isn’t really meant for continuous use either. Â It’ll get very hot if you run it more than 10 minutes. Â The nylon Surefire holster also doesn’t perfectly protect the button at the bottom, and I burned a hole clean in the top of the flap that covers and secures the flashlight when I sat down on the button one time.
It does, however, do a good job of hiding the Glock if put at 3:00 with the Glock right behind it at 4.Â If your shirt blows open, you’re not made.Â It’s also bright enough to night blind someone if you aim it at them. Â All in all, I doubt I’d go back to the mini-mag.Â For those that don’t carry a flashlight, I would highly suggest it.Â In my line of work, I’ve always found it handy anyway, but you’d be surprised how often it comes in handy in other situations.