While I don't have a Surefire X200 I can tell you that I am on my third Streamlight (issued gear, not third one I've bought). My experience is that they are junk. The tailswitches on the things break like crazy. My Tac Team all uses the Streamlight and most of us have had problems with them. If you are going to use the light on a regular basis spend the money and get the Surefire.
I got the insight M3x on my duty pistol (Glock 17), I think it's a good light, very powerfull easy to switch on/off. the downsides are
1) The switch are subject to faulty connection (it happens sometimes (to me and to my partner), I switched on and... nothing happens, if I switch on/off a couple of time the light come back) we sent it back to the dealer and after a check the light came back but it still happens sometimes.
2) The batteries last maximum 50-60 minutes ( the PD policy is you receive 6 batteries for the year, the extra ones are at your cost=>because of some assholes who played with the lights and asked fresh batteries every week )
I've tried the X200A and the X200B, also very good lights. (But I prefer the beam of the X200B, better for house search )
The advantage of the LED is more lighting time and it's a Surefire, you can't go wrong if you buy a Surefire
Having worked "on the job" and "off"..(military,PD and then civilian(with a CC permit)..I prefer the Surefires..The runtime listed is almost right on the nose.
I have a 1911 Kimber with a X200 and a Surefire 6P with a P61 lamp(120 lumens)..I never walk around the house with the weaponlight on..I sometimes strobe the area or I scan it with the 6P clicked on.
I always have the gun in the holster until I know I need to bring it out..and I never stand in the middle of the doorway...training and common sense.
I need some help on picking out a personal flaslight and thought I could get some help here. Im pretty confused between Xenon and LEDs, not about what they are but the advantages and disadvantages of the two. My requirements are that it be waterproof, be able to cut through smoke and palm sized or a hair larger. Basically it need to fit in a daypack and not take up too much space.
Down South-On the water- on a ship - thawing my arse off
I think you may need to re-adjust your requiremnts: cut through smoke? from a forest fire or camp fire ? Thats in it self can costly both in $$$ and size/weight. Check out:http://actiongear.com or http://rei.com
Surefire lights are the top of the line. But for ordinary joes, it's too expensive. Many professionals use brands that are nearly as good, but not nearly as expensive.
Try the Pelican torches. They offer good value for money. They can cost as little as 60SGD (about 30USD, I think).
One favourite model of mine is the Sabrelite. It fits your requirement. It's palm sized (14.5cm 2C; 20cm 3C). It's watertight to 150m. I can testify from personal experience that it can take a lot of hard knocks. Its light definitely carry a good distance. It comes in a black or bright yellow model, depending on whether you're using it for rescue work or something else.
Between Xenon and LED, if you want to light up objects at longer distance - particularly in smoke filled rooms or underwater, use Xenon.
If you just need something to light up the immediate area, such as to look for something in your glove compartment, to light up a person's face, or just to check his ID, then white LED is better.
Pelican offers a good LED light, the L1 LED light. It's small enough to clip in your shirt pocket next to your pen, and bright enough to lit up a room, but not so glaring as to make it impolite to shine it into someone's face.
comes in 4 colors.
Uses 2x 123 lithium batteries.
Comes standard with a P60 bulb which gives you 65 lumens for an hour.
You can upgrade to a higher output lamp assembly,but the run time cuts down to 20 minutes for the high output bulb.
Various kinds of holsters(Myself I use a Kydex horizontal belt carry)
You can convert it to rechargable.
Twist clockwise to turn on,counter clockwise to turn off. Twist 1 ½x counterclockwise to lock out to prevent it from being turned on while in a pocket or storage.
The ability to change the tailcap to a click on style.(press in slightly for momentary,press until click for constant on)
Different kinds of filters.(Infrared,Blue,Red,Beamshaperİ(wider area)
You can mount it to a firearm with the use of a scope ring(30mm i think),and the lamp/bulb is shock proof(the P60 lamp can be used in a Surefire dedicated forend for a 12G shotgun.)
I'll 2nd (or 3rd) the recommendation for a Surefire G2. For the money (around $30) it's a tough one to beat. I've had mine for well over a year now and love it. It's basically a polymer-cased 6P. Great flashlight and a great value.
I carry a Surefire G2 as my duty light. I carried one of those immitation brands till I saw a Surefire 6P used on a 2am warrent service. Absolutly lighted up the house while myself and the other guys were barely lighting up a 20 foot area.