Surefire 300 Scout hooked up to an SR-07
Surefire 600DF with just a thumb cap since it’s set up on my left side - easier to activate with my thumb.
Surefire 300 Scout hooked up to a Surefire dual pressure pad.
Surefire has a good reputation for quality. All of these are mounted on Arisaka mounts that put the ligh as close to the handguard as possible. I don’t like lights hangin out on the 3 and 6 position where they increase the overall width of the rifle. I’ve never gotten my lights hung up on anything when I did have them setup that way, but would rather have the peace of mind.
The Arisakas are good quality, it’s just that they don’t have the run time as the Surefire.
If budget isn’t an obstacle check out the Modlites and the Cloud Defensive OWL. All good options if you just need visible lights and you’re not running nods. They’re expensive since they’re new, but they seem to be worth it.
Try not to get hung up on lumens as candela is more of a factor as to whether you’ll be able to see something distinctly in the dark.
Thanks! So far think it's between the 600 DF and Arisaka M600 latest model (higher lux), but still researching. Gonna wait at least until 4th of July sales. One thing I did note was that the Arisaka lights listed on SKD seem to be an older version. The output seems to be much lower, but for same list pricing.
I have a bunch of Surefire lights as well, but none of the scout lights. Have a bunch of X300 (older and early ultras). One is actually going back to Surefire soon. . .
For the mounts, my initial preference was something in the 11 o'clock position. One gun has the M lok slots at the 45 degree faces (BCM KMR) and another doesn't (Geissele).
Looked at the Modlites. They are pricey, but not too bad. Surefire and Arisaka are leading for now because of dual fuel. Saw some videos on the Cloud Defensive OWL as well.
Noted on the lumens vs candela, and lux as well. Learned about those with the various lights I already have. Mr. Gunsngear's videos also show the differences pretty well. It's amazing at how the lights have changed over the years. From Maglites, which I thought were awesome when I was a kid and even the 150-180 lumen Surefires.