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Nightstick LGL-160 Weapon Light Review: Best Rifle Light? [Hands-On]

The Nightstick LGL 160 is a weapon light that promises plenty of illumination and durability. But does it really hold up? We find out.

A while back I came across a manufacturer that was selling a lot of weapon lighting options to law enforcement agencies. Having come from that world, I was intrigued because I hadn’t heard of the company before.

A couple of emails and phone calls later, I had some Nightstick products in my hands and I set out to test them.

Nightstick LGL-160 shoot
Nightstick LGL-160 shoot

Having a good light on your weapon is one of the best accessories you can add.

I recently tested the LGL-160 to see why police agencies around America were adding them to their guns. I’ll tell you my thoughts below, so read on!

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Nightstick LGL-160 Review at a Glance

Pros

  • High output
  • Versatile mounting options
  • Accessories included

Cons

  • Switch may obscure some view if mounted at 12 o’clock

The Bottom Line

The LGL-160 is a bright, durable, light that comes with a full-service kit that includes everything you need to mount it to your long gun. You won’t have to purchase remote switches, offsets, tail cap switches, or batteries – it’s all here!

Specs & Features

  • 1,100 lumens
  • IP-X7 waterproof
  • 6061-T6 aluminum housing

Specification Source: Nightstick

139
at Gunmag Warehouse

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Background

As weapon-mounted lights became more mainstream, companies started offering more complete packages to get shooters up and running quickly. In the old days, you had to buy different parts as accessories in order to get set up.

Nightstick LGL-160 and switch
Nightstick LGL-160 and switch

A tail cap, then a remote switch, then buy your mounting option to fit your rail. Cable management was an afterthought if it was even considered.

Thankfully, Nightstick offers the LGL-160 with everything you need to mount it and square it away very nicely. You don’t have to buy things piecemeal anymore.

Who Is It For?

The obvious plug is that Nightstick sells predominately to law enforcement but they aren’t exclusive. Cops have been trusting and using these lights for a few years now.

Nightstick LGL-160 top
Clean setup

But anyone with the desire to confront the dark with a modern torch can mount this light to their long gun and enjoy its illuminating benefits.

Fit & Feel

The LGL-160 feels very sturdy while being relatively lightweight. Its 6061-T6 aluminum housing has a black, type III hard-anodized finish that feels very familiar.

Nightstick LGL-160 mount
Mounting options

The tail cap is the only place I found knurling and this makes sense given the intended purpose behind this light. Its remote switch has a somewhat flat section for momentary lighting but there is a prominent switch for dedicated on/off.

How Does the Nightstick Perform?

The first category I tested was just mounting the LGL-160 with the included hardware. It was relatively straightforward, even to the point of removing the mount that came on it in favor of an offset that placed the light snugly in the 2:30 position.

After attaching it to the rail, I replaced the push button cap with the one connected to the remote switch. When I had the general placement for the switch picked out, I used the switch mount to add it directly to the Picatinny rail.

Nightstick LGL-160 beam
Fairly tight beam up close

My cable needed some routing but thankfully Nightstick thought of that. After installing the wire management clamp, I marveled at the really clean setup.

Taking it out to the range, I tested for recoil but did not see any flickering. Everything stayed mounted nice and snug.

As for the beam, I was not able to test for far distance throw, but Nightstick rates the LGL-160 for 300 meters. Tested indoors, the beam is very bright and has a tight pattern up close so this tracks.

Nightstick LGL-160 lens

The light runs on two CR-123 batteries and has a listed run time of 2 hours.

What Sets it Apart?

Companies do seem to be including more of the “accessories” needed to mount your lights to rifles these days. This is likely due in part to the mentality of a dedicated weapon light as opposed to a converted flashlight.

The LGL-160 has enough accouterments to allow you a few mounting options and it does so without breaking the bank.

By the Numbers

Reliability: 5/5

Under limited testing, the LGL-160 has held up extremely well so far. I will follow up on this as testing continues.

Brightness: 5/5

The beam from the light is extremely bright and has a fairly tight, white, hot center.

Customization: 4/5

Getting a couple of mounting options, wire management, remote switch, and tail cap switch gives you a lot of options to set up the light just how you want it.

Value: 5/5

Seeing prices online of $139 for this whole kit is impressive to me. This is likely one of the reasons law enforcement is trending in Nightstick’s direction. It’s one thing for the individual to spend money for a quality light, but imagine having to buy 10, 100, or even 1,000 units.

Overall: 5/5

Final Verdict

I’m glad I got the tip about police agencies buying lights from Nightstick. After I tested them out for myself, I was really impressed.

Nightstick LGL-160 sky shot
Tight mount with the adapter

They are bright, seem durable, and the accessories allow you to mount the light in the most popular ways. The wire management makes for a clean setup and you don’t have to buy anything extra because everything you need is in the box.

You get all this for a price significantly less than competitors. The cops just might be onto something.

How would you mount the Nightstick LGL-160? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out our 6 Best AR-15 Flashlights for more info!

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  • Commenter Avatar
    Andrew I

    How does the tape switch mount? Is the tape switch compatible with Surefire tape switch accessories? That is my problem with the Streamlight ProTac, lack of tape switch compatibility. And I'm Interested in their pistol mounted weapon light but unsure of its compatibility with other WML holsters.

    May 31, 2022 5:10 pm
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      Sean Curtis

      Andrew, there is a separate plastic clip that mounts to the Pic rail. You insert the tape switch in this clip. I'm not sure about Surefire compatibility, don't have any around currently to test that. The TMW-30 is a solid light at a great price. I understand Safariland is working with Nightstick and they have between 40-50 kydex holster companies working with them too. You should be able to find something that suits your needs.

      June 2, 2022 9:23 am
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    John

    I like the way it mounts, brings it closer and more tucked into the hand guard instead of standing off and away from the hand guard.

    I've often wondered why that space between rails on a hand guard is largely ignored for placing lights and lasers closer to the hand guard. I've though about custom made mounts that let you tuck stuff into that space instead of it sticking out away from the rails.

    May 30, 2022 2:56 am
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      Sean Curtis

      John,

      You're right, this mount setup is tight and clean. They include a more traditional mount if you want to go that way, but I can't imagine why.

      May 31, 2022 9:55 am
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        John

        I like this mount a whole lot more than the traditional type. I like my lights tucked in tight and clean like this.

        I just happen to be looking for a light for a new rifle. I'm going to order one of these and give it a try.

        June 1, 2022 4:45 am
        • Commenter Avatar
          Sean Curtis

          John, you won't be disappointed. It's hard to beat this package at the price.

          June 2, 2022 9:18 am
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          Sean Curtis

          Let me know what you think John!

          June 3, 2022 3:53 pm
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    Frank

    Hopefully we’ll see this in the next Best WML review. Based on the review and look, this gives me the feel of my Streamlight ProTac HL-X. I’d love to see how it compares to it and others such as the Cloud Defensive REIN or OWL, Surefire, etc.

    May 29, 2022 7:45 pm
    • Commenter Avatar
      Sean Curtis

      Frank,

      It's a safe bet Nightstick will end up there. They are already in the best pistol weapon lights article. They are very competitive as far as performance and the prices are hard to beat.

      May 31, 2022 9:58 am
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