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Pressure pad or tail cap switch?

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I’ve been going back and forth on my HD rifle with the light on the right side (right handed) using a pressure switch, or having it on the left side with no switch and activating with thumb. 

It’s certainly easier to use the pressure pad but I’m not a fan of routing wires everywhere. I am also concerned with reliability over time and the chance something gets snagged. 
 

What do most of you use on your HD weapon?

Im thinking of putting it on the left side and moving back a notch so I can activate with my thumb  

 

 

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I have one rifle with a tail switch setup, one with a pressure pad, and I can’t settle on which is better either. 

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This just inspires more confidence to me. And looks better if that should be a factor. 

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I run my Surefire m300c in the Thorntail SBR Mount with tape switch. It ticks the light in closer to the rail and the wire is closer as well and held in close with small zip ties. It’s worked well so far. 
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I am 100% pressure pad, I keep my pads in a cloud LCS mount which takes up a lot of the wires.  tail switches are fine, I have just found them harder to operate on/off

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I think my issue with my particular setup is the lack of a top rail. I’ve found that’s about the only position I find comfortable for the switch. I’ll probably run this one switchless and go with an OWL on my next build. I really like the integral switch on it. 

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 My work rifle I have the pressure pad but mounted it to my grip pod. If I didn’t have vertical grip I would stay with tail cap.  

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Pressure switch here. What I like is this model has Velcro strips attached which help secure the lead wire.

 

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I tried the tailcap switch with the light mounted at 10:30.  It worked.  Then I tried the Cloud Defensive LCS with a tape switch along with mounting the light at 1:30.  I like being able to activate the light without breaking my grip at all.  As a right handed shooter, I also prefer the light at the 1:30 position.

Big thank you to cloud defensive for giving TGO a discount. 

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Either option will work but in my experience the pressure pad is going to be more consistent. I find that to be true for myself and for most of those I have trained. Typically those that are using a tail cap or some type of pistol mounted light on the rifle end up not being able to turn the light On or off as quickly and efficiently as they would like. Those deficiencies typically don’t come up when practicing at home or even while utilizing the light for low light searching techniques. It occurs when the rifle is  being run at speed while performing movement, cover, and manipulation drills. 

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