Review: Streamlight TLR-6 for the Hellcat

By Kevin Lord
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Review: Streamlight TLR-6 for the Hellcat

January 17th, 2022

3 minute read

When the Springfield Armory Hellcat was released in 2019, it became a top seller almost overnight. This is largely due to being an amazing self-defense handgun as “the highest capacity micro 9mm on the market.” From day one, owners across the country have been asking for a weapon-mounted light (WML) for their new Hellcats.

Streamlight TLR-6 mounted on a Springfield Hellcat
The Streamlight TLR-6 has a clamshell design that forms around the trigger well of your Hellcat and grips the Picatinny rail tightly.

To meet this need, Streamlight updated the TLR-6 series of lights to include a fit for the Hellcat. This review takes a look at the TLR-6 designed for the diminutive Springfield pistol.

The Product

The TLR-6 is a single unit that combines either a white light and red laser or just the light depending on the model you choose. The Streamlight TLR-6 has a clamshell design, allowing the light to wrap around the triggerguard. This design allows the WML to sit semi-flush with the end of your pistol. The clamshell design also makes it fit tightly to your pistol without any wiggle room or sharp edges. This means, once you affix it to your pistol, no amount of shooting, holstering and unholstering will cause your zero to shift.

Streamlight TLR-6 mounted on a Springfield Armory Hellcat pistol
The TLR-6 has ambidextrous switches comfortably placed below the trigger finger rest point on the Hellcat.

With its slim design, the TLR-6 looks like it was made exactly for your pistol. It comes standard with a 100 bright lumen light that can be seen for an advertised 89 meters. Streamlight measured the peak beam intensity as 2,000 candelas.

If you choose the laser option, the unit comes with a 640-660nm red laser that is easily adjustable with your brass set windage and elevation screws. The windage and elevation screws are set in a brass bushing for a tighter fit as well as a longer lifespan of the equipment. This feature helps tremendously if the unit is ever dropped.

Hands On

The TLR-6 comes with two ambidextrous push buttons for light/laser combination selection as well as easy “on” and “off”. The unit does feature a 10-minute auto-off to conserve battery. The TLR-6 features a toolless battery replacement. This means it doesn’t require you to remove it from your firearm or any expensive tools to change them out.

Streamlight TLR-6 mounted on a Springfield Hellcat RDP pistol
The optional red laser on the TLR-6 sits centered just below the 100 lumen light and flush with the front of your Hellcat.

I paired it up with my Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP with a specialized compensator and the new HEX Wasp optic and found installation to be a breeze. It only took me a couple of minutes to get it mounted up and a rough zero put on it. All tools required for installation and zeroing of the TLR-6 are included in the box.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a solid WML to fit your Hellcat, look no further. The TLR-6 is one rugged package in a tiny shell, backed by a well-known company that stands behind its products. I don’t think you will be able to find another light specifically designed for your Hellcat that is packed with all these features for a very reasonable price of $187.43.

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Kevin Lord

Kevin Lord

Kevin Lord, also known as KLGunner, was born and raised in Arizona, later moving to Texas to work in the oil fields back in 2011. He was a diesel mechanic for 10 years. In 1997 he got into firearms through his father who started teaching him about them and how to handle them safely. Together they did small arms competitions and a lot of hunting. Today, Kevin is currently a medical field professional and a moderator for The Armory Life Forum.

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